Disclosure :: This post was sponsored by the YMCA of Greater New Orleans.
Family and The YMCA Corporate Cup 2015
It’s been almost a year now since my family and I made the decision for me to quit working full-time and be a stay at home mom with our three young daughters (Isabella 3, Ava 2, and Elianna 15 months). While my husband was “all in” from the get go, becoming a stay at home mom was a decision I really struggled with personally. I had worked full-time in fast-paced demanding jobs for the last decade. I took pride in my career accomplishments and felt as if I set a good example for my girls – balancing being successful in my own right and being a good mother and wife for my family.
So many questions ran through my mind as I struggled with the decision…“What would I do with myself? Would the girls drive me bananas? Would I be lonely for adult interaction?”
But the most nagging concern keeping me up at night was; “Would my girls still look up to me if I was just Mommy?”
Focusing on Fitness and Health
Fast-forward 10 months, and let’s just say I don’t see myself going back to the full-time workforce anytime soon.
Despite less money in the bank and the random days where I just need to get away for a few hours…we are overall, a much happier, healthier family. And most importantly, I have found other outlets to set positive examples for my daughters.
Running (eh hmm jogging) has been one of those outlets I’ve surprisingly taken a liking to in the last year. On top of the inherent health benefits, running is an activity the whole family can join in on and it’s something you can do at
any fitness level. Not to mention, while you’re out together as a family making memories, the children are beginning to learn about setting and achieving goals, the importance of staying active and eating healthy AND at the same time you are modeling healthy behaviors for your kids while they think you’re just having fun!
The YMCA Corporate Cup 5K
That’s why I jump at the chance to include the whole family in any opportunity we get to run together, like the YMCA’s Corporate Cup 5K! The YMCA Corporate Cup: Second Line for Literacy, held at City Park has become our own little family tradition in the past few years because it is so family-friendly and there truly is something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a fun day with the family or maybe you’re looking to get your feet wet in your first 5K, the Corporate Cup is the place to start. There are options for everyone and the YMCA makes it easy for you to personalize your own experience.
Feel free to walk, run, or second line your way to the finish line! You can bring the kids along the route with you if you want (there’s even a stroller start for families with strollers who want to participate, but don’t want to get caught up in the crowd) OR you can feel completely comfortable dropping your kids off at the YMCA staffed, safe, secure and FREE “Kids Corner” while you compete. At Kids Corner, your children will be checked in; you’ll get a wrist band allowing only you to pick them up and you can breathe easy knowing they’re having a great time playing, bouncing, participating in fun activities and enjoying yummy snacks while you compete. Then after you rock that 5K, your children ages 2-12 can compete in the kids only half mile fun-run held on the City Park Practice Track. Each participant receives a t-shirt and a prize!
After all that great exercise is out of the way, the entire family can enjoy live local music from the Stooges Brass Band, free food from great local restaurants like Acme Oyster House and Zea’s Rotisserie as well as free beer from Covington Brew House and Southern Eagle Distributing.
Last but not least, not only are you doing something great for your family by participating in the race, you’re also helping a great cause in our community. The proceeds from the race benefit the YMCA Educational Service’s (YES!) adult education programs. YES! provides programs in our community FREE of charge to adults looking to improve their lives through education. Students have the opportunity to learn everything from basic literacy and math skills, to how to help their children with homework, to everything they need to know to prepare themselves for success on their GED exam.
To register for the YMCA Corporate Cup, which is coming right up on November 14th, or for more information go online to www.ymcaneworleans.org!
Rachel Rodi :: A NOLA native (well…she actually grew up in the bustling metropolis of Buras, LA in lower Plaquemines Parish) has been married to her high-school sweetheart, Jake for 10 years. They are parents to three lively girls three years old and under – Isabella 3, Ava 2, and Elianna 15 months and the only other male in the house, their Cairn terrier, “Gabbo Rodi.” With an undergraduate degree from Loyola University and an MBA from Tulane, Rachel forged a nearly 10 year career in Public Relations in New Orleans working for the federal government and most recently as the Executive Director of four YMCA branches in Plaquemines Parish. Shortly after baby girl #3 was born last year, Jake and Rachel realized they were outnumbered and out-of-ideas on how to keep up with their insanely busy jobs and still provide the kind of home-life they wanted for their girls. That’s when Rachel decided to take a sabbatical from the full-time workforce and enter into the most challenging portion of her career yet… “Full-time Mom.”