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June MOM of the Month Robyn Potocnik!

From instructor Annie Sevel (this is Annie's first MOM of the Month pick!): "Robyn always gives it her all in class with a smile on her face! I could tell her to do 100 burpees and she would smile and go for it! She is a very positive, friendly, and welcoming member of our group." From instructor Erin Hanna: "I wanted to add what a trooper Robyn was working out til the end of her second pregnancy before Annie joined us. Go back on our Facebook page to see her jumping rope at 35 weeks or so!" :)

Let's hear more about Robyn!

1. Who are the members of your family?

We are a family of four: my husband, Damien, Thomas who is 3, Isabelle who will be 1 in a few weeks, and myself.

2. What is or was your career?

I was an elementary teacher at the International School of the Hague (The Netherlands). After a period of time considering work-from-home options, I am now in the process of starting my own English editing business.

3. How long have you been a member of Stroller Strides of Savannah and what has it done for you?

I've been a member since I arrived in Savannah in January 2015. I love the community of Moms that I have found at Stroller Strides. It doesn't matter what challenges I'm facing, joys I have to share, or questions I may have, there is always a supportive group of Moms to confide in and laugh with. Being relatively new to Savannah, I have found some of the local knowledge within this group to be invaluable; it has definitely helped me to settle my family into the area. Oh, and great workouts too ;)

4. What is something that has surprised you about motherhood?

There's very little that hasn't surprised me! Since having Isabelle, I've realized that the various stages babies pass through (the worst of which always involve lack of sleep!) feel like an eternity at the time, but they are actually quite quick in the scheme of things. I never noticed this with Thomas, but my second baby allowed me an opportunity to reflect on all of his developments in his 3 short years, and reassurance in the knowledge that I have been through each of the stages before and that 'this too shall pass.'

5. Favorite website(s)?

Southern Mamas.com - to help keep us occupied and entertained!

The Oatmeal.com - always good for a giggle, but definitely NOT for kids, nor for you if you're easily offended! His comics about 'The Blerch' motivate me to keep running, especially on days when I just can't be bothered.

6. List three current obsessions.

Our glorious vegetable garden - we're just loving all of our fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet banana peppers, red bell peppers, peanuts and herbs. Yum!

Furniture reupholstery - I'm currently recovering some wing back chairs that I picked up for a bargain at Goodwill. I love transforming ugly old furniture into something gorgeous.

Yard sales - It's that time of year again and I love spending my Saturday mornings searching for unexpected finds.

7. What is your child's/children's favorite thing about you or favorite thing that you do?

Anything that makes them laugh! Belle is a pretty easy audience at this stage, but Thomas requires a little more thought! He loves it anytime we play hide and seek, sing and dance (the sillier the better!), read stories or head to the playground. Also, they both absolutely love to be outside - hiking, swimming, canoeing, picking berries ... they're definitely some favorite activities.

8. Any tips for other moms out there?

Be discerning with tips from other Moms ;) Everyone means well and usually offers advice with the best of intentions (with the possible exception of little old ladies in grocery stores who love to tell you what you're doing wrong!) but you know your family best and only you know what does and doesn't fit with your routines, goals, values, and moral compass.

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