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Mom of the Month: Jennifer Beckmann

Where are you originally from?

I grew up on the coast of Washington in a town called South Bend. It is on the way to Long Beach.

When did you join FIT4MOM?

So long ago it is hard to remember. I think it was January 2016.

What classes do you attend?

I've always been in the M/W 5:30am Body Back. I occasionally join Run Club (I'm in it now), or go to Boost or TRX.

Who is/are your workout buddy(ies) and their age(s)?

Well, my M/W crew of course--Casey and Katie have been steady buddies in that class. I run during the week with Amy, Caroline, Melanie, and Jaime. I also run with a friend from work who lives near me, Latosha. Age isn't a thing I ask my workout buddies--Maybe this question is about my kids? They are almost 10 and almost 7 and don't work out with me!

What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?

I love the community of women and moms who are health conscious.

What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home (if you don’t currently work outside the home)?

I am a Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft working in the Office product. I manage ten software engineers and have worked at Microsoft for twelve years. I love working on a product that so many people use around the world.

Share your thoughts on the concept of “it takes a village” – is it important for moms to join a village?

Madeline Albright once said "There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women." And, while I think this is really strong way to phrase it, the quote always strikes me that it isn't always the default to help other women. It's easy to fall into judgement and put walls between us.

My thought on "it takes a village" is that as a village we are a collective in nurturing healthy relationships and healthy bodies for ourselves, our family, and our work. Women can accomplish great things, both big and small, if we support each other.

What is your favorite beverage?

Water

What is your favorite dessert?

Key Lime Pie

You are given 4 hours of FREE babysitting. What would you do?

I'd go shopping for clothes at a mall.

What is your ultimate child-free vacation destination?

Anywhere in Europe

How has becoming a mother changed you?

I have become more aware of the way people, in general, are motivated, what incentives work, and strategies for influencing people to do things.

I am happiest when...

After a long run I am able to stretch and roll-out in peace and quiet, and enjoy the soreness.