Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2014

101 Moments of Motherhood

- Her frst book – 101 Moments of Motherhood – was published in 2013. It captured experiences of motherhood from throughout her life, from her own nontraditional upbringing to her interactions with her growing family. “It’s a heart wrenching book,” she admits. “Very sentimental, very emotional. It brings people to tears.” She and her husband, Terry, moved back to Pennsylvania after they started their family. She took a job teaching 5 th grade and has since moved to 2 nd grade. Her other full-time job is as mom to daughters Kendyl (6), Kennedy (2) and Kelsey (born Aug. 29 this year), and son Kaden (4). The Mercyhurst motto – “carpe diem” – urges everyone to seize the day, to take advantage of every opportunity, to grasp each moment. Regan Kosic Long ’06 has taken that advice to heart, compiling all the moments of her busy life as wife, mother, teacher, photographer and more into newspaper columns, popular books and now a well-read blog on motherhood for The Hufngt on Post . Regan says her Mercyhurst preparation helped her fnd her frst job as a special ed teacher in California. “Most college students don’t get their feet wet in the classroom right away,” she says, “but by the time I graduated I had about 10 dif erent schools on my résumé where I’d had experience.”

The book paved the way to a “Moments of

Motherhood” column for her hometown newspaper, the Williamsport Sun- Gazette . After that, she expanded her reach from

the 40,000-circulation Sunday paper to the online Hufngt on Post , where her work has generated more than 100,000 likes and shares.

Now in the works: another undisclosed 101 Moments book and her frst children’s book, a humorous tale based on Kaden’s journey through the Terrible Twos. How does she do it all? Regan says she’s been high energy since birth. “Whenever I get an idea, I just go with it.” That might explain why she’s also launched two new businesses: a photography company (fttingly named “In the Moment”) that specializes in child and family portraits, and a second venture as a beach body coach. Always an athlete, she shares her own passion for ftness . 101 Moments of Motherhood is available online through . Read her blog posts at hufngt .


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