“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King Jr

 I thought long and hard about writing this blog post.

My blogging platform is all about balancing a busy but healthy life. But what is a healthy life? What does it mean to be a strong mom…a strong person in general?

Over the past several days we have seen countless acts of violence and hate. Where has humanity gone? How will my son grow up in a world like this and not have hate in his heart? How can I do anything to make a change?

This is where strength comes in. Sometimes (most times) strength has nothing to do with how many squats you can do or how long you can hold a plank. It doesn’t matter what size of jeans you wear or how many calories you consume in a day.

Strength stems from courage.
Strength is using your voice for good.

Strength is saying how you feel in the midst of controversy.
Strength is fighting evil with love.
Strength is teaching your children that the actions of one should never label the group as a whole.
Strength is fighting for what you believe in.
Strength is never giving up.
Strength is fighting an uphill battle just because you believe so much in the end result.

Bad things are going to happen in life.

Strength is pushing forward, knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel.


My heart is truly broken by the recent events in the world…but a broken heart won’t fix anything. The only way that we can create change is by starting a conversation. We need to use our voices. We need to take the sadness we feel and fight violence with love and compassion and HOPE.
We need to use our strength.

Don’t be afraid to voice an opinion.
Don’t opt out of what could be a controversial conversation because you’re scared of what people will think.
Don’t let your children go to bed without knowing that they are loved and they can make a difference in this world.
Don’t shoot each other.
Don’t leave your baby in a trash can.
Don’t hate.

Do the right thing.

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” -Margaret Thatcher

Keep fighting for what you believe in.
Keep talking.
Keep going.
We can all make a difference.
Keep being strong.