I was casually shopping for my nine-year-old daughter the other day and was confronted by a child sized t shirt that said: “Perception is reality” I used to believe that statement with my whole heart. It must have been ingrained in me by a nun along the way. The nuns that schooled me were wise… Read More Don’t Let your Whole Personality be an Instagram Filter
I think it’s safe to say most of us are taught to avoid pain. We grow up being told to be careful, slow down, look before you leap, think before you act–all instructions to follow if we want to prevent pain. If we do suffer pain or injury of some kind, we are then taught… Read More Feel Before You Heal
n a way, it was an excellent test of the Emergency Relationship System. Except we failed. In all the ways. So, I ended up a single parent during a pandemic while the world was appearing to crumble all around.… Read More Love in the Time of, Well, All of This
I drive my kids to and from school in another town, so we have eighteen full minutes in the car each way. Eighteen minutes where I have them all to myself and they can’t walk away. This is when we have our talks. … Read More Car Ride Conversations
Instead of talking about the bad bits, I figured I’d scrap my planned post and talk about some of my good bits this year. So, pull up a comfy chair. Would anyone like some cheese?… Read More What Day is it Again?
I’ve heard about the empty nest. That time in your parenting journey when you have your home to yourself. Your children are off, flying on their own, living their lives and you and maybe your partner can pat yourselves on the backs, toast your children’s successes, enjoy the freedom. No one, however, told me about… Read More My Emptying Nest
There are moments when I feel like out of the blue someone suddenly punched me in the gut and immediately I am racked with guilt and overcome with worry that I’m damaging these innocent kids who didn’t choose this life, to have a split family. … Read More “When Will I See You Next?” The Heartache Of Co-Parenting
For a few humbling months, I became just Jen. Not the explorer or the artist… I started to doubt if I was worth anything at all if I wasn’t making or accomplishing something. It was a dark ass time.… Read More Left-Handed Ravens and Other Happy Accidents
I love iced coffee. A true New Englander, I will drink iced coffee daily no matter the season. I will make it at home but I prefer Starbucks and the baristas at my local store know me by name. I also love a good coffee shop…the vibe, the smell, all the tasty possibilities…but I digress.… Read More Iced Coffee
It’s been a while since I’ve written publicly about what is on my mind and heart. Life has surely kept me busy with its twists and turns. Ever a fickle character, there has been constant change in my story. Nothing you can do except take it one day at a time. In my previous stint… Read More It’s me. Hi.