1. What’s your superpower?
My SUPERPOWER is being a mother to my son, Landon. I’m sure you’ve heard women say before, that the mere act of childbirth makes them feel like they can do anything, which I totally agree with. Even more than that, I think “being a mom” is a Superpower in itself. In my mind, a Superpower gives you a certain ability or advantage over others, or gives you a boost of confidence that you might not have without said Superpower.
Before kids, when my husband and I lived in New York City, I felt like I was constantly searching for something (maybe my Superpower?) – like I was trying to fill a void in my life, but I could never really put my finger on what was missing. Since Landon came into my life, that “what’s next?” feeling has disappeared. I feel complete. My son has changed me for the better. He’s made me feel more fulfilled in life, more confident, and so much happier. He has made “motherhood” my Superpower.
P.S. I’m actually pregnant again – I’m hoping that means my Superpower becomes twice as powerful!
2. What is the best thing since sliced bread?
The best thing since sliced bread is the invention of the Crockpot. Cooking can be tedious and complicated; the crockpot changed that for me. If you don’t have one, get one. If you don’t like to cook, get one. It will make your life simpler, yummier, and (with the right recipes) healthier!
On a fitness note, I have to also mention the Burpee. I was working out with a friend of mine the other day, and while executing my pregnancy Burpees (I take my legs to a wide Sumo squat, rather than hip width and obviously just go out to a plank, rather than taking my chest to the floor), I said to him, “I love Burpees so much.” Of course, I then laughed because it sounded so silly, but it’s true. I don’t know any other exercise that gets my heart pumping while working my entire body from head to toe – it makes me feel like a rockstar. So, yes I seriously think the Burpee might be the best thing since sliced bread . . . along with the Crockpot, of course.
3. What’s the craziest advice you’ve received? Did it work?
Some of the craziest advice I’ve heard throughout my career (and by “crazy” I mean that I always thought it was a “crazy” thing to advise someone) is: “Fake it until you make it.” It just always sounded like such a “crazy” thing to advise someone to do – pretend to be someone you are not, or act like you know something that you don’t? Over the years, I’ve decided that what this really means is: Act like you are the best (or at least like you know what you’re doing) and eventually you will be. The reason I love this advice is it has allowed me to just throw myself into whatever I’m working on, whether I feel 100% confident or not. I can apply this to my work and my personal life. When I first entered the fitness industry, I was just a dance chick. I loved to move and teach others, but I didn’t have the fitness background that some of “my competitors” did. Over the years, I worked to catch up by getting educated and certified, finding my own specialities and expertise, working with lead fitness brands, etc. Along the way, however, I had to “hang with the big dogs” and act like I belonged there.
Similarly, in my personal life, I was terrified of becoming a mother and knowing what do do with a baby. When I moved to Santa Monica, I felt like I was surrounded my all these “expert moms” (I’d been living in NYC where no one I knew was a mom). Funny enough, I’ve had several people tell me what a “chill mom” I am, and sometimes I think I’m just a really good actor. The reality is “acting” like the mom I want to be has turned me into that person.
Do I feel like the advice work and I’ve “made it”? Yes, most of the time, I feel like I have, but trust me, there was definitely some “faking it” along the way. Plus, I hope I continue to find new things to “fake my way through,” until I “make it” again. So I willingly pass on this advice that was shared with me, but in my own words: Go for it (even if you have to “fake it until you make it.”) If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will!
Originally from Chicago, Sara Haley began her fitness career in New York City, and now resides in Santa Monica, CA with her husband, three-year-old son, and new baby on the way! Sara is a certified (ACE, AFAA, & AFPA Pre & Postnatal Exercise Specialist) international fitness expert who has traveled the globe teaching master classes and educating other fitness instructors and trainers. Armed with over twenty years of fitness and dance training, Sara now has her own brand of fitness DVDs, The Daily Sweat®, which include both the award-winning prenatal workout program, Expecting More & Sweat UNLIMITED (workouts for everyone!). Follow Sara on Twitter and Instagram @SaraHaleyFit and on Facebook!