Hi! Welcome to Ironwild Fitness!
My name is Chantal, and I’m the owner of Ironwild Fitness. This is my story.
Five years ago, I became a stay-at-home mom.
I had big plans to go back to work and focus on my big career as SOON as my daughter turned one.
I wasn’t raised by a homemaker and I wasn’t planning on staying home permanently, so I really struggled with my transition to SAHM.
I didn’t know how to keep a house clean, cook healthy meals, take care of a baby, and take care of myself on top of that.
I was SO eager to, “get on with it” when it came to finding childcare and going back to work after that first year.
My whole life, I’d envisioned a fabulous career on top of the amazing babies I would raise.
I’d be fit, healthy, and successful – just like my kids would be.
Boy, was I in for it.
The one year mark (where I had planned to find childcare and head back to work) came and went SO very fast.
I started applying for jobs since it was part of my plan all along. But every time I got an interview, I choked and cancelled.
I kept fighting back against what I’d later consider one of my callings – to be a homemaker.
Some days, (most days, actually) I hated homemaking, and I struggled so much.
I struggled to know who I was other than, “Mom.”
I struggled to pursue my hobbies and interests.
Without a doubt, I struggled to stay healthy.
I struggled with putting other people first, and did so begrudgingly.
I struggled to keep a schedule, even though I’d thrived on one previously.
Embarrassingly, I struggled to keep my house clean.
I struggled to keep my marriage healthy, and;
I struggled with depression.
But for some reason, I kept staying home.
Despite it all, I couldn’t leave my daughter to be looked after by someone else.
So it had been five years since I’d had a job after I had my son, who is my last baby, a few months ago. When he was born, I was eager to, “get on with it” again.
So when I received an opportunity to work for just seven hours per week AND take my kids with me at my local gym, I jumped into it.
It sounded like such a great opportunity for me to step back into the working world, but let me tell you – it was all WRONG.
I quit my job after just three weeks because things just didn’t feel right.
This is when my husband said to me, “It’s okay if you want to stay home. I don’t know why you keep fighting the fact that you’re meant to be a stay-at-home mom.”
Talk about a truth bomb.
For the last several years, I had struggled with the fact that I am NEVER going back to a regular job again. It’s like I was in denial because I didn’t want to only ever been known as, “Mom.”
When I realized just how right my husband was, I slowly stopped fighting my stay-at-home status and started working on other things.
The first being my health, and the second being Ironwild Fitness.
You see, I have struggled to transition to being a homemaker because I thought that it meant I couldn’t help my family financially or have my own career.
But it’s just not true.
A few years ago, I started teaching myself how to blog. I started many blogs over the course of the last four years, but nothing really ever stuck for me. I learned how to make money and have started to make money from home, but I didn’t really know my place or purpose here.
I created Ironwild Fitness to support people who have experienced similar feelings and situations to mine.
I became a certified personal trainer so that I could manage my own health and help other moms fight off postpartum depression.
So this blog is for moms.
This blog is for moms, but more specifically, its for:
The mom who wants to be a stay-at-home mom but feels that it’s not financially possible.
The mom who wants to continue to pursue her passions, but do it at home.
Any mom who has struggled to accept her status as homemaker.
The mom who has felt ostracized by her decision to be different and stay home with her kids.
The mom who has felt different and uncomfortable being a stay-at-home mom.
Any mom who has a hard time relating to working moms.
The mom who struggles to keep a clean, harmonious home.
The mom who is desperate to have a career but also feels called to be at home.
Any mom who needs help staying healthy and maintaining individuality outside of motherhood.
The mom who is struggling to balance motherhood with other aspects of life.
And the mom who wants to build a fitness blog or other virtual business.
Essentially, I started Ironwild Fitness to help people who are just like me.
I’m here to help ambitious women succeed across more than one area of life.
I totally believe that it’s possible to be a homemaker but be healthy and successful at the same time!
And my aim is to show you how.
For now, I want to thank you for stopping by and be the first to welcome you to my site. I appreciate you. 🙂
So take a look around, grab some freebies, and enjoy!