Meet Kathryn Cid, an inspiring woman who has been practicing yoga for over a decade and married her high school sweetheart 50 years ago! We loved interviewing her and, of course, we think she looks fabulous in our Luxe Yoga Top and Hand Painted Yoga Leggings!
Kathryn Cid: I have been married to my high school sweet heart and wonderful husband for 50 years. I am blessed to be the mother of two beautiful adult daughters of whom I am very proud. My two grandsons are my treasures. I consider my sons-in-law my sons. Can you tell I love my family? I have an amazing circle of special friends, some of whom I have known from pre-K days, high school and college. I have been in Education for 50+ years either teaching or in some other capacity. I have written English, Business and IT curricula, worked as a proofreader for a court reporting agency, chaired a department for a private career school and currently teach online courses for a large university. I enjoy the beach, gardening, reading, the theater, visiting museums and, of course, my yoga practice. I began to practice yoga at least ten years ago. I was looking for a way to go inward and to grow spiritually. Yoga has done that for me. I have an amazing life and I am grateful!
L & B: What helps you balance your career and personal life?
KC: Working from home makes balancing work and personal life easier than working in a traditional classroom. I create my own daily schedule, which allows me time to do things I enjoy. I usually do a short yoga practice in the morning to set the tone for my day. Throughout the day, I will stop what I am doing and reset with a few different poses. I try to incorporate yoga throughout the day. Yoga brings me balance and a sense of calm that I can take with me throughout my day. The poses, some of which are still a "small" struggle, all show me an inner strength and physical strength I didn't know I had. I am happy when I am practicing yoga.
L & B: Where do you find inspiration?
KC:I find inspiration in life itself. I look at each day as a precious gift to be enjoyed – even during life's difficult times. I can always find something that makes me smile. Place me at a beach (where I gain) inner peace and inspiration that I cannot find anywhere else. Some important (life) decisions have been made while I was watching the waves ebb and flow along the shore, or by walking on the sand.
L & B: What is your first childhood memory?
KC:My first childhood memory is of being at the Jersey shore with my family. I was only two years old. I vividly remember a shiny, coral bikini my mother put on me that day. I was slathered with zinc oxide, her favorite sunscreen, which I did not like. I played along the water's edge until the sand in my bathing suit made me uncomfortable. My dad carried my back to our blanket and my mom changed me into a pink and white seersucker jumpsuit. I didn't like the legs of the pants touching the sand, so my mother cuffed them. I remember my dad calling my name. I turned and waved as he snapped a picture. This is all memory, but I do have that picture. I loved that bathing suit.
L & B: Did you have a role model growing up?
KC:I come from a large Italian family, and each of my aunts were my role models. They each gave me insights into the kind of woman I wanted to be. I was fortunate to be able to tell them the gifts (that) they gave me. No price can be placed on the positive influence they were on (the person) I am today.
L & B: What’s your favorite aspect about living in your community?
KC:I live in a small community that still maintains some sense of its past history, which I like. The town is quiet and green, almost rural. I have lived here for 37 years, and I like being able to walk into stores where people know my name.
L & B: Where is your favorite place to travel to?
KC:Wow! Anyplace I can find a beach!
L & B: What is the one thing you’ve never done that you would like to do?
KC:Study at Cambridge University.
L & B: Just for fun - would you rather fly or read minds?
KC:Read minds. I would enjoy knowing what others are thinking, even if it is about me. I could find ways of helping others if I could read their minds.
L & B: What was the last gift you received?
KC:Two beautiful bouquets of flowers from my husband and my grandsons.
L & B: What’s your favorite item in your closet?
KC:It can't be one item because my favorite items are all my shoes and sandals!
L & B: Is there anything you would like to share?
KC: Despite life's roller coaster ride, I have an amazing life! Because of yoga, meditation, prayer, my family, and special dear friends, I live every day to the fullest.