What’s your favorite thing about living in Hyde Park?
I actually live in Norwood and love our wide streets, old homes and small community feel. We have so many friends that live in the neighborhood and I love that we can’t walk down the street without running into one of them.
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
Olive, 2 years old
Anna, 1 year old
Favorite things to do with your kids around town (can be outside of HP)?
Pretty much daily I get asked if LilyPad is open and if not then it’s the “suseum” (aka, Children’s Museum). My kids are also huge fans of the tractor shopping carts at Whole Foods… who would have thought that would provide so much entertainment?
Do you have a favorite local store, fitness class or restaurant and why?
Tons! Spotted Goose is a favorite for kids clothes. Favorite workout spot for me is Prism Pilates in Oakley but I also love to lift weights and swim at LA Fitness (not as exciting of a destination). Restaurants are abundant! Coffee emporium, Hyde Perk and Sleepy Bee are our regular spots with the kids and we love Green Papaya for date nights, especially when seated at the bar because they always treat us to a specialty item!
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
I founded Anchor Wellness, an integrative health collaborative that accumulates client-centric providers across the continuum of care. Current providers include Physical Therapist, Dietitians, Health Coaches, Pilates and Yoga instructors.
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
Cincinnati is a town of 3-degrees of separation which has afforded me an opportunity to connect with so many people. If not for relationships, my practice would be obsolete. This town is full of progressive, creative and courageous providers who continue to challenge the system and deliver care that they know is best. It’s a really neat time to be a healthcare provider in this city.
Tips for Balancing it all? Motherhood, career, family and social life?
I gave up on being perfect and comparing myself to others a long time ago. Being a mom is really hard; really, really hard. Being a working mom comes with a lot of guilt and feelings of underwhelming performance in each department I serve. However, I have found great pleasure and motivation in exposing my little girls to the possibilities that will be available to them as women in this world.
What is the best advice you have received as a mom?
Give yourself grace. There are seasons of giving and seasons of taking. I am in a season of giving but not always in the mood to give which results in me being a little disappointed in how I handle different situations. Luckily, someone very early on reminded me to give myself grace and I do that many times a day, or at least try!
Tried and True kid’s products?
We are believers in the Dock-a-tot, both my kids co-slept for the first 6 weeks and were sleeping 12 hours through the night at that point. And Aquaphor, it literally seems to treat everything!
One thing you couldn’t live without as a Mom?
Order! We are minimalist parents, ours kids are often playing with the colander and toilet paper roll but even still, they come with a lot of things. Thank goodness for Ikea cube shelves and drawers and baskets that contain their items and allow me to feel comfortable in my own home.