City/Town of Residence: Attleboro
Occupation: Owner (with husband) of Seven Arrows Farm, www.sevenarrowsfarm.com
Family: Husband, one surviving daughter
Your sport or fitness activity: Fitness training and classes at 212 Health and Performance, Rumford, RI
What is your proudest fitness accomplishment?: I was the top finisher in my age group at my first Spartan Race last August in Amesbury, MA. This might be because I was the ONLY woman in my age group, and I think the oldest in the race!
What motivates you?: In life, getting up every morning! In the fitness arena, doing something I haven’t done before. And then, doing something more. I’m deadlift training right now.
Best local eats: CAV, Crazy Burger, Providence Oyster Bar
Famous person you would like to have dinner with: Mahatma Gandhi, Buddha
What’s on your nightstand?: Nothing. If I start reading in the middle of the night, I’m NEVER going back to sleep. Or to sleep.
Favorite cheat meal/snack:Anything chocolate
What do you like to do in your downtime?: Animal rescue work. I also like to hang in the tea room at our farm and meet amazing humans. (Everybody is pretty amazing when you get right down to it.)
Best thing about living in RI: I love RI! I came to the state with a former husband who was at Brown at the time. Providence is an awesome big town/small city with great food, great art, interesting people, and terrific food trucks.
And like John Campbell’s song “The Providence Waltz” says, “I kinda know you and you kinda know me.” And if I don’t know you, I probably know somebody who does.
And I love the fact that the shore is half an hour away as well!
One thing people don’t know about you: Two things: 1) My husband and I became “co-parents” to two little Hmong refugee girls, ages 6 and 7, who lived with us during the week and went back to Providence for the weekends many years ago. There was a large party/ceremony for us at which a Hmong shaman gave us lots of advice (in Hmong), accompanied by ritual drinking of vodka (men only), and everybody gave us a dollar. The girls lived with us until they were 13 and 14, at which time they were needed back home in Providence. When our oldest daughter passed on very unexpectedly five years ago, her mom sent me a present addressed to the “other mother.” We love this family as our own. We all made about a gazillion cultural faux pas and still love each other. We see our family once a year now because they moved to St. Paul, MI where there is a large Hmong community.
2) I met Bob Marley back in the day.
Favorite quote: “Everything’s gonna be alright.” Because things usually turn out okay.
Fitness tip for RI Fit Readers: I have learned so much at my amazing gym, 212 Health and Performance. I have a private trainer once a week whom I adore, and I go to fitness classes and special programs (like Spartan Race Training Camp) when things like that come up. The gym owner, Kerry Taylor, puts up inspirational quotes every day. Things like: “Run when you can. Walk if you have to. Crawl if you must. Just never give up.” –Dean Karnazes. So, I don’t give up.
And most importantly–everything you really want is outside your comfort zone! Start wherever you are and put one foot in front of the other. And yes, you may want to quit–a dozen or a hundred times. Kerry Taylor has talked a lot of us off that cliff many times. Don’t quit! It gets better. It gets easier. Your future (and yes, older) self will thank you for it. As Martin Luther King said, “You have to keep moving forward.” Yeah!