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Hi, my name is Jennifer 🙂 I'd love to meet you, so please feel free to send a message!
A little bit about me...
I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. I work full time and am launching a blog because I've always had a passion for writing. Writing is where I feel truly alive and can pour out my heart on topics that just don't come up in conversation. Perhaps this is a platform to reach an audience who is more interested in the things I like to share.
Throughout my adult life I have played many roles, wife, mother, stay-at-home mother, business owner, divorcee, single mother, newly remarried, step-mother, and more that I'm sure I'm not thinking of at the moment.
My family, my friends, and my heritage, are everything to me. They are what inspire me and drive my ambitions. I've been blessed with two amazing daughters who have been my purpose in life since the moment of inception. In October 2017, I married my soul mate and he has graced me with three wonderful teenage sons who are teaching me how to love and build relationships in a whole new way.
I've faced many pivotal issues throughout the course of my life. I've experienced the difficulties that so many different vices can bring. I've struggled with depression and anxiety. Alcoholism ran rampant in my family. I had a late teenage pregnancy. I suffered the loss of someone I loved in a tragic accident. I've lost several close family members due to lung cancer and heart disease. I've had two beautiful children, yet also suffered multiple miscarriages. I went through a divorce. I unexpectedly lost my father at a young age. I struggled as a single mom for seven years, and plenty more. These things do not define me.
There have been ample victories too. I spent 16 years working toward a degree that I finally attained in 2014. My degree took sixteen years because I initially took some time off to raise my girls. When I returned to school I worked full time, raised my daughters, and managed to go to school part-time, so it took a bit of time. Prior to my divorce I was seeking a degree in English with a focus on composition. I became passionate about and focused on Holocaust studies and Biographical writing. Unfortunately, in the emotional turmoil of divorce I began to fear that I wouldn't be able to build a writing career and changed my major to Communications in an attempt to increase my marketability.
I studied Martial Arts for three years. I love Pilates, exercise, hiking, and kickboxing. I've led nutrition classes. I am forever a student of healthy lifestyle habits, yet I love to bake; ironic since sweets are the antithesis of healthy eating habits. In fact, I considered opening a cake decorating business when my kids were young. I have earned my insurance license, my real estate license, and now I'm working on new certifications in my current job. I've managed other company's blogs and social media posts. I was a back-up writer composing memorials for a funeral home for two years. I've thrived as a Hospice volunteer, served at my church, participated in my children's school organizations, sometimes helping, sometimes leading. Again, these things do not define me, they diversify my interest and experience.
I am ever evolving, as I believe we all are. I learn new things every day. Different heartaches present themselves everyday. It's a beautiful flurry of pain and joy labeled life. The snapshots, the rap sheet, they don't really tell you who I am. Just what I've experienced here and there.
The reality is, most of the stories I'll be sharing in the blog are a part of who I am. As you read you'll learn where I've come from, who I am, and maybe we'll figure out together where I'm headed.