November Mom of the Month - HEATHER SCOTT

Instructor, Michelle Kadera: "I am pleased to share with our village our November Mom of the Month...Heather Scott. For those of you that have not met this one-of-a-kind gal, let me tell you a little about her. Heather is a teacher, which is totally apparent! She is always dressing up on our special themed workout days. And when I say "dressing up", I mean from head to toe AND her girls, too! Heather is enthusiastic, caring and has a love for people. This mama never stops smiling and is always offering a listening ear and is a positive support to each mama she meets. Also, Heather took it upon herself to organize a super fun and creative craft after class to prepare for "Dress like a cow day" at Chick-fil-a! The children were able to choose from a few different styles of cow masks to decorate that Heather prepared from scratch. This is one special mama we have in our program and I am thankful to know her! Congratulations, Heather! You so deserve this!"

This month we recognize HEATHER SCOTT for her accomplishment and dedication to fitness, motherhood and life! Our Brea, Fullerton, Placentia and Yorba Linda FIT4MOM Team would like to say, "THANK YOU, HEATHER," for being part of our Stroller Strides family!"

1. Who are the members of your family?

My husband Chris, myself, and Harley (5) and Liberty (2)

2. What is or was your career?

I am an elementary school teacher, but I'm currently staying home with my girls for a bit!

3. How long have you been a member of FIT4MOM of North Orange County and what has it done for you?

Ok, I'm about to get super real here, and a little long winded, but I want all of you to know what you've done for this mama! I moved here a year ago,left all my friends and my close family, and became a stay at home mom after working consistently, sometimes two jobs, since I was 16. My whole identity and many of my friendships were tied up in working and teaching. I was recognized a lot in my job by bosses and parents and it felt amazing. Fast forward to now, and I am a stay at home mom, and I don't really know anyone here. I'm not super good at the housewifey things, and I wasn't the best at being a patient mom when I had my kiddos 24/7 without daycare or friends and family nearby to help, and my husband working pretty long hours. I was beginning to lose my identity, I was becoming sad, and I wasn't being a great wife or mom. I was lonely and not very confident in myself and what I was doing.

Then, in July, I joined Stroller Strides and I was able to do something for myself. The first day and week were hard, and you mamas were SO strong, I wasn't sure I fit in. I joked that I hadn't worked out since I met my husband 15 years ago, which was kinda true...but the constant encouragement from the instructors and each and every one of you told me that I was in the right place. After the soreness of the first couple weeks wore off, I was feeling so great! Those endorphins and having somewhere to get up and go to every morning was a game changer for me. It showed me that I actually liked working out (which kinda surprised me)! I wasn't wasting the day away in the house, realizing it was past noon and I hadn't done anything. I was coming home energized, and wanting to get things done around the house. I was more kind in my marriage and a more patient and loving wife and mom. I was excited to get up and go everyday and have conversations with other moms, and answer fun questions at the beginning of the workout (when I wasn't late) and relate to these other mamas that also recognized that sometimes, motherhood is hard,and crazy, and silly, and unpredictable, and always best when surrounded by other loving mamas! My girls and I see fitness in a whole new light, and my girls even love playing stroller strides all over the house! I've learned that achieving in fitness isn't fitting into a certain dress size, but it's about running a little farther than you did last week, or holding a plank a little longer, or doing one more push up than you did yesterday! I can't thank you all enough for being there for me in this way!

4. What is something that has surprised you about motherhood?

That it's really hard...I know it sounds silly, but I used to be a nanny and I thought I was THE best! I touted my nanny skills and even tried to give my mom friend parenting advice! (Can you believe me?!?) I don't think I realized that there's more to being a mom than playing with your kiddo from 9am - 3pm...there's the stress of ALWAYS wondering if you're doing it right and if you're helping disciple the best child possible, or if you're leading them to crazy town! There's sleepless nights, and so much worry, and even more love that your heart sometimes is on the verge of exploding!

5. Favorite app(s) or website(s)?

Facebook (so guilty), Pinterest, and

6. List three current obsessions.

Making things on my cricut machine, couponing, and Game of Thrones (I just started binge watching it with my hubby, I know I'm a little late)

7. What is your child's/children's favorite thing about you or favorite thing that you do?

Harley said she loves whenever I play with her <3 and I think they both like that I am a mom who likes to get out and find fun things to do! We are always looking for free and fun things to do around town, and my girls are always up for the adventure!

8. Any tips for other moms out there?

I feel like I have learned that I don't know anymore than any other mama, so my only tip is just to "do you" as a mom. We are all doing the best we can with these wonderful babies we have been blessed with. Surround yourself with the people who support the way you love your children, and who love your children too. Motherhood can feel lonely sometimes, but you don't have to look very far to find another loving mother, and I am so grateful for that.

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