Greatness steeped in intentionality. That’s the prism through which the 34-year-old mother of one shines brilliantly. Married in 2012 to her college sweetheart, Aaron Ross – a two-time NY Giants cornerback Super Bowl champ (talk about equally yoked!) – Richards-Ross took her time stepping into motherhood. Sanya and Aaron waited seven years after marriage before welcoming little ‘Deucey,’ their son, into the world.
“Mentally, spiritually, and physically [we] were ready for him,” Sanya says firmly. “Bringing another life into the world – I believe it should be intentional. It should be something you really want because it is a hell of a commitment. Being an athlete, it’s the opposite, you have to be selfish. It’s one of the ingredients of success. Having a child, you have to really be selfless.”
“Being an athlete, it’s the opposite, you have to be selfish. It’s one of the ingredients of success. Having a child, you have to really be selfless.”
She found the time beneficial for building a solid marriage foundation and focusing on the practices necessary to raise her family well.
Easing into mommyhood, Sanya looked into the digital space and noticed a void and a two-fold opportunity: to build a platform that celebrates the entirety of motherhood and womanhood and to create a support system as she transitioned from sports into motherhood. So she founded, the digital platform, MommiNation.com.
“I saw that there were some incredible mommy bloggers and blogs but what I saw was missing was a platform that speaks to moms holistically. Don’t just talk to me about my little one but talk to me as an entrepreneur, as an author, as a wife, as a partner, as a friend. MommiNation was birthed out of my idea of wanting to create that same community I had in sports in a new arena. My arena has changed but my desire to be on a team and be in community hasn’t.”