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Julie

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Julie Jensen is a mom of five boys and one girl. She is a runner, biker, yoga instructor and socializer. That about sums it up. Believe it or not, she really does enjoy the soccer, cross country, swim team, track, dance classes, basketball, and theater her kids are involved in as long as she has another mom (or dad) to talk to during these events. Julie is starting a new adventure going back to school to get her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Edgewood College. You can follow her on Instagram at @out_numbered_mama6

If There is No Closure, How Do We Move On?

In March of 2020, I had three part-time jobs while my kiddos were at school. I taught yoga a few times a week, I worked at Fleet Feet, a running shoe store near my...

The Time Has Come – Do Better (A Resource Guide)

In just the last month or so, Ahmad Aubrey was shot while going for a run and Breonna Taylor was shot by police in her own home. And then, in one day, we watched...

My Unofficial Guide to the Best Running Trails Around Madison

I was nominated to write this post because, "Julie likes to run a hundred miles (or something)," Fair enough. I DO like to run and yes, when I can, a trail is my first choice. Many...

Slowing Down-Whether We Want to Or Not

So, how’s everyone doing? Yeah, me too… I am grateful that I am safe and my family is healthy. YES, I acknowledge that even though my part-time jobs are gone, my husband has a job and...

Parenting Teens | Ignore The Cautionary Tale

Have you heard the cautionary tale for parents of teens? The one which results in your kid living in your basement until they are 30? Have you heard, that, if you are not careful,...

The Upside of Social Distancing | A Group Post

Right now it seems, many of us have LOTS of free-time. Rather than focus on all that we can't do, I wanted to focus on what we CAN do. So, I asked my fellow-writers...

Social Distancing is a LOT Like Running an Ultra

I run long distances for fun. I realize that this is not everyone’s cup of tea and honestly, some days it’s not mine either. However, I’ve learned a few lessons over the years that...

No Topic is Off Limits | Talk Less, Listen More

When I was a kid there were certain things that you did not discuss (at home or in public). Don’t talk about religion, politics or how much money you make. Other rules to follow:...

Cleverly Disguised As a Good Mom

The phrase, “You’re such a good Mom,” while sincere, causes me to cringe every single time it is directed in my general direction. While I think those around me are worthy of such support,...

Teaching Gratitude is Harder Than I Thought

My family had the pleasure of spending Thanksgiving in Mexico this year (a tradition on my side of the family every three years). It is a sizable expense for a family of eight but...

I’m Not Inspirational, I’m Just Anxious

When people learn that I do long distance running for “fun,” I often get,“You’re an inspiration,” and, “You’re crazy,” and sometimes, "Why?" all with a note of respect in their voice. Whenever I have...

Always Give With Joy

This past summer our twelve year old discovered the freedom of biking around the neighborhood with his friends. He’d go to the pool, play basketball at the park, go to a friend’s house and...