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Motivational Mom of the Month: Jenna Miles

Happy July, Mamas! I can't believe it's almost time for fireworks already! This month I had the privilege of interviewing Jenna Miles whom many of you know as one of our newest Stroller Strides instructors. She is such an accomplished woman. Not only is she a Licensed Professional Counselor, but she became an instructor while pregnant with her second child! Talk about motivating! Read on to learn more about what makes this inspirational mama tick!

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

I have to give all the credit to Megan Ford! She found FIT4MOM and invited me along. And I'm so glad that she did!

What is your role at FIT4MOM?

I am a Stroller Strides instructor and member of the village.

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

I love the ability that the FIT4MOM village has to reach any and all new and veteran moms to help them connect with other moms. Afterall, this job ain't easy!

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

I enjoy playing recreational sports. Before having a child, I was a member of X-team fitness.

Who are you a mom to?

Lawson Wayne Miles. He is a spunky little dude with endless energy.

Do you feel mostly excited or mostly nervous about becoming a mom of two?

That's a trick question :) I would say that I am a combination of both, but mostly nervous at this stage of the game. I have always wanted more than one kiddo and fairly close together, so I'm super excited about that part of the adventure. But the reality of what that might look like is just now starting to set in.

What gets you out of bed every day?

Definitely my family.

What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?

Don't sweat the small stuff, which I still have to remind myself of everyday.

How do you practice self-care?

I could do a better job of this, but I really thrive on time with friends and chill time with my husband at the end of the night. That time really fills me up.

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

Can I say neither? Both birds and horses strike me as unpredictable, but I guess if I had to choose then I would pick the one horse-sized duck.

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

My dad was in the Air Force, so we moved all over the place when I was young. We lived in Ohio, Oklahoma, England, and then Virginia. I followed my older brother to VCU for undergrad and ended up staying indefinitely.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A country singer or a veterinarian.

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

Probably find a way to get very dirty or put on a silly show for anyone who will watch.

What were you like in high school?

I was all over the place! I sang in the showchoir, was a cheerleader, soccer player, and total academic nerd. I still can't figure myself out back then. If I'm being completely honest, I probably wasted most of time being focused on boys. What can I say?

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

We met at Deluxe, before it closed down. Our first date was two days later at Kitchen 64. What stuck out to me the most about Matt was how he did not try to put on any sort of act. He is always unapologetically himself. He actually honked a loogee outside the car window at a stoplight. I surprisingly appreciated the realness!

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

Professionally, I'm really proud of getting my License in Professional Counseling and taking the leap to opening my own solo practice.

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How did becoming a mother change you?

I think it gave me a whole new perspective on life, my priorities, and myself. It has helped show me what I'm personally capable of as well as where I really need to grow.

Do you have any fun summer plans?

Oh, just having another baby and enjoying the "vacation" that comes with maternity leave. ;-)

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

My all time favorite television series is Friends. Most recently, I've really enjoyed the Good Doctor. I haven't had time to read in a while, but I love memoirs. The Glass Castle was an amazing read.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Pralines and Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, Pistachio, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter...should I keep going?

What is your favorite Richmond summer time activity?

Frequenting Costco, especially in this heat. Haha! I love that place. For real though, before having Lawson, rec sports and bar hopping after. Post Lawson, I love spending time with my family doing something new and watching Lawson's eyes sparkle soaking in all the things.

Thanks so much for sharing yourself with us, Jenna! We'll all remember this once you have the new baby. Costco pizza and Haagen Daz delivery coming your way soon!

Have a safe and happy 4th, ladies!

Erin