April Student Spotlight

Heather

Tell us something about yourself! What do you enjoy doing outside of RGF?
Outside of RGF I am an English as a Second Language Teacher. I care deeply about my students and the community I work in. I’m also a huge nature lover, and find peace in hiking any chance I get! These days I usually have a furry companion who joins me – April, my sassy Beagle Lady.
There is always a soundtrack playing at home or in my car, as music is a big part of my life. I like all things rock, and country more and more. A little 80’s retro never hurt anyone either!
Other than that, I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoying being active, whether that is going for a walk, kayaking-weather permitted, or running a fun obstacle race … like the Spartan.

What brought you to RGF?
What brought me to RGF may come as a slight surprise, but truth be told it was back pain! I grew up as a competitive gymnast- later cheerleader. About 10 plus years ago I did static trapeze/dabbled in silks and Spanish web for a time. Long story short, I stopped due to an injury. Being in this specific type of physical activity for so long, I started to research local aerial studios, and stumbled on RGF. Here I thought getting back into “my groove” would simply help my back pain! Well it did, and what came with my new found relief was a whole sisterhood and support system I truly never imagined. Aerial has renewed me spiritually! It’s helped me find a long, lost love I didn’t know I was missing.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I’m such a National Park supporter and lover that I would say nationally I would finally venture to Zion N.P. Internationally, I always thought an African Safari or the Amazon would be amazing!!! No, I would not feed the animals!
What advice do you have for someone just starting their aerial journey?
To celebrate each success as an accomplished hurdle. To understand that physical strength builds up with time, and that mental focus guides that. Number one above all else, be true to your unique self. Be determined, stay driven and hungry, and have a blast doing it. Lastly, support your fellow aerialists, and always encourage.

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