We may be half way through January, but don't worry, we haven't forgotten to introduce our Motivational Mom of the Month! Meet Stroller Strides mama, Lindsey Brown!
How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?
Ever since becoming a mom I have struggled with finding time to workout while not feeling guilty about not spending time with my son, so I had been looking for a way to be active together. I followed a fellow Fit4Mom that I had grown up with on social media and she posted about a free week - so I decided to give it a try during February 2018 and I am so glad that I did!
What do you love most about being part of this community?
I love that we are all at a similar point of our lives and can relate to one another. Once you start to have kids it puts you in a whole new club, one that your non-kid friends don't fully understand. It also has provided me a place to ask questions about being a mom and to get advice on how to deal with new parenting situations.
Who are you a mom to?
Joseph Alexander - 3 years
Elizabeth Carlisle - 11 weeks
What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
So many to choose from! I would have to say my absolute favorite would be experiencing the world through my children's eyes. As we grow up it is easy to get in a routine and to just go through the motions of our day to day lives. But, with my kids everything is new and exciting and has brought the excitement back to the day to day - they find joy in the smallest thing and their giggles put the biggest smile on my face.
Are you a Stay at Home Mom or do you have another job (because let's face it, being a Mom is a job in itself!)? If you work, what do you do?
My "day job" is a Practice Manager of four privately owned small animal veterinary clinics in the Richmond area.
Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or one hundred duck-sized horses?
100% a horse-sized duck. I have been around horses my entire life and own a horse, so their size does not intimidate me and my first word was duck so I feel we would naturally just get along.
How do you stay fit when you're not working out with FIT4MOM?
I would love to say ride my horse but that has definitely taken a back seat, especially now with two kids. We live really close to Bryan Park so I enjoy going for walks in the park and our neighborhood, we also participate in a weekly run club at our neighborhood brewery.
How do you practice self-care?
This is something that I have always struggled with, I have always put others before myself and tend to forget that I also need time for myself. My one guilty pleasure is to get a manicure, something about looking down at my nails when they are painted just makes me happy.
Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Richmond?
I grew up in Glen Allen - could say I am a homebody and always knew I wouldn't leave. I went away to college at Virginia Tech and fell in love with the boy next door, literally. My now husband moved in next door our Junior year and we first struck up a conversation by the fact that he was wearing a Godwin High soccer jersey. I moved back home after graduation while he was still in school as he was studying Architecture and it was a longer program. He came back to Richmond after he finished his Masters in Montreal and proposed the summer of 2012. It was only natural that we settled down in Richmond and we have no plans of ever moving.
What is the last great book or television series you've read/watched?
My goal for 2019 is to get back into reading, so I will have to update y’all on that later. As far as tv I love any medical drama series. My current favorites are Amsterdam and The Good Doctor.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A veterinarian - however once in school I decided I did not really like the medical side (or the debt) so I got an MBA instead but still stayed in the veterinary field.
If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would she do first?
She would 100% jump in the car and drive to the barn - no matter the time of day or weather - the second she found out she owned a horse nothing else would matter.
Thank you so much Lindsey! We love that you're a part of our village and love watching your family grow!