1 Peter 3:4

"Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight."

In the summer of 2011, I was encouraged by a woman I looked up to to start a blog. I felt seen, heard, and encouraged to share my stories of life, being a Mom, running, kids, blending families, etc..

I was looking for a name for the blog, so I asked friends and family, but it was my then 15 year old daughter Olivia who said, "Call it 'Mom's Running It' 'cuz you run EVERYTHING! The family, work, and on the roads". On October 11, 2011, I hit 'post' on my first blog. I was nervous and excited, and I prayed I would bring value to other women who felt all the same things I've felt. I've loved every minute of writing and I would have had no idea - not only of my value as a writer, but how cathartic it would be - if I hadn't been inspired to start this blog.

When I moved the blog to the website the summer of 2020, I began overhauling 927 posts - almost 9 years of broken links, missing photos, and outdated posts. I deleted 564 posts and started over with the remaining 363 active posts. That seems like a lot of writing gone but it was time to revamp. Moving forward, I plan to be more raw about fitness, food, minimalism, gratitude, friendship, marriage, and life with a big family.

Thank you for enjoying the journey with me.

OLIVIA & ME POST RACE

“Stories are the most powerful form of human communication.”
— Peg C. Neuhauser, author, Corporate Legends and Lore

 

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