Happy Mamalete Monday! Each week we are going to feature a fabulous Mamalete and learn a little more about what makes her amazing! This week is Christine of Love, Life, Surf, who I was able to get to know during Reach the Beach! Yet another reason why teaming up with this amazing group of inspiring women was awesome!
So without further ado … Meet Christine–
Fellow RTBR runner, writer, Mom, Yogi, Runner, Wannabe Surfer. In her blog, Love Life Surf, she shares stories about life, family & fitness and to inspire others to embrace their choices to be happy and healthy.
In your latest post you wrote about slowing down the rush. What are your top 3 “how-to” tips for slowing down?
YES. And its so important! Stepping away or getting “unplugged” from technology. For me, this means putting my phone, computer, and iPad away and being fully present to the moment. Its even more important to do this if you rely heavily on technology but even more difficult! Sometimes, we need to slow down to speed up. For me, my running and yoga practice simultaneously speeds me up to slow me down. Whether in warrior 1 or running across the bridge, this time allows me to touch back and reconnect with me. Because I am free of most distractions, I am able to practice mindfulness. And my children (as much as I complain)! Our days have become so filled with drop offs, pick ups, and extracurriculars that spending even 5 minutes talking and catching up with them re-centers me.
How do you incorporate a healthy lifestyle with parenting?
After having my first child, I realized I needed to make sure I had the time for ME. Fortunately, I have a supportive husband who steps in when I to take some ‘me’ time. But it’s always been important to me for my children to see me exercise. More so, we also try to be as active as possible with them. They’ve even surfed! My oldest is a part of Mighty Milers (running program led by NYRR) team- such a proud mommy moment.
You mentioned in your blog you aren’t about to drop everything and surf the world- but it looks like you’ve visited some amazing place. What’s your favorite?!
My instinct is Costa Rica– thats actually where we learned to surf. But I love Australia and Hawaii too. I joke with my husband that I’d drop everything and move to Sydney.
4. What is the biggest piece of advice you’ve passed along to your boys?
Probably the best advice I ever received and what I try to teach my sons is the power of friendship. It is so important to surround yourself with good people.
5. Its your ideal weekend- what does this entail?
QUIET! Just kidding. Boys are so loud! It involves going to the beach, surfing. Absolutely no computer- and it involves having time with friends. Not being inside- except for making muffins. Both of the boys are loving cooking right now. Our favorite is zucchini muffins. But yes- as we often get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of NYC, I am always so grateful to have quality time with friends and family.