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Tonia

Hey, I’m Tonia!

Sitka, Alaska, United States · Member since December 2011
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I'm a small-town girl living in Sitka, Alaska with my husband and our four children. We love our munchkins endlessly, and I feel fortunate to be able to raise them in a small island community. Living here is pretty remote: we have more miles of trails than paved roads, more boats than cars, and you have to fly 100 miles to get to the nearest big-box store. Honestly, that's just a *few* of the many reasons why I love living here.

I work as the Executive Director for the local Convention & Visitors Bureau, and so I travel quite a bit for work. However, I would rather stay in an efficiency or condo rather than a hotel any day... especially since it means I can have a kitchen! I love to cook, and I tire of restaurant food when I'm on the road.

Although I don't have a specific life motto, I often consider (and keep close to my heart and mind) the Dalai Lama's response when asked what surprises him the most: “Man... because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then, he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die... and then he dies having never really lived.” I am striving to remain present in my life and enjoy the moments I have with the people I am surrounded by.