“Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.”
– Samuel Johnson
It was an otherwise average spring morning, a Tuesday maybe, when a couple of gutsy ladies totally made my day. There I was in my Parkdale apartment, fully dressed in a t-shirt and boy shorts, laptop within reach, favourite mug in hand, ready for my writing day. I clicked on an email from my mentor, Kristy, and within it, the link to a “GREAT talk by Elizabeth Gilbert” (whose books I have not read). “I think you’ll love this-“.
The Super Soul Session opened and Oprah introduced “The Flight of The Hummingbird: The Curiosity Driven Life”. Before long, I was engrossed in the tales and beliefs of this middle-age, sprite-like, best-selling author, whose life I imagined was quite a departure from my own. Then she did it. Liz, ever so eloquently, described me better than I could’ve described myself. I am a hummingbird with a passion for life itself. I’m at my best following my curiosities from field to field and tree to tree.
Volleyball, track & field and jazz dance were early curiosities, alongside fashion drawing and creative writing. At 18, I was an awarded athlete torn between a kinesiology and communications major. By 25, I had a degree in communication studies, a bright future in advertising, and new-found enjoyment in fitness classes. Soon into my 30’s, I was a senior marketing planner with a muffin top and the urge to run – literally and figuratively.
My first 5K race led to my first half marathon, which led to coaching at The Running Room. Getting a personal trainer led to my first bodybuilding win and inspired a new career in fitness. Instructing mom & baby classes at Think Fitness led to creating the Role Model transformation program, which led to publishing Strong, Beautiful Role Model – a fitness and lifestyle guide for new mothers.
During those years, I also indoor rock climbed (once or twice); snowshoed (never again); had a baby; earned my IDFA pro card; won medals in masters track and powerlifting; did photo shoots; appeared on Breakfast Television and Cityline; created the 40×40 challenge; learned to love yoga; and gained valuable insight into what it means for me to live strong, healthy and whole.
Today I am a 42-year old motivational athlete, writer, wife and mother living in my hometown, Toronto, Canada. I’m a regular contributor to CBC Parents; am sponsored by JAMCAN Athletics; and am an ambassador for Lolë, Būband and Knixwear.
From Start To Finish
As of May 2017, I’ve set out to become a World Masters Athletics sprint champion at the 2020 Track & Field Championships in Toronto, Canada.