Happy October, y'all!
October brings me so much joy! Great weather, college football, pumpkin patches, Halloween, candy upon candy AND a new Motivational Mom of the Month! Let's give it up for Kristen!
How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?
My first stint of Body Back was back in 2015 I believe. Back when I was a mom of one. The session was in my neighborhood, which was super convenient! Then from there, I’ve done Fit4Baby, Stroller Strides, more Body Back, Run Club and now Body Well. Geez....I’ve been around! 🤪
What do you love most about being part of this community?
Honestly, it’s the moms. I’m sure Amanda will agree that I talk A LOT during class. Getting out of the house and being able to connect with other moms is my therapy. I love that we all build each other up and make each other feel that we are not alone in this crazy life of motherhood.
Who are you a mom to?
I am a mom to Penelope (8), Desmond (4) and Tula (3).
What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
The saying “the days are long and the years are short“ is so true. But what I love most, is looking back and seeing how much my kiddos have grown both physically and mentally. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day struggles, that sometime you forget how far they’ve come! Or heck, how far I’ve come as a mother. It’s amazing to see our little family unit working together to become better humans and continuously learning from one another.
Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or one hundred duck-sized horses?
Ummm....I’ll take one horse-sized duck please. A hundred duck-sized horses sound like trying to manage a circus and I already have one of those over here.
How do you stay fit when you're not working out with FIT4MOM?
I love to run....without music - I know, that’s weird. There’s something about going for a run and listening to my feet hit the ground. Somehow it clears my head.
How do you practice self-care?
My me-time is spent either quilting or knitting. I’m all about the old-lady hobbies! Once the kids are in bed, I can get lost in whatever crafty project I’m working on.
Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Richmond?
We moved a lot growing up. I was born in Portsmouth, VA; then we lived in Florida, Virginia, Illinois and back to Virginia. After college, I spent time in Florida and Arizona before moving to Richmond. By far, RVA is my favorite!
How did becoming a mother change you?
Oh gosh - less sleep? Honestly, it’s made me be more honest with myself and learn to let things go. I used to think I could take on everything, and it all had to be perfect. But having three kids has forced me to slow down, and focus on the important things - and when to say enough is enough and let some things go. You know, some nights (okay - really a lot of nights) we go to bed and the house looks like a bomb went off. And that’s okay.
What is the last great book or television series you've read/watched?
I love me some “This is Us” and “A Million Little Things”. I’m so excited that these fall shows are coming back soon!!
How did you meet your husband?
Anish and I met at Virginia Tech. We were both Resident Advisors in the same dorm....I promise we aren’t totally lame! 🤪 Our coworkers always called us the old married couple long before we ever dated because we were always giving each other a hard time. I guess they knew more than we did....here we are now, 14 years later with 3 kids! ️
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be an engineer - I’ve always loved math. I spent 14 years working as a mining engineer and recently became a SAHM in June, so this is a whole new world to me!
If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would she do first?
Probably run away!! Way to much noise and chaos in our house! 🤣
GO HOKIES! Kristen, I love what you said about learning to let things go and focus on the here and now - something I know we can all do a little more of. I've also seen your "old lady" work and you do a beautiful job! Seriously, like you should sell it. Thank you for sharing a little bit about yourself