maria kang

I'm a wife, mother, business owner and nonprofit founder.

I dream.

I set goals.

I plan.

I take action.

I reflect.

And I repeat.

Welcome to my World!

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    Life
    November 25, 2014
    Healthy doesn’t always look “Fit”
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    Motherhood
    October 28, 2014
    What’s My Excuse?
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    Taking Chances
    October 15, 2014
    Failure is perception.
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    Death
    September 12, 2014
    Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
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    Love
    July 27, 2014
    The nature of love
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    Career
    June 17, 2014
    The Secret To Success
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    Depression
    May 19, 2014
    Revealing an insecurity.
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    Taking Chances
    April 6, 2014
    Nightline Prime and ‘the body wars’
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    Passion
    March 30, 2014
    The No Excuse Mom Movement
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    Depression
    February 27, 2014
    Building the American Dream
Current Journals
 
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Healthy doesn’t always look “Fit”

When I was outwardly considered the most fit, I wasn’t healthy.

I meticulously counted macros, spent hours at the gym, turned down invitations to social gatherings, lacked life balance and focused mainly on physical aesthetics and not bodily function.  I didn’t realize that most images seen on magazines and advertisements are of paid models/athletes that tanned, dieted and depleted their body of water so muscles become more visible. Many develop eating disorders, body dysmorphia, infertility, metabolic damage, depression and caffeine dependency from unnaturally low body fat, lack of real food and an unhealthy sense of worth based on how they looked. It’s a hard environment to leave because the fitness ‘athletes’ you resonate with online, the personal friends you pushed out of your life, the insecure people that covet the same ideals and now surround you – all normalize your obsession with fitness.

Not every ‘fit’ person is like this, but many are.

I know this because I was once that person.

In my early twenties I wanted to be on the cover of a magazine, earn my ‘pro card’, get sponsored by a supplement company and build thousands of followers who admired (and desired) my hard earned physique.  I’m not sure why I wanted those things; I just followed what many other fitness colleagues around me desired. When I experienced ...

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What’s My Excuse?
I yelled at my kids today. I don’t usually yell. I’m usually the loving but strict mother, with a strong undertone in her voice, who’s glaring eyes can persuade their kids to clean their rooms, eat their vegetables and stop fighting in 1 …2…, well there is no 3. Because we never get to 3. […]

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Failure is perception.
I fear failure. Funny statement considering, most people view me as a successful person. What people don’t realize is how much I’ve failed in this process in uncovering my life’s path. In 2008 I experienced an unplanned pregnancy that left me depressed, anxious and worried about the future. I didn’t have a steady income, I […]

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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Are you ready to die? I often ask myself this question. As a child I wondered about the vastness of the world and my complete obscurity compared to the billions of people who exist. I asked why life felt so unfair, almost left to fate – whether or not we would be born with the […]

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The nature of love
I fell in love with my husband while standing over an ant hill. On a random fall afternoon, we decided to take a walk through a nature preserve in a small town in Mississippi. It was quiet, peaceful and serene – a far cry from the perennial loudness we experience with our little ones today. […]

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The Secret To Success
June 16, 2014 I wrote my first book in 3rd grade. I distinctly remember taking colorful paper from my father’s printer, cutting it in half, folding then stapling it together. I wrote and illustrated twelve pages and sold them for .75 to my classmates. While I sold a few I didn’t get officially published until […]

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Revealing an insecurity.
May 19, 2014 My once-flawless skin is now covered with scars, traces of an acne breakout I’ve undergone for the past two months. In the age of social media, we don’t often share the downsides of our daily lives. We see hard bodies, beautiful vacations, happy children and perfect marriages wondering what’s wrong with our […]

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