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December 2018's Motivating Mom of the Month

We could not let 2018 come to an end without celebrating this special mama in Our Village! Her kindness, positivity and enthusiasm for motherhood and life truly make her special. You always see her interacting with her son during each class while also giving so much focus and energy to her own workouts making the most out of her Stroller Strides experience. She has taken our playgroups to a new level with her thoughtful and creative ideas that the little ones love and has truly enhanced everyone's FIT4MOM experience on a with her presence and joy. We are so excited to celebrate Jess Besse as December's Motivating Mom of the Month!! Congratulations Jess!!

Here's what our instructor team has to say about Jess:

"Jesse Besse is an incredible bright light in this village of extraordinary women. Every time she shows up at class she is always engaged and smiling through the toughest workouts and hardest days. She is constantly engaging with her son so make him super happy and creating new friendships amongst others. Watching her push her limits and take on challenges with a smile has been such a reward to watch. Jesse is so worthy of motivating mom of the month and I am so glad to see her receive this! "- Instructor Colleen

"I cannot think of a better way to round out another wonderful year of FIT4MOM than by honoring Jess, a truly motivating mom who plays a BIG role in making this Village as wonderful as it is!! Jess is a powerhouse athlete, mom, and teacher-turned-Playgroup Captain. Jess has participated in all of our programs, from daily Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes, to Body Back Boost, to Run Club, to family and community events, and has taken our playgroups to new heights. Jess’s strength and endurance are matched only by the motivation she radiates as she seeks out challenges in class, progressing exercises and pushing her limits. Jess is kind, friendly, and always has a positive comment to add to any conversation. Her relaxed approach to motherhood and magnetic energy draw everyone in, and it is plain to see how these special qualities impact others by being around her adorable, sweet Nolan. Jess, you and your family are so important to Our Village and we love you all! This honor is well-deserved and we are thrilled to recognize you for being such a special mama! Thank you and Congratulations!!! "- Instructor Sarah

"Reflecting on many of the FIT4MOM memories of 2018 would not be possible without our motivating mom this month, Jess! There are many reasons Jess is worthy of this honor, from lighting the way with her smile and positive attitude to challenging herself in every one of our programs. Whether she is finding time for herself early mornings at Body Back Boost, smiling at her sweet Nolan through exercises at strides and barre, or crossing the finish line at a run club race, Jess is continuously striving for new dimensions of fitness in all of our programs. Jess’s mutual love for FIT4MOM is evident long after these classes and training sessions end, where you can find her at our family outings and moms nights out. We have all seen this preschool pro in action as a pillar of our playgroups, bringing creativity and enthusiasm to our children; oh how there eyes light up when you call them over each week! Jess, you are loved and honored and celebrated each and every day for being such a special mom in our village. Thank you for all you are and do and congratulations on this well deserved recognition! "- Instructor Lisa

"It has been a pleasure being in class alongside Jess (and Nolan) for the last year and a half. She is one of the most approachable, inviting, patient, and kind women I know. She is always smiling, and her positivity and energy permeate to all who surround her. Jess is constantly busting her bum getting lower in her squats, lifting those heels, embracing the shake, and challenging us all to keep up. She is a constant presence at classes and at Our Village events. As Playgroup Captain, she has been able to tap into her prior teaching experience and create fun, purposeful, and engaging activities for our little ones to enjoy. Jess, you are so deserving of this honor. You motivate all of us in more ways than you probably realize both in and out of class. We are lucky to have you and your boys as friends and I feel grateful to be with you on this journey through motherhood. Congratulations! "- Instructor Kait

"I am so thrilled that we are honoring Jess this month as our motivating Mom. It is always a pleasure to have Jess’s hard working and enthusiastic spirit in class as an instructor and a joy to work out alongside of her. She is dedicated to Fit4Mom on so many levels- from Stroller Strides to her passion for Stroller Barre to joining Run Club to last (but not least!) her fabulous playgroups- Jess always shows up with her warm and gracious nature. Jess we have loved getting to know you and Nolan over these last couple of years and think you are amazing in everything you do! Congratulations! "- Instructor Meg

"I have known Jess for some years before FIT4MOM and she has always been such a wonderful person. The first time I saw her at class she was so extremely excited and could not say enough good things about FIT4MOM and this village. I very quickly realized what a staple she was at each and every class. Her positive energy lights up the room! Always pushing herself to do more, achieve more and the first to tell another mom what an awesome job she is doing. It’s easy to see why all of the kids love her and her playgroups each week. She is a phenomenal mother to Nolan and treats our children as if they were her own, with her kind words and calm manor. Ending the year with Jess as our motivating mom just makes sense. Jess, thank you so much for all that you do for our village. This recognition is so well deserved. I am honored to know you and to call you a friend. Congratulations!!" - Instructor Claudia

Learn more about the wonderful Jesse Besse:

1. Who are the members of your family?

My husband Dan, our son Nolan is 2, our dog Hudson and... baby number two will be here in July!! ️

2. What is/was your career?

I taught special ed preschool for 7 years before staying home with Noles.

3. List 3 of your favorite things:

Reading

Traveling

Wine (in six more months!)

4. What would your partner say is your best quality?

My level of patience

5. How long have you been a member of FIT4MOM Southeast Fairfield County, and what has it done for you?

A year and a half, and what hasn’t it done?! Honestly besides made me stronger and in better shape then I’ve ever been, it’s given Nolan and I a routine, a supportive community, and a great group of friends.

6.What is your favorite class exercise?

Planks

7. What is something that has surprised you about motherhood?

Things change so quickly; what you’re worried about today will be completely different in a month!

8. What is your proudest mommy moment so far?

Nursing Nolan for a little over a year, it was important to me that we hit the year mark.

9.Any advice for other moms out there?

Trust your own instincts, you know your baby best!

Jess, you are such a special woman and we are so honored that you chose us as your village!! We appreciate your efforts that help make Our Village a extra special place! We are so excited to see your family grow and being part of your adventures in motherhood!! Congratulations again, we love you!!