Strong Girl: Robyn

Meet Robyn. Robyn Fredregill.

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First impressions.

Maybe they mean something to you. Maybe they don’t. But at some point in your life, I guarantee you that a first impression will make for a good story.

Robyn and I met nine years ago. It’s a moment we’ve laughed about from time to time, but nevertheless, we remember it well.

An autumn day in 2004. The white-walled weight room in our high school basement. We were both training for sports, hence, we weren’t worrying too much about our looks, or so I thought.

As Robyn has put it, I was a tall girl with a blonde braid, rosy-cheeks and sweat dripping off my forehead (we were in a weight room, after all).  Apparently, I was also very enthusiastic with my “hello!” (Which sounds completely true to my greeting style).

While I may have startled her, from that moment on, we were friends.

Over the next four years in high school, Robyn was my calculus buddy, dance partner (whether it be at a Polish festival, hula workout video or doing a “farmer jig” at a Halloween party) and the girl I could count on to dress up with as Russian spies for a history project.

I’ve always admired Robyn since our first encounter in the weight room. She’s an athlete, a scholar and one who sets her goals high.

Even though we’ve had a lot of adventures since that fall day in 2004, the fact that we still remember when we first met each other says something — every meeting in life isn’t by chance. Every moment is purposeful.

In the last year, Robyn has gone on to do some amazing things – truly an example of a Strong Girl moving in big ways. Let her tell you about her story…

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How does the word “movement” fit into your life, especially any changes that have happened over the last few months?

To me, “movement,” means understanding and accepting the changes in life and also moving our lives in a positive direction. I’ve physically moved recently, and that means that I moved away from my family but also towards new friends and opportunity for growth.

What are you currently doing and what brought you there?

I am currently a lieutenant in the Air Force Nurse Corps stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas. I decided I wanted to be an officer when I was 10 years old and camping with my dad. My family was very supportive as I worked toward this goal, and I’m living the dream that I envisioned for my future.

What is one goal you have this year?

I set a goal as soon as I started my career: to become a confident nurse and to enjoy my job. I’m learning every day and gaining confidence in my skills, so I sometimes step back and evaluate how far I’ve come. In addition, my goal is to build a support system of friends in this new city and reach out to people, such as having dinner together, hiking, etc.

Currently, who/what do you draw inspiration from? When you wake up in the morning, what pops into your head and gets you saying, “Today is my day!”?

I draw inspiration from my coworkers. They are extremely selfless and have a team mentality. The nurses ask each other constantly if they need help, and no one will be left by him/herself charting late into the night because they had a busy day. Last week, a nurse came up to me and said, “Hey, your patient’s IV went bad so I started a new one and also hung a new bag of fluids.” We are very willing to help each other, and we do not have the “it’s-not-my-patient” attitude. So when I wake up in the morning I think about the patients I will care for and also the nurses I work with.

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What is one thing you know to be true? What is your statement of faith that drives you to keep doing what you’re doing?

One thing I know to be true is that fulfillment comes from within, and I am responsible for the outcome of my feelings and my life. I like the phrase, “You make your own bed and then lie in it.” My attitude, friendships, and decisions are the compass to my career and personal fulfillment.

What is something new that brings Joy to your life?

Well, something new that brings joy is going to see half price musicals and shows on the Strip with my coworkers. We can get a great local/military discount last minute, and I love being spontaneous and just deciding to go see a show. I am generally a very organized person who plans out my day, so I’m working on being more spontaneous. Maybe I planned on going to the grocery store or gym in the afternoon, but then someone calls me and asks if I want to go to a show, hike, etc. Well, I’m working on letting the little things go and taking advantage of spontaneous opportunities. I’ve found that I get less burned out with work and the daily chores when I let myself be more spontaneous. And who cares if I didn’t make it to the gym or I have to eat from the not-so-great cafeteria tomorrow? These issues are trivial compared to the time I spend with people.

The dance we call "the farmer."

The dance we call “the farmer.”

Thanks, Robyn, for sharing part of your story with us. What a great reminder that life is to short to measure our days in a schedule so tightly packed that we crowd out opportunities to be spontaneous! Las Vegas is blessed to have you!

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