Meet Ramiza, a wonderful member of Our Village who has found a new set of mom friends while progressing through the Fit4Baby, Stroller Strides, and Body Back!
Where are you originally from?
I was in born in Fiji, raised in Auckland, New-Zealand and my husband was born and raised in California. We moved to Seattle in 2007 after falling in love with the beautiful landscapes and diverse communities. Aisha, our daughter, was born in Seattle.
When did you join FIT4MOM?
I joined FIT4MOM in 2015.
What classes do you attend?
Who is your workout buddy and their age?
My work out buddy is my daughter Aisha Khan. She turns 7 months on December 21st.
What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?
There are so many! I love about this amazing community. I have a close friend who had highly recommended this program as a place to meet moms, learn the tricks about motherhood (the stuff you can't find in books), have fun and also take care of your health all at the same time! Where else can you really do that? I have also enjoyed meeting so many different women, all with such heartfelt stories and parenting experiences. I think the community experience, the fact that we all have this shared blessing called motherhood, makes exercising while connecting with others, such an authentic experience. I have also enjoyed trying the different physical activities/food challenges and themed classes over the last several months.
How has FIT4MOM changed your lifestyle choices?
What I appreciate about the program is the bonus of experienced nutritionists. While pregnant, I had to really think about what I was eating and find a way to stay active, even though it was hard to push myself at times! All those ice-cream cravings and naps calling my name made me want to stay at home and indulge. FIT4MOM pushed me to make smart choices about my eating habits as well as how to stay active, both pre- and post-baby. Even if I didn’t make a class, I knew I could still access the resources that were posted each week, and still be provided with important information to make those smart choices. Although I have not met my personal fitness goals yet, because of this program, I feel like I have taken the appropriate steps in the right direction. Ultimately, I would like to lead to a healthier lifestyle and be a role-model for my daughter.
What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home (if you don’t currently work outside the home)?
I used to teach elementary students at a private K-5 school. Right now, I work part-time from home as a curriculum coordinator.
Share your thoughts on the concept of “it takes a village” – is it important for moms to join a village?
I share and connect with many of the stories and experiences immigrants or transplants have when relocating to a new place. I have always been part of a village, and when my husband and I moved to Seattle on our own, it was important to us to find community groups to belong to, and make new friends. We have been fortunate in so many ways. Redmond proved to have so many resources we could access, from Indian grocery stores to great neighbors, we felt at home. And now, joining a community of amazing women, has added to this feeling. I sincerely believe that a sense of belonging and community impacts how you live your life- whether you stay or leave a place, the choices you make each day, your self-confidence and overall happiness. I think if new moms share similar values and beliefs, joining a group, especially one where you can share the journey of motherhood, makes you feel “at home”, and for me, home is truly where the heart is.
What is your favorite beverage?
Right now, I am really enjoying flavored sparkling water. However, I am looking forward to soy lattes once I am done with breastfeeding!
What is your favorite dessert?
This is hard to answer! I love ice-cream and pastries, like chocolate eclairs the best!
You are given 4 hours of FREE babysitting. What would you do?
I would find a way to have the babysitter also babysit (or find an additional helper) the kids of a few of my close friends, so that we could have a mini girl’s day/night out! We would get our nails done, eat somewhere fancy or maybe go a nice spa! It’s hard to get everyone together because our kids are different ages and many of my friends work full-time.
What is your ultimate child-free vacation destination?
Although experiencing a child-free vacation sounds amazing, I strongly believe in developing globally competent children. I would love to Aisha to travel around the world and learn about how others live their lives, understand the many diverse beliefs, customs etc.…and become a culturally sensitive and responsive adult. My hope and dream is for her to be an active global citizen and advocate for others and their universal rights. I also hope to inspire her to become a life-long learner, always curious and asking questions, while developing a love of travel. One of my dream destinations is Europe. I would love to take her there one day!
How has becoming a mother changed you?
Becoming a mother has been such a wonderful and learning experience. Even though you are told what to expect and how to prepare, I think I must’ve been in a bubble when I was pregnant! I like routines and have always been a “on schedule” kind of person. I have quickly learned that motherhood and parenting needs to be a fluid, flexible and open experience. That it’s okay if you don’t get to everything on your list, and that the small moments with your child are so sacred because time flies by so quickly. I have also learned that sometimes you don’t know the answer to a problem or situation, and that it’s okay to ask for help…hence, the concept of “it takes a village” plays a huge role in my life.
I am happiest when...
As common as this response may be, I am happiest when I am with all of my family. Most of my family live in New Zealand or Canada, and it’s such a great feeling when we are all together. I love seeing how much my nieces and nephews have grown and just spending time exploring new places and sharing laughter. Family has and always will be an important aspect of our lives.