You’re Going To Make It After All

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You’re Going To Make It After All

Let’s set the mood for this post.

I launched JENerally Informed in February of 2014. I had no idea exactly where I was going with this blog, but I wanted a place to share the stories and things that mattered to me. Truthfully, I had no expectations for this space and since 2014 was fun I signed up for another year. Having no idea that 2015 would bring  the biggest changes for JENerally Informed.

I feel so blessed by all the good that has come my way this year. I know it is because of the loyalty and friendship I have gathered from so many of you that this blog has become what it is. So today I want to thank each and everyone of you. Those who visit and read and those of you who comment and share your insights on what I have written.

Here’s What 2015 Meant For JENerally Informed

In 2015 I said goodbye to my beloved Mommy Reality Challenges. I still may return some day, but my blogging schedule just couldn’t fit it in anymore. I still love my blogging bestie Celeste of Leapfrog and Lipgloss. Mommy Reality forever!

I also received a huge amount of paid blogging contracts and work. It was insane how many times I was approached to do work. Who would have thought that would happen, but it was exciting and a happy challenge to find those products and messages I could support and knew would be genuine for my audience.

Now for a little truthful admission. I always thought I was a crappy writer, maybe I still am, but much to my shock this year I was published and became a syndicated and paid writer on other sites. If only you guys could see the notes my college writing professors wrote on some of my papers. I guess I am living proof that every voice matters. Even if you don’t think yours could. I sure thought that was the case for me and I have been pleasantly surprised to discover that my words have moved others.

In the coming months you may see more changes over here on JENerally Informed. Little updates and such, but rest assured I will always be the same yoga pants wearing Jen sharing the stories I always have.

So to send 2015 off in style, here is look back at JENerally Informed’s most popular posts in 2015:

1. To Ban Or Not To Ban Yoga Pants?

I am happy to report that this year I picked up another half dozen or so workout gear related clothing pieces. Do I work out in them you may ask? Heck no, it’s just my personal style. Although I did buy a pair of pajama like jeans this Christmas. Little steps….

2. The One Mistake Parents Make Every Summer And How To Avoid It

I just won’t fill every moment of my children’s summer. A lot of you agreed.This one blew up all over social media.Thanks for sharing this post everyone!

3. Man-day Post: Five Reasons Why I Guess I am Not a Feminist

Anyone who visits JENerally Informed will see that Jen’s Guy is my biggest supporter and advocate. I think he has totally NAILED the roles of both chivalry and empowering women. 

4. #MomDare: Why I Still Nurse My 2 Year Old

Yep, and months later not much has changed. Except for that she has more hair now and won’t wear bows to save her life.

5. My Little Fighter

I wrote this post in about 30 minutes. It was a story I had never shared before and afterwards I was touched by the wide range of people who quietly approached me to let me know just how much this post had affected them. Again, you just never know who your personal story and experience will benefit.

6. Five Reasons You Might Think I’m A Mean Parent

I’m still mean. I received a staggering amount of feedback from other “mean” parents thus renewing my faith in modern day parenting.

7. Let’s Talk about Sex

Please read this one if you are a parent and then I urge you to start talking. It will help, because if you don’t I promise you that someone else will most definitely fill in the knowledge gaps for your children with information you may find less than accurate.

8. The Christmas List

Thank you to all of my readers both new and old for making 2015 a fantastic blogging year here at JENerally Informed. I think I just might make it after all.

Here we come 2016!



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  1. Now I have that song stuck in my head. I so loved that show.

    I love your blog and I’m looking forward to your posts in 2016. I’ll bet they will be even better since you’ve more experience.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺
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  2. I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now and I think you are a fine writer. I think college professors expect us to write at the same level as professional authors or something and that’s not realistic. Keep up the amazing work! :)
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  3. I had no idea we started our blogs so close together. I launched min on March 5th of 2014! Here is to almost 2 years, a great 2015 and more growth to come in the future!

  4. I can’t believe that old professors would criticize your writing. Maybe it’s because we grew up in an era where we had to have bright marked papers so we could learn from our own writing mistakes? I love reading your posts and find your voice enjoyable and relatable. Wishing you great health, happiness and more successes in 2016.
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      Thank you! I kind of wish I could go back and tell some of my writing, journalism and PR teachers what I have successfully completed with my degree. Things they said were impossible, but doing that would just be mean. So I will just smile inside and know I did it:)

      Best wishes for a great 2016 to you too!
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  5. I loved reading Mommy Reality – never got it together enough to actually participate, but it was always fun to read. So glad that things have been going great for you in just 2 short (?) years. Have you sought out your paid writing gigs, or have people approached you?

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      I loved Mommy Reality. It just got so busy over here and I lost my partner in crime. I have plans though for some visits back this year.

      As far as the writing gigs. Many I sought out on my own and then once I had established a relationship it was a lot easier to pitch the editors directly when an idea came my way.
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  6. I just discovered your blog, but all of these topics sound great! I’m especially curious why yoga pants would be banned, since they’re pretty much my work attire!

  7. Happy New Year, Jen! I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you more this year, my friend. I’m really on and off with my blog lately. I guess I’ve figured out I need a lot of breaks :).
    You are a wonderful writer. Don’t let that awful inner critic tell you any different. Many blessings to you and your beautiful family in 2016!
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  8. What a year!
    It was about midway through that I had the same thing you had – offers of paid stuff. I was shocked, to be honest. I didn’t know I’d make it after all. Now I’m in love with that part of blogging, but of course, will always keep the other stuff too.
    It was fun to find you here!
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  9. I noticed that the Mommy Reality challenges were missing. Loved seeing them, but also understand how incredibly busy it can be just to keep up with blogging! I’m so glad we ‘met’ during 2015 and I can’t wait to see what 2016 has to offer!
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  10. Hi Jen, you’ve worked hard to make your blog what it is and I think the secret of your success (apart from the hard work) is how you write. I’ve never met you, but I feel I know you because of the way you write. You come across as human and approachable. I think your personality shines through in your writing, so by all means change your blog, but never change your writing style!

    Look forward to seeing you grow!

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  11. And I remember them all! Great list, Jen. I’m glad we’ve gotten to know each other through blogging. That’s my favorite part of it. Also, do you think it’s too late for me to write my top ten list? We’re only a week into 2016…
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