1. Tell us about yourself!
These days, I spend most of my time either parenting my little person or teaching literature and composition at a local private school. However, I originally trained as an operatic soprano, and I taught yoga and meditation for several years, so I guess you could say my interests are varied.
2. What inspired you to become a MOVEr?
About a year ago, I started struggling with injuries relating to hyper-mobility in my yoga practice. I went to see a specialist who suggested that I start strength training to support my flexibility. I found Move online and figured I’d check it out; it was only three minutes from my house.
3. What are your fitness &/or wellness goals?
I have an active three year-old, and I like being able to keep pace with her. I’m a single parent, so I can’t tap out on the playground. Or ever, really. This was hard in the beginning, but like so many of life’s curve balls, now I find it empowering. A blessing, even. I like being one of the only moms tearing it up in the dirt with my kid. Almost every time I’m out with June, somebody asks,”Where do you get your energy?”
Beyond that, I grew up in an environment that revolved around a very limited view of the feminine, and my bigness was discouraged in all senses. I want more for my daughter. One of my favorite things about MOVE is: nobody comments on what my body looks like; they comment on what it can do. That’s basically my philosophy when it comes to June, and I’m doing my best to model for her a woman who is powerfully engaged in the world, both physically and mentally, and true to who she is.
4. How has MOVE helped you reach these goals, and what advice do you have to stay active?
Without question, MOVE has helped me excavate my inner athlete. What a gift. I mean, I knew I was flexible, and I could knock out a few fancy yoga poses. But I had no idea how strong I was. Accessing that strength has helped so much to navigate the ups and downs of life. After going through a difficult couple of years, I feel like I’ve finally got my swagger back.
Also, between single parenting and spending most days with a bunch of hormonal teenagers, I lead a somewhat complicated life. I appreciate the simplicity of an environment where I just show up and do what I’m told. Where willingness is what matters. Where I can easily measure my progress. Where I consistently get high fives.
But mostly, MOVE helps me show up in my life. I feel strong and at home in my skin, and I’m much more likely to be out in the world, even when it scares me. I guess that would be my advice regarding staying active: just show up. Even when it’s hard. And if you struggle to do that for yourself, then find someone or something to be accountable to. For me, that’s MOVE. From the coaching staff to the community, MOVE is such good people. I feel absolutely blessed to be a member.