#24 - Diana Fornaris: Boxing and Finding Yourself

Photo Crredit:  Caz Rubacky

Photo Crredit: Caz Rubacky

In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Diana Fornaris. Diana grew up in Elk Grove Village, IL and studied Therapeutic Recreation and Spanish with a minor in Psychology at The University of Iowa. To complete graduation, she moved to Baltimore, MD for a Dual Child Life & Therapeutic Recreation summer Internship at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Upon completion, she worked as a full-time Child Life Specialist on the Infant and Early Childhood Unit at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital for a year and a half. Although rewarding, the job grew to be something she found emotionally challenging. On top of that, she was battling severe depression and anxiety, later to find out was bipolar type 1 disorder.

She has always had a passion for movement and exercise, so after her diagnosis and taking some time off to work on herself she pursued teaching boxing and became a full time personal trainer at Merritt Clubs. After a little over a year of working there, she now works at a local boxing gym called Knockout Fitness which has helped her grow more with her boxing both in teaching and in practice. She lives downtown with her boyfriend, Ron, and her two cats, pit bull, and bearded dragon. 

Books mentioned: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Check out Diana’s writing: Finding Peace Through Boxing and Unconditional Body Love

Follow along on Diana’s journey below:

Instagram: @dfornaris

Facebook: Diana Fornaris and Ron Z Boxing

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