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Motivational Mom of the Month - Grace Festa

Happy New Year! 2021 is here and I think we're all feeling hopeful! It has to be a better year than last, right?!

Let's start the year off with our Motivational Mom of the Month, Grace Festa! Grace has been a member of FIT4MOM for for-ev-ver (*Squints circa The Sandlot) You can always count on Grace to a) make you laugh b) show up with a smile on her face and c) show up late - but that's just one of the reasons we love her!

Join me in getting to know Grace a little better!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

Fit4mom used to meet at Wellesley, the neighborhood where I live. I started with BodyBack when my son was six months old in 2014. But I really wish I had known about the group sooner, because I would have been all about the stroller strides classes while I was still on maternity leave.

What do you love most about being part of this community?

I love all the moms! Momming isn’t easy, and it’s amazing to have a group of ladies going through the same things you are to share tips, and sometimes just to commiserate.

Who are you a mom to?

I am mom to John, who is a big boy now at 6 years old.

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

I love getting to be a kid again right along with my son. I love watching him discover the world and develop his own sense of self. And of course, I love snuggles!

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

One horse-sized duck, for sure. I prefer to throw myself into a single absorbing task rather than deal with a million little things.

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How do you stay fit when you're not working out with FIT4MOM?

These days, we’re so lucky to have so many class choices that this is a bit of a moot point. But I do love kickboxing.

How do you practice self-care?

I like to make sure I take time to be alone, even if that means hiding in my office now that we don’t leave the house. A bit of quiet time is so important.

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

I grew up in Connecticut and moved to Virginia when I met my now husband. We were living in Virginia Beach and didn’t love it, so we picked out Richmond as a place to settle. That turned out to be a really great decision and we’ve been here for about 15 years now.

How did becoming a mother change you?

Ha! In so, so, so many ways. I have more patience and empathy for starters.

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

I just finished up Bridgerton on Netflix. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure, but I defiantly recommend!

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How did you meet your husband?

I visited my best friend from high school at (then) Mary Washington College during spring break of our freshmen year. He was a friend of hers.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Lots of crazy things that don’t suite me, like a ballerina and a marine biologist. Then I was clueless for a really long time. But I finally found a career in economic development and now I’m home.

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

Probably head straight for any type of junk food or candy, which was pretty restricted other than at holidays growing up.

I always look forward to how people answer the duck vs horse question and I feel like yours was so thought out and poignant, Grace! We're all so glad you hated Virginia Beach and moved to Richmond and that you found Our Village. Happy New Year!

- megan