Shorty Runs, Lifts, and Sparkles

Hey friends!

This site is currently under construction as I try to recover my old content (eeeek!!). However I am so excited about 2018 and the changes that I am making in my life. I am looking forward to sharing my journey with you all!

If you have followed me for a while you may have noticed that I have not posted in forever. 2017 brought some events that rocked my world and will change it forever. In August I had a bad flare up of endometriosis which resulted in a total abdominal hysterectomy. This put a kibosh on any lifting or running that I was doing. I had to cancel both powerlifting meets that I was training for as well as drop out of yoga teacher training.

While I was undergoing and recovering from surgery, my worst nightmare happened. My sweet mom grew very ill. On my birthday she came down with what we thought was the stomach flu. Only she never got better. On September 11 she was hospitalized. A week later she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that had metastasized into her liver and brain. My world as I knew it was irrevocably changed at that moment.

Even though it was a devastating blow, I knew that God had a plan for me. It was no coincidence that I was already out on FMLA to recover from my surgery so I was able to spend a lot of time with my mom during her final weeks. My family loved her through the illness and she passed away on October 21, 2017.

I miss my mom every single day. I am grateful, however, for the precious moments that I got to spend with her in the hospital and once she came home with Hospice. One of these days I will blog about the experience of being a caretaker and loving someone through a terminal illness. I will tell you that I learned that I was so much stronger than I had ever given myself credit for.

2018 is dedicated to my mom. I really want to live my life so that she and my dad will be proud of me. Beyond my fitness goals, I am striving to be a better person. In order to do that I am working on building a solid foundation- health, spiritual, financial, and relationships. My blog will focus on my efforts and (mis)adventures to be the best me I can be. It will be funny, sad, informative, and hopefully relate-able. I’ll blog about yoga teacher training, lifting, running, and my crazy but wonderful life.

I hope you stick around for the ride. 2018 will be an adventure!!

Much love,