Tell us a little bit about your family.
I grew up in Canada and my husband Chad grew up in Michigan. We met at Disney world. We have been together for almost 20 years but have been married for 10 years. We have an awesome little boy Nate who is 9. He is such an energetic, outgoing lovable little man. And we have a beautiful little girl Grace who is 5. She is an animal lover, loves to craft and loves everything pink. She keeps us on our toes.
Tell us about your LAUGH journey.
My LAUGH journey has been amazing. I am so glad that I took that jump into this new ME. Three years ago I was struggling with things in my life, spiritually and health wise. So when I heard about LAUGH through my church I thought why not, I can get to know some women at church. Little did I know that GOD had greater plans for me. So I called my best friend Katie and we got ourselves some new shoes and set out to do this run thing. The first night was very intimidating, but I stuck to it. Every week the running increased and with that the belief in myself grew. Not only did I find myself stronger than I thought I was but I found my walk with GOD growing stronger and stronger. I found a purpose in my life. My marriage got stronger and we as a family grew stronger in Christ. At the end of this 13-week training, I finished my first 5K with my family waiting at the finish line.
Over the last two years I have been a pace group leader at LAUGH. My LAUGH journey is not just about me anymore. It is about helping other women realize that they are beautiful strong women. That with GOD anything is possible. New friendships have been made that I know I will have for a lifetime. LAUGH unites women together. And what is better than Women believing that THEY ARE MORE. When we believe that we are more we can do some amazing things. So watch out world LAUGH is going to reach many women so you better be ready for our AWESOMENESS.
What are you currently reading or listening to (podcasts, books, blogs etc)?
Sad to say but right now I am not reading anything. We just moved and all the free time I have I am unpacking or getting my old house ready to sell.
What are some of your favorite quotes or words to live by?
“I believe in the Sun even when it is not shining. I believe in Love even when I cannot feel it. I believe in GOD even when he is silent.” I saw this quote somewhere and I just love it. Sometimes when we can’t hear GOD speaking to us we feel he is not with us. But he is. He never leaves us.
What are some of your favorite go-to meals when time is tight and dinner MUST get on the table?
My family LOVES tacos. It seems like we always have them at least once a week. Spaghetti is another favorite. Nothing is better than sauce cooking in the Crockpot all day long.
What is a fun LAUGH memory you have?
In my group this past summer, we all got into the essential oils. One lady would bring in peppermint to help us not be so hot. I must say we were one great smelling group. People would think they just passed a candy cane factory when we ran by.
What music do you like to listen to when exercising?
I usually put on my worship music.
What is your favorite running apparel or must have?
I LOVE my smart wool. My mother in law got me some stuff last year for Christmas and I am hooked.
What one thing would you want the world to know about LAUGH?
LAUGH has the ability to draw women in, to make women feel like they can conquer anything, to make women feel great about themselves. LAUGH will change your life and if you have the chance to be involved with LAUGH please join in on an amazing journey that you will love.
What does living a VIBRANT life look like to you?
To me, it would be to live for GOD. To have a family that loves GOD so much that strangers will know that GOD is present in our lives.
What advice would you give to a new LAUGHer?
Stick it out for the whole season, you will not regret it. The friendships that you make will last forever.
What is your go-to exercise, your favorite workout or regularly scheduled workout?
I can’t say I love to run but I can say I love how I feel after I run.
What is your guilty pleasure food?
Well, I must first say that I am from Canada and this is very big there. Fries and Gravy are my guilty pleasure food. I could eat it every day a couple times a day. But then I would have to run a lot more than I do.