Dynamo: Kacey

Dynamo: Kacey

The Back Story:

Kacey is a busy mom who tries to be the example for her kids. I ran into her at Trader Joe’s as she was between activities for herself and her kids. We so often walk next to strangers who we’re afraid to talk to, but we’re all so much alike and trying our best to do and be good. I feel privileged to have a platform that gives me an excuse to meet new people and listen to their stories. Your story doesn’t have to be fancy or frilly, it just has to be yours.

Kacey is joining the team of Dynamos. You are Dynamo because you’re a power-house, you’re a force for good, and you are working hard with what you have. You are an example and a leader, even if it’s for a small group. I believe that when we share our stories, we are empowered to be better people. Your story is exactly what will affect someone else in their healthy lifestyle. When we share, we learn to accept, forgive, celebrate, and give love to those around us. Pretty awesome. Thank you Kacey for agreeing to this pop-up interview! You rock and are doing an awesome job as a mom!

What does healthy living mean to you?

Trying to feed my kids whole foods. Pretty much clean eating. We try to eat organic when we can. Just living a healthy lifestyle…being active outdoors.

How has your example motivated or inspired others?

I hope I’m setting a good example to my kids. That’s the most important thing for me. I think it has. We live a healthy life and I know they love fitness.

What type of fitness do you like doing?

I love doing yoga, I like hiking, and I love doing weight training too.

What piece of advice do you like to share?

I think it’s all about balance. Just try to do the best you can when you can. And also allow yourself to have fun a little too and cheat! (laughs) 

How has living this way helped make you who you are?

I was raised this way because my mom was super healthy, so it’s been instilled in me. It’s made me just want to instill that in my children.

What do you want to be remembered for?

For having a big heart.

Go To Green Smoothie

Go-To Green Smoothie

I was afraid of kale in smoothies. I thought it would be bitter and have that earthy “rough” taste. Um…no. I was so wrong. Paired with some tart from lemon and lime juice and some sweet from frozen mangos, it’s perfect. I’ve been making this one for a while now. Sometimes I’ll drink it smooth, but adding some fruit chunks and my favorite homemade granola makes it the perfect filling snack or breakfast…. 

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Dynamo: Becky

Dynamo: Becky

Back Story:

Becky is a waterfall seeker, an outdoors extraordinaire, a photographer, and has one of the coolest vibes I’ve encountered. She’s also a mom, a diy-er, and super humble about all things she can do. I personally love her competitive streak. We’ve played some basketball together and we get fierce…in a good way. To top that, she’s a great listener, an artist, and helps her kids raise bunnies so they can use the money for their own devices. So cool. (All pictures in this post are from her.)

I think one of the amazing things about Becky is that she knows exactly what she wants to do. Yes, she’s taking care of her kids and keeping house, but she wants to be an outdoor photographer. Her work speaks for itself. It’s her passion and being active as a family while getting such amazing shots is central to her life. I’m so grateful she agreed to this interview to give you peak into her musings.

Becky is joining the community of Dynamos. You are a Dynamo if you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. This looks different for each person, we like different foods, activities, and hobbies, but we each have a story to tell. I believe that these stories empower you, the Dynamo, and others on their own Dynamo journey. We affect those around us more than we comprehend. Our lives, our love, and the light we share with each other can bring inspiration, peace, and encouragement in our own stories. With that…Becky.

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Why is the pull to nature so strong for you?

When I’m out in nature, I feel so small, my problems feel so small.  I feel like I can just be myself out there, I don’t have to try to impress anybody or play any “roles”.  It’s one of the very few places where I truly feel at peace.  It re-charges me, helps me to feel more, and to see more beauty in the everyday….let me not fail to mention that the Pacific Northwest is absolutely beautiful, and I love getting out there and seeing things for myself…. 

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Why Yoga?

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I didn’t know I was carrying anxiety and fear and general tenseness. I didn’t know how unsettled I was. I didn’t know how much I needed some peace of mind. Had something scary, life changing, or awful happen? No. It was just the little voices in my head telling me things. We all have the. But I didn’t know that I needed a way to calm them. Thankfully, I got a new perspective. We all carry different worries and anxiety around, and we all need a way to face them. I found yoga.

I had several people mention yoga in the past year and finally in Fall 2014 I decided to see what they were talking about. I’d never done yoga before. I used a month long unlimited pass to a local yoga studio YogaOMazing, began following some yoga people on instagram, and started practicing at home.

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Yoga makes you feel good. It’s that simple…. 

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Dynamo: Nikhil

Dynamo Nikhil

Back Story:

Nikhil loves to coach people to a healthier lifestyle as a hobby, he’s a tech engineer, and loves meditation like a drug. He is the 2nd pop up interview here and was awesome to answer a couple questions for me as we were at a mutual friend’s birthday party. These are unplanned, while I’m out, and walk-up-to-a-random-stranger interviews. I have some questions ready to ask people and am constantly on the look-out. It has become an awesome way to talk to people I might never have talked to before.

I was so impressed by Nikhil’s dedication. He really believes in everyone’s ability to be strong mentally and physically if they are willing to put in the effort. Listening to the way he researched healthy living before diving in made me want to sign up to be one of his students. Thank you for taking the time for me, Nikhil. I think it’s so inspiring that you’ve been able to help others on their journey too. Serious props.

Nikhil is Dynamo #18. Dynamo is the name I give people as I interview them. Nikhil is Dynamo because he’s dedicated, driven, knows what balance he needs, and is helping people along the way. His story inspires others and I’m grateful I get to share it here on Carrot Bowl. When we share our stories they empower us and others, they break down walls, they build up communities, and they bring more kindness to our hearts. I really really believe that. I’m grateful for the chance I have to daily be influenced by amazing people. You.

I heard you’ve coached several people to healthier lifestyles?

They have seen me doing this and they always see me eating healthy meals and working out and counting my calories. So the thing that I know, and I think I know a little bit, more than an average guy.

The biggest challenge for me is I’m from India. Fitness and eating and living healthy is probably at the bottom of their priority list. Most of these people are from India. There was just one guy that was caucasian. So most of these other guys are Indian and it’s difficult because they have so many restrictions. I learned a lot, a lot.

This all started about 4 years ago. My wife is an excellent cook. That’s a lot of calories! And if you work and Intel and you’re in grad school, you get busy doing your research, you don’t get time to workout or exercise. I had put on a lot of weight and I didn’t realize it. I was 185 lbs with very little muscle, all fat. I told myself that I need to change this. … 

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Dynamo: Sara

Dynamo: Sara

Back Story:

Sara is a children’s book author, she squeezes in her workouts between taking care of kids, and she sets big goals. (Check out her children’s book on kickstarter and help her get it published!) She is one of those people that has always impressed me. She seems real, yet strong, centered, yet playful. We played basketball together in high school and I know her work ethic stems from those days. We sweated together, hustled together, and on and off the court, worked hard in school. It’s pretty amazing how quickly time passes, yet we really are close in our attempt at daily balance.

Sara is Dynamo. Dynamo is a series about people working towards their healthy living in lots of different ways. We look different, sound different, and move different, but we all are trying to be healthy. I love seeing how people strike the balance of hard work and interests in making their goals happen.

You might not always think you do, but I believe that we all influence others more than we realize or recognize. That inspiration is empowering for others and ourselves. I believe in the good of every person and I believe that the Dynamo stories can change our outlook, our personal dedication, and our perception of the people around us. With all this, we can celebrate together as we move forward.

Dynamo: Sara

How has being a mom made you love your body?

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