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 two books 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 and 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 two books: one fiction and one non-fiction.
My non-fiction project is part memoir, part self-help. I’m sharing my journey with journaling: how it helped me connect with my true self and literally transform my life – and how it could help you do the same.
My fiction project is a novel 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
Qualifications and experience
The official stuff:
- Diploma of Life Coaching from Hart Life Coaching
- Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Health Sciences) from Auckland University of Technology
- Graduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching from Auckland University of Technology
- Bachelor of Arts (English, media and art history) from The University of Auckland
The other stuff:
I’ve developed a journaling practice that has changed my whole life, simply because I started listening to my higher, wiser self and deepened my ability to hear my intuition. I’ve used my journal to really get to know who I am – how I think, what matters to me, what I’m capable of – and from this I’ve created a life that is deeply fulfilling. Some of the things I’ve created for myself include, in no particular order:
- Downsizing dramatically – selling many of my possessions to focus on what really makes me happy
- Designing and building a tiny house (yes, with my own two hands – and those of my fiancé)
- Buying our own piece of property despite record high prices in Auckland and having no deposit
- Overcoming depression, perfectionism, fear, procrastination…. and many other things that weren’t bringing me any joy
- Building an online business
- Buying my own creative studio space – paid for entirely by my creative work!
- Leaving a job for which I am not well-suited and that doesn’t fulfill me
- Getting engaged
- Discovering my purpose and having the courage to act on it
- Helping others to find creative fulfillment and deepen their connection with themselves
I don’t say these things to be braggy – but to show you that you can create the kind of life you want to live when you allow yourself to be guided by your inner wisdom, courage and self-belief.
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.