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Hello and welcome to Joyful Miles!

Laura Bowers

I’m a 50-year old writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, mom of two awesome boys in their 20’s, obsessive list-keeper, Baltimore Ravens fan and I still love the Orioles, 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 27 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 50’s. Where do I get my material????

You can follow along with my writing adventures by visiting my author website and blog and coming soon … a second YouTube channel!

Jackey Balzer DeschampsJackey Deschamps

Hello, everyone! I’m a 43-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 work force 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 blog. I look forward to sharing more experience as we take on this new exciting endeavor!