My Passion, My Promise
A Note from the Editor
by Jordan Sapir
Over the past year, we’ve been working diligently to build the Über Moms community and form a non-profit. In doing so, I have been trying to define what it is to be an Über Mom. This has been challenging, mostly because each Über Mom has different goals, and a daily life, which defines what being an Über Mom means to them. Personally, I feel that a large part of being an Über Mom, for me, has been re-realizing my passions.
Motherhood has been one of my greatest achievements. However, waking from the fog of nearly four years of sleep deprivation, loneliness and isolation, I realized that I would have to work harder than ever before to achieve my goals. The harshest realization was that I could no longer focus solely on my own goals and development. My goals and passions have become secondary to caring for my little ones. Wait, passions, what are my passions now, my children, their passions? This can’t be it; I can’t live vicariously through my children’s achievements.
My breakthrough moment was training for a 10k race a year after having my first daughter. In my history of sports, that was no achievement. Yet I actually found great pride in my new found realization that if I wanted something, I’d have to work twice as hard. I couldn’t leisurely train whenever I wanted to. I had to carefully schedule training and be incredibly disciplined. Crossing the finish line with other Über Moms was the start of my passion towards excellence as a mother. In my opinion, there is nothing greater than achieving your goals as a mother. You are not only fulfilling a goal or a promise; you are leading by example, creating a learning path for your children and doing more than living through their goals and dreams.
I’ve recently started saying that motherhood will not be my legacy. I don’t know if that is as meaningful to other mothers. I do, however, know that it brings me great solace. Knowing that I can be more than a mother is my new found passion. In whatever capacity I can strive to be a better person than the day before, I have succeeded. That’s not to say I am no longer passionate, that’s to say, I have found that being passionate in a different capacity is just as fulfilling.
This month, at Über Moms, it’s March Madness. On the other side of the globe, Americans are mad about basketball. In Mommyland, aka Munich, Germany, we’re also mad. We’re MAD in the British sense of the word. We’re mad about being extraordinary. To me, that means being more than a mother. What am I MAD about this March? Training to become an Ironman, founding a non-profit, getting my kids to childcare and bed on time, teaching my daughter how to read, being the best mom, spouse and friend I can be. I may not be keeping all of those promises. I am, however, making my passion my promise. What are other Über Moms MAD about this March?
Über Moms are writing about our passions. What more perfect merger could there be than making your passion your profession? Certified doula and breastfeeding expert Carolyn Hecken writes about how she came to merge the two.
Über Mom Pia Johansson is a self-confessed running enthusiast. But this month Pia reminds us about the important thing we often forget to do when we are mad for something: take a break for rest and recovery.
How does what you’re passionate about shape your everyday life? How does it drive you, how does it influence your choices, how do you share it with family and friends? Leah Hasse is passionate about so many things. They drive her and make her the Über Mom she is today.
As your grow as a person and a mother, your passions grow, change and expand to reflect that. You are not the same person today as you were five, ten, twenty years ago. You are that person and so much more. Über Mom and yogi Amie Mignatti shares how her passions have shaped her, and how they have changed as she has. The beauty of passions is that they reflect who you are – and you can form yourself to reflect them.
There’s an old adage: anything worth doing is worth doing well, or not at all. You should throw yourself completely into every choice you make, every activity you do, and give it your best. Even if that decision is to stop doing something. Mallika Bhatia, Über Mom, life coach and certified therapist, shares the story of how her daughter’s passion for everything she does made her reflect on herself.
Jordan Sapir, mother of two glitter-laden girls, 2 and 5, studied Journalism and International Political Science in NYC, a place she once called home. She can slaughter five languages fluently. She has worked in a newsroom or two, walked a catwalk or three, and is all for an impromptu adventure. Having traded in her Prada for pretzels, the founder of Über Moms lives in Munich, where she is a stay at home mom and studying to become a certified nutritionist. She is a mommy on a mission and wants to help fellow mothers raise healthy happy families, and beat a PR here and there.