When & where did you take your last vacation?
Last vacation-ish was to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. It’s a small island off the coast of Cancun. It’s only about 5 miles long and ½ a mile wide. You could stand in the middle and see the water on both sides! And you can’t rent cars on the island; you have to rent a golf cart. It is so much fun speeding around the island in those things!
Do you have a favorite place to travel to?
Honestly, my parents’ house. When I got there, I feel so relaxed and chill. I feel like nothing could go wrong. And it’s always full of laughter. If you’ve ever met my sisters, you know what I’m talking about.
What’s your favorite place to go out for dinner?
Fogon cuz it’s quick and tasty! Oh and because they pretty much have our order memorized.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Telekenisis. I’m (possibly) the laziest CrossFitter so after a WOD, I could just put my weights away with my mind! And I”d put yours away too!
As a kid, what was your ideal dream job?
A teacher. I’ve always had a passion for sharing what I know, learning more and helping others. I thought being a teacher would be cool, but then I realized I don’t want to teach kids. Then I got into adult education.
*Sheena’s note: Cheryl was one of our trainers on staff! She was and still is an amazing coach, judge, and cheerleader!
What are your top three favorite movies?
Grease, The Little Mermaid, Starship Troopers
Do you have a power song? What gets you pumped up?
I have so many songs and artists that pump me up, especially when I hear them in the gym. Here are a few:
Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
I was the mascot my junior year in high school and I even went to mascot summer camp. Being in a bear costume in the Fresno, CA heat was the worst.
What outside-the-gym activities you like to participate in?
Honestly, I don’t have many outside-the-gym activities! Wendy and I do love going to to drag shows. There’s just something about drag queens that we can’t resist! I think we love the transformation and the dedication. Drag queens put more time and effort into their look than anyone else!
Recently, Wendy and I have been spending Monday evenings at 8 Limbs in their Restoratives class. It is, as Michi described, an hour-long almost-nap. It’s so relaxing and soothing… we look forward to it every week now!
Quote to live by?
Cogito ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.) My interpretation of this quote is probably different from how it was meant to be understood. When I hear this, I think about my potential. I interpret this quote to mean, if I think a certain way, I will be that certain way. For example, if I think I am a loving, strong, smart woman, I will be that and take the steps towards that. Same goes for negative thoughts. If I think I am weak, I will probably take steps towards that. It’s a reminder to me to maintain those positive thoughts and to believe in myself.
Who inspires you?
I draw inspiration from everyone I meet. I know that sounds cliche, but I really do. I think that when I meet people for the first time, or if even I’ve known them for a long time, the conversations we have are meaningful and affect me in some way. A couple of weeks ago, I went to a karaoke event at Westlake Park and met Lonnie. He’s an older, black guy who sat down next to me and we just started chatting away. Afterwards, we walked a few blocks and he told me about how he takes writing classes whenever he can and that writing helps him express himself. Just in that 15 minute walk and talk, he inspired me to start journaling and to take classes, even when I’m old old!