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". On October 11, 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.

When I moved the blog to the website, I began overhauling almost 9 years of broken links, missing photos, and outdated posts. I deleted 564 posts and started over with 363 active posts. That seems like a lot gone but it was time to revamp. Moving forward, I plan to be more raw about fitness, food, minimalism, gratitude, friendship, marriage, and life with a big family.

Thank you for enjoying the journey with me.

OLIVIA & ME POST RACE

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

 

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This Years Topless Photo Shoot

"Can I help you?" She asked. "Do you have an appointment?"

"Yes," I said. "I'm here for my topless photoshoot."

She laughed harder than I had anticipated, which made me start to laugh. Partially out of nervousness and partially because I love laughing with people. Plus, anyone who thinks I'm funny is my friend.

"Oh, my gosh! We're going to have so much fun today! Thank you for making me laugh. I love your attitude," she said. 

She handed me paperwork and with a signature and a smile, I...

2020-10-07

Happy 9th Anniversary To The Blog

October 11, 2011, was the day I pushed "publish" on my blog for the very first time. Since then so much has changed, and yet - so much has remained the same. I revamped this blog this past summer (2020) which felt overwhelming to start and cathartic when I jumped in and did it. My goal has always been to connect with others through the story of my life. To make a positive impact in the hope and desire that other people will feel less alone and build a larger skillset and toolbox to manage...

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The Day I Married My Best Friend

It's interesting what I've written about in the last almost 9 years I've had this blog. I wrote through a divorce and all I divulged was that I was moving and feeling more stress than normal. There was absolutely no information about the divorce whatsoever. I'd like to think it's entirely due to wanting to protect the other party, as he isn't co-writing to share his side of things, but if I'm more raw, it's because I've felt embarassment over relationships that have ended. The same goes...

Holy S**t, It's September 2020 - Time For An Overview

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 an enormous help, as I no longer had to manage two separate sites, I have...

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Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

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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...

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...

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, 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 care, step-kids, and even a...

Who Are These Kids And Why Are They Calling Me Mom?

Yes, it's an amusing thing to say. I remember watching a movie and the Mom told the child to call her "Auntie" in public. I choked on my drink. There are days when it feels like Mom is the only word you hear and there's no one else to answer the call. Yes, I'm thankful for the kids and I wouldn't trade my life for anything, but in those parenting moments of exhaustion, overwhelm, uncertainty or despair, when tears are falling and you wonder if you'll ever get sleep or a potty break alone,...

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