Fun fact: I am surprisingly handy ‘for a girl.’ Growing up first on a farm and then helping my dad with projects around the apartments we owned in downtown Bend lends itself to being handy. I can pour concrete with the best of them! Additionally, I used to be fat – okay not fat-fat, but big – and in 2010 I decided to do something about it. Since then I’ve completed two 70.3-mile triathlons and dozens of different kinds of races. I really love our new healthy lifestyle and find passion in encouraging others reach their goals.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: This depends on the season. In the summer time it would be outside and preferably close to water. We like to go out to the Puffin Café in Washougal or The Hidden Bay Café over on Hayden Island as this covers it all, and they both have great food. Otherwise, it’s anywhere with my family and friends. When it is soccer season my favorite place is on the sideline watching my girl on the pitch.
Favorite movie: Um, how honest do I need to be? My all-time favorite movie is Mary Poppins. I am a sucker for musicals for some reason; followed closely by a good comedy.
Music of choice: Almost anything really. I like my “showtunes station” on Pandora, but I listen to Lindsey Stirling, The Black Keys, Matt Maher, David Crowder Band, Lenka, Michael Franti, Muse and so many others. There is no rhyme or reason for my music choices. If it makes me smile and want to dance in the kitchen with the music up, I want to listen to it!
Favorite place to eat: If it is a date night we try and go to Charlie’s Bistro downtown Vancouver. Then there is Ginger Pop… yum. Actually it is tough to say. We try and support the local places when we go out to eat. Oh Rosemary’s Café is good too for lunch; they have the best grilled cheese and tomato bisque on Wednesdays! Truly though, my favorite place to eat is anywhere where there is great conversation, smiles and laughter around the table.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “Be the best ‘you’ you can be and that will be enough” – Thomas Rasmussen, (aka my Dad!). I also use this little gem to remind me I need to speak my expectations or it is my own fault for being resentful: “Unspoken expectations are predetermined resentments” – Kathy Sawyer