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FIT4MOM of the Month: Julia Scott

Good Morning Ladies,

We're starting a new post series, Mom of the Month, and Julia has graciously agreed to be our first mom. Many of you know Julia from Body Back, Stroller Strides and her work planning Our Village activities and outreach. She is an awesome and fascinating person, so let's learn more about her, shall we?

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Hi, Julia! How did you find Fit4Mom Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

My therapist mentioned Mommy&Me type activities when I had baby #1. Years later, with baby #2, the 3 of us happened to check out Duncroft Castle and saw the last few minutes of a Stroller Strides class, instructed by Elizabeth. I’ve been a member since October 2015.

What do you love most about Fit4Mom?

Making friends, getting out of the house, and commiserating with other moms.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Richmond?

I was born in Germany, moved around every few years until my dad retired from the Air Force in Yorktown, Va. I came to Richmond for college (VCU).

How did you meet your husband? Tell me about your first date.

We met at Rare Olde Times when I was 18, dragged out by a friend who was of age and kind enough to let me drink at her apartment beforehand. He offered to take me home b/c my friend was wasted. Our first date was at Triple, but playing pool was cut short due to me being under 21.

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Who are you a mom to?

Eva, born 1/11/11 at 13:31 and Tommy, born 3/21/14 about 7 minutes after getting to the hospital around 3am.

What are three words you'd use to best describe yourself?

Creative, vegetarian, perfectionist.

What is something you've done that you're really proud of?

Most of my art is self-taught.

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What is the last great book or television series you've read/watched?

The Girl on the Train, (novel) and Mindhunter, (on Netflix).

What were you like in high school?

I was in the IB program which required community service hours, physical activity, and creativity. Wanting to not be like all my “good student” peers, I was the one with pink hair in the 10th grade, donning gothic garb, and writing emo poetry.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I had no specific interests or career ambitions and felt ambivalent toward college. I couldn’t really picture life after age sixteen. Setting goals & making long-term plans is still a personal challenge. I’d like to be good at whatever I do, but I don’t like making a decision.

Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or one hundred duck-sized horses?

Is fighting the only option? I’d prefer to gain the trust and friendship of the adversary, but given the amount of care required to appease either the one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses, I’d choose the huge duck and just hope to find a large pond and lots of bread. On the other hand, if those cute little horses had a decently sized backyard, I could charge admission for Barbie pony rides. But I’m not into exploiting sentient life. (Sorry, Barbie.) Then again, I’d rather associate with a one quack than 100 neigh-sayers.

What is the best purchase you've ever made?

My smart phone, early 2016. Before then I didn’t send texts b/c of the surcharge. I suddenly gained access to society, enabling me to pursue the new-found endeavor of forging connections to other human beings. i.e. Facebook and Words With Friends.

What is one thing you enjoy cooking?

Anything with 5 or fewer (animal friendly) ingredients or steps.

If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would she do first?

Over-dose with a sugar high.

Which celebrity, dead or alive, would you love to have coffee with?

Regina Spektor. I love her music; it speaks to me on so many different levels. I aspire to her vocal abilities and creative bravery.

How did becoming a mother change you?

There are many things that used to bother me that I just don’t have the time to indulge anymore, like compulsive hand-washing. I’ve had to get over worrying about dirt and germs and sweating. I’m better now at asking questions and surviving social awkwardness.

Woah, now we know the truth:

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Thank you, Julia, for letting us behind the curtain. It was great learning more about you. Moms, be on the lookout, because you may be next. Happy Monday!

♥ Erin

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