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My name is Sydney Russell and I am a fit Mom who had to hit rock bottom to follow her passion (my story is written below). I am a true Canadian girl residing in BC and living a happy, healthy lifestyle with my little family of four. You will definitely hear me say sorry often, use maple syrup in all my baking and of course, poutine is my favorite food!
I am a lover of a good pun, wearing athletic wear 90% of the time and spending as much time as I possibly can with my handsome men. I am a self proclaimed klutz who would love to believe fast food is from the devil but I love my nuggies and cheap tacos!
I’m trying to make this parenting thing a society because it can be lonely world! Sometimes Instagram takes over and makes us forget that other family’s have bad days too. Being a Mother isn’t always a feel good position. I want this to be a place where we can laugh, cry and be united together.
I’ve found my passion in personal finance, recipe creation and investing real quality time (minus any screens) with my family. Maintaining healthy habits and aiming to encourage others is where I’ve found my true purpose. When I started this journey I had no idea what to expect but it’s brought me more joy than I can type.
Starting a blog also allowed me to provide an income for my family and stay at home. I feel so blessed.
Healthy habits and a real, raw life – that’s my promise here.
In 2017 I experienced my first real meltdown. Within 48 hours I was fired with one month left of my maternity leave, my husband got the call he was being sent out of town to work and my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was left in shock and like my world was totally out of control. The added pressure of finding a new job while my husband was in another province, on top of dealing with the reality that my own mom was adamant she didn’t want to undergo medical treatment was overwhelming.
You guys – this isn’t even the part where I meltdown! I got to work. I found a new job, educated myself on the surgery my mom needed and became a full-time parent to our 11 month old son. My friends say I look like I had it all together but inside I was still battling post-partum depression that I hadn’t dealt with. My son was colic as a newborn and continues to be a little man who demands a lot of attention. I had an immediate connection with him and I didn’t feel like my (or his) life was in jeopardy so I figured it was a phase that eventually would pass. It all came crashing down a few months later.
I have Ulcerative Colitis. UC is an autoimmune disease that causes painful ulcers and inflammation when food passes through your intestinal tract. After years of being in remission the amount of stress I was feeling triggered me to have a flare up. They say if you’re unhappy at your job, then quit. I did that and guess what? I expected to feel liberated but the truth is I was TERRIFIED. In a serious moment of crisis and after a firm discussion with my husband, I walked away. We decided together that it was time to chase my dream and here I am typing it.
I love being active, creating tasty nutritious meals, saving money and raising my family. Surprisingly, I didn’t love any of those things when I first started them. They are all things that have taken time, commitment, consistency, tears and a lot of effort. They are also the things I am most proud of and continually bring me more joy than I ever thought possible.
I want this to be a place where moms are kind to one another. I want us to laugh, cry and learn together. I want us to share our mom wins, give tips and tricks that we’re learning along the way and able to share the raw, tough moments we experience too.
We need to have healthy habits and take care of our mind and body so we can put our full effort into nurturing independent and spirited children. We are raising the future after all!
Update: My mom did go in for surgery and is CANCER FREE. WIN!