Meet Kari Wildner
- Tell us a little about your family
I am married to my best friend Rory and we have one kiddo/daughter Lea, who is 11 years old. We have an adopted cat named Luigi and we love him (even tho we are really dog people at heart☺) Our family likes to run and we especially all like to get our goofy/silly on together. Fun fact: my husband ran in college so he really introduced me to running. At first, I could not run for more than a few minutes and my breathing was just so horrible. After training for a few months though, I ran my first 5k without stopping and could not believe how far I had come. Now I am training for my 4th half marathon!
- Tell us about your LAUGH journey
Last year was my first year at LAUGH and I kind of joined in on a whim after hearing about it at church and seeing posts on Facebook about it. It sounded like something that would be uplifting and also would serve as a time every week to get outside, to get moving, and to get to know other Christian women. I, unfortunately, missed out on the LOL 5k last year, but am really looking forward to running it this year along with the other women I meet!
- What are you currently reading or listening to (podcasts, books, blogs etc)?
I just finished reading Fervent by Priscilla Shirer with a girls Bible study! It was such a great read for anyone looking to really dig into prayer and to look at prayer with a fresh perspective. I also just got Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist and am ready to jump into that and to try some new recipes, spending time in fellowship and enjoying good food with friends and family. As far as podcasts, I am a big TED talks listener and tune into all things NPR!
- What are some of your favorite quotes or words to live by?
Oh man…favorite quotes…I really like Brene’ Brown’s work and one of my favorite quotes of hers is “Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.” I feel like we as women place so much pressure on ourselves and I know that when I focus on letting go of those self-expectations, I am kinder to myself, I am a more present wife and mom and friend and co-worker, etc.
- What are some of your favorite go to meals when time is tight and dinner must get on the table?
You can never go wrong with brinner! Breakfast anything for dinner is always a win at our house, breakfast burritos, pancakes, French toast with some fruit…all super quick and easy and comforting☺ We also eat a lot of homemade Mexican too, black bean tacos, taco salad, tostadas, guacamole or pico on everything! Pretty quick as long as all of the ingredients are in the pantry!
- What is a fun LAUGH memory you have?
One of my favorite/most meaningful LAUGH memories I have was during a run with my group and I was just really struggling/having a hard time keeping up. My group leaders Lisa and Brienne were so kind and supportive and they would just take a few minutes to walk and talk with me. To me, that really summed up what LAUGH is about, lifting one another up, encouraging each other as women while getting to know one another. I had a lot of fun pushing myself to try harder and felt so welcome in my group☺
- What music do you like to listen to when exercising?
I actually have been trying to go without music lately, just to allow some quiet mental space during my long runs. But, for regular exercise, I love One Republic (those beats!) and also Sia (Titanium anyone??!) It definitely gets me going when I need that extra push! My close friends and running buddies know when a Sia song comes on my playlist because I am not above dancing/running☺
- What is your favorite running apparel or must have?
I have come to realize just how critical having a good pair of running shoes is! So, always good shoes that are fit for my feet and gait as well as my flip belt. It holds everything you need for any type of run or activity!
- What one thing would you want the world to know about LAUGH?
LAUGH is truly for every woman, any age, any fitness level. If you are just a little curious or interested, I challenge you to show up and find out what an awesome community it is! Be prepared to hear authentic, personal stories and testimonies from women who will inspire you and to encourage you on your own health journey. And, of course be prepared to have fun and for a lot of laughter☺
- What does living a VIBRANT life look like to you?
To me, living a VIBRANT life looks like being comfortable in your own skin, using the talents and gifts that God has given you to be a blessing to those around you, to uplift others, and to have the courage to just be yourself and to be vulnerable. When I strive to live this way, I definitely feel like I am focused on letting God use me to fulfill His purpose!
- What advice would you give to a new LAUGHer?
You are already more than enough, so show up/don’t be afraid! I think it is really easy to doubt ourselves and to talk ourselves out of doing something new or different, maybe because we are scared to look silly or out of shape or whatever. The best thing about LAUGH is that is really is a place where women are welcomed, where encouragement is everywhere, and where so much FUN happens!
- What is your go to source of exercise, your favorite workout, or regularly scheduled workout?
Right now I am logging a lot of miles running, but my favorite workouts are group fitness classes like Body Pump or RPM/spinning. I am definitely the person who works out harder when I have a teacher or instructor calling me out and pushing me to give it 110%! I need that accountability, which is another reason why running and moving with a group of women is such an awesome workout for me!
- What is your guilty pleasure food?
Oh man…so many delicious foods to choose from! I am more of a savory food person, so like movie theater popcorn with real butter or some serious pizza is what I like to indulge in☺ And, now I am hungry!