Hello and welcome!

So, if you’ve been following us for the past few years, you might be wondering:

What is going on with Joyful Miles?

Here’s the juicy gossip:

We’re fine and all is wonderful in our worlds. ❤️

Jackey is living her best life traveling up a storm, spending quality time with her husband and three awesome boys, and gearing up for the 2022 Boston Marathon. I’m going to my beach house as often as possible, spending time with Bob and our two grown boys, and shifting focus back to my writing career that you can follow along with here.

Yes, the Joyful Miles Podcast is unfortunately on permanent hiatus, but you can find back episodes here and for those who have listened, reviewed, and shared in the past, THANK YOU! You can still find us both on at the Facebook group, on Instagram, (links below,) and I’ll still be occasionally posting helpful tips here on the blog. As of now, I’m not sure about the YouTube channel or any other changes such as a new name … I haven’t figured that out yet. I’m just taking it one day at a time until the path becomes clear!

This is where we’re at during this season of our lives … still runners, still runDisney fans who are so excited about upcoming race weekends, (like the 2023 WDW Marathon Weekend,) and still encouraging you to enjoy life one mile at a time!

Take care and as always, thanks for your support! ~Laura

Laura Bowers

I’m a 52-year old writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, mom of two awesome boys in their 20’s, obsessive list-keeper, Baltimore Ravens and Orioles fan, God bless them. I think the best way to eat a Three Musketeers bar is to nibble off the chocolate and throw away the nougat. Don’t ask why. My husband of 29 years has long since given up that battle.

I’m also a novelist with two published young adult novels, Beauty Shop for Rent and Just Flirt, but for many years, I’ve allowed writing to take a backseat in my life. (All writers have mental demons. Mine has been winning for a long, long time.) I’m back on track, though, and working on a women’s fiction novel about a woman in her 50s. Where do I get my material????

You can follow along with my writing adventures by visiting my author website and blog and on Instagram!

Jackey Balzer DeschampsJackey Deschamps

Hello, everyone! I’m a 46-year-old mom of three boys from Buffalo, NY. I love anything 80’s and believe I was born ten years later than my soul. I love to sing, dance, and make music videos. I’m a huge Buffalo Bills fan! After being a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, I’ve recently re-entered the workforce as a customer service agent for Southwest Airlines. Which is perfect for my love of traveling (free flights) and traveling to run races.

I will say I’m not a competitive runner. I find the thrill in crossing the finish line and just love the entire experience of running the race and making it as fun as possible. I’ve written about some previous race experiences in my Run For Laughs and Buffalo Girl Running blog. You can also follow along with my adventures on Instagram!

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