Yesterday I turned 32!! Yay!! I absolutely love birthdays. So, to celebrate my birthday with all of you, I thought I would write down 32 experiences, facts &/ thoughts that have shaped me into the person I have become. I am hoping this will give you all a little insight into my life and experiences that have led me to who I am today. So, read on to learn more about me. Share something about yourself in the comments so I can get to know you as well!!
- Born and raised in southern California.
- I have my doctorate in physical therapy (DPT, class of 2011)
- I have completed a residency in orthopaedics (OCS) & a sports fellowship (SCS).
- I am a NASM certified personal trainer (CPT).
- I am taller than my entire immediate family. Occasionally, people accuse me of being adopted. But, I swear I am not.
- Things I love… my family, bikinis & coffee.
- Things I hate… bananas, tomatoes and horror movies.
- My boyfriend is my absolute best teammate and friend. I could not ask for a better person to take on life with.
- First car/truck: 72 GMC Sierra Grande
- I played division 1 college softball at UC Riverside
- I started playing softball at age 8, started pitching at age 9 and played competitively until I was 23.
- Played 1 year on my high school baseball team. My dad told me when I was trying to decide if I should join the team that “it would be one of the best things I ever did.” Turns out, he was right. (Yes, with the boys)
- My favorite number is 14. I started wearing the number at age 10 and wore it all through college.
- I used to drink Starbucks before every softball game because it was good luck. It was even better luck if it spilled on me. I still believe in this to this day.
- I met the love of my life at a Jason Aldean concert. He literally picked me out of a crowd to talk to me. Because of this moment, I truly believe love finds you when you least expect it.
- We have a 9-month-old little boy that means the world to us.
- No, we are not married. Yes, we are happy.
- I gained 27 lbs with my pregnancy, lost the weight by 4 months but I still don’t quite feel like myself. But, that’s OK. I am trying to enjoy and learn from it.
- I start every morning off with a cup of coffee.
- The hardest thing for me to give up while pregnant was coffee.
- My favorite place in the world is boating on the Colorado river with my family.
- I grew up boating with my family and we plan to do the same with our little boy.
- I got my first ticket at age 12 while riding my jet ski underage (I know… I am a real rebel lol)
- Food that is my absolute weakness… anything with cheese or peanut butter.
- Exercise is my biggest stress reliever. When I do not exercise, I do not feel like myself.
- Favorite color: to wear black, accessories pink, in general bright blue.
- I have broken both of my arms. My right at age 7 while roller blading the left at age 30 while snow boarding.
A few things I have learned in my 32 years:
- The human body is truly capable of amazing things. I did not learn this while being pregnant. I learned this through many mornings of running sprints during conditioning in college. So many times I remember thinking “my legs are going to collapse”. To my surprise, they didn’t. I finished the work out and went on to become a stronger and better athlete with a new appreciation for the human body.
- Sports can be such a positive thing girls to participate in if they have interest. They have taken me places I never imagined I would go. Sports paid for my education, which in turn led me to grad school, to my career and to finding my passion of helping others understand the human body.
- If you truly work hard at something you can achieve it. I am not saying it will be easy, but if you put in the work and give it time, you can achieve all realistic goals you set for yourself.
- “Let yourself be great”. This was something my dad said to me a long time ago that has really stuck with me. He probably does not even remember telling me this. But, it changed how I approach everything in life. Sometimes you have to get out of your own way so you can achieve more than you ever thought possible.
So, in a nut shell that is who I am. I am hoping to share some of my experiences and knowledge with other women. Tell me a little bit about yourself in the comments below. Looking forward to meeting you!!
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XOXO – Sara & Baby W