The hats I wear:
Mother to Nora and Lila, Recipient and Giver in truly amazing friendships, Public School Speech-Language Pathologist, Communicator and Peacekeeper with my prior husband, and a Runner… who will one day soon become a Guide Runner for those who are blind.
What makes your heart pound?
Flutter…watching Nora conquer a task that requires physical agility, watching her draw and watching the Olympics with my daughters.
Pound…the moment a great song comes on the radio and you crank the volume to feel it pulsating in your chest or on the dance floor!
The Always…oversleeping, getting pulled over and watching Nora’s surgeons walk toward us with their report while she is in recovery
What gets you up in the morning? What keeps you up at night?
That first quality cup of coffee, the sunrise and the pitter-patter of lil feet
Up at Night:
Housework, writing, photo editing or that glass of wine that turns into a bottle!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Food! PB mackinaw island fudge ice cream drizzled with my parents homemade maple syrup, red velvet cake, BBQ chicken pizza, Corona with a lime on the beach, any dish with fresh herbs and a two hour massage with hot rocks and a good pedicure.
What do you say to the woman who says she doesn’t think she can run?
Yes, you can! One foot in front of the other, keep moving, look up-not down, and in my fathers words, “run your own race.”
How do you want the world to remember you?
Compassionate woman, sacred friend, loving mother and brilliant speech-language pathologist. I am not the life of the party, but I love the party and getting to know your story…
What running shoes are you most loyal to?
Saucony Triumph and Mizuno Wave Prophecy
What your go to flower and why?
White…I am a dreamer, hopeless romantic, I believe in taking the high road, showing grace in adversity and in success, I welcome new beginnings and put myself out there because I am worth it (hints of Dark Pink) and I believe in my souls freedom (Blue). Somedays, I just want Yellow and not have a care in the world.
Master of a ridiculously delicious red velvet cake recipe, organizing anything, capturing a moment in a picture and seeing a child’s soul.
Who inspires you the most?
My father, athletes who overcome adversity and injury, my friends (soul & sole-sisters) and my daughters
What are the five words that best define you?
Compassionate, grateful, spiritual, happy and resilient
Caffeinated beverage choice? And how often do you need one?
Coffee…really good coffee, daily.
Why do you run?
To be free, to fly, to center myself, to connect with my friends, to be strong physically and emotionally and to allow my daughters to see me take care of myself because I can and want to.
The time of day that I love to run the most is…
Evening-sunset time, when the stars come out and the full moon lights our way or early in the morning to catch the sunrise before the world wakes up.
What’s the life lesson you want to pass on to your children?
Explore, try new things, listen more, talk less, take the time to find out what makes your soul happy and at peace, nurture friendships, be true to yourself and find the good in others. Slow down…take care of what matters most to the core of your being. Be open, but be strong so that others know you stand for something. Smile at others and let go…
First words that come to your mind when you think of crossing the finish line?
Hell yeah, I did it! Thank you to the hands that I get to hold when we cross the finish line-arms in the air and congratulations to my beautiful, kick-ass, strong fellow flowers!!!