About Me

Thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Laurie and I’m a thirty something wife and mother. My days are filled with controlled chaos as I try to find balance between work and my three lovely daughters. Being social butterflies and quite active themselves, we’re constantly juggling a full schedule.

I pursue several interests in my own life as well. First and foremost, I run. I run here, there and everywhere. I completed my first half marathon in January of 2013 and have finished thirty total since then. Five of these were while I was pregnant with my youngest daughter in 2014. I have collected many medals, but am most pleased with my Nike Women’s DC “medal”. It was a shiny Tiffany & Co. necklace. Having been invited by Nike after my lottery entry was not selected, I felt so honored to have been chosen to run.

Secondly, I’m a foodie. I’m fortunate to have grown up in the melting pot known as Los Angeles. I’ve been exposed to many delicious cuisines and tasty delights. My favorite foodie moments thus far have taken place in countries outside my own. My motto is it doesn’t have to be fancy; it just has to be good.

Now that I’m in my thirties, my metabolism isn’t what it used to be. In order to maintain a modest figure, I found running helped, but I also added Orangetheory. I love the fun and training OTF brings to my weekly routine.

It is important to mention I’m a sports junkie. I will take sports any way I can get it. It’s an obsession. I fear I know more about sports than most men do and have no problem stirring the pot when it comes to talking about it. My favorite team all-time is the 1995 UCLA Men’s Basketball team and my favorite player hands down is the incomparable, Mr. Tony Gwynn. May he rest in peace.

Lastly, I’m a happa girl. This is a big part of who I am. A very proud Japanese-American girl. I have always found myself drawn to music and tried to find something to combine it with my heritage. This led to Taiko and I absolutely love it. I started taking classes in June of 2013 and am currently on hiatus as a  member of Kishin Daiko.

In a nutshell, the name tanoshegirl is a true reflection of me. Tanoshii in Japanese means happy and fun. As a play on the spelling, I changed ‘shii’ to ‘she’ as this would make the pronunciation and spelling easier for my American friends. The way I see it, I’m only going to get one chance at life. I may not always get it right, but at the end of the day, I want to be smiling and enjoying myself.

I’d love to hear from you at laurie@tanoshegirl.com or on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/tanoshegirl . If you ever see me at a race or just out and about, don’t hesitate to say hello. It’d be my pleasure to chat with you.

Laurie's First Half (Tinkerbell)

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