This week’s StyleMama says that volunteerism enriches your life on many fronts. Linda Lake volunteers at a local orphanage, is on the board of trustees at her son’s school, and supports her local businesses and community anyway she can. She says it’s an opportunity to give back , share and learn from others, as well as lead by example. Linda says she didn’t realize what a valuable teaching moment her own volunteerism experience would be for her son. “I mentor young girls at an orphanage, who are close to my son’s age. One day my son said to me that he was very proud of me. His acknowledgment meant so much and showed me just how impactful leading by example can be, especially through the eyes of our children.”
Home: Pasadena, California
Children: 10 year old son
Occupation: Full-time Mom & Certified Trainer
Linda has spent the last 10 years raising her son, an opportunity she says she was privileged to have and the most fulfilling career to date. Prior to that, she had a successful career in the fashion industry, as well as a senior role in HR. However, Linda is embarking on a new adventure and has just become certified as a personal fitness trainer. “I have always worked hard at keeping fit and living a healthy lifestyle, so at age 46 and more “me” time, I had to ask myself…what could be more rewarding than helping and sharing my passion with others?”
How does she look so darn good?
Breaking a sweat is part of Linda’s daily routine, which can mean hitting the gym or taking it outside! Linda says that living in Southern California allows her the joy of exercising outdoors, where she indulges in hikes, runs and occasional mountain biking. Her fitness motto…No machines? No free weights? No problem! She turns whatever nature or her surroundings has to offer into her fitness equipment. She works her triceps using the edge of her bathtub, and can turn a log, table, or bench into a full functional gym. Nutrition is also key to her overall wellness, so she makes sure her plate is filled with protein and greens. She does admit to having a weakness for wine, cheeses, and the occasional sweet…
What’s she wearing?
Top: Haute Hippie
Necklace: Julia Failey
Wedges: Stuart Weitzman
“You will never see me compromise comfort for style. My clothing has a way of dictating my mood, so whether I’m in my workout clothes or in a fabulous dress I’ve got to feel good without the fuss! Trends can be fun every now and then, but I have a tendency to gravitate towards more classic pieces that define my inner-style…simple with flattering lines and a splash of color. I love coordinating my outfits with jewelry and accessories, but I’m a minimalist at heart, so a few “key” pieces are enough to complete my look. Some of my favorite designers include Alice + Olivia, Cynthia Vincent, Diane Von Furstenberg, Elizabeth and James, Haute Hippie, Tibi and Theory. Lululemon athletic wear, denim, cotton tanks and Havaianas are staples in my wardrobe.” – Linda Lake
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