8 Ways to Stay Motivated After Setting Goals

If you're 6-months into your New Year goals and that piece of paper has fallen off the fridge, or you stopped going to the gym or feel like your motivation and momentum have slowed, I have eight steps to help boost your motivation.



Have a plan, and be specific.

Your goals can't be “I want to work out” or “I want to lose weight.” They should be written, “I'm going to take three classes at the gym a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays,” or “I want to lose 20 pounds by this …

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What I've Learned About Myself at 50

I am writing this post on December 15, 2020 - my 50th birthday. I've learned a lot of things about myself during this time. Turning 50 sounds surreal to me, but it feels amazing. My oldest daughter, when she was 6-years-old, asked me how old she should be to become a Mom. I told her she should be at least 25. She - in all seriousness - said, “25? I’ll be dead by then!” I replied that I was older than 25. She looked at me in horror and said, “Oh my gosh, Mom, how old are you?”

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A Year in Review and Changes

Today I wanted to share my year in review and changes happening in my life. It's been quite a year for all of us. A tremendous amount of stress and upheaval, uncertainty, and fear. It's also been a year of change in many ways outside of this pandemic situation the world has experienced for six-ish months now. I've had a lot of behind the scenes action in my life and the world climate has a flip side that's not entirely awful.

For starters, I moved my blog to my website almost a year ago. It was…

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My Half Marathon Experience

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Meet Jenn: The Mom of 18

Once upon a time...

You and I met. It could have been through my podcast, running, my blog, my website, a past job, the kid's school, in person, or a myriad of other ways. What I do know is that at some point, you and I exchanged information and for that, I'm so thankful.

Allow me to re-introduce myself. It's me. Jenn Taylor, Mom Of 18. Yes, that's 18 kids I claim from biology, adoption, 12 years of foster …

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Why Blog Post Comments are Inspirational

Last week I had a notification on my blog that there was a comment. I took a look and there were TWO comments from the same person, a week apart. It's interesting. My blog of 7 1/2 years that launched me into social media and I've nurtured all this time. The blog disappeared for me nearly a year ago and I was devastated. I asked a friend in IT to help, but we could not find it - like it never existed. Off and on I tried to figure it out and one day about a month ago, I did just that. I "recove…

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Website and Life Updates

Its been a while. Mostly because I've been overhauling the site with a little help from my friend Brandon of BDG WebDesign. So I'm sharing some website AND life updates. It shouldn't look much different to anyone, but everything behind the scenes is new and improved and it took some time to get it done. Thanks to Brandon for doing the stuff I don't get and for years of tolerating my questions. OK, he "pets" my hair when I'm really not getting things, so it's an even deal...

Dane and I got our…

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My Unemployment Experience

I am currently unemployed. This came as a shock, although by the time it was my last day, I'd had about six weeks to realize that it was coming. In the end, I asked to be (mercifully) fired so I could at least collect unemployment while I was looking for another job - especially during the holidays - and that's the beginning of my unemployment experience. My last day was November 17th.

I had grand plans "if ever" I had time off work. Now, I find myself with an abundance of time off, but initi…

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The Importance of Knowing How to Fix Stuff

One good thing that came out of growing up poor is that I learned to fix things.  Toilets, the TV set up (OK, the new stuff I don't get as easily), changing a flat tire, garbage disposals.  When you don't have money and you want things to work, you figure it out.  Probably part of why I still ask too many questions and I need things to make sense.  

Recently both headlights on my 97 Toyota Forerunner went out.  Within hours of each other.  I'm guessing these babies were nearly originals by ho…

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The Black Friday Challenge

It's time for something different this Black Friday! REI recently released their Black Friday policy, which I wish other companies would take as a personal affront and challenge.  #OptOutside is their campaign and the message is clear:

REI believes that being outside makes our lives better. That's why this Black Friday, we're closing all 143 of our stores and paying our employees to head outside.

You are invited to join them by exploring the outdoors yourself.  You can say where you'll be, w…

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