July's Mom of the Month

Felisa, along with her sweet daughter, Ryot, has been a dedicated Stroller Strides mama for a little over a year. Felisa has THE BEST personality, a go-getter attitude and such an open-arms, welcoming demeanor that she has taken on the role of leads manager for FIT4MOM Cary/Durham! Any new mamas coming to class will surely be in contact with this awesome lady before their first workout!

Congratulations, Felisa, we are so lucky to have you with us!

Felisa is extremely hard working and is an inspiration to everyone around her. She has made great strides in fitness, motherhood, and life, and we are so thankful that she is an integral part of Our Village!

Join us in congratulating Felisa and read on to get to know her a little better!

Mom of the Month Questions:

Hometown (where you grew up): All around Raleigh

Current part of the Triangle that you live in:Garner

Education (optional):Currently working on my Culinary Degree

Stroller Strides Member since:May 2016

Members of your Family:Husband Nik, Daughter Ryot

Tell us about your child: smart, loving, caring, nurturing, observant, curious 2.5 year old

Current/previous Career:lead manager with FIT4MOM, cell phone sales, YMCA councelor for 5 years, service writer for a auto garage (working with my husband)

What was your childhood ambition? Helping others

What does motherhood mean to you? Raising a mindful, caring human. Finding a way to give her every opportunity to thrive.

What is the furthest you have been from home?? I have travelled to Alaska with my mom and step dad on there RV honeymoon adventure across southern Alaska

What has FIT4MOM and Stroller Strides done for you (or meant to you)? Stroller Strides has given me courage to exercise, a new found love of my body, a healthy social outlet, friends for myself and my daughter, and a positive healthy lifestyle influence for my daughter, who has now become a workout junkie.

What is your favorite exercise? In and outs

What is your proudest moment? Running the Esprit de She 5k

What are three of your favorite things (besides your family!)? Art, food and hiking

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us or makes you unique. 1. My husband and I planned our wedding as a surprise wedding. We invited all of our family and friends to a "surprise birthday party" for my husband. We used Busy Bees Hive loft and balcony over looking downtown Raleigh. Everyone waited quietly for my husband to walk in. He opened the door and everyone yelled "surprise", I then walked in behind him in my wedding gown and yelled "surprise" back! We then had our officiant come forward through the crowd, wake up to the small stage area and said our vows. It was one of the most fun, emotional and romantic moments of my life. 2. I started my one business making vulgar greeting cards, made because "real life isn't censored".

If we asked your spouse what they think your best qualities are, what would they say? My attitude (he likes that I stand up for what I believe in), and my drive (his words, and it completely surprised me!)

What advice would you give to moms looking to get back into shape? Remember you grew a human, and the body you have is amazing, there is always going to be things you want to improve but don't forget to love what you have now! Just because it is different then what is was before doesn't mean it is worse it is just different!

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