Keeping It Real

The Second Motherless Mother’s Day

The first Mother’s Day without my mom wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. The universe really tried to mess me up by having it fall exactly one month after my mom died. I spent most of the day hanging out with my sister, who is also a mom, shopping and having food… Continue reading The Second Motherless Mother’s Day

Keeping It Real

What a Year It Has Been…

At some point my life has become full of "before and after". The first one that I remember was before I ever got an eye infection that would alter my vision permanently, and after. The next was before mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, and after. The most prominent for, well, everyone, is probably before… Continue reading What a Year It Has Been…

Goals for 2022, Keeping It Real, mental health, Race Recaps, Running, substance abuse

Race Recap: Winterlaufe 2022

100 races. Back in 2008, when I ran my first three 5k races, the idea of running 100 races was not even on my radar. In fact, I took a break from running after those first three races, a break that lasted from 2008 until 2012. Even then, I had no goals of running streaks… Continue reading Race Recap: Winterlaufe 2022

Keeping It Real, mental health, substance abuse

My Sober Curious Journey

Have you heard phrases like "sober curious" or "gray area drinking"? Or maybe you've heard of or even participated in something like "Dry January" or "Sober September"? According to Forbes, demand for alcohol free beverage options is projected to increase by 31% by 2024. This comes after we saw an increase in alcohol consumption in… Continue reading My Sober Curious Journey

Keeping It Real, Nutrition, Running

You Can Love Yourself & Change Yourself at the Same Time

Trigger warning: body image, weight gain, weight loss, depression, suicide, death, grief I find myself hesitant to write about certain topics. Topics that could be controversial, topics that may be triggering to readers, topics that I don't know a whole lot about. Okay, let's just say that I am hesitant to write about almost anything… Continue reading You Can Love Yourself & Change Yourself at the Same Time