Erin Kendall is an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer with 2 little toddlers at home. While juggling a household, two kids, three pets and maintaining a little sense of self she strives to bring a ray of hope and sunshine to other busy moms through Fit Mom Go!
Fitness for Moms is more than a few minutes of “me time.” It’s a lifestyle that we pass onto our children and radiate in everything we do. Erin has been a personal trainer since 2009 and works with clients in person, online and maintains a community of other Fit Moms through a workout program!
Tell us a little about your childhood and the impact your mother had on shaping you…
My family grew up in the suburbs in Pennsylvania with two blue collar parents that worked three jobs between the two of them. It was a really classic, simple upbringing that one would expect from a small town. While we didn’t have any extras in life my Mom was always encouraging and did her best to provide opportunities to learn and grow in many ways.
It wasn’t until my parents divorced that a whole new level of courage rose up in my Mom. She became a more fierce, unstoppable, confident woman.
What has been a “spark moment” or “moments” that set you on your path?
Going back to that small town, very simple upbringing I had never been familiar with what an entrepreneur even was. I had little insight as to what I would do after High School so I up and moved across the country to be with my sister, and coincidentally my boyfriend, who ended up in the same city.
I was a very motivated hotelier because I had worked in hotels my entire high school career. The potential was there and I wanted to climb the ladder as quickly and confidently as possible. I landed a dream job when I was 21 managing group sales for a Luxury Hotel.
When the economy crashed in 2008 I knew the cut throat industry was no longer for me. Fitness had been a budding passion of mine for a couple of years and suddenly I realized that’s what I needed to do with my life. I didn’t know how, but that confidence that I saw in my Mom during times of transition must’ve played a part.
What is your passion and purpose (the “P” in EPIC)?
I’m passionate about so many things, but mostly living a healthy lifestyle that provides a high quality of life in return. My purpose on this planet is to raise my kids. I want to revel in all things Mom. I knew parenting wasn’t going to be a cake walk, but nothing was going to stop me from being a mother. Not even three miscarriages.
What are you currently reading or listening to for inspiration?
I’m so happy to be knee deep in podcasts. I listen while I take the kids to and from preschool. Mothers Quest, The Mom Inspired Show, Boss Mom and Being Boss. I’m slowly but surely reading “How to Talk so your Kids will Listen and Listen so your kids will Talk.”
What is one message or affirmation you tell yourself to ground you on your quest?
The message that I’m constantly reminding myself of is that the choices in this life have to result in something worthy and enjoyable. Otherwise, the cost outweighs the benefit.
In one word, what are you seeking most right now on your Quest?
What challenge or offering would you like to share with the Mother’s Quest Community?
My love of fitness is serving Moms right now. I know how hard it can be. That’s why I developed a program that takes the least amount of time while delivering the most important results: Mood, Energy and Quality of Life! This is a Free 7 Day Fit Mom Kick Starter.
How did you learn about Mother’s Quest?
Through the Boss Mom Community
What have you appreciated the most about Mother’s Quest?
Podcasts and Mother’s Quest have opened my eyes that I’m truly not alone in this imperfectly wonderful Mothering Journey. The ups and downs are normal while we are still trying to truly appreciate and hone in on our core values that we’d like to pass on to our children.
I really was moved by the episode #18, YOLO. The open conversation with a teen and his Mom was like nothing I had ever experienced. I hope and dream to have mere moments of this candidness with my children.
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