Hello, I’m Jen. I’m a writer, teacher and mama.
I write about creativity, motherhood and living an intentional life, and run a writing group to inspire other writers.
I love second-hand bookstores, dark chocolate, afternoon naps, travel-themed stationery, singing, and all things colourful.
I’m highly sensitive, introverted and adore everything about creative writing and journaling.
I’m fascinated about the intersection of motherhood, identity and creativity.
I own more books than I can possibly read, am attempting to write every day while raising a toddler, and dream of one day teaching creative workshops while travelling the world.
My fiancé and I live in a tiny house on a hillside in Auckland, New Zealand, with our pup Duncan and our son, Baxter.
Welcome to my little corner of the internet.
I spent many years mired in depression, self-doubt and fear. I’m the girl who never felt like enough – not pretty enough, not smart enough, not experienced enough – and at the same time, felt like too much – too sensitive, too fat, too uncertain, too weird.
I spent years denying my dreams, hiding myself and ignoring the inner knowing that told me I was meant for more. I let fear tell me that my story didn’t matter, that I couldn’t make a difference and that I should just be happy with what I had.
I became a high school teacher in my early twenties and while I felt as though I was contributing to the world in some way, I still felt a deep longing for something more. Studying life coaching and psychology helped me step closer to my purpose, but something was still missing.
I’ve been keeping a written journal steadily since I was about ten, but it wasn’t until my late twenties that I committed to a powerful daily creative practice. What happened to me was amazing: my creativity blossomed, my self-love deepened and my fears were quietened as my courage and faith spoke louder than ever before.
Through cultivating a regular written and visual journaling practice, I have connected with my own wisdom and come to know and love who I am at my core.
I also started to take my creative dreams seriously: blogging to share my writing, teaching journaling classes, running a writing group and writing books.
My goal in my work is to show up as honestly, authentically and truthfully as I can. I don’t want to hide behind fancy web design, carefully crafted sales pages and a curated online image. I want to share my life in all its rawness and truth, so that I can encourage other women to do the same.
Currently I’m writing a novel and various essays. My essays are about motherhood, creativity, intentional living, among other things. My novel is about a woman trying to do whatever it takes to get her boyfriend to propose to her – but after all that, is it what she really wants?
Some things about me:
- I’m an introvert, highly sensitive person, an INFJ and renaissance soul/scanner
- I’m a mama to a toddler who the absolute love of my life
- I live in a tiny house with my partner, pup and son – you can read all about our tiny house journey here
- I love dogs and have my own wee pup called Duncan
- Travel is one of my greatest obsessions – I’ve been to a few amazing places and have a huge travel bucket list to tick off!
- I am a recovering dieter and learning to become an intuitive eater
- Being in nature is when I feel most connected to the divine, and am reminded of the true magic of the universe
If you’re interested in learning more about creativity and writing, or getting peeks into my creative process, you might like to join us here.