This month, we’re getting to know Fitness Member Victoria Lord, whose enthusiasm since joining has been inspiring - and contagious!
Victoria, where are you from?
I was raised in Pullman, WA. At 13, I went to a co-ed Quaker boarding school in Pennsylvania. In the late 60s/early 70s, I was at the first Vietnam Peace March in D.C. I graduated from Western Washington University and moved to Seattle. I trained there as a massage and movement therapist and was in private practice. While working with my clients, which included male and female sexual abuse survivors, I realized how our emotional history can get trapped in our bodies and minds. I decided to go back to graduate school for a Master’s Degree in Psychology to fill in the gaps of my knowledge. I went to John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA. I couldn’t wait to get back to Washington, and moved back to Seattle. I’ve been in Washington state ever since. I moved back to Bellingham in 2001 after visiting some friends and realizing I still loved it after all these years.
What do you do?
I’m retired now! I was a psychotherapist. The last job I had was cooking for seniors, so they could remain in their homes.
What are some fun facts about you?
I sing in Kulshan Chorus (our show at the Mount Baker Theater is January 12th- come see us!) I have worked with feral cats and have two rescue cats. I also participate in “game days” where a group of us get together a few times a month for board games and happy hour!
What’s your favorite thing about coming to BTTC?
The people, both the staff and the other members. Everybody is so kind and friendly, and I’m amazed at the staff’s memory for names!
What’s the best piece of fitness or healthy living advice you have for others?
Don’t join a gym - join an exercise community.