Running Mom Chasing Balance: A Working Mother & PhD Student, Running for Sanity
My name is Ebony (the Running Mom) and my daughter is Charm (the Little Wanderer), and we thank you for visiting our Mommy-Daughter blog space!!! Our goal is to inspire people to pursue journeys in life that they are passionate about, with amazing people, no matter what life throws your way. Every day there’s a bunch of “stuff” that just has to get done, which you can probably relate to! I have to raise my daughter, work is a requirement, I want this last degree, working in the community makes me happy, and running is my happy place.
Do the things that make you happy…
The key to balancing all those things out, is loving the things I do! If I was not passionate about them, I would lose my flippin’ (insert explicits) mind! More than anyone in the world, I enjoy spending time with my daughter. Professionally, my passion is education. And I love running, so volunteering my time with a youth running organization is right up my alley!
I am long over the days where I waste my time doing things that do not make my daughter and I happy. Life is too short. Also, as a running mom and daughter duo, we desire to show people that running, adventuring, being active, and embracing the outdoors is for anyone: people of all shapes, colors, and backgrounds.
Blog with something for everyone:
If you love being active, adventuring, and spending time with amazing people, this blog space if for you. Goal: motivate everyone. Bigger goal: sprinkle tidbits of girl power all over the world! You’ll find stories about running and being active, balancing life and parenting, and a lot of random things my daughter and I like getting into, like growing our own tea plants, cooking, and traveling.
Don’t have kids? No problem! Grab some of the people you like spending time with and add value to your life and get out there and live! I do not see myself as an expert at any one thing in particular, I am still figuring out life and parenting as I go, but I am pretty confident that we are on the right track!
In the last few years, I’ve been in the mental space of not wanting to just spend my life working just to live paycheck to paycheck, accumulating possessions that I think I’m supposed to have because “society says so”, and keeping up with the latest social trends. Instead, I want to live mindfully, accomplishing all the things that truly make me happy, and simultaneously raise my daughter to do the same.
For us, that translates to running races and adventuring together. We live a busy, but amazing life. In addition to my full-time career at a private University and taking care of Charm, I am a full-time PhD student at the University of New Orleans and a volunteer with an amazing non-profit in New Orleans: Youth Run NOLA. To find balance in our hectic life schedule, we try to fit in as many adventures together as possible. In addition to being a running mom and daughter duo, we hike, travel, camp, read, garden, play with our dogs, and now we blog together!
Charm also has her own creative space here. She will be blogging about all of the things that sets her soul on fire!!! She has an amazing personality and compassionate soul. You wont want to miss her material.
Where to start? Check out our favorite blog posts:
Charm’s first blog – Mexico Adventures
Motivation to be Unapologetically Badass
Running Mom Training for the Disney World Dopey Challenge
There’s plenty more to check out!
Ebony & Charm