Living Heroes

Mommo & Daddo:

My In-laws have welcomed me into their family with absolute love and joy. Their kindness, warmth, and support are such a blessing.  They are such genuine, fun, and caring individuals. Having them as family really is a gift!

Papa & Pops:

I feel so lucky to have these two in my life! They are incredibly supportive, encouraging, and inspire me to follow my dreams. Their creativity and passion for life constantly remind me that anything is possible and to live each moment in life to the fullest.


My mother has taught me so many important things throughout life, for example, how to make the perfect pancakes, how to properly fold a fitted bottom sheet so that it doesn’t ball up (still kind of tricky!), how to balance a checkbook, how to remain calm when encountering your first cockroach (came in really handy when I lived in NY!)… But the most important thing she has taught me is to never never never give up, no matter what. Through her own journey in life, and in her encouragement for me to pursue happiness, I have learned to believe in myself and my own power.


My dad has inspired me in so many ways, particularly when it came to athletics. When I was little he was an aerobics instructor and he built me a small box so that I could take his step-aerobics class with all of the grownups out on the floor, rather than bounce along with them in the lobby. When I signed up for my first dance class he sat on the living room floor with me listening to record after record teaching me how to count the beat in a song. When I got my first bicycle he jogged alongside me and we would race from tree to tree around the neighborhood. When I made the basketball and volleyball teams he got me spare balls so that I could practice outside on the weekends. As I got older, we would take on Tae-Bo (remember that craze?) and yoga tapes on weekend visits, and he has even come in and taken a class with me here at MIMA. I am so appreciate to have always had his encouragement and support!

Black Belts:

From the first class I took about 6 years ago, I have been awed, amazed, encouraged, and inspired by our schools black belts. Their passion, commitment, loyalty, perseverance, patience, compassion, and dedication create such an incredibly welcoming, respectful, and fun energy in the school. I feel so honored to get to learn from and work with such an outstanding and inspiring group of people!


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Comment by Lorri Vlcek on September 30, 2014 at 1:43pm

Thank you!  You are a wonderful young lady, who will kick butt with the test!  :)

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