Hello! My friends call me Jenn, so please consider yourself among them. I’m a published author of a self-help memoir about my life growing up in dysfunction. Emotional, physical and sexual abuse and their effects plagued me and as a result my relationships were a pattern of their own dysfunction. Working through both my past and my more current relationships made me realize how many others there are out there struggling through the same issues as well as the parents with children who have been abused. I’ve reached out to people as a writer, public speaker, blogger, podcaster (which is some of the most fun I’ve had) and an online coach which fuels my passion to pay it forward and help with healing.


18 children have blessed my life.  That’s not a typo – Eighteen.  Infertility, seven pregnancies (which contradicts infertility, I suppose), 12 years of foster care and adoption and I was blessed to end up with them from everywhere. More than “Yours, Mine, Ours” – an amalgam of foster children who aged out, adopted children, step children and even some biological children.  It.  Is.  Awesome.   Growing up in dysfunction fueled me and foster care was one way of giving back.  Someone made a difference to me, so I wanted to pay it forward.

11 kids on vacation April 2015

11 kids on vacation April 2015

Health has always been important primarily because I grew up seeing what being unhealthy was like. Many things have motivated me to maintain my health. Being raised by parents who are addicts taught me a lot about what I didn’t want.  I wanted to stay healthy, keep up with my kids and age gracefully.   I’ve been active in many ways, but the one thing that was always a part of my life off and on since college was running. Inexpensive, portable and done in any weather running not only keeps me in good physical shape, it gives me a chance for my head to clear. It’s time to think, problem solve and plan, but mostly it’s time for me.




Running is a place where I can be the diva that I am while at the same time it’s perfectly natural to snot rocket, pee outside, sweat profusely and swear.  I allow my kids to map out routes driven by their buses. I’m not afraid to get lost. I’m strong. I’m confident. I have instilled in my children the value of staying healthy and active.

Some of the crazy kids ready to see a movie

I also learned less is more…. I embrace a minimalist lifestyle.  Learning not to compete with others and what they own and have a clutter free, smaller home is a continuing journey.  It creates an environment with less stress, less spending, less stuff and better relationships and experiences.  Having strong family ties, being healthy and building memories are some of the things that are most important to me.  The kids are growing up fast, I’m happy to enjoy the journey.


You are unique. You are strong. You are special. You can be fit and a healthy life enthusiast with me. We can chat about minimalism, running, having a family and the struggles we have faced. We can laugh and maybe sometimes cry. We can speak the truth here in an honest way. You don’t have to sugar coat things with me. You are a survivor and I can’t wait to hear your story.  When life’s twists and turns create trials and struggles, we have the ability to really come into our own. I‘m here to offer suggestions on how to find a light at the end of the tunnel when life feels overwhelming.