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June Mom of the Month - STEPHANEE TURNER

June Mom of the Month - STEPHANEE TURNER

Instructor, Michelle Kadera: "I chose Stephanee because of her dedication to working out, for one. Stephanie is at every Fullerton class with a smile on, ready to work out. From the moment she arrives to the end of a hard core workout, she is still smiling. Her positive energy, enthusiasm and caring personality makes it a joy to have her a part of Stroller Strides! Thank you, Stephanee, for the positive impact you have on our mommies and for lighting up our class!!"

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

1. Who are the members of your family?

My husband David (married for 7 years) and our daughter Catherine (10 months)

2. What is or was your career?

I am a piano instructor and work for a Christian non profit in leadership development.

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

I've been coming for just over a month. Before joining I was hitting a wall physically and emotionally. I knew I needed to work out to change my outlook on life emotionally and do something about the fact that I was feeling very discouraged about my body (I'd hoped that by 6-9ish months I'd have my body back "just from nursing" as I was told I would, HA!). So, for me Option 1: All of a sudden get super self-motivated and work out alone. No thanks. Option 2: Get a gym pass, pay for child care and work out alongside people who look at you and think "You have a baby? I'm sorry! Imagine how awesome your body could look if you didn't?!" (Not that everyone at the gym is that pretentious, just my insecure mind would thinks so). Option 3: Check out Stroller Strides, get my butt kicked in a crazy hard and fun work out all while hanging out with awesome other moms who totally get it! Yes please! Exercising hard has for sure been changing my brain chemistry (helping me stay positive and think more clearly) which has changed my outlook on everything from parenting to my marriage to functioning in life. Not to mention, it has been super relationally encouraging, thanks to all of you! :) Yeah for Stroller Strides!

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

When Catherine was born I was determined not to turn into the mom that only talked about her baby and only talked to other moms. However, in an effort to try to go back to being normal I think I lost myself a bit. The reality was that my entire life had indeed flipped upside down and my mind was consumed with survival, sleep (or lack thereof), diaper changing, staring at my baby and feeding her--and trying to stay connected with my husband! So trying to carry on conversation as if I still cared about everything that I did pre-child on the same level of interest was ridiculous. I definitely want to have friends in my life who don't have kids and want to be able to talk about other things, I just didn't realize how desperately I would need other moms around me who were fine if I couldn't remember to complete my sentences or who could empathize with the survival mentality.

5. Favorite website(s)? Pinterest, NPR, Epicurious, Huffington Post

6. List three current obsessions.

#1- Sipping loose-leaf tea in collectible bone china teacups on ordinary days. #2 Taking clothes from the thrift store or new cheap clothes and attempting to be creative in cutting/sewing/altering them. #3 I've been trying to figure out how bake yummy gluten free recipes for my Dad and friends who are g-free (I'm not g-free but I want the challenge of making something that doesn't taste like cardboard!)

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

Getting on all fours, chasing Catherine around as she crawls, tickling her and then making funny faces like scrunching our noses at each other, cracking up, talking in funny voices like Donald Duck or imitating barn animals. She thinks it's hysterical. So do I. The bad news is she tries to imitate the Donald Duck noise only it comes out like a growl and she usually does it in very quiet public places. I get a lot of raised eyebrows, like "Um, do you realize your daughter is growling? What's wrong with you/her?!" Ha!

8. Any tips for other moms out there?

A wise mentor once says "Margin creates room in your life for joy". I resonate with this so much especially having only recently entered into motherhood, feeling busier and more consumed than ever before. I can easily turn into a robot trying to do too many things back-to-back-to-back without pausing in between. Creating margin by saying no to even the littlest things I don't need to do or pausing to be intentional before entering into a conversation or an errand can change my whole perspective and can create space to find unexpected joy in the simplest of moments.

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