Being a Mom is my number one priority, but I do notch out time in my day for things that keep me motivated, healthy, independent, and overall add to my happiness. I think it’s important that I focus on myself so that I can better care for my son, and he has a strong role model to learn from.
I’m an avid runner… 5Ks and my first 10K under my belt in 2013. I have been working my butt off to pay down my student loans and budgeting a life as a single mom. Then there’s the mommy stuff and oh yeah, the job that actually pays the bills…
FIT in 40 Challenge. 7 months after Avery was born, I was ready to get back in shape. I challenged myself to get fit in 40 days, and my simple goal was to look good in a bikini for an upcoming wedding/vacation trip.
Breaking 130. In the Fall of 2012, my friend and I started a ‘Biggest Loser’ type challenge to lose weight. I was determined to get under 130lbs in 16 weeks, which meant losing 8lbs. We did Zumba classes, kick boxing, and even started running on the treadmills.
In 2013, as motivation after I reached my goal in my ‘Breaking 130’ challenge, I set out to run a 5K. I was starting to enjoy running and pushing myself to run more to prep for a race helped. Little did I know, it would lead to more races and even a 10K. More on my recent fitness goals here.
- 5K for Boston (Virtual Run) – 4/15/2013
- Sprint for Saturdays 5K (Braintree, MA) – 4/27/2013
- J.M.M.Y Run 5K (Georgia, VT) – 5/11/2013
- GLOW Run 5K (St. Albans, VT) – 10/26/2013
- Turkey Trot 10K (Westford, VT) – 11/23/2013
- Run for Jim 5K (St Albans, VT) – 5/3/2014
- J.M.M.Y Run 5K (Georgia, VT) – 5/10/2014
- Milton Freedom 5K (Milton, VT) – 6/28/2014
- Color Run 5K – 9/2014 (Essex, VT)
- Turkey Trot 3K (Westford, VT) – 11/22/2014
$42K by 30. In the fall of 2012 I set out to pay off my student loans by my 30th Birthday (3 years away). I posted monthly updates to help motivate me to pay off more every month. As Avery and I start our new life together, I’m working out a new budget and re-adjusting my financial goals so I can keep paying these off… maybe not by my 30th birthday, but soon…
- Month 1 Update – November 2012
- Month 2 Update
- Month 3 Update
- Month 4 Update – under $40,000 !!!!
- Month 5 Update
- Month 6 Update
- Month 7 Update – June 2013
- Month 8 Update
- Month 9 Update
- Month 10 Update
- Month 11 Update
- One Year Update
- Month 13 Update – under $30,000 to go!!!
- Month 14 Update
- Months 15 & 16 Update
- Month 17 Update – One Year to Go!
- 18 Months
- 19 Months
- 20 Months – under $20,000 !
- Sept 2014 Update
- Oct 2014 Update – Under $14k
- Nov 2014
- Dec 2014
- Jan 2015
- Feb 2015
Budget. Creating a budget was one of the first things I did as a single Mom. It has helped me realize that I can do this – support myself and my little man. It just takes planning and money saving ideas… and lots of determination!
Motherhood & Parenting
24 Clear Signs You’re a Mom. My comments on a silly article about motherhood.
Career & Education
I have a B.S. in Architecture, a Masters in Management, and I’m a licensed apprentice plumber, currently taking 110 hours of class a year to acquire a journey man plumbers license. I’ve worked for the same company for 5+ years. I design plumbing systems using CAD (Computer Aided Design). I love my job and the people and company. Our company is actually so awesome that we made the Boston Globes TOP PLACES TO WORK 2013 list. Oh, and now I work from home in VT (my company is located in MA).