Meet the awesome January Fit4Mom of the month Angelina, mom to a sweet little boy Orion! She is a beautiful person inside and out and has more talents than you can imagine, including managing the FIT4MOM Edmonds, Shoreline and LFP social media accounts. We are so happy to have you and Orion as part of our village, Angelina!
Name: Angelina Gibson
Workout buddy and age: Orion - 16 Months
Originally from: Green Acres, WA
Favorite thing about FIT4MOM: FIT4MOM is the most supportive and empowering fitness group I've ever attended - we are all Mothers and have similar struggles. It's nice to be around other Women who simply 'get it'. During my first class my Son cried the entire time, no one batted an eye! In fact our Instructor, Heather, picked him up and walked him around looking at the trees. This meant everything to me - to have someone just hold my baby for me. We are all in different stages of Motherhood and that what makes the experience so unique. Being a stay at home mom has its 'ups and downs' for me but, FIT4MOM gives me an avenue to focus on my passion for wellness, interact with other Mamas and have Orion meet new friends.
When did you join FIT4MOM? When my Son was 8 months old.
What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home? My career was a Senior Healthcare Recruiter and Social Media Marketer. I also spent 7 months backpacking throughout Central America (mainly Costa Rica) working as a Yoga Teacher and Henna Artist.
What is your favorite food? Street tacos!
What is your favorite beverage? Golden Milk
What is your favorite movie? The Land Before Time - it NEVER gets old
What is your favorite book? A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
What is one thing that people might not know about you? I'm a 'pageant girl', I was Miss Northwest in 2010.
You are given four free hours of babysitting, what would you do? Attend a Kundalini Yoga class and meditate.
What is your dream kid free vacation? Costa Rica!
What is your dream family vacation? To spend at least a month in a little cabina on the beach in Montezuma, Costa Rica!
How has becoming a mother changed you? Motherhood turned my life upside down - in the best way ever. I spent most of my 20's building a successful career until I decided to leave that life to travel and teach Yoga. I felt like I was searching for something. That 's ended up being Orion. He completes me and has given me the family I always wanted. I never thought I'd be a stay at home Mom. Now, I wouldn't have it any other way.
I'm happiest when.... I am outdoors watching Orion and his Dad play and hearing their laughter.
What are three things you wish you could go back and tell yourself before having children?
1) Just be. - I spent a lot of my life worrying about the future and wondering if I was making the right choices. As a student of Yoga, I now realize that life is much calmer when you take it moment by moment. To truly be in the present moment, not reliving the past or worrying about the future. When I feel anxious or afraid I focus on my breath, it brings me in to the present moment and I remember that none of those things matter.
2) There is no love like that between Mother and child - I've experienced many forms of love. However, there is nothing that compares to the love that I share with my son. It's truly unconditional and can't be explained with words. As a Mother, I've learned that happiness doesn't exist in things and that what truly matters is love. I often hear Grandmothers remark that these are the best years of life. I believe them.
3) Child birth is natural and there's nothing to fear - I wasn't sure I wanted to have kids because I didn't want to give birth! When I found out I was pregnant, one of my first emotions was fear. Fear of giving birth. I spent my entire pregnancy overcoming that fear- reading books, practicing Yoga (especially deep squats!), meditating and eating right. I ended up having a peaceful, magical and love-filled birth. I felt like a warrior and that I could do anything!
Fondest childhood memory: I was raised by my Grandmother and she was my best friend. She had a difficult time managing my curly hair so, she'd wrap it in 'rags' at night. I have the fondest memories of those times and listening to her stories of back home in Scotland.
Your favorite "go to" family friendly recipe? Cooking has definitely become a challenge! One of the easiest and most nutritious foods we make is mashed sweet potatoes (with almond milk and cinnamon). It was 's first solid food and we have it at least once a day.