My name is Karen, and I am a lot of things.
Wife. Mother. Runner. Writer. Cook. Worker.
I’ve been blogging since 2006. 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 ran my first half marathon on the urging of a friend in 2010, and found a passion and desire for it that I never knew I had. Since then I’ve run I don’t know how many half marathons and three marathons. I love it. Running 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. I make good money, and it’s flexible and helps me contribute financially to our family, but I am close to the end of my rope with it.
And I dream of writing. When someone asks me what I do for a living, I want the answer to be, I am a writer.
I just don’t know how to get there from here.
You will find a mix of everything here. There will be pictures of my son, husband, and dog (named Finley Huckleberry). You’ll hear about running, raising our kid, the challenge of being a working parent, new recipes I love and can’t live without, 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.