Growing up, I loved the water, from the moment I was born I was a fish. My first job was as a Lifeguard, my career started and continues to be in aquatics, I met my husband at the pool. It seems although I was born and raised in a land locked state (Denver, CO), my soul longs for the ocean. The thought of scuba diving never really crossed my mind until I met my husband. He grew up spending summers at his dad’s house in Belize. He couldn’t believe I didn’t dive, not only that I didn’t dive, that I had never even tried it. I will admit, I was more than slightly nervous to try scuba diving. Even given my love for water the thought of being under the ocean, reliant on a tank to breathe intimidated me. After some strong persuasion, my husband convinced me to give it a shot.
One of the biggest sources of joy in my life is going for a long run. When people find out that I run 70-100 miles a week depending on the time of year the most common response is “why?” The answer for a long time was mostly made up; this was because I wasn’t sure how exactly to put into words what running meant to me. Then I came across a book titled What I Talk about When I talk about Running by Haruki Murakami. I found it to be incredibly insightful to what happens to your mind and body while slogging out the miles.
When I first started working with SafeSplash Swim School I was a Junior in high school. Now, as a Sophomore in college, I realize that SafeSplash has taught me many things.
Making a difference in the lives of other people is my passion in life; the ultimate wellbeing of individuals. In pursuing that passion, I recently graduated from Wayne State University’s (WSU) Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) program. My ultimate career goal with my degree is to become a school social worker and work with children in a K-8 educational system. My ultimate desire as a school social worker is helping students have a wonderful experience in school such as academic success and strong interpersonal relationships with peers and faculty members. I am passionate about giving back to the community in order to help students and families in general, as well as overcoming other issues such as poverty. In addition to becoming a school social worker, I am passionate about swimming and water safety.
Did you know May is National Water Safety Month?
The annual awareness campaign is coordinated by The
Association of Pool & Spa Professionals with support from
the National Recreations & Park Association,
the American Red Cross and the World Waterpark Association.
The first thing most people ask when they find out what my other half does for a living is “Oh, what’s that like?”. This question used to catch me off guard because there aren’t many circumstances in which that would be the response to someone’s profession but as with everything that comes along with being involved with law enforcement, I am quickly adapting to this new way of life. I will start by saying that I do not come from a law enforcement family and the extent of my experience with police officers was limited to being pulled over for going a tad bit too fast, (oops), so the differences in my life are many. Through the course of our relationship, Mr. O was not always a police officer so I’ve gotten to see the differences in being in a relationship with a regular 8-5 working man and a law enforcement officer. So without further adieu, this is what it is like to be the woman behind the man with the badge.
I was 10 weeks pregnant when our doctor asked whether we wanted to know the gender. We had said no in the ultrasound room, but faced with the question again, I looked at Gavin, and he just said it was up to me. Remembering a Buddhist saying that “when you don’t know what to do, do nothing,” I decided to say, “I don’t know if I want to know.” It wasn’t like I couldn’t find out at any other time in the next six and a half months, so what was the rush?
I’m very blessed to have a flexible job that understands that emergencies happen and sometimes you just have to pick up your things and go get your kids from the babysitters and work from home.
Throughout my ten years of competitive swimming I have learned a very important lesson, which is never let the people around you make you underestimate yourself.
Have you ever been in a conversation over dinner with friends when the question comes up, “If you could live anywhere, where would you go?” Most of us have established our roots where we may have grown up or where family and careers have taken us. We all tend to enjoy where we live for our own individual reasons, but how many of us fantasize about relocating to some new, interesting, or exotic place, and how many of us couldn’t be happier living where we do?
"It is hard to put into words what I love about being a mom besides everything. I was a young woman who never wanted children . . . at least not children of my own. When I met Scott, we married quickly - one week from first kiss to engagement. We were married three months later. Scott had two children, age 6, twins and I loved them from first sight. They were my children. Ten years after we were married and many conversations later; we joke that Scott talked me into having a child of our own. It was not something I ever wanted or thought I would really enjoy or be very good at. I thank God every day I didn’t miss this miraculous opportunity. EVERY DAY I am grateful for Keaton! He makes me laugh and fills me up with love in a way I never knew possible. He is an extension of us and I love watching him every day explore the world, become sarcastic, say things like “dude”, smile and laugh, get frustrated, be helpful and kind and the list goes on and on! It is truly the most amazing experience and I wouldn’t trade it for all the money in the world!"
What do you love Most about Being a Mom? Asking a mom this question will give an infinite amount of answers. There are so many things to choose from when it comes to loving your life as a mom.
By just looking at me, you would not be able to understand
how much I’ve gone through in a short period of time. The amount of stress, anxiety, and depression I have hidden deeply and secretly fell into. That was until I joined my high school’s swim team my freshman year. I was the shy girl who did not open up to anyone but the few friends I had known for years. Swimming changed that for me.
When I was in college I started working as a teaching assistant at a local preschool, figuring it would be something easy to do and the hours weaved perfectly between softball practice and my class schedule. I loved going to work because it felt more like fun than an actual job. I felt like a kid again, we did science experiments, played outside and art was a part of the everyday curriculum. What could be better than being a kid every day?