What have you accomplished in your life that you're most proud of?
-I am proud of my independence. I bought my first home on my own, rescued a dog, and am putting myself through grad school.
If you could take 3 months off and do whatever you wanted, what would that time look like?
-Travel, of course. There's so much of the world to see, I'd love to see Asia and Africa.
How did you feel before you found TrAk?
-Lazy, unmotivated, disappointed in myself.
How do you feel now?
-I feel strong and disciplined. I'm proud of my progress and continue to set bigger goals.
How has TrAk changed your everyday life?
-I realize now that not everything is going to have motivation behind it, sometime you just have to get up and go and once you're in a routine, it's much easier to accomplish tasks. I might complain the whole time, but I'll do it.
Goals...personal, professional, family?
-Personal goal would be to stop seeking approval from others and live for myself. It's a daily practice. Professional goal is to graduate and begin working in a private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist., working to end the stigma towards mental health. Family goal is simply to spend as much quality time with them while I can.
If you were in a band what existing band/group do you see yourself in?
-Hmm...I lack any musical talent but I'm a big fan of Taylor Swift.
Best place to travel that you've ever been?
- In college I spent five months in Northern Ireland, it was the greatest trip of my life. The people were kind, the scenery was gorgeous, and the nightlife was so fun.
What do your kids remind you that’s ok to do?
-I don't have kids but my niece and nephews remind me to use my imagination and not care about what other people think. My niece is also quick to remind you that it is NOT ok to say "stupid".
What personal failure has helped lead to your ultimate success?
-I was very hard on myself that I hadn't figured out my "passion" like so many others around me. I watched my peers go after their dreams straight out of high school and I always felt inadequate. It took my several years and breaking out of many limiting beliefs to realize what I actually enjoy and now I'm very grateful for my path.
What’s the craziest thing you've seen in the gym?
-So many! Sean's crazy high jumps, Tim's bench pressing, Meaggan deadlifting 200# like it's nothing. We are surrounded by so many talented and strong people.
What three people [living or dead] would you go camping with next weekend?
-My dad and his parents. My dad died about six years ago and my grandparents died before I was born. I'd love to spend time getting to know my grandparents and learning more about my family.
Which sport/activity would you love to do, but are afraid to?
-I would love to try skydiving but I am also terrified.
Funniest things you've seen your kid do?
-Again, no kids, but my dog loves her tennis ball more than she loves me and will do anything for one. I've never met a dog so ball obsessed.
Best piece of advice you've ever received?
-My mom tells me "one day at a time" all the time. It grounds me and reminds me to focus on today.
At what age were you in the best shape of your life?
-Now - 31
Words to live by or favorite quote?
-My dad always told my sister and me "Show them you are somebody." When we left for school, before an interview, almost every day. I live by that and it reminds me of him.
What adventure do you plan to have in the future?
-I plan to explore Thailand. I dream of visiting an elephant rescue.
Favorite book and why?
-I've read a lot of books but the first one that comes to mind is Untamed by Glennon Doyle. It's all about learning to stop burying yourself in order to please someone else. Women are inherently people pleasers, I definitely recommend.
Something interesting we don't know about you?
-I was named after my Armenian grandfather, Aram. My mom had the idea to add an i to the end to make it feminine. I hated it growing up but I've grown to love it.
What do you like most about being a part of the TrAk Family?
-It really is like a family. Everyone remembers what's going on in your life. My nephew was recently in the NICU and every day someone asked me how he was doing and checked in on my family. It's not often you find people that care enough to remember and ask. I love my 9am crew!
Biggest accomplishment at the gym?
-My biggest accomplishment is my consistency. I've never stuck to anything as long as I've stuck to my attendance at TrAk. That and my 200# deadlift the other day. Grateful for the motivation and push from my fellow members!