Welcome to ReachABLE
Ask any parent: Your child will change you.
Before I was a parent, the thought of exercise or meditation never crossed my mind. I never gave mindfulness any thought, and the mere notion of taking the time to focus on my breathing seemed absolutely senseless.
...and then came Zayden.
First and foremost, I would like to make one thing clear: I am not some remarkable, extraordinary, or exceptional person. As a young adult, I was wild and carefree. I didn't exercise, I didn't eat well and I didn't look after myself. Later in life, I became a mother, I still didn't exercise, I ate a bit better, but I certainly didn't look after myself. I began to grow more and more anxious. After the birth of my second son, lack of exercise and self-care started to take a toll on my physical and mental health and the anxiety started to take over. Anxiety entered my life, closely followed by relentless self-doubt, and all my confidence hurriedly packed its bags and exited without any explanation.
I am now the mother of two beautiful boys, one son is a futsal wiz and bookworm – a never-ending ball of energy and fun facts. And one son was born with a rare genetic condition, and has spent a lot of his young life in the hospital. Visually impaired, epileptic, tube-fed, non-verbal, and non-mobile, my youngest son has blessed me with his stunning resiliency and beautiful existence. The unexpected turn our lives took when Zayden was born was undeniably jarring, incredibly scary, and at times, crushingly painful.
His life, however, has been an incredible gift to all of us – especially me.
I left my job as a teacher at an International school. I moved back to Australia. I became his full-time carer. I gave up all of the ‘normal’ things I had taken for granted, and it has been one of the most glorious journeys of my life. However, it didn’t take long for me to realize that without ensuring I was caring for myself, my health, and protecting my energy, I was actually causing more damage to Zayden and the rest of my family. I set out on a journey of self-discovery, personal wellness, and self-sustainability. I began to breathe deeply. I practiced mindfulness. I embraced self-care and I learned to manage and live with my anxious thoughts. My eyes began to sparkle again. My heart learned to beat with excitement again and not just anxiety. And my confidence returned from its long trip away.
I will again repeat: I am a normal, average woman. And I tell you this, because if I can do it – you can do it, too.
ReachABLE was established in 2020 to help women embrace their own journey to fitness, self-care, love, and growth. ReachABLE Based in Brisbane, Australia, ReachABLE offers online and face-to-face Body and Mind Programs and workshops.
At ReachABLE, we understand the pressures, stresses and fears that are common for anxious mother's, and through compassionate instruction, guidance, and support, we support women to nurture healthy bodies and minds.
Our motto is “Strong Me. Strong We.” – and we believe it. We believe, and science confirms, that practicing self-care is the single most impactful way to avoid physical and emotional burnout and allows the joy of even the most difficult times to shine through.
Have a beautiful day. Stay healthy, find reasons to smile, breathe and be active.