This aspiring blogger, fitness trainer, wife and mother. Felicia Buford has turned around a health diagnosis into lump full of positive encouragement to her family all the while impacting people surrounding her. As she is facing the problem of multiple sclerosis. She is making it her mission of turning her illness into purpose. She is determined to not let this define her as woman, mother or wife.
Without further ado, I introduce Felicia Buford…
1.) Tell us a little about yourself? And, what inspired you to begin your fitness journey?
Hello my name is Felicia Buford. I’m a wife, mother, and also inspiring to start a fitness blog of my own. What inspired my fitness journey is because what I haven’t told you is on top of being a wife and a mother I have multiple sclerosis. I’ve known for about nine years now and it hasn’t always been easy. I got into fitness because of vanity reasons at first. One of my daughters spoke of my arms flapping when I waved, pointed, etc… I called them mommy bye- bye arms. I had to do something immediately because, I was not to about to have that happen. I procrastinated even though I felt determined to get rid of my flab on my arms.
Next issue is because of my illness I was so fatigued.
What most people do not know is it takes someone with MS to work five times harder to just complete the simplest tasks. One of my doctor appointments, I was told that I needed to consider a workout regimen and that will help with the fatigue. I didn’t believe him of course, but I gave it a try. I chose weight lifting along with cardio. Well, four years later I’m still a work in progress. I have my good and bad days but, I still workout approximately five days a week for hour intervals.
2.) What goals have you set for yourself as a mother and for your career? What obstacles do you have to overcome to reach those goals?
When it comes to goals, I’ve always been a person who if it’s what I want I go for it. The goal for me is to either plan how I’m going to get it or set a plan to go after it. The obstacles are usually due to family needs. I overcome them by learning how to prioritize situations that arise.
3.) How many children do you have? What lessons has your child (ren) taught you? How has it impacted/ changed your life?
I have three beautiful daughters ages: 21, 19, and 17. My children honestly have taught me how to be more giving. But, also how to work smarter and not harder. It has changed my life in a way where I’m more confident in most things that I do and I’m more caring and helpful to others. Overall motherhood has made me for the most part a better person…I’m still a work in progress.
4.) What’s the BEST part about motherhood to you?
The best part of motherhood for me are the moments when you’re having one of those days. Where nothing is going right and you just feel like giving up. My kids end up doing something to make me smile. Now that my children are older, I can tell them today is not the day and they’ll give me a hug or say something positive to help.
5.) What’s the HARDEST part about motherhood?
The hardest part of motherhood for me is when my children all need something from me at once. Plus there are deadlines that need to be met and of course they’ve waited until the last minute. Being that they’re so close in age, this becomes a nightmare at times.
6.) Any advice for Moms (or soon-to-be-Moms)?
My advice for moms or soon-to be-moms would be to take your time, be patient, and enjoy the moments. We are so caught up with laundry, dishes, cleaning, and the needs of the family…WE forget about ourselves and to just enjoy our baby/babies. The milestones of children only come around once….so take your time to smell the flowers.
7.) Any words of wisdom that you would leave to mothers that have a dream but, a little too afraid to step out and start it?
I would like to tell all mothers who have a dream to go after it!! Too many times, because we are typically the engine of the household we forget about ourselves and our passion. Please do not be afraid to go after what you want and follow your dream.
8.) What keeps you going at the end of the day?
What keeps me going is God, family, and the fact that I know that I set the example for my daughters. If I give up now, that’s teaching them something that I do not believe in. One day, if they choose to, will become a wife, possibly a family of their own, and a successful career/business. In order to do this they cannot give up and keep the faith.
It doesn’t matter when you start to step out in your own work bliss. What excuses are holding you back? As Felica has said, “Don’t give up!” If you are afraid of taking that step and finding your getting in your own way. No time like the present to step into what God is calling you to do.
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