February’s second FF is my sister Lindsay. I didn’t choose her because she’s my sister. I chose her because she truly is a fabulous female. And I’m not biased…you’ll see for yourself.
Lindsay has done a lot at a young age. I respect and admire her drive and dedication. She’s an avid runner, real estate mogul and student.
She manages to be all of these things and still has time to be a good sister. She is one of my biggest supporters. She literally would give you the shirt off her back…but not before she’d steal it from your closet.
Wait, I digress. We’re not kids anymore.
Please join me in getting to know Lindsay better.
- Photo by Stacey Hanlon Photography
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 27 and am married to my amazing husband Kyle. We have been married for 4 years and have dated since we were in high school!
I work full-time at the London Court House as a Bilingual Judicial Assistant and I go to UWO on a part-time basis. I am also an avid runner and have run five marathons so far, including the Boston Marathon. In our spare time we like to renovate houses. Kyle and I bought a 90-year-old house that we have been renovating for the past 4 years. We also own a couple of income properties that we have fixed up and rented out as well!
Tell us about your current schooling.
I have been a part-time student for the past 6 years at the University of Western Ontario in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. I am a French Major, with a Certificate in Business French. I started when I was 21 just taking 1 credit per year. Then when I completed those first couple successfully, I moved up to taking 2 credits per year, and 1 in the summer. In order to save myself an extra year of classes at the end, I decided to take the maximum you can take as a part-time student, so I have been taking 3 credits per year and 1 in the summer for the last 2 years!
How do you manage a full-time career and school?
While school does keep me busy, I still have a fairly normal life, working Monday to Friday, weekends off, etc. I try to get a lot done on my lunch hours at work. UWO offers so many online classes now that it makes it a lot easier to be a part-time student and work full-time.
Having an employer that is supportive of your educational endeavours is extremely important. They even paid for my French credits and allowed me 5 weeks paid to go to Québec and live with a family to be immersed in French while completing a full credit through UWO!
- Photo by Stacey Hanlon Photography
What is your goal(s) after you graduate?
Well It wasn’t until I started taking French at UWO as a “mature student” that I realized how much I really do enjoy learning French as a subject and teaching it to others.
I am really passionate about French and I can’t wait to get out to help students learn it. I know where I struggled throughout school, so hopefully I will be able to improve on that for my own students.
I have applied to 3 schools and I find out April 1st if/where I get in! I am hoping for London’s Althouse College!
What was it like preparing for and running the Boston Marathon?
My dad has run many marathons in his life so when he offered to train me I took him up on it.
Together, we ran my first marathon; the Toronto International. The following year I ran it again and without realizing it, my time qualified me for the Boston Marathon!
It was a bit of a different experience since it wasn’t a goal that I had purposely been working towards, but once I was there, it was such a cool experience. Most people have worked so hard to get there and the dedication and determination they have is amazing.
There was so much support everywhere. Families had signs for their loved ones and people were out cheering. It actually starts in a little town called Hopkinton and you run from there, into downtown Boston. Owners of all the little houses along the way were out on their lawns with hoses spraying runners (because it was a brutally hot day) and some would even give out orange slices and Popsicles!
I always say that almost anyone can run a marathon. If you have any desire, you really can do it; you just work your way up the way you’d train for anything.
What advice would you give to other women who wanted to take on a large goal?
Anything is possible, as cliché as that sounds. I don’t limit myself in my mind at all. If you want something enough, you’ll get it, so don’t be afraid to try new things and go after what it is that you want. Endurance is a key word to my life; not only in marathon running but in life in general.
At 18 I had no idea what I wanted to do after high school and I didn’t want to waste money on an education that I wasn’t sure of. So I took a different path and it allowed me to be able to go after the things I wanted most at the time.
I felt pressured to go to school right away because of all my friends taking that “normal” path, but I did what felt right for me and went with what my personal goals were. If you maintain endurance, and stick to the path you need to be on to get you to your ultimate goal, you’ll get there eventually!
How do you think being an Auntie has prepared you for having your own children?
I love being an auntie so much! I am the youngest in my family and I always wanted little kids younger than me to be around. It has been so much fun getting to know my nephews and niece and their little personalities.
Having my two older sisters has been great to show me what it will be like once we do have kids. I can see how much love there is there and it is a great example of how amazing it will be to have children of our own. Obviously there are challenging times in raising children as well, so I think I have seen the good and challenging times, which will prepare me for what we will inevitably experience as well!
What are you looking forward to most about becoming a mom?
I can’t wait to be pregnant and experience what that feels like, and be in labour, as scary as that may be! I look forward to seeing living proof of what my husband and I create together! I can’t wait to have another best friend that will love me back as much as I love them! I look forward to all the fun mommy things like trendy maternity clothes and mommy-and-baby yoga, lol, and while we’re at it, let’s get real here…I can’t wait for a year off of work while I’m on mat leave!
What’s the last song you listened to on your iPod?
I just went for a run last night and listened to my iPod. I listened to the whole Kings of Leon album…its awesome!
What’s the last book you read?
Tori Spelling’s Uncharted TerriTORI (the last of 3 in the series). I highly recommend them…it gives a fun look at inside Hollywood and how she copes with being a Mommy in Hollywood. In fact, her second book is called Mommywood. If you think you don’t like her, you should read her books…you’ll like her after!