Leprechaun Run - March 2013

Gearing up for the Blarney Run – March 2013

Who We Are

We care about professional success and advancement – for us and for other women. We’re raising our littles in the Midwest to have Midwest values. We find balance by lacing up our running shoes and hitting the pavement. We like to stay informed on the world around us (from international news to the latest Bravo TV gossip). We met in college and fell in friendship-love over our passion for fitness, coffee and a sweet treat.


Overall Purpose/Mission Statement:

To create a community of like-minded women who are passionate about being mothers, providers and healthy role models.

  • Motherhood: The role of a lifetime that takes many shapes and forms.
  • Career: It’s not just about surviving, but also thriving and learning to be the best you, no matter what you’re doing.
  • Health:  Being healthy is not just an important key to your success in all areas… it’s something you enjoy.


Why are we here? The origins of Happy by Design as told by Lindsay

Jamie and I have been friends for over a decade. It’s hard to believe because we look like we’re in our early twenties. Seriously though, we’ve grown up since our college party days and now have kids, marriages, careers and mortgage payments.

Before my daughter was born, I started a personal blog. Blogging was liberating and helped me through those first years of parenting. I wrote about our first house, Ingrid’s first steps and about that time our dog was sprayed in the face by a skunk. I was happy with my small readership and didn’t feel the need to promote this personal journal. In 2013, I was invited to audition for the Milwaukee Listen to Your Mother show. During the writing, audition and practice process, I found that telling my story was energizing. I felt like I had scratched my writing itch once and for all. I didn’t feel the desire to blog about motherhood, my dog or my family. I felt like a failure for giving up on my blog but as Ingrid grew up – the writing was less about me and more about her and it didn’t seem fair.

On Jamie’s birthday, we met up to run and later grabbed coffee. The conversation turned to writing. We both missed it and wanted an outlet to express our views as working mothers who had other interests. A few more coffee meet-ups later and this little space was born.

Why are we here? Because we follow our passions and our passions include motherhood, careers and being good to ourselves. We don’t wake up and stumble upon happiness. We set our alarms a few minutes earlier so we can enjoy coffee before the rest of our household wakes up. We run during naptime. We want to be rockstars in the office. We work hard in order to enjoy a glass of wine (or three) at the end of the day. Like you, we strive to be happy and we design our lives to make it happen. Thanks for reading!

About Jamie & Lindsay

Two Milwaukee friends on a mission to be happy by design.

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