August Mom of the Month - MARISA SANCHEZ

Instructor, Karisa Maloney: "Marisa is one of our powerhouse mamas! The energy and strength she displays in every workout is complimented by her gentle and friendly spirit among Our Village of Moms. She always shows up with a smile and ready to sweat, but more importantly, is dedicated to taking care of herself and her family. As an instructor I’ve enjoyed having her at my workouts, but I am even more excited to see the fire she brings to her own classes!"

This month we recognize MARISA SANCHEZ 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, MARISA," for being part of our Stroller Strides family!"

1. Who are the members of your family? My wonderful husband Jay, our son Elijah (10 months), and our dog Drake (6 year old Olde English Bulldogge).

2. What is or was your career? I am a postdoctoral pediatric neuropsychologist. I am hoping to become licensed within the next year, my timeline slightly shifted when Elijah came along and he took up all my time! Haha I currently work part-time at Fullerton Neuropsychological Services where I conduct pediatric evaluations for kiddos 4 years old to about 25 years old. I typically assess for ADHD, Learning Disorders, Autism, Anxiety, and Depression. I had to stop doing therapy once Elijah came but I will return to doing therapy hopefully in the next couple of years. I love working with kiddos and adolescents!

3. How long have you been a member of FIT4MOM of North Orange County and what has it done for you? I have been a member since the end of March this year, so for about 4 months now. I am so incredibly blessed to have found FIT4MOM! It has been the best thing for my family and me. Not only have I made some great friends, but I also get to do what I love, and that is to have a fun and challenging workout! Clearly, I love it so much that I became an instructor because I believe in it and love working out and spending time with all you amazing strong mamas. You all build me up and help me get through #thestruggleisreal. FIT4MOM has seriously changed my life, and I am so grateful to be a part of this village. I can’t wait to get to know you mamas more and continue to create lifelong friendships ☺ It’s true when they say, “it takes a village to raise a child,” and I can’t think of a better village than this one to help me raise Elijah.

4. What is something that has surprised you about motherhood? Hmmm its hard to pick just one thing since I am new at this, I was surprised about a lot of things. But one thing in particular that I struggle with is the amount of prep time that is now needed to get out of the house! I thought it would be easy to be able to leave the house with a baby, but boy was I wrong! There is so much stuff that Elijah needs. When we first went home to Phoenix for the weekend, it looked like we packed for a month to be gone!

5. Favorite app(s) or website(s)? Pinterest hands down! My husband is always saying, “Are you pinning it up?!” I love to bake and cook so I am always looking for new recipes to try. I also love doing crafts so there is always a ton of things I like to make that I find. And now, I am busy pinning up new fun and challenging exercises for you mamas for stroller strides!

6. List three current obsessions. 1. My family 2. Fitness & being healthy 3. Learning as much as I can about child development and how to best nurture Elijah’s development, so I’m always reading articles.

7. What is your child's/children's favorite thing about you or favorite thing that you do? Since he cannot talk yet, I am guessing here, but I’d probably say he likes it when I read books to him. We have a tree bookshelf in his room filled with lots of books and we are always reading everyday.

8. Any tips for other moms out there? My best advice would be to not forget to breathe and slow down. As a new mom, I’m constantly running around and making sure everything is perfect, but lets be real, there’s no such thing as perfect on the journey of motherhood. So it is important to let things go if they don’t go the right way. Most of the time things are not going to go the way you plan it, but in the end it's about the relationship and the process of getting there that really counts, not the perfect outcome you had envisioned. So take a few breaths when you become flustered and think, “I can do this!”

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