1. What is your full name?
2. What was your favorite activity as a child?
The memories that stand out most clearly are of me spending time with the family pets. I used to dress my cats Doogie and Spike up in doll clothing, pushing them around the house in little strollers, much to everyone else’s amusement. Spike even sported glasses for me while I recited lines from whatever book I convinced my parents to buy for me at the school book fair. I remember our black lab, Sadie, when she was a puppy, she chased my brother and I through the backyard and when she finally caught us, she tugged at the hems of our jeans until they were shreds & we all got called inside for dinner.
3. What job did you have in high school?
I was fortunate enough to not have to work in high school. My parents were more concerned with me focusing on my education. I’m so thankful for that privilege; high school was challenging enough without balancing a work schedule on top of everything.
4. What is your most embarrassing memory?
I’m doing a lot of healing around shame so, respectfully, I decline to indulge the demons by answering this question.
5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?
I’m a fan of stay-cations. Maybe it’s because it’s hard to travel with a 120-pound dog that hates the car, or that I thrive on keeping a routine, but who says you can’t travel to other places from the confines of your own home?
6. What makes you laugh out loud?
I’ve got a dark sense of humor. Lately, though, I’ve really been tickled by the doodles of Nathan W. Pyle (a quick Facebook/Google search will inevitably lead you down the rabbit hole of hilarity – I highly encourage you spend some of your screen time here).
7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
I’m proud that I’m in a position in my life where I can finally see what it means to love and accept myself for who I am, and to be kinder to myself and the world around me. Undoing all of these unhealthy coping mechanisms I’ve accumulated is hard work and even lot of the time I feel like I’m fumbling around in the dark about it, but I’m proud to have the courage to start this journey.
8. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Love your body. It’s the only body you’ve got, and no amount of shame or hatred for it will magically transform it into perfection. Your body is such beautiful tool, and a magnificent gift – cherish it and be kind to it.
9. What would you like people to remember about you?
I hope that people will remember me as being an encouraging, supportive and honest presence in their lives.
10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?
I practice at MPY because it’s my lifeline to sanity. The strength and force of the community at MPY inspires me to be open, to be kind, to challenge myself, and learn to “tolerate the consequences of being myself.”