Why Model Moms Club?

My Story

Founder: Nicole (Rash) Cook
Founder: Nicole (Rash) Cook

My name is Nicole and I’m a former model and new mom. (I know you’re seeing a connection to the name here, but I bet it’s more than you think… keep reading)!

My son, Carter, was born in January of 2016 and being his mom is by far the best job I’ve ever had. However, while preparing to have my son, and doing crazy amounts of reading and research (because I’m an insane analytical person), I noticed a lot of verbiage surrounding new moms such as “spend time with your spouse now, because you won’t have time later,” or “kids suck the life out of you,” or “your body will never be the same,” or other phrases about motherhood that, quite honestly, scared me. I have been with my husband for 3 years; we are best friends, have similar interests, and love spending time together. I have also been a professional model since I was 3 years old, and to be frank, I wasn’t really ready to completely give up my body and lifestyle. Then I started thinking… why do I have to? Where do these phrases or widely accepted adages come from? Why are women just giving up on themselves and giving up their life as soon as they have a child, and… do we have to?

Nicole and Carter
Nicole and Carter

No. The answer to that question is no. And, it’s for the benefit of your spouse and children that you don’t give everything up, either. If you’re unhealthy, insecure, feeling unappreciated, and overall a negative person, NO ONE is benefitting. So, don’t accept that things just “are the way they are” and there’s nothing you can do about it. You have the power to make a change, and you owe it to yourself, your spouse, AND your kids to take appropriate action. Prioritize your relationship with your spouse, make the tough decisions that are the best for your kids (not just the easiest), and do things that make you a healthier, better person. Working on yourself isn’t being selfish – everyone will benefit if you’re more loving, caring, kind, generous, appreciative, confident, and overall healthier in mind, body, and spirit.

So, what does this have to do with the Model Moms Club? Well, I want to emphasize that You Don’t Have to be a Model to be a Role Model, to start. No, you don’t have to walk off the pages of the Victoria’s Secret catalog to be a good mom, BUT you probably shouldn’t be applying to Biggest Loser, either. The goal here is balance and being a good Role Model overall for yourself, significant other, and kids. I wanted a place where I could share my struggles, victories, discoveries, and everything in between and learn from others too. All with the goal of being a:

  • Model Mom
  • Model of Health
  • Model Citizen
  • Model Beauty
  • Model Crafter
  • Model Saver

And more…

I want everyone to model! Model all the things you want your kids to aspire to and be someday through leading by example. Model being a great spouse by serving your significant other and accepting their service with gratitude. Model being a pillar of health by taking care of yourself, taking pride in your appearance, and making healthy choices. Model being a good citizen by being involved in your community, having a positive attitude, and caring for others. Model being well rounded and intelligent through various skills and lifestyle choices. Be a model!

So, yes, I guess the Model Moms Club is about being a model – a model for yourself, a model for your family, and a model for others. Mostly, without trying to be too cliché, let’s just try to make the world a better place and help each other out, shall we?