Draw Me Sexy: You are a wife, a mom to four beautiful children, you volunteer, have your own direct sales business, and bake cookies for your neighbors. Last I looked you were traveling and training for a marathon of some type. What does a typical day for you look like?
Carrie: JUST to be clear…it was only a HALF marathon! No full’s for me yet, I don’t have the guts (or time) for that yet!
But anyways, a typical day for me really isn’t that exciting. During the school year I set an alarm to try and get up at least a few minutes before most of the kids wake up, there’s always one early bird that’s up before me! But now that it’s summer, the kids are my alarm! Then I get breakfast for everyone, feed the dogs, get everyone dressed just enough to get out the door and head on to whatever the day holds. If it’s during school, then I drop the big kids off at school and head to whatever my workout of the day is with the little kids. M/W/F it’s the gym, T/TH/S it’s a program called Stroller Strides (a workout for Mom’s with their kids). On days when I can’t make it to the gym for some reason, I have to get up suuuuper early to run before my husband leaves for work. We’re talking a 5 AM wakeup call!!
Then after a workout, we run errands, home for lunch, naps (a shower!), whatever household stuff that needs to be done (always laundry), doing my work for Tastefully Simple, making phone calls, sending emails, pick kids up from school if necessary, home, play/homework, getting dinner ready, eating dinner, bath, bedtime for the kids, finishing up whatever work I didn’t get done beforehand, and collapsing on the couch for me!! (See? Totally not exciting.)
DMS: I was exhausted just reading it! LOL I think the secret to accomplishing what is dear to us, all comes down to self-motivation. We can all be externally motivated for a period of time–even the experts say external motivation lasts up 72 hours. What do you think is the fuel that motivates and drives you?
Carrie: I think that keeping my sanity is what motivates me!! If I feel good about myself, then everything else runs smooth-ish. There’s always going to be stuff that even a great workout won’t fix, and that’s just life. I definitely don’t do it alone, I would absolutely fall apart if I didn’t have a relationship with God. He is the strength I don’t have, the patience I don’t have, the smile I don’t feel like giving, and the energy I lack.
Also, this is my dream job. My whole life, all I wanted to be was a wife, and a mom! It helps to actually be doing your dream job! Of course like ANY job, there will be days and weeks that are really tough, employees that try your patience, and the “pay” is usually not enough. But I know it’s what I’ve been called to do, and it’s really not about me, it’s part of something so much bigger! And I have a great and amazing husband that is super supportive of whatever crazy ideas I have. He always encourages me and tries to make time for my hair-brained ideas in his super busy schedule! I have also surrounded myself with lots of people who have the same goals, and enjoy the same things, and who are positive and encouraging. When I am lacking the motivation, there’s a friend, or another mom who’s been there to say “yeah, I’ve been there, it sucks, but you can do it”. In Stroller Strides, we have a saying that we say when our workout gets really hard-“I am a MOM, and I can do ANYTHING!” Sometimes I’ll find myself thinking that in the middle of a kids’ tantrum at the grocery store! Oh. And COFFEE. Lots and lots of coffee.
DMS: One common thing I’ve seen with peak performers and people who accomplish big things is they have energy. Not to say peak performers are hyper or annoying, just that it’s hard to be at your best if you’re tired. What would you recommend for someone who says, “I would, but I’m tired…”?
Carrie: What would I say to someone who says, “I would, but I’m tired….”?? I’m tired too!!! I’m always tired! Everybody’s tired! You’re probably going to be tired no matter what, so just do your best! If that didn’t work, then figure out a different plan and try again! I’ve learned that I can’t do everything, all the time. Most days my house is a mess, I’m late, and if you see me before noon I haven’t taken a shower. But pick what’s important to you and focus on THAT. If you have 10 different things you are trying to do, you can only give 10% of yourself to each of those, which isn’t a lot. Pick what’s most important to you, and focus your energy on those things!
Oooh. Found an awesome quote that kinda might go along with all this! Don’t know who said it though….”The strongest factor for success believing. Believing you can do it, believing you deserve it, and believing you will get it” I think that even when I don’t believe in myself, I have other[s] who believe in me, and I don’t want to let them down! That’s all.
DMS: When we first met I always thought you were such a great role model for women but the longer I knew you I realized you were a great role model for everyone. Carrie, thank you so much for taking the time for our Q&A session.