March is Women’s History Month, and here at LANE EIGHT, we’re celebrating by featuring women from our community who inspire us. You might know some of them, you might not, but each of them has shown us what it means to be “Your Best You.”
With our #YourBestYou series, we’re sharing some of our favorite stories of perseverance, hope, and aspiration from the LANE EIGHT community of Everyday Athletes! For our latest feature we caught up with Elizabeth Metz.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Elizabeth Metz and I am a wife, a mother of 3, a full time college student, and an 8.5 year Navy veteran. I absolutely love spending time with my kids, they are literally so fun! Family time is something I never take for granted. I also love spending my “me” time in the gym lifting heavy or on my Peloton getting a good sweat in. I love meeting new people and encouraging others to keep reaching for their goals! I enjoy being everyone’s personal hype woman! The best parts of the day are seeing my kids’ smiles after school and daycare, and hugging my husband after a long day of work!
Location: Kenosha, Wisconsin but raised in the South! Roll Tide!
What does “Your Best You” mean to you?
To me, “Your Best You” means doing what makes you completely happy! You can only be at your best when you are reaching for your own goals. I have learned that you can’t be truly happy when you’re chasing what society tells you to be, you have to make your OWN path! So, I would say, find that something that makes you feel good inside and run with it! Find that happiness and become the best version of you!
Name a woman in your life who has helped you to become “Your Best You.”
My mom! She’s literally my rock, and I owe so much to her. My mom, Patty, adopted me when I was 10 days old and she did it at a time when it was still “frowned upon” for a white woman to adopt a brown skinned baby, but she did anyway! I remember growing up and seeing my mom bust her butt working as a dietitian, managing 9 of the largest nursing homes’ dietary programs in Houston and showing me that you can be a working woman and a mom at the same. She made me strong and resilient and I learned how to be a loving mother to my 3 kids from her. She taught me to turn the other cheek to people who might not like you and keep striving for your own excellence.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell my younger self to not be afraid to take risks! You only live once and you cannot be scared to experience life and all of the wonders that await. Go, live, explore, be young and free!
Favorite female athlete?
There are so many female athletes I have looked up throughout my life, I don’t know of just one to choose. Growing up Mia Hamm, Cynthia Cooper and Sheryl Swoopes were my role models when I was playing sports as a young girl. They showed me that women can be amazing and athletic beasts at the same time! I also look up to women like Simone Biles, because she is showing my two young daughters what hard work and determination can do, and she is so resilient and strong!
If you could share one message with the LANE EIGHT community, what would it be?
To the LANE EIGHT community, I just want to say thank you! I have found a group of people that have passion and love for the world. I can honestly say that since I have joined this amazing community, I have increased the way I contribute to keeping the world clean, ways to reduce waste and I recycle everything I can.
Favorite LANE EIGHT Color?
I am loving the dusty taupe color but I have my eyes on that gorgeous lilac, too!