I have always been an active person and adrenaline junkie. Growing up, I was a competitive dancer, gymnast and horseback rider, and even tried my hand at field hockey, swimming and tennis. I attended Northwestern University, where I combined my love of dance and gymnastics (and being a loud mouth) by joining the cheerleading team. Being a Big Ten cheerleader was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It pushed me to stay active (and stave off the Freshman Fifteen), and challenged me to go beyond my comfort zone.
When I graduated, I moved to New York City to work in public relations in the fine jewelry industry. Suddenly, after 22 years of structured activities and a training schedule dictated by coaches, I was on my own. I have always loved adventure and the outdoors, but now my biggest adventure was navigating the subway system and my closest concept of outdoors was Central Park.
Between a tiring work schedule, long commute and busy social life, I found that working out was slipping from my priorities. But now after five years in the city (does that make me a real New Yorker yet?), I’ve started to find ways to satisfy my inner athlete without sacrificing other areas of my life.
On a recent visit home to Milwaukee, my sister expressed her interest in committing to a healthier lifestyle. As we began to exchange advice and frustrations, we realized how much we have in common, despite living in different cities and leading different lifestyles.
With this blog, I hope to share my journey towards an active, urban lifestyle with my sister and with you, and wish to never stop learning along the way. I hope you have fun reading, and invite you to come along for the ride!