by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photo by Lauren Nygard Photography

Family of Forbes

family_forbes6The Forbes family knows a thing or two about overcoming obstacles. Heather Forbes, the matriarch of the family, was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes at the age of 33 – a finding that turned her world upside-down. “As an endurance athlete, it rocked her world,” said the family. “But she’s a fighter and an optimist, and she learned the extreme value in exercise to help control her disease.” Three years after her diagnosis, Heather opened her first fitness studio, and the following year she met her husband Ron. “It was love at first email,” described Heather of meeting Ron on “And the rest is history!”

Today the couple has evolved into a family of four, with two young daughters Kaia and Leila. “Our girls are so much fun, full of unique personality, and are quite a handful,” joked Heather. “They are still figuring each other out and learning that they will have to share most of their stuff for the rest of their lives.”

“Seeing the ocean from our living room is something we treasure every single day.”


The family resides in the Alta Mira II neighborhood of Carlsbad – a community they moved into three years ago and have loved ever since. “Seeing the ocean from our living room is something we treasure every single day,” shared Heather. “We love the location and all of the paths and open space. It’s perfect for having small children.”

Another perk to their residence is its proximity to Legoland. “Our girls love Legoland, or – as it’s known in adult-speak in our house – ‘LL,'” Heather said.

Apart from raising their girls, Ron works in Orange County as a marketing-communication and web development professional while Heather is busy running a boutique fitness studio, The Fit Mill with her business partners Shanae Johnson and Stephenie Wittrock. “Giving back is a big part of the reason I became a small business owner,” elaborated Heather. “For years I have donated to a variety of charities and I typically host two to three events per year to raise money for different nonprofits.”

In their downtime the family enjoys watching movies, being active, building Lego structures, and simply spending time together.

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Parents: Ron and Heather Forbes
Children: Kaia Noel (3), Leila Ancile (18 months)
Community: Alta Mira II
Hometowns: Ron – Brooklyn, NY; Heather – Charlotte, NC
Occupations: Ron – MarCom & Web Development Manager; Heather – Co-owner, The Fit Mill located in Carlsbad
Favorite Places: Legoland, Alga Norte Park, The Fit Mill, Miguel’s, Batiquitos Lagoon