In the summer of 2011, I was encouraged by a woman I looked up to to start a blog. I felt seen, heard, and encouraged to share my stories of life, being a Mom, running, kids, blending families, etc.. I was looking for a name for the blog, so I asked friends and family, but it was my then 15 year old daughter Olivia who said, "Call it 'Mom's Running It' 'cuz you run EVERYTHING! The family, work, and on the roads". In October, 2011, I hit 'post' on my first blog. I was nervous and excited, and I prayed I would bring value to other women who felt all the same things I've felt. I've loved every minute of writing and I would have had no idea not only of my value as a writer, but how cathartic it would be. Thank you for enjoying the journey with me.

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“Stories are the most powerful form of human communication.”
— Peg C. Neuhauser, author, Corporate Legends and Lore

 

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Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

Havana Smiles

There have been moments in parenting when I’ve wondered what gave me the right to think I could be a decent parent, what my intentions were and how I could (please) do a better job. It began with my body healing after childbirth, sitting for hours breastfeeding and wondering if my butt would be permanently flat, smelling like spit-up for what seemed like years, toddler temper tantrums, snot, potty training, and the exhaustive list goes on. It’s harder than you ever imagined possible, and...

My biggest failure - Divorce

It’s hard to be the bad guy. The bitch. The one who pulled the plug. The fall-guy. It’s interesting being the one that finally said “enough!”. Not once, mind you, but 3 times. Three times I said, “I do”, three times I gave it my all and three times I filed for divorce. It’s the only thing I felt I failed at, my only embarrassment and the only thing I’ve tried not to discuss. Until now. I’ve heard it said that a woman takes longer to be done with a relationship, but when that happens, there’s...

Once upon a time... You and I met and I'm so thankful!

Once upon a time...

You and I met. It could have been through my podcast, running, myblog, 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 informationand 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 care, step-kids, and even a foreign exchange...

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Unexpected Inspiration

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...

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