Elements of Fitness – A Mother's Memoir

About Me

The most important things to me in life are love, laughter, peace, family and friends.

Notice my most important things aren’t things at all.

I am optimistic, patient, caring, I love the finer things in life, and I’m always able to see the best in other people.

I consider time to be life’s most precious asset.

My parents divorced when I was 12 and from there I was raised primarily by my Dad.

He was strict but also kind.  He taught me to always be fair.  He taught me to always take care of yourself first because if you don’t have your health, you have nothing.

I hate public speaking.

But I love planning someone else’s public speaking event.

I don’t need to be in charge but my opinion needs to count.

I am not easily offended and I rarely cry.

I always give more than is required of me in any job or on any project.

I can see the good in every situation.

I am analytical.

I think outside the box…  (all the best ideas are there).

I believe the glass could be half-full or half-empty… because it depends on what’s in the glass.

In college I majored in journalism because two of my most favorite things to do are writing and photography.

My oldest daughter Kaitlyn was born when I was 21.

My second daughter Britney was born 16 months later.

This was an exhausting period in my life but it also made me realize who I am and why I’m here.

Being pregnant and giving birth to my children created some of the best memories and wonderful times in my life.

My hobbies before having children were shopping, scrapbooking, writing, reading, traveling.

My hobbies post-babies are still shopping, writing, reading and NOW  exercising, and spending meaningful, and now quality time with my kids.  They won’t be next to me forever,  so this small window is precious and so important.

I currently work full-time.  Around the clock . . .  Being a Mom never stops.

Someday I hope to run a marathon.

Someday I hope to write a book. . . and then actually publish it.  (I’ve started writing several but haven’t finished one to be published)

I love learning new things.

The thrill of learning is the possibility of growing, getting up after being knocked down and the questions about yourself that your mind must answer along the way.


When all the kids are in school I want to travel the world….again and again.   And then visit them again… twice more.

I prefer e-mails and text messaging to phone calls…. (the phone never rings when it’s convenient for me).

I believe in love with all my heart but I have a hard time believing in marriage.

I try to put other people before myself.

I wish all children could be born into love and peace.

I think gratitude is important.

I am content but always dreaming.  Goals are dreams with deadlines.

If I had more time, I would volunteer at a shelter for women and children and teach them how to get back on their feet from whatever crisis they have endured.

Someday I want to live in a sustainable community where I can walk to the grocery store, a park, and a little café where I can sip my coffee at 11am, eat a croissant and watch all the passers by.

If I were rich, I would first hire a maid.

Then a personal shopper to do the grocery shopping.  I wouldn’t need them to do my own personal clothing shopping because I believe I will always enjoy that.   🙂

Then I’d hire a professional photographer at least four times a year to follow my family around for the day and take candid shots… and possibly hire someone else to simultaneously play epic soundtrack theme songs whenever I experience a defining moment.

I would do this now but I find it hard to take the picture and yet, also be in it.

Other than that, I’d pretty much live life the same way.

I love to dance.  “I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find for words.”  –Ruth St. Denis

I love wearing skirts and heels.

I love watching romantic comedies that have happy endings.

I love songs about love.

I wouldn’t want to live in any other generation.

I love computers, the internet, digital cameras and technology.

I have a list of goals. Long term and short term because I love to look back and realize my dreams have come true.

Before you judge anyone, remember everyone acts a certain way for a reason.  We’ve all experienced something that has shaped our personality and behaviors and made us who we are.

“If you don’t like where you are, then make a CHANGE.  You are NOT a tree.”

Always be kind.  Kind to people and kind to animals.  We are all God’s creatures.

Perspective on this “pale blue dot” we live on called Earth:    “That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”  – Carl Sagan


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