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So for this first piece I spoke to a good friend of mine, her name is Mikayla Battenfelder and like me she is a personal fitness trainer. I asked her about what the project means to her, her thoughts on her own mobility and what makes her happy when she does physical activity no matter what kind. Keep in mind not every one of these will be the same, everyone has their own reasons for doing something and it's different with everyone.


Kelson: So one thing I've always wanted to look into with people is what kind of activities give them joy, what connects them to what they do, and what puts a smile on their faces. So I guess my first question is what makes this happen for you and what do you like doing?


Mikayla: I've always loved hiking, swimming in the ocean, and one day I want to be able to run marathons. Hiking always allowed me to challenge myself on different terrain and it gives me that chance to reconnect with nature while I'm out there. Marathons seen like fun because I've always wanted to use my body the way it was meant to be used and marathons are one way of doing that. I think my favorite though is swimming in the ocean. The feeling of gravity fighting against you and you float freely in the ocean, to be able to fight the strong waves, and running across the the hot sand helps me connect. Also oceans are a great way of seeing a world so different from ours and I love it!


Kelson: I really like the imagery that can be taken from it and the way you described everything makes me think those activities have helped give you a real connection with what makes you move and what gives you a sense you want to keep going. Now with all that in mind I have to ask, what does mobility mean to you and what makes it important?


Mikayla: Well 10 or even 20 years from now I want to be the best version of myself and to be able to be as mobile as possible when I get older. I've worked with a lot of people who do have mobility issues and it gives me an appreciation for the fact that despite our bodies being as amazing as they, they can be so fragile. We literally don't know what we have until it's gone and we need to take care of ourselves not just to progress in life but to be there for others.


Mikayla: I've always wanted to be able to survive life threatening situation too and being a personal trainer has allowed me to help others when their bodies have failed them and limited themselves. Working with those people inspires me to be more mobile and it's wonderful when I can help them use their own movements to help  them realize what they can still do even if they can't see it right away.


Kelson: I think you've given me a pretty clear set of reasons why movement is important to you. I've had a lot of fun doing this with you and it's been a pleasure to talk to you!


So this was Mikayla's story about why she moves and what helps her connect with her own mobility. We had a fun time figuring this all out and it's exciting to think there will be more stories to be told later. If you have one you want to share please don't hesitate to contact me through Facebook or at

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