Transform your heart first and your body will follow!
A mom cannot fill her family’s cup if her own cup is empty but how does she fill that cup when she is wearing so many hats. The mom that is reading this blog is probably shaking her head “Yes!” When do you have time for you? When do you have time to fill your cup? What does that really even mean? For each of us, filling our cup is something different. Maybe it is exercise. Maybe it is time with other spouses who understand exactly what season of life you are in. Maybe it is doing community service and serving others. Maybe it is fellowship and connection with other military families.
Whatever that cup needs to be filled with, Heart On A Mission is able to meet those needs. Most people come to know Heart On A Mission (also referred to as HOAM) as a way to meet their physical exercise needs but HOAM is so much more! There are 4 main components of the Heart On a Mission organization. They are CONNECT, MOVE, BUILD, SERVE. Hearts On A Mission is a non-profit organization that is now at 11 locations at military installations around the United States and one in Germany.
CONNECT is the program where you will get to know others in the community by participating in social events such as coffee dates, paint nights, bible study groups, lunch and learns, and more. It takes a village to raise our military families and with our spouses deployed or training frequently, we are often left to hold down the fort at home. But the truth is, you don’t have to do it alone! Get out there and connect with other spouses that are JUST LIKE YOU! Find babysitters, find your new best friend, find the girl that knows all of the best hole in the wall restaurants in the area. Find your battle buddy!
MOVE is the program that many join when they discover HOAM. MOVE is often an introduction to the other HOAM programs. There are many different types of workouts for any physical ability. The different types of workouts vary by location and they usually take place 3-5 times a week. Some include Blast It, yoga, running, ChoreoBlast and many others. There is absolutely something for everyone, every ability and every goal. One of the best perks to working out with HOAM, aside from the constant high-fives and words of encouragement, is that children are always welcome! This means that you can have girl time without finding a babysitter and this helps fill up your cup.
The BUILD program is the development and training of the leadership who facilitate the different activities and programs throughout the country. One important component of the HOAM Build program is the professionalism that each of the leadership staff exudes. The training and standards for the leadership staff is obvious to anyone that they come in contact with!
The SERVE Program is a program that gives back to the surrounding community through many avenues. HOAM feels strongly about the mission of paying it forward and continuing to build up the community that surrounds them. By making your heart stronger, you are making your body stronger! Some service initiatives have included work with homeless shelters, food pantries, Wreaths Across America, Project Linus, Operation Christmas Child and more. One of the favorite service missions that HOAMies like to participate in is volunteering at races – whether it is by watching other HOAMies’ kids so mom can run a race, cheering for all race participants or volunteering at a water station. The camaraderie is strong here folks!
Chances are, you may have a chapter in your back yard – get out there and get connected, get moving, and serve others! One of the mantras that HOAM believes in fiercely is that first you must transform your heart and your body will follow. This really does convey in all of life! So do me a favor, lace up your tennis shoes and meet me there — I’ll be smiling and dishing out high-fives!
Written by: Melanie Binversie, Owner & Lead Doula of Stars and Stripes Doulas of Washington DC