Meet mom of the month Cathy! Finding your village when you move to a new place can be tough. We're proud of this mama for diving in and setting an example for her girls. Congrats, Cathy!
Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Woodinville. After college I lived in Seattle, NYC, and London. My husband, Jeff, and I moved back here 3 years ago, right before our first daughter was born.
When did you join FIT4MOM?
I started Stroller Strides in 2017, after my daughter, Chelsea, was born.
What classes do you attend?
Run Club and Stroller Strides
Who is/are your workout buddy(ies) and their age(s)?
Chelsea is 3 years old and Whitney is 8 months old.
What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?
I love that you can make it what you want. There's a huge variety of classes to choose from, so many friendly women to get to know, and many opportunities to socialize (can't wait till we can do that again!) No matter your level of fitness, you will find a non-judgmental, welcoming group of amazing women.
What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home (if you don’t currently work outside the home)?
I've been a stay at home mom since my first was born. My most recent job was a researcher at a law firm in London. I stalked people online and wrote biographies on them - I loved it!
Share your thoughts on the concept of “it takes a village” – is it important for moms to join a village?
I think it is SO important for moms to have some sort of support network. Motherhood is amazing but it can be really, really hard and I don't know what I'd do without my mom friends. It's incredible seeing the kids go through such similar phases at the same time. Just knowing I'm not alone and I'm not the only one facing the challenges of raising kids has been a huge benefit to me these past few years.
What is your favorite beverage?
A nice, hoppy IPA.
What is your favorite dessert?
My DIY Oreo blizzard. I had them almost nightly through both of my pregnancies.
You are given 4 hours of FREE babysitting. What would you do?
I'd get a massage or pedicure and then drink wine with my husband or a friend.
What is your ultimate child-free vacation destination?
Anywhere warm with a beach where I can just sit.
How has becoming a mother changed you?
Beginning a mother has made me want to become a stronger person. Standing up for myself has never come easy, but now I know these girls depends on me to stand up for them and teach them how to do it for themselves. There's lots of room for improvement, but I'm working on it.
I am happiest when...
When I tell my daughter, "I love you" and she says back, "I love you too." It's seriously the best feeling.