Superwoman - it’s a word that falls under “mom” in our thesaurus. While motherhood is undoubtedly one of the greatest gifts of being a woman, it is by no means an easy feat. Lindsay Cuker is the ultimate example of a supermom who accomplishes it all. With a full-time job, two young ones and a busy social life, Lindsay is the definition of female empowerment. Her secret? Love yourself, live authentically, and know that when it comes to motherhood - there is no so-called perfect “balance.”
What inspires you on a daily basis?
My two children - Ava (3) and Curren (8 months) inspire me every day. Everything I do is for them. My husband inspires me too, of course. I look at all that he has accomplished at such a young age and it completely wows me. He is the hardest working person I know and has so much good in his heart - not to mention he’s an incredible dad.
What do you love about being a woman?
I love that women can do it all. We can be executives, mothers, wives, partners - we are the ultimate multitaskers! If you think about it, women are leaders in everything that we do.
Who is a woman that inspires you? It could be someone famous, someone you know, etc.
My grandmother has always been my mentor and inspiration. She moved to California from South Dakota with barely any money and worked as a nurse. She married my grandfather and had six kids in nine years! Together they were pioneers in the hotel business.
My grandmother was not just a wife and a mother, but a true business partner who could read plans, direct construction, and design hotel rooms. They worked so hard to build a life for their family and when they achieved success they devoted everything to their kids, grandchildren, and those less fortunate. Together they built schools in Mexico, a foster home in San Pasqual, and donated to numerous charities.
My grandmother always knows how to have fun - she can drink anyone under the table and will stay out on the dance floor all night long. She's taught me so many valuable life lessons about work ethic, enjoying life, giving back, and putting family first. We are still very close and I will always ask her opinion when I need advice.
If you could travel to meet any woman in the world, who would it be?
Oprah! I love her. She is fascinating to me and I know we would have some really interesting conversations.
What does female empowerment mean to you?
To me it's the perception of how we view ourselves. I try to live everyday as my authentic self and be comfortable in my own skin. It's so important to love yourself and take care of your body. I associate empowerment with strength, health, confidence, success, and intelligence.
How do you empower others around you?
I like to think that I provide encouragement and support to my friends, family and colleagues. I'm a firm believer that you should surround yourself with people that lift you up and motivate you. I'm always looking to bring out the best in people.
In my career, I feel empowered daily. In my position at Osmosis, we are part of what we call the "skincare evolution" which is a natural, holistic approach to treating the skin and body. We focus internally on diet, stress, emotion and restoring balance from the inside out. I get inspired daily by the people I work with. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity these last 8 years traveling around the country sharing the Osmosis story and watching people have complete transformations with their skin and health because of our products.
How do you make time for yourself when you're juggling a full-time job, taking care of two kids, and spending time with your family?
When I returned to work after my daughter was born, I realized that there is no such thing as "balance." I was getting frustrated and was feeling torn about not spending enough time with my family, working too much, and I had complete "mom guilt" whenever I would want time for myself. As soon as I came to terms with WHY I was doing my job everyday and was present, I felt so much better. I was doing yoga again and would spend time with friends. My husband started commenting on how much happier I seemed. Once I was at peace with the fact that there is no such thing as balance, that I am doing the best that I can, AND I'm happy with all aspects of my life, this beautiful transition happened and everything got easier.
Bottom line - create a weekly schedule for yourself. Have a designated date night with your hubby, plan your workouts, set goals, and schedule time to see your girlfriends. Never feel guilty about it, we deserve that time.
What do you love most about being a mom?
Everything! It's the hardest job in the world but the most rewarding experience of my life. I never thought this kind of love was possible. The best moments are at our home when we are all together. We love to have music playing and my daughter likes to put on shows for us. She is the entertainer of the family and basically rules our household, but it's just amazing to watch. She's wise way beyond her age and has the biggest heart. Curren is the sweetest baby and smiles and laughs all day long. He just completely melts me and lights up the room. I love watching the love they have for each other. Motherhood has been the greatest gift.
How would you describe what female empowerment means to your 3-year old daughter?
Giving her the tools so that she can feel that she can change the world and accomplish her dreams. The possibilities are endless.
What gets you through the day when you feel overwhelmed or stressed?
Sometimes I close my eyes and meditate for five minutes just to clear my head and set my intentions. Working out always helps. If I can spare 30 minutes, I'll go on a quick run to the beach. The water is so therapeutic and there is nothing more calming than waves crashing.
Any tips for busy moms who wish there were more hours in the day?
Moms can't do it all, and if you try to, you are going to completely overwhelm yourself. I am a huge fan of meal prepping. I mean, let’s be realistic - if you are up at 6am, feeding kids, getting them ready getting for the day, getting yourself ready, dropping them off at school, then working all day, is there really enough time to have a healthy home-cooked meal on the table that evening? I stopped putting that pressure on myself and started using my crock pot. For breakfast I Iove overnight oats. My husband and I pre-make salads for lunch. This has been great for us because less time spent cooking means more time spent playing with the kids.
Any tips for fitting a workout into a busy schedule?
You have to make the time. For example, if you know it's going to be difficult to make an afternoon yoga class, start your day earlier so you can go in the morning or plan to go at lunch. I pre-book my workout classes online so that I am committed. I also do stroller-friendly workouts so I can bring my kids and share that time with them.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?