Shakira Akabusi: Strong Like Mum
Shakira Akabusi is a pre and postnatal fitness expert. A daughter of an Olympic medalist Kriss Akabusi, there’s no wonder that sports and fitness were always a vital part of Shakira’s life.
A motivational speaker, writer, and mother of two, she’s also a founder of a movement called StrongLikeMum, which empowers pre and postnatal women through sports, fitness, and health.
Passionate about shattering the stereotype around motherhood, she believes that in this fast-paced world, the concept of ‘mum’ should shift, too.
I felt like people were telling me that I couldn’t be myself if I wanted to be a mother. There isn’t one way to be a good mother. You can have your goals and dreams, and still be a fantastic mother.
Hi Shakira! What is the StrongLikeMum movement, and why did you start it?
StrongLikeMum is an online movement, using sports as an outlet. I want to help women maintain a healthy lifestyle and to balance it with motherhood.
It started with my first pregnancy. I was told about all the things that I’d never do again. I’ve always been active and enjoyed sports.
“I felt like people were telling me that I couldn’t be myself if I wanted to be a mother. There isn’t one way to be a good mother. You can have your goals and dreams, and still be a fantastic mother.”
So, I decided to set up a blog and document my post-natal journey. And it resonated with women! It has been amazing to connect with all these positive and motivated women.
I also want to be a role model for my children, to show them that you can achieve any goal if you put your mind to it, work hard, and stay focused.
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