Tell us about yourself and your family.
Go hard or go home… that’s kind of been me since I was a little girl. As a West Seattle local who grew up in the Arbor Heights neighborhood, I committed myself to swimming at a pretty early age. The dedication, teamwork, and energy to be successful has tremendously helped me as a mom and a huge reason why I’ve been part of FIT4MOM for almost four years. During the day, I’m running Hazel Valley Elementary as a school principal to ensure the students and families of that community are getting the best educational experience possible. Education has been my passion for over 16 years and although it’s extremely hard to balance work and life- I love what I do. When I come home at night, I am lucky to have Noah, age 3 and Savannah, age 5 to graciously poor out tons of love as I walk through the door. My husband who works within the restaurant industry will often have dinner ready and is a huge support to making everything work!
On the weekends, we love to play sports, go to Seahawks games, spend time with friends, go swimming or just take the bikes and our dog Daisy out for a walk. We love living in West Seattle as we either walk or take the bus places and love hanging out with our friends in the neighborhood.
What surprised you the most once you became a mom?
I’m the kind of person who lives by my outlook calendar, tries to plan ahead and be organized. I felt after becoming a mom, that seemed to go out the window. Sleep schedule?? What?!?— I just needed some sleep! The unpredictability and lack of consistency I soon had was definitely a challenge. I also remember listening to other moms, trying what the “book” says, reading internet articles, blah blah blah— at the end of the day, I realized I had to do what made sense for my children and family. The other surprise— oh yea, they do sleep in your bed, they will want to play on your phone and iPad...! I might have been that “person" who pre-baby said, “she won’t be sleeping in our bed, there won’t be any phone or iPad…” HA! Survival people! I also was surprised about how much I could love something so much! They fill my cup everyday.
Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?
Funny story— I joined FIT4MOM through a Groupon. After having Noah, my almost 4 year old, I saw the Groupon for 10 stroller stride classes for the price of 5. I thought- hmm, I’ll try this out! During my first class when we were doing squats to twinkle, twinkle, I almost laughed out loud. However, the class was challenging, the women were amazing and I kept coming back for more. When my maternity leave was over, I couldn’t quite figure out how to go back and balance everything. It drove me crazy to not have a consistent workout. A year and a half later, I did a July preview classes and it kicked my butt. I was in love with body back! I have been in the body back (Shred), 5:30am Tu/Thu class ever since and it’s MY TIME to have ME TIME. Beyond just a workout, it’s my ladies— they inspire, motivate, encourage and support me like no workout group has.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
I would love to get my doctorate degree and continue to study early learning education. Our little ones are amazing in their ability to make sense of the world and it’s a passion of mine to continue to support our community and society to ensure every child has similar opportunities to my own. If there were no obstacles— every child, birth to age 8 would have the early learning, early medical interventions and family support to be successful in this world.
What is your favorite go to piece of baby gear?
My BOB! Although we are pretty far removed at this point from the baby gear stage, my single and double bob have been amazing in our lives. We (my husband and I) have stomped most of West Seattle, been able to get many errands done, I’ve prepared for 1/2 marathons and lived with one car because of our bob! When it’s time to part with my bob, I will definitely have to find a new mom who is as excited as I was when I first got it!
Any advice for new moms?
Have fun! As a little bit of a control freak (or maybe a lot) I just had to learn to let go at times. Everyone says it and it’s true- it goes fast. Enjoy the little moments- let them lick the frosting first, stay up late every so often and get messy. Keep their imagination alive by letting them do the talking, always let them ask why, turn their questions back into questions, and remember to hang out with girlfriends and kiss your husband!