Every day has a purpose

I was born at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1978, a daughter for Jan. My father was not a part of my life, however my grandparents were a massive influence in raising me.

I spent my early years living on the Esplanade at Henley Beach. Days on the beach, shopping at West Lakes and attending calisthenics at the local church.

My little sister, Ashlee, was born when I was 10. When Ashlee was only four days old we moved to Port Lincoln, my step father got a transfer with his work.

I was not too worried about moving but I did want to know if there was an ice rink in Port Lincoln, as I loved figure skating. Leaving my Nanna and Poppa behind was the hardest, I was very close to my grandparents and could not imagine not having them close by.

We lived at Kirton Point to start with, and I started school at Kirton Point Primary School. Within the first couple of weeks of moving here I was diagnosed with juvenile asthma, and was very home sick for my friends and family in Adelaide.

We soon moved house, I moved school and found my awesome group of friends, things were looking up. My best friend in primary school was super athletic, and I followed her to have a crack at softball.

The Roadrunners Softball Club was like my second family, I spent every Saturday as a teenager playing under 16s, B grade and A grade. Becoming a life member of Roadrunners was a very special day, almost as special as becoming an A grade premiership player.

Nanna and Poppa visited Port Lincoln a couple of times, and after a few years they fell in love with the house we were renting at the time on Flaxman Street.

Before I knew it they had sold their unit in Adelaide, purchased our house on Flaxman Street and made the move. I loved those years where we all lived together and made so many happy memories. I had lived in 12 houses before we moved to Flaxman Street, and this was my first HOME.

I met my husband Tom Bayly at school. Tom was a great influence on me, made me always want to be a better person and pushed me to be the best I could be.

At school I wanted to be a physio, but as fate had it I was to be the first person in my family to ever attend university, completing my Bachelor of Nursing in 2000.

Tom really pushed me into applying for university, he knew what I was capable of and I am so thankful for his support. Nursing has been a dream career, I can't see myself doing anything else.

Tom and I married in 2007, and were soon blessed with two beautiful daughters Annika and Lexi - our family was complete. I love watching our girls grow, and often stop and smile just admiring them as I am in awe of the people they are becoming.

I found my love for running and fitness when Lexi was just a baby. I love that our children are seeing Tom and I being active with gym, sport and running. Exercise is part of our family life, and I am so thankful that we can gift this healthy life to them.

I have met so many wonderful strong women through fitness and running, and often cannot believe that I have completed two half marathons, with a 30-kilometre event in my sights.

My family recently experienced the sudden loss of my amazing father-in-law, Geoff. Life is too short to live with regrets, hold on to anger or have dreams that are never achieved. I try harder to live everyday with purpose, with love and with gratitude...everyday is a new opportunity to be the best version of you.