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state mother of the year

Meet Mariah Prussia, 2020 North Dakota Mother of the Year®

February 10, 2020


Mariah Prussia is a woman who wears a plethora of hats, which include being a single mother of two young boys, motivational speaker / writer, women’s self-defense instructor, radio show host, professional MMA fighter and boxer, personal trainer, adjunct professor and community outreach advocate. In October of this year, the producers of the documentary “Prussia,” (based on her life) were awarded an Emmy in the Upper Midwest for best topical documentary. By allowing herself to be vulnerable through sharing her story, she has found her voice, her passion and determination to help other individuals rise and connect with their own personal stories. Mariah’s mission is to be on a platform that allows her to reach and create a positive ripple effect of change in the masses; empowering women and children, one rep at a time, one voice at a time.

What is your favorite memory as a mother?

One of my favorite memories, was watching my oldest son Antonio’s facial expressions when he saw his brother for the first time in the NICU. Antonio at the age of five was a trooper and savior while I was on hospital bedrest for 40+ days with his brother Jace. Through all of the highs and lows including an emergency c-section, Antonio was always by my side. I couldn’t have been more enlightened to see Antonio hold his “miracle brother” Jace for the first time.

What is the best or worst “mom purchase” you’ve ever made and why?

I’d say my best and sleepless “mom purchase” was buying tickets to Wrestlemania for my oldest son’s birthday, which required driving twenty one hours straight through and driving back thirty six hours later nonstop. My boys and I had an unbelievable time, however; driving back immediately following the event was a true test of running on little sleep. I wouldn’t trade the memories, conversations, lack of sleep or car ride learning more about their individual personalities. The real bonus was, they didn’t fight the entire way there or back, I call that a WIN!

If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what would you ask?

Hmmm…the question I always like to ask is, what is your “why?” It fascinates me to hear how in-depth or how simply people think about their mission in life, or for those who have never even pondered the thought. Whether it’s my children or adults answering the question, I feel we have a lot of similarities, yet so many differences when it comes to life. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we allow ourselves the ability to connect with others. So, what is your why?

What was your biggest misconception about being a mom?

Honestly, I had no clue what motherhood would all entail, besides the obvious of loving and providing for my children. Wait…I take that back, SLEEP, I had no idea how little sleep a mother could function, on until now. Trying to restore my power source is a challenge at times when raising two energizer bunnies and balancing a professional life, however; I couldn’t be more grateful for two healthy boys who feel the living room is now the new found wrestling ring. WWE officially exists in Fargo, North Dakota!

Any special comments or additional information you would like to share:

I feel as mothers, guilt is a commonly felt emotion, so we tend to put our health and well-being on the back burner. The struggle is very real, but the key to maintaining balance, is to include yourself in the equation. You are the foundation, and if the foundation breaks, then the house will fall. Take care of yourself and understand that it is not selfish, it’s a necessity.