Virtual Coffee Date (aka Long-Overdue Life Update)

31 Aug

Hello, friend! It’s been way, way too long since we’ve talked. But what’s a few months between friends?


This spring and summer have been extremely busy for the Heimerman household!
Christopher accepted a job as the news editor of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle in April. He commuted the 75 minutes each way between Sterling and DeKalb in the initial weeks as he felt out the job and made sure it was smart and worthwhile for us to uproot our family and our life and start over in a new city.

We furiously searched for houses in DeKalb and fixed up (new microwave and dishwasher, new front window, new shower) and cleaned our house in Sterling, and ultimately, the sell-one-home-and-buy-another-home process took only 10 days.

It was a very emotional two months, as we prepared to leave our first home–the site of so many firsts for our family–and as we prepared to leave Sterling–a community we had truly grown into and in which we made meaningful friendships over 5 years. In the last few weeks leading up to the move, and especially in the last week, as we packed during the free moments between work and school, I had many weepy moments. I just couldn’t fathom leaving it all behind. And yet, I was so excited to start anew. It was an emotional rollercoaster.

We moved June 30 and July 1 and were completely settled within just a couple of days.
I landed some part-time work as a group fitness instructor at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA. I am co-leading a senior strength and balance class three mornings a week, and starting after Labor Day, I will also lead a bootcamp class four mornings a week. I have filled in as a pilates, yoga, and BodyPump instructor, too.

I also studied for the NETA personal training certification. I went to the certification workshop Aug. 5-6, conveniently hosted at the local YMCA, and took the exam Aug. 6. After more than three long weeks, and after the exam results were mistakenly sent to our old address, then forwarded to our new one, I learned yesterday that I passed the certification exam with flying colors and now am a certified personal trainer!


I’ll jump right into training within the next few weeks, and while I’m a bit nervous as to how to go about it all, I’m really excited to embark on this new journey–and honestly, to have a meaningful career in a growing industry.

I had a meaningful career as a reporter, too. I am an excellent writer and storyteller and a solid journalist. But while I enjoyed being a reporter, I most enjoyed meeting new people and telling their stories; I never was in it to be a watchdog, to uncover the truth, to right the wrongs of the world. I just wanted to tell stories that were important, that were special, that made people feel important and valued.

I discovered that I can do all that and more as a group fitness instructor and now, as a personal trainer. I will meet new people, I will learn their stories, and I will hopefully help them write new and better stories for themselves. I will honor people where they are, and I will value them and hopefully help them value themselves, so that as we work together, they want to be the best version of themselves, inside and outside.

Anna and Elise finished up 3-year-old preschool at St. Mary’s in Sterling in May. They had a fabulous year of learning, discovering, and growing. They are so smart and funny, and they are very well-behaved.

The summer has been challenging, though, as we got out of our school routine and into a more laid-back summer schedule. The first part of summer was spent cleaning, packing, and moving. And the latter part has been spent establishing our “new normal.”

They start school at the YMCA on Tuesday. They will go to a 4-year-old Kingergarten-like program five days a week, from 9 a.m. to noon. And they get swimming lessons, sports, and music throughout the week. It’s not a traditional preschool program, like what they had at St. Mary’s, but it’s got its perks (swimming lessons!) because they’ll be at the YMCA.

We’re definitely ready for school–for the girls to get back into that routine, and for me, personally, to dive a little deeper into my new jobs.

All this time, Christopher and I still have been running. We trained for and ran the Summerfest Rock ‘n’ Sole half marathon on our wedding anniversary June 10. (I had good intentions of writing a race recap, but I got caught up–and rightly so–in moving and changing jobs.) Christopher posted a great time, considering the incredible heat and humidity that day, but I really battled, and so I just ran for the fun of it.

We took just a couple weeks off to move and settle in, and then we picked back up and now are in the waning weeks of training for the Milwaukee Marathon on Oct. 15, for which I am a race ambassador. (Use code KaylaRunsMKE for a discount on any of the races!) Both Christopher and I are doing well, especially with our long runs. We’re scheduled for two 20-milers, one next weekend, and the other two weeks after that. Distances that long still sort of freak me out, but not nearly the way they used to scare me. #thingsdistancerunnerssay I’m excited for the marathon, and I hope it’s a better race than last year.

That’s the long and short of it. Lots of changes, lots of adjustments, but already some good stories and memories.

Let’s do this again soon.



One Response to “Virtual Coffee Date (aka Long-Overdue Life Update)”

  1. Debra Heimerman August 31, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    Very emotional! Love all of you!

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