Real Estate Agent & Yavapai County Adult Probation Officer
How do you achieve work/life balance?
For me, the lines are very blurred between work and life. Teaching yoga and taking fitness classes are basically social events, because I get to listen to music and see all my friends. It’s even better if we can grab a glass of wine afterwards! Luckily for me, my husband Andy discovered he also likes hot yoga, so we sometimes get to practice together. My daughter Olivia is game for anything my friend Jamie Procknow teaches, from Zumba to cardio-yoga. We have fun working out together and always leave class giggling and feeling great. I’m blessed to have a somewhat flexible schedule as both an adult probation officer and Realtor, so I squeeze in friends, family and fitness everywhere I can.
Weights, cardio, yoga — what is the most effective, in your opinion, and in what mix?
Everyone is different, but it seems like we need it all. Unfortunately, we often realize our fitness routine is unbalanced when an injury presents itself. I’m at my best with interval-style cardio, a moderate weight routine, and sunny hikes on “rest days.” Yoga is an essential practice that keeps everything flowing properly, both mentally and physically. My mom Kristina can run circles around me at 68 years young and has a “move it or lose it” philosophy. She is proof that being active every single day is the key to quality longevity.
Do you take any dietary supplements or special vitamins?
I drink a CALM magnesium supplement every day to replenish after all the sweating in hot yoga. For mood and stress regulation, I take 5-HTP at night to promote serotonin production. My friend recommended collagen for my hair density, so I’m also giving that a try.
How do you keep your family active and healthy?
I’m a fitness slacker compared to the rest of my family! Our three kids, Cadence, Zane, and Olivia, compete in multiple club sports, and my husband plays in basketball and volleyball leagues. To relax together, we explore trails behind our house in Dewey with our dog Sterling. It’s fabulous to simply stroll out the door instead of driving somewhere to hike. Food prep has made a big difference in our diet. On Sunday night, I prepare bento-style lunch boxes to grab on-the-go throughout the week. I pack them with lots of fresh veggies, hummus, a healthy protein like smoked salmon, and nuts.
What is your next goal in your health and wellness journey?
Developing a daily meditation practice is my next goal. I bought a beautiful woven cushion and downloaded the Insight meditation app, so I’m halfway there. Now I just need to sit still!