6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Thursday, March 1, 2018


Do you feel you aren’t living the BEST version of yourself?  I do, often.  I made a list of 18 things to accomplish this year, 18 for 2018. May seem excessive, some are simple/easy, I have been chipping away with positive results. The results- I am showing up better in my life, but still not my BEST self.
I often get caught up comparing myself to others, which takes me down a negative path of self destruction.  This month I am letting that go.  All I can control is ME and being the best version of ME!!

March I will RESTART. The best version of me has Balance. When I was in life coaching class we talked about our personal balance wheel.  Your wheel is where you spend your time and effort each day- Family, Career, Health, Spiritual, Financial, Social, etc…  You can’t give 100% to everything, you will be depleted. Over time your priorities or areas of focus will shift depending on which parts of your wheel need more attention.  Do a quick Google on “Life Balance Wheel” and you will get more information than you will need.

 I did a quick swag for my March RESTART balance wheel.  Each piece of the pie has key actions I will accomplish this month.  It is exciting to have a map like this to reference on my journey. Maintaining balance will be key for me.

Do you remember my bloggy buddy Kerrie, formerly Mom Vs. Marathon, now DISfitlife?  She and her husband Jamey are hosting a FREE #MetabolicMadness challenge starting on March 5th. They will provide targeted workouts for the Fitness portion of my wheel. 

 I joined the gym at my work, I start Yoga for the first time tomorrow at 5:15 am. I will take Yoga class every Friday this month.

 If you want to kick up your workouts another buddy of mine Blond Ponytail also has free workouts in March!!

By connection I mean targeted 1:1 time with my husband and children. This will be the FUN part of my month.  Date night with hubby. Taking Kiddo #1 to basketball tournaments, solo, just him and me. Taking Kiddo #2 to a private swim lesson. And special Kindergarten fun times with Kiddo #3.  I also want to pull away from the screen more in the evenings, as I have developed a BAD habit of getting eaten by the couch monster.

As the month progresses I will check in on how I am doing, what is working, what I learn, struggles, etc.  I would love your comments and thoughts as well.

1- Any tips for my first Yoga class tomorrow?? HELP!!
2- What are your focusing on in 2018? How is it going?
3- Anything you plan to RESTART in March?

Go Rediscover the BEST version of YOU!! You will like what you discover.

-Tall Mom

Monday, February 26, 2018

Introduction- Again

I believe that a re-introduction is in order, just the key facts...
Melanie, working toward age 40, current goal is to avoid buying bigger pants through a RESTART! I set 18 to-do's for 2018, some easy, some take more effort, all attainable when I set my mind and heart to success.
We have 3 kids ranging from age 12 to 4:
  • Kiddo #1 plays hoops, this time of year you will find me in a gym. To be honest I am a HORRIBLE sports parent and currently beating myself up for it. I want to be better and I will be!
  • Kiddo #2 is a sweet kind soul who is finding his way in the world. My goal this year is to help him find his passion and an outlet for his amazing imagination
  • Kiddo #3 is a feisty little lady who keeps us on our toes. She is the definition of sweet and sour.  My total mini me with dimples for days. She will start Kindergarten in the Fall so we are in major teaching mode.
We have a Bo-Jack (Boston / Jack Russell Mix) puppy named Rey (Like from Star Wars) who will be 1 in April.  She has a lot of energy but has been a great addition to our busy household. 
Married to my handsome hubby, we are building our dream home which closes in June.  Our new place is 5 houses down for a trail through the woods, our happy place!! Our weekends will consist of getting our current home ready to sell, and looking for unique items for our new place.
I love to run but cant remember the last time I hit the pavement. I know for sure I will run Rainier to Ruston first weekend in June with 5 of my BRF's (Best Running Friends)
I love to write and have the beginnings of a song, novel and children's book series, one of which I WILL finish this year.
I love to shop, Goodwill, Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, Target and Garage sales are my main obsessions.
I work in an office and sit 83% of my day, key career passions are communication, engagement, and positive development.
My favorite quote is "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden  

 That's me!!  If you have a minute please re-introduce yourself in whatever way is fun for you!

Happy Monday!

Aspire to Inspire,

Tall Mom

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Hello it's me.... (Insert Adele lyrics)

I basically slashed my blog to bits and hit RESTART.

I need a major RESTART.

3 is my favorite number and March is the 3rd month, so a March RESTART it is.

Blogging always helped me to maintain accountability.  After all if I am sharing my life with others, I should probably be doing something worth sharing.

Not sure anyone will even read this and that is OK.

I plan to start updating about my RESTART next week- March 1!!

Aspire to Inspire,

Tall Mom on the RUN!!!