North Dakota International Ambassador 2021 - Tessa Monzelowsky
Tessa Monzelowsky is your new ND International Ambassador 2021! Some of the basics about her to start you oﬀ. She's a 38-year-old mother of 2. Her daughter Danica is 10, Tessa’s mini me in every way possible and she’s her mom's right hand little lady around the house. Her son Liam is 6 and he’s earned the rightful title of C.E.O., and she says he’s also her cling on who needs all the momma love he can get.
Besides staying busy as a mom, she runs her own in-home Daycare. She considers the little ones an extension of her family and wouldn’t change this career for anything else. She always knew her place was to be around kids. Tessa went to college to be an elementary music teacher but discovered 2 things on that journey.
First, she found her love for music was disappearing, and two she found she didn’t really enjoy the formalities of being in a classroom. Daycare chose her Tessa says, and
she gets to put her energy into those very early childhood years. Watching them go from infants and small toddlers, to ready for preschool has so many rewards, and she found her purpose in this career.
Tessa has a few things that keep her sane, and that she does just for herself.
She’s been playing piano since age 6, so when she can she’ll sit and play for as long as time allows, anywhere from a half hour to 2 hours. Her and her best friend were joining her friends Nana for Karaoke once a month until things stopped because of Covid, but they are hoping to start that up again this year because they love their bonding time with Nana. Tessa’s biggest thing that she does for herself, and her platform is running! She could likely talk your ear oﬀ for hours about running or write an entire 10-page essay on the subject, but for the bio she’ll keep it brief and you can follow her journey through her page on Facebook!
Running started based on a challenge from her sister to complete just one Half marathon, if she liked it great, if she hated it she’d never have to do it again. Tessa’s not one to back down from a healthy challenge so she gave it a try. She says “not only did I fall in love with running, specifically long distance running, but I quickly learned what else it did for me.” She found a place where she could work through stress, reduce anxiety attacks, problem solve, vent, cry, laugh, remind herself how worthy she is in life, and how capable she is of doing hard things. The paths, and her treadmill know more about Tessa than anyone in her life so she’s thankful they can’t talk. Her big goal through running is to empower others to take on a running journey, whether that’s actual running, or just a much healthier lifestyle. Knowing what her own journey has done for her, she wants that for others, she said “I want to see others improve their quality of life, see them have that moment where they remember how
worthy they are, find their confidence again, and be reminded they are capable of doing hard things.” It would be an honor and a privilege to hear the stories of the journeys she’s inspired others to take. Until next time friends:
ND International Ambassador 2021
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