In this series, we feature local women who are blazing trails in Rochester, MN while mom-ing and more! We are excited to feature a variety of professional moms that are leaving their mark on our community.
Name: Sheila Terrill
Occupation: Program Advisor at Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program
Share a little bit about yourself: I grew up in the Twin Cities. Met my husband our freshman year of college at Winona State. We have lived in Rochester since graduation and got married in 2009. We have a 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son. I love to read, bake, listen to music and podcasts and have been working on becoming more active in the community. I work at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in downtown Rochester and love helping individuals get paired with the right programs and staff to meet their health and wellness goals.
If I could have any superpower, I'd want: To pause / fast-forward time.
Motherhood is: A beautiful challenge and gift.
My biggest #momfail was: Locking my keys and kids in the car. (In my driveway in the fall… we were “rescued” maybe 10 minutes later and kids didn’t even know anything was wrong… but I was a big fat mess.)
Three parenting tips:
• Take a breath.
• Pick your battles.
• Stay in the moment.
I'd love to go to dinner with: My grandpa who passed away when I was 6. He was my hero and I know he would have insight into what is going on in today’s world.
The best part about being a working mom is: I cherish our quality time more- morning routine together and the traditions we have built for the evenings and weekends.
I would describe my style as: Pretty classic- dress pants for work, leggings or jeans for home—comfy, pretty tops and blazers or cardigans. No high heels… nope.
Nicknames I have given my kids: Emilia gets variations of Goose (not sure where that came from)--- “Silly Goose, Goose Girl, Emi Goose”, etc. and Desmond is Desi Boy.
The best advice my mom ever gave me: I’ve gotten many nuggets over the years, but it’s more her actions and presence I learned from. She showed me that I she was always there for me and would listen, no matter what. She was much more relaxed than I am with rolling with the punches and I try to pull that into my own parenting.
I feel powerful when: I teach my kids something new and see/hear them implement it in their life.
My best friends is my husband Mike, because he knows me better than anyone in the world and still loves me. He’s a great partner and father.
The best parenting advice I ever got: Take time for self-care. It will make you a better parent if you are happy and healthy physically and mentally.
The biggest risk you've ever taken: Can’t think of any good ones… I’m not a huge risk taker.
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