At WiO we have women from all walks of life and in our blog feature, WiO Working Gals, we will be highlighting women who are tackling their careers, dating lives andever-evolving self all at the same time. Log on every Wednesday, to see who we are spotlighting, tips and more.
Tell us a bit about yourself..
I am a Hoboken home owner, born in Brooklyn but raised in Staten Island. I attended Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland where I received a BA degree in speech-language pathology (SLP) and audiology. After graduating, I decided to try my hand at the IT industry, wishing I had stayed with SLP, and began work at a technology firm in NYC. After several years in the industry, I decided I was unhappy in this line of work and was contemplating returning to the field of SLP. The events of 9/11 helped me to determine my career plans. On that morning as I drove through the Holland Tunnel the towers were still standing but when I emerged on the NY side they were not. For me this was a sign. I left my job and began to work for the NJ school system as a speech therapist. I received my MS degree in SLP from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. and continue to work in the NJ school system as a speech-language pathologist. In 2009, I moved to Hoboken and became quite involved within the town. Together with a friend, we run the Hoboken Social Sandbox a meet-up group of people living within the Hoboken area. The Hoboken Social Sandbox is instrumental in charitable events, happy hours, and social activities.
I love being able to walk to everything and having my friends only a few blocks away! Some of my favorite places to go in town are: 10th and Willow, Trinity, Hudson Tavern, Carpe Diem, Turtle Club, Clinton Social, and Madison's.
How do you balance your working life and getting to the studio?
Balancing my working life and getting to the studio often presents a challenge. In addition to my full-time job, I also work for NJ's Early Intervention System after work and host events for the Hoboken Social Sandbox. The day and times of these after work activities varies from week to week, so a set schedule at the studio doesn't work for me. I have to work my studio time around my personal schedule. Late night classes at the studio help me. I'm able to set aside time even later in the evening even after a really long day.
What do you find challenging? Feeling good and looking good motivates me but keeping to a regular schedule is challenging.
What are your future goals?
My future fitness goals are to continue to attend Zumba Love and Ride classes and work toward losing weight. My future goal would be to work toward doing a Mud Run or Triathlon like the Jersey Girl or Danskin.
What piece of advice do you have for any other WiO working gals?
Stay focused, partner with a friend, and take one day at a time. If you fall off the bandwagon just pick right up and get back in the studio.