Whenever Janae tells me about the sweet comments you guys send her it makes me think, “Hey, I want to be friends with them too!” So the day after I saw Janae at her race in Sacramento, I told her if she ever wanted me to guest post for her again, I would LOVE it.
So here we are.
But some of you are probably wondering, who is this Bangs Friend and why doesn’t she have bangs? :)
Well, Janae and I met SEVEN years ago.
Here’s what I looked like then.
I can’t believe it’s been that long! She had just moved to San Jose. I had lived out here for less than a year at that point and was eager to meet a new friend. I was newly-ish married (my husband and I had just gotten married the year before) and we were starting a whole new life together in the Bay! Janae and I became instant best friends and had so much fun together that year!
We did everything together including our attempt to each eat a 1/4 of a Costco pumpkin pie (I actually finished mine 💪🏼)…
We celebrated our birthdays together by making our mom’s favorite dishes and just had a lot of fun. We probably saw each other at least every other day for most of that year.
Janae is also the person that got me into running! She has such a passion for it and makes it look so fun!
Here’s a pic from a 10K Janae convinced me to run.
I was training for a half at the time and needed a 6 mile run for the day, and thought “Sure why not?”
I started out way too fast (for me) at the start of that race AND it ended up having a massive hill I wasn’t prepared for. Needless to say, I wanted to die (and secretly kill Janae for talking me into it). Ha.
Janae would go running with me on her slow days and we loved those therapy sessions. Running with friends is amazing. There is something about running alongside someone, with nowhere to be for x amount of time that gets you to just spill your guts. And, I’m pretty sure it’s been proven that it’s easier to talk to people and open up when you aren’t looking at each other. Side by side therapy, it’s a thing. Try it.
I was/am nowhere near as fast as Janae but we still had a good time. At some point Janae convinced me I was a runner. For some reason, I felt like I had to run this far or that fast in order to be a runner. It’s weird.
Anyways, a lot has changed in the 6 years we’ve lived apart.
I no longer have bangs! I quit my job and am a stay at home mom to THREE beautiful (wild/opinionated/passionate) little kiddos. We’ve moved twice. And have had lots of ups and downs along the way.
My youngest just turned THREE months old on Sunday and I am still trying to figure out how to be a mom to three little kiddos and still feel like my own person. Lots of people ask me how the transition from two to three has been and honestly the challenging part hasn’t been the baby at all.
Our little girl is a dream and overall your typical “easy” baby but it’s managing the emotions and developmental growing pains of the four- and-two-year-olds that has me feeling defeated on some days.
Case in point.
I don’t know about you other stay at home moms out there but mom life can be rough sometimes.
You may have noticed that I’m not quite as bubbly as Janae. I’ve always told her I’m more on the dark and twisty side ;). Jk, but kinda true. I’m just not quite as positive as Janae and that’s one of the many reasons I love her. I miss having her close by because I truly think her positivity rubs off on people.
But getting back to the whole idea of feeling like my own person again… I’ve known since that 6 week postpartum appointment that I need to find a way to fit running back into my life. But, seeing Janae and all the runners at CIM really sparked something for me and now I really want to get my act together.
Does anyone else feel the need to set some goals for 2020? Maybe we can do them together!
For any other stay at home mom’s, how do you make time for you? What’s your go to favorite sanity-saving activity?
Anyone else have a hard time convincing themselves they were really a “runner” when you first started running?
Feel free to ask me anything, I’m an open book!