Motivational Mom of the Month: Katie Espiritu

Happy September, Mamas! Who's ready for fall? Not me, but that's a post for another day. Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Stroller Strides instructor Katie: awesome, enigmatic and mama to one of the cutest babies I've ever seen. Seriously, have you seen Mora? Read on to get to know more about the newest member of our FIT4MOM team!

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

I heard about FIT4MOM from my sister who had participated in a FIT4MOM in California after her first child. I searched for one in Richmond and have been part of the Village since June2018

What is your role at FIT4MOM?

I currently teach Stroller Strides.

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

My favorite part about being a part of this community is that it gives mothers a group of women who have gone through the same things that they are going through. The association of other mothers and children is so fundamental to the development of little minds as well as the sanity of motherhood.

Who are you a mom to?

I am mother to Mora, born February 2018.

What were you like in high school?

I was very athletic. I did club gymnastics as well as community soccer and school track and field. I tended to be rather reserved at school, but liked to goof it up with my sports friends at the gym.

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

I would rather fight one horse-sized duck because, even though it would be incredibly big, there would only be one of them and I wouldn’t have to worry about being blind-sided or overrun by a herd of tiny horses. There is strength in numbers.

What gets you out of bed every day?

Knowing that I get to spend the day with Mora; watching the recognition in her eyes as she learns new things is so incredibly precious to me. Watching her grow is something I look forward to every day.

Who in your life is your biggest fitness or just basic life inspiration?

I feel as if my biggest fitness inspiration is honestly myself. Being better and more capable than I was yesterday is something that I strive to do and leads me on.

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

The best piece of advice that I’ve ever received was that in parenting, the ultimate goal is to do what works for you and your family. Not the ‘trendy thing’ or the ‘customary thing’. Everyone has a different perception of how things should be happening and at what point. You and your child will grow at the rate you are ready to grow at and you shouldn’t worry that what others say is the way it should be done if it doesn’t work for you.

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

I actually love running! I will either go on runs or do yoga.

How do you practice self-care?

The completion of normal household responsibilities is something that helps me settle down mentally. I try to incorporate Mora into getting those done so she is having fun while we pick up around the house, that way, when she is napping, I have some stress-free, clean-house, mommy-time.

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

I grew up EVERYWHERE! My dad was in the Air Force so we moved quite often. I ended up in Richmond after I had graduated from Virginia Tech and my husband (fiancé at the time) still had a year left at VCU.

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

I am proud of how I have raised my daughter so far. It has only been a short time, but I believe that I am doing things to the best of my abilities and it gives me such joy with every smile she shares with me.


How did becoming a mother change you?

I feel as if becoming a mother helped me to realize that I was an adult. It helped solidify the fact that when I went to see my parents, that I had my own family to protect and cultivate rather than only as their child.

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

I would love to have coffee with Robin Williams. I grew up watching him in shows and movies. I know he’s hilarious, but also that he has such a kind and pensive soul. I’d love to get the chance to just spend time with him.

What is your favorite thing about fall?

Honestly, everything. I love the colors in the trees, the cooler weather, starting to wear blankets, the bonfires with family, getting ready for the holiday seasons,… just everything!

When you were a kid, how did you feel about back to school?

I loved going back to school because it meant new friends and that the gymnastics competitive season started back up again.

What were your favorite and least favorite subjects in school?

I loved gym class and all of my elective courses (such as Culinary Arts, Tech Ed, Athletic Injuries, etc.). My least favorite was English.

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

Most recently, I watched the Harry Potter series again. I have read all the books multiple times and it brings back memories of middle and highschool for me to read/watch them over again.

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

My husband and I are highschool sweethearts. We had the same Government class together in 12th grade. On our first date, I had been volunteering for an event hosting local bands on this outside pavilion during the winter months. Dom and I had been friends at this point, so I texted him about how cold it was. He joked that he was around the corner with a hot cup of coffee. About 15 min later, he came with hot coffee and volunteered with me for the rest of my shift. Afterwards, we hung out and watched the local bands till the event was over.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I had wanted to either be a gym teacher or a construction worker when I was little. I loved putting IKEA furniture together, so I thought I would be great at construction. As for the gym teacher, gym was my favorite subject but I never went down the education route when I got to college.

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

If 5-year-old me found herself in my body, she would probably reach for anything above counter height. All of my sisters and I were kitchen climbers when we were little. We were always on the counters reaching for plates, cups, and snacks, etc.

Thanks so much for sharing yourself with all of us, Katie! I find your parenting advice very inspiring. Everyone does things in their own time and at their own speed. That has been the number one lesson that motherhood has taught me as well.

I love hearing about the confidence that you have as a mother, and the pride you have in your fitness accomplishments. That is something that has always been difficult for me, and I think for a lot of women. It's so easy to compare ourselves to other mothers, talk down to ourselves and play down our accomplishments. Thanks for motivating all of us to be more confident and positive!

Have a great week, gorgeous ladies!