• Family,  Motherhood,  Working mom

    Improving my confidence with running

    Getting started I wish I started running sooner because I wasn’t always a runner. I started running in 2009, after the birth of my first child. A friend asked me to join her in our local Fleet Feet Sports No Boundaries 5K training program. I remember thinking – this is great! I’ve always wanted to be a runner but would poop out a few minutes into the run. Oooh, that dreaded side stitch would end a run quickly! Everyone else would run so fluidly; but there I was, huffing and puffing with each step. So, I started and ran in a pair of old soccer shorts (because I wasn’t a…

  • Family,  Working mom

    Setting Goals: I Can and I Will

    It feels like it’s been years since I’ve last thought about setting a goal. There were SMART goals that I created for work. There were goals for the upcoming new year like losing weight. You know what I mean?! Life gets in the way Sure, I can write out long To-Do lists and accomplish just a few of those things in a day. But I stopped any type of goal setting because I lacked the time and motivation to do so. Everything else took a much higher priority than my personal goals. My kids were young. I was (and still am) a SAHM. I had my list of obligatory things…

  • Back to school,  Family,  Motherhood,  Working mom

    Establishing Routines to Make Our Days Easier

    It wasn’t until this year that I realized that I have anxiety…caused by fear, unnecessary worry. It sometimes would keep me awake at night, affect my decision-making, prevent me from going out to run errands or schedule a date with my husband. My oldest daughter displays some of my anxiety. I think that’s how I recognized it. She would be nervous before an activity or event and it would cause her to have to potty every few minutes. Later on, I realized she was worrying about things she couldn’t control. Sometimes, she would suggest “what if” scenarios, and I thought it was best to always have an answer. Now, I…

  • Family,  Motherhood,  Working mom

    When Life DrAAAgs You Down

    When I was younger, I was not a good example of how to manage everything in my life. I was not one to focus on one thing at a time and be present. Instead, I felt like the busier I was, the better I could be. At times, my parents worked 2-3 jobs to support our family. And when they came home, my mother, specifically, never stopped to sit down. She was constantly moving.  I remember being in graduate school and wanting to do ALL.THE.THINGS. I took tennis lessons or exercised (every day like a moron and sometimes twice a day), took as many classes as I could, worked 2-3…

  • Motherhood,  Working mom

    Returning to Work

    Our plan was after our children became school-aged, I would return to work. At the time, we made this commitment, we had 2 children. Then, we unexpectedly added another. So, that further delayed our plans for me to return to work. This was MY plan. All throughout my life, I’ve always had a plan, a sensible and practical one. A few times, my plan changed…sometimes without warning. My parents had a plan for me, which was to just finish high school. Sometimes, I don’t know how they envisioned my life, specifically. Just finish high school. For me, that plan was to not only finish high school but to move the…

  • Back to school,  Family,  Motherhood,  Working mom

    Back to Work and Back to School

    We recently went back to school. The girls had previously gone to a parochial school for a few years before we transitioned to homeschooling for one school year. So, this school year, my three kids are starting a brand new school. Pre-K, 2nd grade, and 4th grade…and the transition has been HARD for all of us. The first day of school involved a lot of tears and even through today. I love my children so dearly and to see them afraid, insecure, and sad hurts. I cried holding my 2nd daughter while we waited for her teacher to appear in the gym. I knew this transition would be difficult and…