What's her secret?: 'Surround yourself with really good, loving friends'

abredeson@islandpacket.comMay 7, 2013 

Shawna Fisher sits with her husband, Chris, and their children, Alexandra, 8, left, Liam, 17-months-old, center, and Addison, 6, right, on Tuesday afternoon at their home on Hilton Head Island.

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Name: Shawna Fisher

Husband: Chris

Town: Hilton Head Island

Children: Alexandra, 8; Addison, 6; Liam, 17 months

Occupation: Part-time physical therapist for the public schools on Hilton Head

Go-to dinner: "Anything in the Crock-Pot," Fisher said. "My kids will never have a meal from McDonald's. ... I'm sure they will come back and curse me later ... I really try to give them a healthy homecooked meal every night, even if they have activities. And Crock-Pot sometimes is the only way I can do it."

Biggest pet peeve: Inconsiderate people who behave like no one else exists on the planet

Hobbies: "I like to read, but this (pointing to a Sandra Boynton children's book) is really all that I'm getting to read at this point in my life," Fisher said with a laugh. "It's an aspiration rather than a hobby."

Volunteer work: She volunteers at her daughters' school, Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts. She is also the volunteer director of the local branch of the international nonprofit organization called Girls on the Run. It's an after-school running program that works to educate girls about body image, peer pressure, nutrition and exercise. Fisher will start the program with girls in grades 3-5 at Creative Arts and Hilton Head Island Elementary School, and will move on to grades 6-8. She hopes to eventually include students from schools in Bluffton and Beaufort as well.

Favorite mommy moments: Fisher said the births of all her children were her favorite mommy moments, but the most recent one stands out as being particularly special. She was a little worried about how the girls would react to having a baby brother, but when they came in the hospital room, she could tell they were in love. "The look of this love in their eyes for their brother was just really cool, amazing," she said.

Most challenging moment: "I've definitely felt a big difference in number from two to three (children)," Fisher said. "It's hard being at all places at all times. I like being at all the games, and I've always been able to do that. I've always been able to be on all the field trips. I've been fortunate enough to be able to attend everything. And now with three, I can't. ... I feel like I'm having to choose between my children. That's been an adjustment for me."

Stress reliever: Running

Advice for other moms: "I have a plaque in my kitchen to remind myself to enjoy the little things," she said. "Surround yourself with really good, loving friends."

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