by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

A New Beginning

family_taylor4Newly transplanted to Carlsbad from their native Colorado two years ago, the Taylor clan – parents Jeff and Jessie, and their three children, Baylee, Jonah, and Reis – moved west to advance their healthier lifestyle choices. Jessie elaborated, “Jeff and I were burned out on our careers and not exercising, eating badly, and partying in excess. We worked very hard on changing our lifestyle for the better, and became obsessed with health and fitness. Moving to California removed us from a lot of unhealthy parts of our life, and was the perfect opportunity to begin again.”

Their new healthy direction prompted the Taylors to own and operate a 9Round 30 Minute Kickboxing franchise. Jeff proclaimed, “We are very transparent about how we were able to turn our life and our priorities around. We hope we can use our experiences to inspire others to take care of themselves and put their health first.”

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Parents: Jeff and Jessie Taylor
Children: Baylee, Jonah, Reis
Community: Carlsbad
Pets: Kobe and Holly
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: Ponto and Tamarack Beaches, Safety Skate Park, Daybreak Church, Norte Mexican Restaurant in Carlsbad Village, Rudy’s Tacos La Costa, Ignite Bistro


Ironically, the Taylor family’s quest for wellness coincided with a health scare for Jeff, when he had to undergo emergency surgery a mere four months after their gym opened. Fortunately, Jessie added, “Jeff is now on the road to recovery and is expected to return to work in May.” The wonderful Carlsbad community was a godsend during the difficult time. Jeff commented, “We have met some of the most caring and nurturing families here in Carlsbad who have really had our back during these past few months. We are truly amazed by the kindness and selflessness of others.”

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“We hope we can use our experiences to inspire others to take care of themselves and put their health first.”

The Taylor children are adjusting well to their new surroundings. Baylee is into theater and dance, and is working at Legoland. She is also in the leadership program for the high school ministry at Daybreak Church, which the family attends. Jonah and Reis have both taken up skateboarding and are big fans of the sport. As a family, the Taylors enjoy all of the different beaches and hiking trails. Jessie exclaimed, “We love being at peace with nature, and spending so much time outdoors. We have been surprised by the small town feel that Carlsbad has, and can’t imagine living anywhere else!”

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