October's Motivating Mom of the Month

October's Motivating Mom of the Month is truly a special one! This mama was our FIRST member, has attended close to 600 classes over the last three and a half years, has led our playgroups for nearly three years and is one of the kindest, loyal and resilient mamas I know. We are grateful for her wisdom, love and unwavering support of Our Village and FIT4MOM. Nicole Manno, you and your family will ALWAYS have a special place in our village!

Here is what our instructor team has to say about Nicole:

"Where would Our Village be without Nicole and her adorable boys? As one of our "founding moms", Nicole is truly the prize we were lucky enough to have won. Nicole is extremely dedicated and talented, but my personal favorite quality is her LOYALTY. Nicole helped make this Village what it is by being at class day after day, connecting with others through her fun sense of humor, and of course, by rolling up her sleeves during years of crafts and games as our playgroup captain. Nicole would be the last person to tell you any of this or accept praise and credit for her love and efforts. Nicole quietly but powerfully makes a difference, letting others have the spotlight despite being such a star herself. Nicole's approach to motherhood is cool, calm and collected. Everyone around her gets the reality check they need by watching her laid back example and realizing that the tough mommy stuff they're weathering is something that will pass. We all have something to learn from this marvelous motivating mom! All our love and thanks to you, Nicole"!! -Instructor Sarah

"Nicole has been such a quiet pillar of our fit4mom community! She is there every day, working hard, providing exciting and engaging play groups and offering words of wisdom to newer moms! I have loved getting to know her and her amazing boys. Nicole you will be missed so much"! - Instructor Meghan

"Not only is Nicole a rockstar motivating mom, a dedicated FIT4MOM, and a talented playgroup captain, she is a pillar in our village. Nicole has helped to create community in our classes, sharing her wisdom and friendship to both new and veteran moms. She has crafted such creative play groups for our FIT4MOM family, celebrating the seasons with the best (and many of our first) memory making moments! Nicole is the coolest mom out there, and her boys are a testament to this! Be it her composed reaction to Luc's "summer raisin snack", the way that Jack (another veteran strider) pumped out barre ball pushups, or just showing us moms how to "roll with the punches," she's a woman and a mom we can all respect and admire. While we will miss our daily dose of Nicole as she "graduates" from our classes, we know she will always be present as a founder of our village community. A favorite quote comes to mind as we wish her the best: "Every exit is an entrance someplace else." Enjoy this next chapter, mama! We miss you already"! - Instructor Lisa

"Nicole is one who isn't for attention or praise but we couldn't miss this opportunity to love on her. We see you Nicole! We see how you work hard every day at class on your fitness. We see you care for your child and for others around you. We see you constantly offering a friendly ear or a laugh to a Momma who is having a rough day. We see how important you are to our village and how you truly lead by example of what FIT4MOM is"! - Instructor Colleen

Meet Nicole!

1. Who are the members of your family?

Myself, (Big) Jack, (little) Jack, Luc and 2 cats Chase and Roxy

2. What is/was your career?

Owned a wholesale clothing showroom in NYC for 7 years and before that merchandise/design assistant at a private label clothing company.

3. List 3 of your favorite things:

creating stuff (painting/drawings/cakes/crafts), hanging with my friends and LAUGHING, gambling

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

Good god I have no idea….let me ask him….he said my candidness. Sorry for breaking the rules.

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

Part of the original OG’s…..and started with the Stamford FIT4MOM over 6 years ago. FIT4MOM has done so much for me including keeping me sane but most importantly it is how I have met and both my kids have met so many great friends……the best friends...friends for life!

6.What is your favorite class exercise?

Recently push ups (and the cool down walk HA!)

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

That I could do it without having my own mom here to lean on and ask questions to.

8. What is your proudest mommy moment so far?

I feel such happiness and pride when my boys love on each other, especially when they don’t think we’re watching/listening. They do fight and argue but they are totally BFF’s and it’s so so cute.

9.Any advice for other moms out there?

Don’t get too caught up with what everyone else is doing as a mom. Be confident in what you’ve got goin’ on! Oh and most definitely grab your girlfriends and go out regularly…just make it happen…mama needs a break! xo

Nicole, as you move on to the next chapter of your adventures in motherhood, just know how much you will be missed and how many lives you have impacted so positively! We love you! So long for now, beautiful mama!