Eileen is juggling the beautifully hectic life of being a mom to two girls, ages six and one, a stepmother to a seventeen year old girl in the midst of the college application process and a wife to a busy solo practitioner. She recently entered the realm of soccer mom-dom and, much to her surprise, is embracing the role with gusto (although she will never, EVER, be caught dead in a minivan). To escape the craziness of family life, she works full-time as an attorney for the bill drafting office of the Connecticut General Assembly.
The one thing Eileen credits most for keeping her sane throughout the past six years is running. She started running short distances in high school and has never taken more than a couple of months off since. She ran until she was nine months pregnant with her first child and had the baby running laps with her by age two. While she is finding it more difficult to squeeze in a run since the arrival of her youngest, aka “Little Monster”, she makes it happen whenever she can. Running is her time for reflection and meditation, her ultimate stress reliever. Besides running, she loves dancing, taking long bike rides with her husband, hiking on the easiest trails she can find and lifting the lightest weights at the gym. The idea of taking a CrossFit class and running her first 10K entices yet terrifies her. While not sweating it out, she consumes all of the calories she just burned (and then some) by eating out as often as possible with her family, one of her favorite indulgences.
If Eileen were ever stranded on an island alone with her lovely children, she would most wish to have a giant vat of Cheez-Its, one of the few snacks both of her girls enjoy, a gallon of vodka and a satellite phone so she could call someone to get them all the heck up off the island. One of the funniest things she’s ever heard, as said by her six year old, is “you are the best mommy in the whole wide world”. After wiping a tear from her eye, she laughed and laughed at the sweet craziness of such a statement. She tries her best, but trips and falls often while doing one of the hardest jobs in the whole wide world.