Catherine Czaja didn’t expect her life to take the trajectory it has.
She grew up in Chicago and lived more than 20 years in New York City, working as a professional dancer in off-Broadway shows, Cirque du Soleil and running a model and talent agency. But she met her husband, Danny, on a cross-country flight and now, four years later, she’s living in the much slower pace of Albuquerque.
Catherine and Danny live with their two Sheepadoodles – Linus and Denali – and a cat named Mario. During the summer, Catherine moved her mother, Shirley, to Albuquerque, as well. Helping her mom, who has heart issues, keep a healthier lifestyle has become a priority for Catherine.
“Healthy living is a lifestyle, and it’s hard to grasp sometimes,” Catherine said. “It’s about motivation. You have to search for your kind of motivation. ‘The 5 Second Rule’ by Mel Robbins is my favorite tool to use for this.”
This past Spring, she was named the United States of America Mrs. New Mexico 2023, and she’ll compete for the national title of United States of America Mrs. America March 30-April 2 in Las Vegas. With that platform has come multiple opportunities to showcase her interests across the state of New Mexico. Catherine is a cancer survivor who has become an infertility warrior, as well as an advocate for overall health, particularly heart health.
Catherine started advocating for American Heart Association this summer, attending the New Mexico Heart Walk this past August. She’s also advocated for an Early Childhood Education ballot initiative in New Mexico.
Catherine enjoys using her social media platforms, particularly Instagram, to share her messages, as well as tips for a more well-rounded life. Empower women, inspire others and uplift everyone is her mantra. You can check out where Catherine is appearing or speaking on Instagram (@USOA.mrsnewmexico) and Facebook.