Who are we?
My name is Erin Taylor, and I am a wife, mother of four, therapist, author of Connection and Kindness: The Key to Changing the World Through Parenting, a parent coach and conscious parenting/teaching educator. I have known since I was in 3rd grade that I wanted to make the world a better place and since I was 11 that I wanted to work with parents, children and families, as I knew that I had wonderful parents and a wonderful childhood and I wanted that for all children around the world. My life’s work has focused on this ever since. I have crossed paths with some incredible friends and mentors, including Dr. Shefali (author of The Conscious Parent and other amazing books), Bryant McGill and many others. I work with parents through my coaching practice called It Takes a Village Parent Coaching, and help other social entrepreneurs through my business called Building Connected Communities.
My name is Jay Taylor and I am….
We met each other as college freshman at the tender age of 18. We knew it was love at first sight when we ended up having lunch together with a mutual friend at Drexel’s cafeteria. Erin looked like a drowned rat after walking to the cafeteria from her class in the pouring rain and Jay lost his glasses that morning and had to wear his out-of-fashion backups. Each of us knew there was something special about the other. A few weeks into the relationship, Erin was on the train to the Gallery Mall in Philadelphia talking to her best friend about Jay and surprised herself by wondering how they would dance at their wedding with their height difference (Jay is 6’4″ and Erin is 5’1″). Erin ended up standing on a chair while they danced at their wedding to solve that dilemma!
After college and graduate school for Erin, they married in 1997 and immediately set out to build their family. But it became quickly evident that this would not be possible without the help of modern medicine and the amazing Dr. Taliadouros, who helped them conceive their first three children via IVF through years of infertility struggles. Their first daughter Sydney was born in 2001 with a heart defect and died in her mother’s arms when she was 24 days old. Sydney’s death was a major source of growth and evolution for both Jay and Erin and changed them forever. Some might think it would break them, but they know that her short life and death made them stronger than they ever thought possible. Their son, Noah was born in 2002 and their daughter Faith was born in 2005. Then, their fourth child, Brady, was a joyful surprise who arrived in 2007!
Why did we create this podcast?
We are aware of and grateful every day for the beautiful life that we share. But with lots of growth and development, individually and together, we realized the phrase “having it all” actually does not work. When you try to have it all, you end up stressed and burned out, feeling like you are lacking most things. Rather, what we have learned is that the way to feel like you “have it all” is actually to NOT have it all.
- You have to become very self-aware and in tune with who you are and what you want.
- You have to be in tune with yourself and mindful about where and what you are spending your time on.
- You have to constantly re-evaluate where you are now and where you want to go.
- You have to learn what to say “yes!” to and what to say “no!” to.
- And if you are in a relationship, it is critical that you have very healthy communication and work as a team.
THIS is why we created Maximizing Life in the Middle. We realized that we have figured out and are continuing to figure out a lot of these ingredients and we felt it was our duty to share these things with others to help them learn and grow as well.
We hope that you subscribe to our podcast and enjoy listening to our stories and thoughts as we try to make the most of this beautiful life we have been given.