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IRON SHARPENS IRON: TOUGH MOTHERS NEED SUPPORT, TOO

I'm Erika Ward

Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation.  My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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ErikaWard-ToughMudder2As you navigate this journey called life, there’s nothing like having your own personal cheering squad supporting you in every endeavor.

No matter how tough you are or think you are, you’re only as good as your support team.

This statement rings true in both your personal and professional life and even more so in entrepreneurship. Ask any parent or Fortune 500 CEO.

Last month my family and I teamed up to complete the Tough Mudder 10-mile obstacle course. 10 miles? Yes—and trust me, it felt more like 20 when we were done. Tough Mudder put teamwork above rankings. Finishing, without a doubt, was a team effort.ErikaWard_ToughMudder

Ziploc®, a brand that has supported me and many mothers (and fathers) in our quests to awesome, proudly sponsored me for the event. They also featured their new Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs at the bag drop. You can see some photos of other Tough Mother participants on the Ziploc® brand Facebook page (facebook.com/Ziploc) and videos on YouTube (youtube.com/Ziploc).

Ziploc At Tough Mudder

The pictures don’t lie. The Tough Mudder event was harder than childbirth. And, just like birthing anything, albeit a baby or a brilliant idea, it was a test of physical strength and mental grit. I even sprained my ankle pretty badly in the process.

“You’re one tough mother,” my husband said jokingly, especially when it came to conquering The Liberator. I couldn’t help but laugh at him pushing my bottom over the top of the platform. Trust me, he had his moments too.Ziploc At Tough Mudder One by one, we completed each obstacle that came our way. It’s generally how you complete a daunting task isn’t it? You take one step at a time.

This course was symbolic in the many roles I play—wife, mothers and business owner. I’m sure you can identify with this comparison. I was reminded to allow those who love me most to help me tackle life’s obstacles. Upon finishing, we were greeted by my cousin who was grinning from ear to ear.

“How was it?” she asked after a feeble attempt to clean the mud from my chin.

It was the toughest physical challenge I’ve ever encountered, but I never gave up. I finished strong (and quite filthy).

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*This post is sponsored by Ziploc® brand but all opinions are my own.

 

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Hi, I'm Erika.
Your Design + Happy Healthy Home Advocate.

Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation. My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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