How many children do you have and how old are they?
I have 2 children. Mia is almost 3 (in July) and Anna is almost 2 (in August).
What does a typical day look like for you and your girls?
A typical day in our household is varied, but structured: Breakfast, morning activity, lunch, nap, afternoon activity, dinner, bath, tv/read, bedtime. Morning activities are long and diverse: we go to different parks, we swim, visit museums and indoor playspaces, and drop in to different classes around town (e.g., music, puppet shows) etc. Afternoon activities are shorter and typically include going to a local park or playspace. 2-3 times a week, we go to spin class at WiO. On the weekends, we have the same structure, but we are mostly at the beach playing in the sand and water or in upstate NY hitting up parks, trails, and local events.
What are some life mottos your own mother taught you that you instill in your own children?
My children are very young, so some of the life "mottos" my mother taught me have not been relevant at this time. My husband and I both grew up in a loving "tough love" environment and we work hard to parent the girls in a similar manner. So, at the moment, we are trying to help them understand simple things like: you have to work for rewards/results, communication can solve a lot of problems, life consists of things that we want to do and things we don't want to do, how lucky they are for the the people and things in their life, etc.
What keeps you motivated to get to the studio?
There are a few reasons for my motivation. 1) I like the way I feel when I am working out. I simply feel healthier and happier all around. 2) My husband and I have always had an active lifestyle. We want to make sure that Mia and Anna experience this lifestyle growing up and are self-motivated to get up and go. 3) Spinning is amazing exercise, the instructors are terrific, and WiO is one of the coolest places to work out. I have met many "mommy" friends at WiO. It feels like a social gathering, but everyone is exercising really hard!
Are you able to balance your career and being a mommy at the same time?
I had a career, but left the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom. So, I never had the tough job of balancing a career and motherhood. I feel fortunate that I was able to experience a career prior to being a full-time mom; I am able to more fully embrace where I am today without wondering "what if?" Interestingly, I just read in The Economist this week that mothers are the main breadwinners in 40% of American households. That's a lot of pressure!
What is something you try to do for yourself? Describe your ideal "you"time?
My kids aren't in school yet and my husband travels a lot, so I tend to desire time with friends or quiet time by myself. But if you ask me what my ideal "me" time would be, it would include hiking in the mountains, getting a massage and pedicure, reading an interesting non-fiction book, drinking a nice glass of red wine, and getting a good night's sleep. Ahhh....
What is something your children have taught you?
That's an easy one: patience!!!!!