Ahwatukee Foothills resident Peggy Robles continues to find inspiration from experiences in everyday life.

Robles is a poet but she is also a health enthuisast, former yoga instructor and great-grandmother. At 75, she still walks one mile every morning to keep in shape and contributes original poetry to the Ahwatukee Recreation Center's monthly news letter.

While she will be the first to admit that she has slowed down some over the years, Robles makes it a point to stay active both mentally and physically.

"If I didn't walk everyday, I think my body would break down," she said. "And the same goes for the mind. I have to exercise both regularly."

She said her outlook on life was derived from her childhood. A self-described "latchkey kid," Robles waited for her mother outside their home for a few hours everyday after school. She saw how important parental involvement can be when it comes to raising a child.

"I wanted to make sure I was there for my kids whenever they needed it," she said. "There is nothing more important than being available to your child."

She has lived in Ahwatukee Foothills area for 32 years and has been heavily involved with the ARC. Her experience teaching yoga was one she said she wouldn't forget because of the response she received from her participants.

"One day I had a man come up to me and out of nowhere he told me how much his wife loved my yoga class and how much it had helped her," she said. "You just really learn to appreciate experiences like that."

She said she has led a very fulfilling life and aside from her poetry, Robles is also a painter. Many of her poems and paintings are influenced by nature. She said she can find inspiration anywhere she goes.

"I can be just looking at a tree or when I am on my walk, I'll see something and when I go to write about it, the words will just flow out," she said. "I think people are losing a personal connection with nature. It is very inspiring."

She published an anthology of her poetry that was sold at the ARC's gift shop. Her montly piece in the newsletter is for the center's volleyball club.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or troemhild@ahwatukee.com

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