Tell us about yourself and your family.
I am a passionate, determined, hardworking individual who loves laughing, playing and having deep conversation with family and friends. Our family is organized chaos! We love dance parties, singing at the top of our lungs, working outside together, exploring the outdoors and being silly. My husband and I say “I love you” to those kids like it’s going out of style.
You're a working mom, tell us about your profession? What do you love about your job?
I am a co-founder and the Director of Aftercare at Scarlet Road. Scarlet Road exists to meet the needs of those who have been sexually exploited or trafficked who reside in Kitsap and Mason county. We work to intervene and educate to prevent victimization, we provide solutions and resources to exit the industry safely, and we journey alongside survivors to find full healing.
There are many things I love about my job, but one of the coolest experiences is when you see someone really “get it”—when the lightbulb turns on for them. When they realize that what happened to them was wrong and that they have value and it isn’t just based on what someone can take from their body. It’s having those moments when someone realizes how EXTRAORDINARY they are to have survived their past and are here to encourage other survivors on toward hope and freedom!
What surprised you the most one you became a mom?
How much I actually love it. I’ve never been one of those people who went crazy over kids or babies, but when I had my first—I immediately fell in love and something inside of me changed. It’s truly one of the best things that ever happened to me. Even though there are so many hard moments and days, I truly love this job.
Why did you join FIT4MOM Kitsap? Why do you love it?
I joined after a friend mentioned the group and I was looking for something to do one morning with the kids. I tried it out and was SO impressed with how good of a workout it was. Not only was it a great workout, but I could have my kids with me, I could get to know other moms and grow in a community of people who seem to really care about each other. There are also opportunities for community to be built between our kids and our partners which is really beautiful.
What would you tell someone thinking about joining?
Do it already! FIT4MOM offers accountability in getting back in shape/feeling good about your body after childbirth, a killer mom community, and buddies for your kids to play with. There are really no draw backs.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didnt have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
· There are really a couple options here.
- Continuing to build a program that serves survivors of trafficking and exploitation in our community well. (having no additional kids)
- Having one or two more kids and putting my energy into that full time
- Traveling the world/moving to a different country and doing anti-trafficking work
- But my favorite and least realistic—somehow getting paid to eat, be with the people I love, and see beautiful places.
What is your favorite go to piece of baby/kid gear?
Wipes. I know it’s boring, but I really don’t know what I’d do without them
Any words of wisdom for other moms?
Some moments and days aren’t awesome, but remember that you can always ask your kids/partner for a re-start or do-over no matter how far you are into the day. Offer yourself the same kind of grace you offer to your children—be extravagant. You are doing a FABULOUS job.
What are your 3 favorite things.
Eating, adventuring, and being in slightly sketchy situations
Tell us something that might surprise us!
I’ve lived in Canada, Spain and India