Dynamo: Megan Harrod

Dynamo: Megan Harrod - She runs PR for the US Alpine Ski Team, loves to travel, and loves the journey process.
How we met:

Megan works as the PR officer for the U.S. Ski Team, she’s a world traveler, most recently India, and she moves mindfully in her journey. It was amazing to talk to her, she share’s her peace and love in a way that you feel strong. She is fierce in her desire to learn and do good.

I was at the coast with my visiting family when I saw Megan and Scotty loading up after surfing. Megan and I exchanged hellos and beautiful days, I told her I loved her hair, she told me she cut it before going to India, and we continued loading up our respective vehicles. But something nagged me. One of the magical and powerful things of doing these interviews is that I have an excuse to keep talking to strangers, to ask them real questions, and to feel like we connect in a way that I wish I could be their next door neighbor. I walked back to her and she agreed to an interview. Even as I type this, I feel like a better person because of meeting her.

Megan is Dynamo, so is Scotty, but he didn’t get in on an questions. They are powerhouses. They are going about making the world a better place than they found it, sharing kindness, hard work, and peace in their wake. That’s what being Dynamo is about. Wherever we are, we move forward. Wherever we are, we share our story, we listen to other stories, and we move forward with more dedication and a lighter heart. Check out the other Dynamo Interviews for some amazing stories and examples. Megan, thank you for sharing with me and with us. Best of luck with your goals and may we cross paths again someday. … 

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Dynamo: Steve Fisher

Dynamo: Steve Fisher

How we met:

Steve is a dad who takes raising his kids well seriously. He skateboards, he’s the example of staying active, and he inspires others. He doesn’t give up.

I frequent the local skate park on early mornings with my own kids. It’s a perfect time to go with their bikes and scooters because there’s hardly any big kids there. Where I had dirt jumps out my front door, we go to the skate park and they love experimenting in the bowl and riding up and down the bumps. I’m glad we have something like this close to home. This time, I saw Steve with his kids also there and as they were packing up to leave, I took the opportunity to meet them. I’m a better person because of this interaction.

Steve is joining the community of Dynamos here on Carrot Bowl. This blog is about active living. His interview is about sharing that with his kids. Dynamo interviews are about sharing our stories of life, our living it, our relishing it, and our moving forward in healthy living. This looks different for everyone, but we should celebrate and share wherever we are in our story. I really believe it empowers the teller and inspires the rest of us on our own journeys. Steve rocks. He’s a powerhouse and I love his tenacity. Thank you for sharing a sliver of your goodness with us, Steve. … 

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Dynamo: Tommy

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How we met:

Tommy is a health coach and a dad, he’s persistent, and he just rocked a huge goal of losing 55.4 pounds and gaining loads of muscle.

I met Tommy when I was in college. He was my now-husband’s roommate and ended up marrying my roommate. Even from those many years ago, he is driven. Him and his beautiful wife Aria, of Aria Photography, are always welcoming, always inclusive, and always looking for the good around them. The positivity of their lives really does influence so many people. I’m excited to see Tommy’s journey as a personal trainer unfold and know he has some awesome things ahead. He’s Dynamo.

Tommy is joining the community of Dynamos. I believe we each have a story to tell and that telling it empowers us and others to move forward in each of our journeys. Dynamo interviews are the chance to hear these stories. We’re all in different places and times of our lives, but Dynamo is about capturing the idea that we should each celebrate our place and direction. Some are in the beginning and some are in the middle of the journey, but the best part is that it never ends. We always have the chance to keep moving forward. Be where you are, move deliberately, and don’t be afraid to do hard things. You are Dynamo. Tommy, welcome to the stage.

Tommy before-after Collage

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Dynamo: Cindy Allen

Dynamo: Cindy Allen -
How we met:

Cindy grew up in a trailer court eating McDonalds, now she runs a free summer lunch and activity program for kids. She loves to carry things, eat leafy greens, and wants people to find Jesus through her.

I stopped Cindy in the park on her way to clean up the Outpost activities. I have seen her in summers past and was grateful for her stopping to visit with me. She’s a powerhouse. Her vigor for living well and helping others along the way is contagious and inspiring. Anyone who talks to her can feel her positivity and passion for life. I love talking to people who are so focused and driven, people who have found their thing and love to share it. My favorite part of the Dynamo Interviews is finding out the passion behind people’s stories and I love that they are all so different.

The Dynamo Interviews are powerful. They empower people, both the teller and the reader. We don’t always realize how our story influences those around us and I love being a conduit for the telling. It’s made a difference in my life to talk to these dynamos and I know it’s made a difference in others’ lives. You are Dynamo. Cindy is Dynamo. Thank you for sharing your story…. 

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Dynamo: Nicholas

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How we met:

Nicholas is a rollerblader, he’s excited about his goals, and wants to show his kids that he’s not giving up.

I was driving down the street when I saw Nicholas. I pulled over and caught up to him and he was willing to answer my questions. Props to Nicholas for finding something that works for him and his body, for being an example, and for getting after his goals. I was impressed by him and grateful for the time he took with me.

Nicholas is joining my community of Dynamos. These are powerhouse people. These are people making a difference in their lives and consequently setting a huge example for others. Whether or not we recognize it or they recognize it, our stories and work empower other people. That’s what Dynamo is about. Inspiring and empowering each one of us to keep moving forward in our own health journey. This is physical, mental, and spiritual work. This is a journey of mindful and intentional living. Nicholas, you are Dynamo. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

How many years ago did you have open heart surgery?

1993 – So 22 years ago. I was born with a congenital heart defect. They followed me through birth. I was a three sport athlete in high school (wrestling, football, track) and my senior year it worsened and we knew the valve would have to be replaced at some point and it happened in the middle of my senior year. It kinda sucked but it all got done. Recovery only took about a week. Actually after the replacement I became much healthier and stronger than I was before it. My valve was just so inefficient that once it was replaced my heart was then efficient and it was easier. 22 years later, life, kids, about 65-70 lbs…… 

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