I am enjoying my 22nd year as a National Board Certified High School English teacher. Never the same day twice, I have the best clients in the world – my students!  They inspire me and remind me of my own daughter, a USC graduate enjoying a rewarding career of her own in entertainment public relations.

When not teaching, I’m at my second home, the gym where I workout each day. When I was a freshman in high school, my father died prematurely of a heart attack at age 37 and, a year later, my aunt succumbed to breast cancer at age 42. Experiencing these devastating losses at an early age solidified the importance of self-care and awareness of one’s health. And turning fifty a few summers ago further slapped me in the face with the realization as to just how fast and precious life truly is.  That’s why I’m making a stronger commitment to my health, and the teacher in me wants to help others do the same!

After years of playing around in the gym on my own, and reading a ton of books, journals and fitness articles, I finally took the steps to earn my NASM-CPT certificate in December 2017, with a specialization in small group fitness in 2019. With just a bit of discipline, regardless of age, each one of us can attain our fitness and health goals. I’m not a bodybuilder by any means . . . just your average empty-nesting mom balancing my full-time profession with my healthy lifestyle.

I am so very excited to share all that I’m learning and experiencing on this journey of aging gracefully! The cliché is true – age is just a number, and I emphatically believe that each and every one of us can benefit greatly with some simple, effective tweaks in our routines. If I can fit in time for fitness and still grade papers, anyone can make time to be fit!


*photos by Michael Salazer