What did I expect?

It all started with a little conversation with a woman who embraces life with gusto. We found out our birthdays are one day and 11 years apart. She asked me what I had planned for my birthday. She had 3 separate parties planned. I said, “Wow! We don’t really have high expectations for birthdays.” Then,Continue reading “What did I expect?”

I see you…

I see you finding your way in the world. I see you weaving through thoughts, doubts, experiences to find your voice. I see you bounding through a park with energy, spunk, empathy, and imagination. I see a freedom of owning who you are with no regard for what others think. I see you unaware ofContinue reading “I see you…”

Do I have food in my teeth?

I have big teeth, and I cannot lie. This is a fact. They attract green leafy food. I could try to defend against it by not showing my teeth–painfully keeping my mouth closed while at dinner with friends or in the company of strangers. There’s a problem, though. My mouth was made to smile, toContinue reading “Do I have food in my teeth?”

Clueless

At dinner the other night, my youngest said “Grown-ups know everything.” Then, the seven year old chimed with…”No way, they only know about some things.” I laughed to myself, and I remembered having that unbridled confidence in grown-ups. I think of all the adults I grew up around and that I considered any age ofContinue reading “Clueless”

Where the heck am I going?

I’ve always had pretty good direction–I see maps in my head. I like to get my bearings and understand where I am in order to navigate where I am going. I get the shakes when I am just following a crowd. My husband will tell you that I am all about backroads and finding theContinue reading “Where the heck am I going?”

Contrary to Popular Opinion…

You are not enough. You read it right. That’s offensive, huh? I am NOT saying you do not have worth. I am NOT saying that you do not have value. I am NOT saying you cannot do hard things. I am NOT saying you are not tough. I am NOT saying you are a failure.Continue reading “Contrary to Popular Opinion…”

It all started with a “little” project

It all started with a closet project.  Little did I know that it would turn into so much more.   Our home has more than ample storage, but the problem is we have dumped stuff there.  The stuff that is falling out of the closets and the basement means there is stuff everywhere in ourContinue reading “It all started with a “little” project”

What’s with the blog, jen?

I picked a title because it moved me. It sounded inspired.   This is a picture of my life. I get a whim of creativity. I start something new, and then I backtrack to contemplate the meaning.   The Art of Coming Alive… There are two types of people in this world: people who haveContinue reading “What’s with the blog, jen?”

branding and the heart

Persona:  The aspect of someone’s character that is presented to or perceived by others The buzz these days in business, in ministry, in the non-profit world, in sports, in politics, and on social media is building a personal brand.  We all have one, and some of us are experts in tapping into it and beingContinue reading “branding and the heart”

Encouragement to my fellow women

(These are notes from my last session this weekend…an open letter to my sisters in Christ.) The more we KNOW him, the more we understand ourselves and who He created us to be. I love to hear people’s stories. We think we know someone, but we do not understand them well until we know howContinue reading “Encouragement to my fellow women”