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February Mom of the Month - KARISA MALONEY

Instructor, Elyce Amero: "Karisa is such a joy to be around. She has a heart of gold and a true passion for fitness and our Mamas! She is the perfect addition to our instructor team, and I look forward to taking her classes. Karisa is a huge blessing to me as a friend and I'm forever thankful to our village for bringing us together!"

This month we recognize KARISA MALONEY for her accomplishment and dedication to fitness, motherhood and life! Our Brea, Fullerton, Placentia and Yorba Linda FIT4MOM Team would like to say, "THANK YOU, KARISA," for being part of our Stroller Strides family!"

1. Who are the members of your family?

My husband, Brennan, myself, and our 18 month old, Liam! Oh, and we have a giant golden retriever named Charlie!

2. What is or was your career?

Before becoming mom to Liam I was an optometric technician, helping people with all things eyes: Glasses, contact lenses, and basically everything outside of the optometrists’ examination of the eyes! Now, I’m a full-time mommy and Stroller Strides instructor (which is basically my dream-come-true!)

3. How long have you been a member of FIT4MOM of North Orange County and what has it done for you?

FIT4MOM North OC has been the greatest blessing to me since joining in May 2016. Being a first time mom I was eager to find some “mom friends” that I could connect with. I never imagined how amazing Our Village would be! I am continually feeling encouraged, loved, and supported in all aspects of Motherhood by each of you! Xoxo!

4. What is something that has surprised you about motherhood?

Motherhood is full of new joys and challenges each day. Some days are more challenging than others, but always joyful if you keep your heart open to receive it! I’m also surprised how much this little tiny human of mine is capable of teaching ME. I always thought it was more of a one-way street being my responsibility to mold him and teach him to be a good person. Turns out he has taught me more about life, love, and character in the last 18 months of his little life than I could have possibly imagined!

5. Favorite website(s)?

Pinterest. Amazon.

6. List three current obsessions.

Bedtime. The Bachelor. Red wine.

7. What is your child's/children's favorite thing about you or favorite thing that you do?

Liam LOVES to dance with me. He will dance to any music, anytime, anywhere. It brings me so much joy to see him bounce those chubby little thighs, clap, and laugh hysterically when I do something silly.

8. Any tips for other moms out there?

Savor the moment! I’m learning far too quickly that our tiny babies GROW UP! And they do it QUICKLY! So although there are a million and one things on the to-do list and the house is a little (or a lot!) messier than you’d prefer, cherish the moments with your littles! The dishes will stick around (for life!) but those chubby cheeks and wobbly legs will be gone before we know it. And yeah, it’s all kinda hard...But someday we will miss it! (ue sappy mommy tears!)

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