Meet Maria! She joined us from FIT4BABY, and now take HIIT classes online. This busy mama of two impresses us with her drive to further her career. Plus, she's from a country where it takes just FIVE MINUTES to file your taxes! That's an #adulting win :)
Where are you originally from?
I am from a little European corner called Estonia. We are known for a beautiful old-town (from the 14th century), one of the highest numbers of start-ups per capita and the most digital government in the world. We vote online, all state services are accessible online, and just to make you all jealous, filing your taxes takes the average Estonian less than 5 minutes. The only public service you still have to turn up for in person is getting married, everything else you can do online.
When did you join FIT4MOM?
I joined in August last year, approximately 5 days after I moved here. I went in for a FIT4BABY class with Katie Kozlowski and was hooked.
What classes do you attend?
I am finding myself mostly in HIIT classes, especially during Body Back sessions. Although I can’t wait to get back to the studio and try out TRX, it somehow appeals to my fondness for gadgetry.
Who is/are your workout buddy(ies) and their age(s)?
My workout buddies are Leila Rei, who is nearing 4, Casper Fin who is nearing his half-year birthday, and Christoph (their dad), who I have had no luck convincing to join me so far.
What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?
I love the can-do enthusiasm that everyone involved oozes. I think this positivity starts with Jamie and trickles all through the Village from there. It is infectious.
What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home (if you don’t currently work outside the home)?
I quit my job as a CEO in energy and retail back home when we moved and have since been volunteering and freelancing in consulting and strategic planning work. I am now upskilling in full stack web development and will be heading back to the job market this summer looking for something in software engineering or technical project management. That is if anyone is still hiring in the midst of this crisis.
Share your thoughts on the concept of “it takes a village” – is it important for moms to join a village?
For me personally, moving here, while pregnant, to the other side of the World from everyone I knew, finding this Village was such a blessing. We have kept contact with some of the ladies from that FIT4BABY class, who all now have brand new babies, and it has been priceless. Just the fact that I can moan about sleep deprivation or baby weight gain or feeding problems at 4am and someone says, “Same here!“, makes all the difference. Not feeling alone is even more important in a time like now, when connecting with people has to be more deliberate. Ultimately our own mental health paints everything else in our lives and a Village is what keeps you sane.
What is your favorite beverage?
It’s a tossup between black coffee and G&T.
What is your favorite dessert?
Something really basic, like a great bar of chocolate or really creamy gelato. Even better if mint is involved.
You are given 4 hours of FREE babysitting. What would you do?
I assume this imaginary babysitting happens in an imaginary pandemic free world so I would take my husband and go to the fanciest rooftop cocktail bar I could find.
What is your ultimate child-free vacation destination?
I want to sail across the Pacific ocean ending up in French Polynesia. Some people do it with kids, but I would rather not.
How has becoming a mother changed you?
I have so much more patience. Not with my kids, but with everything else. For example I have gotten much better at playing tennis, because I just don’t get as frustrated with myself.
I am happiest when...
learning or experiencing something new.