On July 21, Greenhouse Scholars will host its 7th annual Venus de Miles event in Lake Forest. As Illinois’ first and largest all-women bike (or run) event, Venus de Miles brings women together for sisterhood, community, and a great time! With a choice of a 25 or 64 mile bike ride or 5k run and a finish line festival—philanthropy never felt so good! Greenhouse Scholars provides scholarship, mentorship, leadership training, and more to high-performing, under-resourced students in college. In her 3rd year as an ambassador for this event, Karean Garriques shares how she stays on trend.
ON HER MOBILE
“I haven’t gotten into social media–I’ve tried but it’s too addicting and I need sleep! My husband kindly updates “my” Facebook page since I abandoned it shortly after creating it. Ride with GPS is my fave bike tracking app; the FitBit app I use daily to track sleep, exercise, resting heart rate, etc.; MMGuardian app helps me monitor/set time limits on my kids’ phones when needed; a meditation app is something new I’m trying to help me calm my mind that is constantly juggling our family’s busy schedule! That being said, most of my app-time is spent on Google calendar, which is permanently displayed on a screen in our kitchen. I like being organized and communicative, and a real-time calendar supports both of those initiatives!”
IN HER EARBUDS
“I never use earbuds on the bike, but I listen to music during most of my waking moments. I listen to local radio in the car—101.1 is a nice variety of alternative rock from ‘70s to present. I recently heard Jade Bird and love her sound. My hands-down fave Pandora station is Prince Radio–Purple Rain was my first concert in 7th grade and I’ve been a devoted fan ever since! I never get tired of the ‘80s station on XM radio as well.”
ON HER NIGHTSTAND
“Currently on my nightstand/in my purse is David & Goliath–Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell. As an engineer, I am drawn to Gladwell’s style of uncovering against-the-grain trends and backing them up with historical data – he helps me look at people, and life, at a different angle. Our daughter is a junior in high school interested in engineering, so his thoughts are particularly fascinating to me. Also on my nightstand is a deck of “Affirmators” cards, which have proved valuable on days that I need a little boost of self-confidence and humor.”