1.) How did you become a CrossFit Themis member?

Cathy Adrian introduced me. She and I have worked together for many years and we have gone through various phases in our fitness and wellness journey. I saw her success and loved her enthusiasm about the variety, the challenge, and the sense of community, so I decided to give it a shot.

2. ) What skill do you plan to master in 2017?

There are two things that have eluded me over my two years, one of which I am really passionate about and the other I just feel like I “should” be passionate about.First – a strict pull-up. When I started, I could hardly hang from the bar for more than a few seconds, I had very little upper body or core strength and horrible shoulder mobility. I am down to one blue band now, so it is close. I will definitely master that one in 2017.

The second is a rope climb. I am deathly afraid of heights, which is strange, because I love roller coasters and don’t mind heights when I am strapped in. I talked to Andy the other day about getting a lift truck in the gym, so it could follow my unsecured body up the rope and catch me if I fall.

3.) You are such an inspiration to so many…what/who inspires you?

Wow – that is a deep thought and I appreciate the kind words. I am inspired by so many things but two factors include:

1.) My faith – I am on this earth for a purpose, so in order to live out that purpose, I have to be the best me I can be. I was born 3 months early, weighing 2 pounds, 12 ounces, and back when I was born, it was rare to survive at such a low birth weight. My parents were told I would either have Cerebral Palsy or I would die. Thankfully, neither of those happened. But, as I grew up and realized the magnitude of what I survived, with varying issues as a “premie”, I developed a sense of gratitude for the fully-functioning body God has given me.

2.) My parents and grandparents – My dad’s dad was a minister in inner city black churches, so my dad was of the minority in his neighborhoods growing up. He woke up one morning as a 13 year old boy with a cross burning on the front yard and the Klu Klux Klan standing around in their white hoods. I cannot imagine how scary that must have been. However, that did not shake their faith in humanity, and instead fueled their pursuit of bringing more love to the world. My grandfather would have given away everything he had in order to help someone. He lived a modest life and felt anything in excess was a bad thing. He walked daily and ate a balanced diet until he passed just before he turned 102. He was married more than 75 years (to the same woman). My parents are on the same road, and I hope to follow in their footsteps. I have been so blessed in my life with such awesome role models. They have shown me how to love themselves and others, have compassion, and give freely. I think that is one reason I love Themis so much – the people of Themis bring joy, love, and compassion to anyone who comes in the door.