I’m Audrey, thanks for popping by my site. Born in Detroit, MI, I now live in St. Louis, MO with my perfect-for-me husband and two rambunctious kids who have without a doubt both added and taken away countless years of my life. By day I’m a jack-of-all trades for a growing healthcare startup. When I’m not at work or cleaning up someone’s bodily fluid off the wall at home, I’m being a book lady or training for a triathlon.
Read with Me
Reading has always been a big part of my life. As a kid, I remember my mom and dad reading to me. Now, as a mom myself, I like to hoard books like it’s my job. So, in 2017, it only made sense to become an independent Usborne Books & More consultant. I mean, I loved the books anyways and was always telling people how awesome they were!
Plus, countless studies have shown just how important it is to read to your kids. In fact, they say that access to books in a home directly correlates with high test scores.*
Mom with Me
For some, motherhood is this beautiful Instagram-worthy life of perfectly proportioned meals (organic, non-GMO, keto, gluten-free, obvs), crafts that build both brain and emotional development, and a nap routine that would make anyone swoon. Spoiler alert: that’s not how I roll. As much as I’d love to be that mom, I’m just not, and I’m OK with that (most days). My kids have been strong willed since the moment they were born….and they don’t sleep. I’m doing the best I can, you know what I’m sayin’. So, here, I’ll share some honest motherhood truth. If that’s your vibe, I think we’re gonna get along just fine.
Tri with Me
I had always HATED running. Ew, why would you actively just start running for no reason. When I first started, I could hardly make it down the block without cursing my ancestors. Fast forward about 10 years and here I am with the audacity to train for an Ironman 70.3 triathlon. For those of you sane people who don’t know what that is, it’s a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run. Like I said, insane. Triathlon has taught me so much about myself. Let me sum it up for you: with determination, you can do anything you set your mind to.
When I first started training, I had a tankini, $12 Amazon goggles, and I swam in the kids section next to the lanes because I was too scared. 8 laps felt like 17,000 miles. Now, I’m swimming 40+ laps several times a week as PART OF that day’s workout. Lord be near. Once I set my mind on something though, it’s preeeety hard to change it, so I’m going to do this thing no matter what it takes!
Thanks for checking out my little corner of the internet. I’m so glad you’re here!
*Source: Pacific Standard Magazine, I have this URL tattooed on my forehead and point to it when my husband asks why another box of books just arrived. jk