PS: Seriously, as a mom and fitness pro and now CoverGirl (!!!), how do you do it all? What's your best (noncliché) piece of advice for working mothers to stay sane and successful?
MA: My one noncliché tip: do not play roles you aren't ready to play just yet! As women, we are held to the highest standards. We are expected to do it all, know it all, and be there for everybody at all times. But if we are working mothers, we have to prioritize us first. Only do what you can and never spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no. Learn to ask for help.
If you're not happy and at your best, then how can you be your best for your family? Learn to take some time for yourself so you don't lose yourself in the process, even if it's 20 minutes to take a deep breath.
If mama bear is too tired, doing too much that she can't even do one thing that makes her happy, if she can't go for a mani and pedi to feel pretty on a regular basis, how can she be a happy mother, a confident wife? And how can she go to work feeling focused and de-stressed?