Meet our June 2017 - Mom of the Month

Meet our June mom of the month - Anna Vriesma. Anna has been a member of Our Village since June 2015. If you've met Anna in a class you will know she has a very soft-spoken, kind, and gentle spirit. She is a mama that cares for others and will go out of her way to make someone else's day. She's rocked our Body Back program, Stroller Strides and now Fit4Baby!!! Congratulations Anna! We are so happy you found us. You've touched the lives of so many mamas with your beautiful smile. Xoxo

  • Hometown - Naperville, Illinois
  • Tell us about who is in your family - I am married to an amazing, attentive, sensitive, intelligent man - Todd. We have a silly, quiet, intuitive son - Beckett. AND, another little Baby Vriesema arriving October!
  • Current/Previous career - I am the Digital Marketing Manager for Whole Foods Market’s Midwest Region…basically I spend all day on social media
  • What was your childhood ambition? - My childhood (tween/teen) ambition was to be the punk rock queen behind the scenes. I love loud music, live shows, dirty tours, screen-printed t-shirts, and pink hair. My dream was to work for a record label, promoting who I thought was the most talented but under appreciated musicians out there - and go to a concert every night.
  • What does motherhood mean to you? - Motherhood to me is all about an undeniable and profound connection with Beckett, Todd, my mom, other moms. There is nothing I love more than exploring with Beckett and seeing everything around us through his eyes. It’s a deep connection that I have never felt before, one that I feel so tied too it could never come loose. I also experience this deeper connection with my husband, our connection in raising a beautiful human being has never made us closer. Same goes with my mom, now that I have been in her shoes, I feel everything she has experienced raising me and my brothers and I love that new-found connection with her.
  • What is the furthest you have been away from home? - My best friend, Jill, and I backpacked through Europe for two weeks when I was 22. We jammed in 8 countries in 14 days…it was rough and magical. Lucerne, Switzerland is heaven on earth!
  • How did you find F4M? - Where else but social media! While I was on maternity leave I saw a Facebook post about the 1 year anniversary event. Beck and I attended and we haven’t looked back. Stroller Strides, Body Back and now Fit4Baby have been part of my life since 2015.
  • How as F4M changed your life? - FIT4MOM has been my motherhood savior. This village has made me feel normal, supported and loved. Every single beautiful, empowering instructor has helped me find strength, will-power and confidence that I never knew I had.
  • Favorite exercise - Plank - I love the feeling of pushing myself to the limit and seeing how long I can go, it’s all what’s in your head.
  • Proudest moment - Signing up for and completing that first session of Body Back. Working full-time in the city with a baby made it a tough decision to commit to, but I am SO proud of myself for sticking with it.
  • Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us - My absolute FAVORITE thing to do on a night out is head to a grungy blues club and dance the night away with a cold beer in my hand.