Where were you born, raised, and currently reside?
H: Born and raised in a small town on the east side of Fort Wayne, Indiana where my most of my family still lives I ventured off to college Ball State University and never returned to Fort Wayne. Upon graduation, I took my first teaching job in Indianapolis, met my husband and he swept me away to the north-side suburbs… here I am and I love every minute of it!
Tell us about your family.
H: My husband, Josh is the rock of our family and works hard as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing to allow us to be home with our children. He is my #1 fan and supporter, and has been encouraging me for years to, “write”. We have an almost-2-year-old daughter, Claire, who has changed our lives. She has made us slow down, appreciate the small things, and really enjoy life. We also have baby #2 (the gender a surprise) coming in September.
My parents, brother, sister & sister-in-law are also very dear to me. I come from a very close-knit family and we like to spend time together as much as possible often taking turns making the 2-hour trek to visit one another on the weekends. My brother is in the Navy and he and my and sister-in-law live in Virginia, but we make the most of the time we have together and have regular “FaceTime Dates”.
What is your favorite activity to do with your family?
H: Josh and I have always enjoyed going on runs together whether it be during his lunch, in the evenings, or a long training run on the weekends. Claire also joins us by riding in the BOB and becoming part of our resistance training. This summer we also purchased bikes and a bike trailer and have enjoy Sunday bike rides as a family. We usually stop at a park for her to play halfway through our ride. We really enjoy anything that allows us to be active together whether it be at the park, in the pool, or just running around the backyard. Josh and I also LOVE Indiana basketball and Colts football.
My mom is also an avid runner and group exercise instructor and growing up we always lived a very active lifestyle. Getting together with my family usually means running a race, playing volleyball in the backyard or participating in some type of activity that keeps us moving (and usually ultra competitive).
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