My name is Karen, and I am a lot of things.
Wife. Mother. Cook. Runner. Worker. Blogger.
I’ve been blogging since 2005. Back then, it was about our long and arduous journey to bring home our son.
My husband’s name is Jeff. He’s a wonderful, giving, generous man who takes a LOT more shit from me than he should.
Our son, Owen, was born in 2008, after three years and lots of doctors and procedures of which you probably don’t really need to know about. We spent two more years after he was born seeing more doctors and doing more fertility treatments, which unfortunately netted us only losses.
Suffice it to say that Owen is the light of our lives, and we are very lucky to be his parents.
I always enjoyed running, but it was 2009 when I signed up for my first 5k, inspired by my friend Deanna. And in the fall of that year, I showed up at my gorgeous cousin’s wedding, heavy from baby and infertility weight. I spent that weekend sucking in my gut and trying not to despair over the fact that my control top pantyhose gave me a muffin top.
That was my trigger weekend: the moment I decided I needed a change. So, also on the advice of Deanna, who told me, “if I can run a half marathon, anyone can!” I signed up for a half marathon the moment I got home. And I joined weight watchers. Over the course of the next 6 months I lost 25lbs. I’ve since lost 10 more.
But bigger than the weight loss? The running I did that winter in preparation for that first half marathon lit a passion for running in me. Running is my meditation, my zen. It’s where I discover things about myself I didn’t know, where I push myself beyond what I think I’m capable, where I find peace and my connection to the universe.
In my real life I am an accountant. No, I don’t do taxes. I spend my days working as a contractor, helping companies with their month end closes, or filing financials, or their Sarbanes-Oxley testing. It isn’t my passion, but it’s a good job, very flexible, and I work with good people. Still, I dream of a job which INSPIRES me. I just haven’t found it yet.
You will find a mix of everything here. There will be pictures of my son, husband, and new puppy. You’ll hear about my training runs, my races. You’ll get to hear all about raising my kid and the beauty and challenge of being a working parent. You’ll get to hear about my career (in)decisions and where my next path will take me.
I think, anyway. This could all change depending on whim.
That’s why I’m here – to chronicle my life as it is in the here and now.
My rules on comments left here:
I respect that not everyone feels the same as I do. I welcome open debate. Disagree, complain, rant, whatever.
But be kind. I follow the Golden Rule: treat people as you would like to be treated.
That means I will not approve a comment which I judge to be derogatory. To me, to another commenter, et cetera.