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.
What types of fitness do you enjoy?
Holly – I enjoy being outside. Anything from going for a walk, hiking, biking. If it’s indoors I love anything that’s dance inspired. I grew up dancing. Like Zumba. I love Zumba.
Lindsey – I like to be outside but I don’t feel like I get out enough to really say that. Normally I go to the gym. I like Zumba and I do that a couple times a week. I really enjoy fitness classes that have weights or kick boxing or conditioning.
How has your example motivated or inspired other people?
Holly – I don’t know if I’ve inspired anyone else. I hope to inspire healthy eating in my family and for my husband. I’m the one who buys the groceries.
Lindsey – The only other person that I can think of is probably my husband and that’s because he’s from the midwest and he has a very different up-bringing that I do relating to food and the food choices you make and exercise. So I’d like to say that I helped him sort of discover some of that. He’s always been athletic and likes to work out, but especially with eating. I grew up with a mom who goes to the gym almost every day and eats well. That’s what I grew up with. He didn’t necessarily have that so he’s probably the only other person that I can say I helped.
What piece of advice do you like to share?
Holly – If you can make healthy choices 90% of the time, you can feel okay about having dessert every once in a while or having a day that’s lazy. As long as you’re making an effort most of the time to do something active and eat well.
Lindsey – Make time for yourself. Whether that be to make sure you’re getting enough sleep or working out, especially being a mom. It’s hard to balance with work. I’m constantly struggling when I’m working and trying to take care of her (daughter) and I’m shoveling food into my mouth as fast as I can. So I have to stop and remember that I have to make time to work out when my husband gets home early…and not make excuses. Make time for yourself so you can be the best you can be for the rest of the members of your family.
How has your fitness made a difference in who you are?
Holly – If it’s a social thing I enjoy it more. That’s why I like taking classes, like Zumba. I’m enjoying myself instead of just dreading it. I think when you decide to do something healthy for yourself you just feel better. Maybe you feel like taking a nap but instead you go out for a walk and you think, “I’m glad I did that.” It gives you energy.
Lindsey – I grew up dancing. So for me it’s really fostered friendships and relationships. I still talk to the girls I danced with in elementary school and the people that I cheered with. I think that for me it was not the healthy aspect of it, but more so developing relationships with people that I’ve kept in touch with. I like to be around people.
What do you want to be remembered for?
Holly – For how I’ve treated others. Raising my family with love. My faith.
Lindsey – How I really value relationships and friendships and that people feel important in my life and that they know that I care about them.
(on left: Lindsey, on right: Holly)