AboutFavorite splurge food: Ice cream & espresso Go-to fitness routine: I like variety too much to have a "go-to" fitness routine. However, if I had a full size indoor swimming pool wherever I went, then I would definitely say swimming. It is a full body workout, and there are so many different things you can do (pull, kick, 4 different strokes), you never get bored! Favorite way to de-stress: My favorite way to de-stress is by being active. Over the years I have played volleyball, softball, ran track, threw discus and shot put, held the school record for hammer throw, participated in show choir and outdoors club, won a women’s push up contest, bench pressed 3 sets of 15 at 185lbs, represented the US for swimming in New Zealand and Australia, played on an all male water-polo team, finished a 40 days of yoga program, ran some half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, raced mountain bikes and cyclocross, completed a century bike ride, participated in triathlons, competed in a 2.4 mile swim, and coached numerous athletes in a variety of disciplines, all of which have helped me to relieve stress in one form or another. Why I'm a greatist: I'm a greatist, because without even really trying, I’ve helped inspire others to make healthier choices in their lives from a very young age. In fact, many have called me a “maven” since I am someone who feels it is my responsibility to share what I learn with others. In high school, although I was not part of the “popular” crowd, I was able to encourage others to join sports teams or eat healthier at lunch. I didn’t use peer pressure, but instead my own life experiences. I didn’t do this for recognition or praise, but merely because I wanted to see my friends living their best life possible. I’ve been actively involved in the various communities I’ve lived in, whether in college, graduate school or my local town. In each setting I have put myself in a position where I can influence others and drive change for everyone. Some examples include, I was an active member in not only bring a triathlon to our small town, but also helping to train and motivate individuals of all walks of life to train and ultimately compete in one for the first time. I’ve started learn to swim programs, coaching and mentoring participants who previously were afraid of the water, and I have challenged others to rethink their diet and eating habits through friendly competition. I will continue what I believe one of my greatest strengths is, and that is to help others make healthier choices by informing them, leading them, and finally by watching them thrive on their own. Healthy choices are so much more than just fitness or nutrition, they are a self esteem booster, stress reliever, friend maker, community uniter….and the list goes on and on. I strive to not only be a resource, but an example to others, whether they are just beginning their journey or have a lifetime of experience. In the past I mainly did this in person and by word of mouth, but the beauty of social media is I now have a much larger platform to spread the greatist love.