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to the website the summer of 2020, I began overhauling 927 posts - almost 9 years of broken links, missing photos, and outdated posts.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 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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Half A Century Is A Long Time

I am writing this post on December 15, 2020 - my 50th birthday. That sounds surreal to me, but it feels amazing. My oldest daughter, when she was 6-years-old, asked me how old she should be to become a Mom. I told her she should be at least 25. She - in all seriousness - said, “25? I’ll be dead by then!” I replied that I was older than 25. She looked at me in horror and said, “Oh my gosh, Mom, how old are you?”

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I remember I was 28 - ironic as that’s how old she is now. At 28, …

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The Definition of Success

Recently, I sent out a newsletter and discussed updates and changes in my podcast. Some of the changes were based on having the podcast for over 3 ½ years and putting in a lot of time and effort. Compound Interest is working for me. Some changes were statistics and analytics I love the black and white of stats as they just truly are. There isn’t necessarily a good or bad, just a barometer of where you are currently compared to where you were and where you want to be.

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This Years Topless Photo Shoot

"Can I help you?" She asked. "Do you have an appointment?"

"Yes," I said. "I'm here for my topless photoshoot."

She laughed harder than I had anticipated, which made me start to laugh. Partially out of nervousness and partially because I love laughing with people. Plus, anyone who thinks I'm funny is my friend.

"Oh, my gosh! We're going to have so much fun today! Thank you for making me laugh. I love your attitude," she said. 

She handed me paperwork and with a signature and a smile, I didn'…

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Happy 9th Anniversary To The Blog

October 11, 2011, was the day I pushed "publish" on my blog for the very first time. Since then so much has changed, and yet - so much has remained the same. I revamped this blog this past summer (2020) which felt overwhelming to start and cathartic when I jumped in and did it. My goal has always been to connect with others through the story of my life. To make a positive impact in the hope and desire that other people will feel less alone and build a larger skillset and toolbox to manage trauma…

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The Day I Married My Best Friend

It's interesting what I've written about in the last almost 9 years I've had this blog. I wrote through a divorce and all I divulged was that I was moving and feeling more stress than normal. There was absolutely no information about the divorce whatsoever. I'd like to think it's entirely due to wanting to protect the other party, as he isn't co-writing to share his side of things, but if I'm more raw, it's because I've felt embarassment over relationships that have ended. The same goes moving f…

Holy S**t, It's September 2020 - Time For An Overview

It's been quite a year for all of us. A tremendous amount of stress and upheaval, uncertainty, and fear. It's also been a year of change in many ways outside of this pandemic situation the world has experienced for six-ish months now. I've had a lot of behind the scenes action in my life and the world climate has a flip side that's not entirely awful.

For starters, I moved my blog to my website almost a year ago. It was an enormous help, as I no longer had to manage two separate sites, I have o…

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Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

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Havana Smiles

There have been moments in parenting when I’ve wondered what gave me the right to think I could be a decent parent, what my intentions were, and how I could (please) do a better job. It began with my body healing after childbirth, sitting for hours breastfeeding and wondering if my butt would be permanently flat, smelling like spit-up for what seemed like years, toddler temper tantrums, snot, potty training, and the exhaustive list goes on. It’s harder than you ever imagined possible, and there …

My biggest failure - Divorce

It’s hard to be the bad guy. The bitch. The one who pulled the plug. The fall-guy. It’s interesting being the one that finally said “enough!”. Not once, mind you, but 3 times. Three times I said, “I do”, three times I gave it my all, and three times I filed for divorce. It’s the only thing I felt I failed at, my only embarrassment, and the only thing I’ve tried not to discuss. Until now. I’ve heard it said that a woman takes longer to be done with a relationship, but when that happens, there’s n…

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