Dynamo: Nicholas

Nicholas (2)
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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Dynamo: Jennifer

Jennifer H.
Introduction:

Jennifer is a runner, her goal is to live in the present, she’s a mother and inspiring friend, and she also happens to be blind. Jennifer knows how important it is to live now, that you can’t get moments back again, and that finding moments of joy through your day makes all the difference.

I met Jennifer through another friend that had run with her. Hood to Coast is a huge race here in the Pacific Northwest and Jennifer was part of a relay team this past year. The other friend who had run with Jennifer, came to me speaking so highly of Jennifer and the group of women that she runs with. I am grateful for the opportunity to highlight the powerhouse that she is and share her story.

Jennifer is joining the Carrot Bowl community of Dynamos. These are powerful 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 story. This is physical, mental, and spiritual work. This is a journey of mindful and intentional living. Jennifer, you are Dynamo. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Thank you for your example of healthy living.

(Pictured above with her husband Mark and guide dog Fred)…. 

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Tiux Compression Socks Review: Do Compression Socks Even Work?

Tiux Socks Review

Socks are a big deal to me. It might be in my top 10 favorite list to have new socks to wear. They’re squishy and firm at the same time. They hug my feet and make everything thing a little big happier. Totally telling the truth. It’s kinda weird, but I’m okay with that.

I still hadn’t tried compression socks. With my non-running right now due to plantar fasciitis (for those of you who follow me on instagram, you might already know about this), I’d been thinking that maybe compression socks would help any tightness going on. About this time Steven Saepan who recently started Tiux, a compression sock company, contacted me about giving me a pair. Perfect timing. … 

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Dynamo: Dan

Dan Haney

Introduction:

Dan is a 6th degree black belt and a martial arts teacher with a vision of students who feel like they belong and they mean something. He’s not a quitter and he was born to make a difference.

I met Dan through a school field trip. The school’s jog-a-thon that I’m in charge of came with a field trip to the martial art school, given to the class that raised the most money. I showed up to support and bring pizza. I immediately knew I wanted to interview Dan. He led the excited and busy kids through some moves the made them feel powerful, I saw them respect him through simple instructions, and it was inspiring watching his passion for the sport come through. You know when you see someone doing what they really love? This was one of those moments. Dan was born to do this. He’s changing lives through empowering kids and adults.

Dan is Dynamo. As Dynamo #24 he’s joining the community of growing Dynamos here on Carrot Bowl. 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. Dan, you are Dynamo. Thank you for sharing your story with us. … 

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Dynamo Holly & Lindsey

Dynamo Holly and Lindsey

How we met:

Holly and Lindsey work from home, balance life between their babies and themselves, and know that staying active makes them more powerful.

I was driving home when I saw them walking together. I pulled over and hopefully not to creepily (but excitedly) waited for them to catch up to me. I love these pop up interviews. They are happen at random and are inspiring in their rawness. This is the real scene happening day after day. These are the moments that matter. Holly and Lindsey are rocking being moms, working, and taking care of their family needs as well as their own. It’s a balance that changes day to day sometimes, but it’s possible. Major props to them, their sleepless nights with babies, and their dedication to making the best of every situation.

Holly and Lindsey are part of my Dynamo series. Dynamo people are those who are powerful, movers, shakers, and examples. We each have a story to share and I am that platform to share. We are empowered by our stories when we choose the ones that make us strong. When we pass our stories on, they inspire others. We become kinder and more accepting of others when we know the stories of our neighbors, friends, and strangers. You are great. You are Dynamo. Welcome to the tribe Holly and Lindsey!

What does health living mean to you?

Holly – Healthy living means eating a well-balanced diet, trying to stay active, and having priorities in the right places. Family first.

Lindsey – That’s what I would say. Healthy eating, or as much as possible. Taking care of your body physically, exercising. Making time for family and happiness in your life so you’re taking care of that aspect as well…. 

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