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Farewell, and I hope to see you soon

I approach this, my final column, with nothing less than gratitude

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Arianne Brown looks out over Utah Lake.

Adam Brown

Hello friends,

The Deseret News has made some changes, and I approach this, my final column, with nothing less than gratitude.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you, the readers. Thank you for reading whether it’s been over the past several years, or whether this is your first time. Thank you for reading and allowing me to have a voice.

When I began this column back in 2013, I had the goal of teaching the importance of finding time to make physical fitness a priority. I preached from my high horse (or from behind my lowly computer screen) about making time for physical activity, and no excuses for anything less than a regular fitness regime. 

Yet, as I sit here, having only gone for two short runs this week, I realize I have been the one who has been taught.

Over the years of writing for you, I have been allowed to gain meaning and insight into some of my life’s biggest challenges. I have been able to write about a podium finish at a marathon, why it is I long for adventure in ultra-distance races through the loss of a friend — and recently coming to the realization that there’s nothing wrong with being ordinary

While writing for you, I have been given the opportunity to sort through what kind of mother I want to be, and think through difficult parenting moments whether it’s dealing with babies, toddlers, tweens or teens. And through your support, I’ve felt like my life choice to have nine children was one worth celebrating, and I thank you.

There have been moments through the years when I have felt the need dig deep and work my way through dark thoughts related to the loss of my older sister to suicide. I have opened up about things that only close family and my journal have been privy to. These thoughts have been welcomed by you, in turn, validating me that I am not alone in struggle. This has been the greatest blessing of this column — to connect with many of you, who like me, don’t have all the answers to life’s tough questions.

I want to express my humble gratitude to you and the Deseret News for the chance to learn that we all are here doing our best, even if our best isn’t quite good enough yet. We are all trying to be good stewards over our own bodies even when we fall short continually. We are all learning how to be parents every single day of our parenting lives. And we are all on a quest to feel validated and understood in this life.

While this may be my last column published in the Deseret News, I don’t want my story, and in turn, my learning through the written word to end here. I want to invite you to continue my/our stories in a less formal setting. Feel free to find me on Facebook or Instagram @ariannebrown. I hope to see you soon.

Your friend,

Ari

Arianne Brown is a mom of nine, who writes for many local and national publications. She finds solace at home with her family and logging miles anywhere her feet will take her. Many of her writings can be found by searching “A Mother’s Write” on Facebook. Contact her at ariannebrown1@gmail.com.