At what point is someone officially an athlete? I don’t win competitions and rarely even enter them, so maybe I don’t count.

My life has dictated that I must be athletic. It’s barely a choice for me, because frequent strenuous exercise is the best tool I have for managing my depression, ptsd, and chronic migraines. In fact, when I cut down exercise, my migraines quickly ramp up.

I’m a certified yoga teacher, an RRCA certified running coach, I’ve finished many half marathons and a few marathons, and I’m an official ambassador for the Just Strong athletic clothing brand, which is an inclusive brand for women lifters and athletes.