HI there, I’m Jen.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a dreamer…and a runner.

Relocation has been a major theme in my life.  I was born in Florida, but grew up in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia and attended college in Ohio.  I had the most amazing, wonderful opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C. at The World Bank.  About a year and a half after graduating college, I got engaged and moved to California.  After 4 years in sunny, southern California, the hubs and I got transferred to the great south – Louisiana.  Our most recent adventure is our first international assignment in Calgary, Alberta, Canada!

“Daydreams & Shoestrings” began in January 2011 as a way to share my first half marathon experience and random musings with my friends and family.  I was living in Louisiana at the time, and trying to live a healthy, balanced life, while also enjoying some of life’s indulgences, such as Mardi Gras, Gumbo, and Mint Juleps.  Along with a focus on living an active and healthy life, my blog follows my daily adventures with my hubby, and our insanely spoiled orange polydactyl cat, Mario. You will also discover day-to-day life in our current city, travel guides, daydream adventures, book reviews, and things that make me happy!


P.S. If you’re nosy like me, perhaps you wanna know more.  You shall look no further:


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  1. Hi there! I saw your blog on the Louisiana Bloggers Network FB page. I was looking for local running blogs! I plan to subscribe to your posts! Check out my blog, too!

  2. I’ve read your “about me” and your running story and I feel like ours are almost interchangable! CRAZINESS. Except I was the nerd reading in a tree instead of on my porch. 🙂 I just noticed you were sending some traffic my way with your blog links, and needed to stop by and check it out. Great work! 🙂

  3. I stumbled across your blog from a pinterest post and had no idea you live in nola too! I plan to subscribe to your blog as motivation to keep running 🙂

  4. Just read your volunteering story on Peanut Butter Fingers! I’m also an avid long distance runner living in NOLA! 🙂

  5. Hey Jen! I just ran across your blog through Peanut Butter Fingers blog. I feel like our blogs are based on the same values. I just started blogging a few weeks ago but feel free to check it out if you would like…Id love to become blogging buddies 🙂

  6. Hi Jen, I had started following your blog a few months ago but haven’t really kept up with it. Just been exploring your site and discovering we have a lot in common! I live on the northshore. In a quest to become healthy, I’ve started running (very beginner running — no where near where you are!). And I am a big reader — just checked out goodreads.com — very cool! I had started a blog about a year ago about my journey to a healthy life but it kind of petered out. Reading your posts has inspired me to get back on the wagon with my blog! Thanks!

  7. From: Darin Armstrong #TeamLIVESTRONG

    Hello Jen,
    Just a quick email to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘ANYTIME’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners #Marathoners #FitnessProfessionals who follow me on Twitter and have something important they want mentioned for support…Over 41K folks at your access…) I am currently following you now and am awaiting your follow-back…

    All the very best to you & yours for the rest of 2013 & beyond Jen. Look forward to hearing from you…

    (PS. Jen, should you follow back, I’ll be mentioning you in my #FollowFriday #Shoutouts next week.)


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