” If I can do one good thing in this life, I hope it is to help others see their true potential”
Before I start, a desert chicken you ask? That’s for another entry because I feel I will have a whole section just dedicated to my desert chicken, its quite close to my heart and in fact, its my husband.
Hey there, I’m Jennifer, well most people refer to me as Jenn, I’m a mother, mental health clinician, writer, public speaker and last but not least, a military spouse and I completely have no idea where to begin with starting a blog. But I’m going to give it a try!
I created this blog for two reasons, one- to share with you all, my love for life and two- so we can all find a place where we know that its OK if we speak our story. But most importantly, that you always know your worth. No matter how hard times get tough, I ask that you turn to some words of wisdom here and find hope.
Being a military spouse is tough, add a few kids into the mix, no family around and its even tougher! Add in a dash of sleepless nights, deployments, and Post Traumatic Stress, and you have quite the combination. I’ve always said that my career as a Canadian military spouse has been much harder then any job in the military or my actual career.
I have had a lot of experience within the military community, both as a spouse and working with families in the mental health field. Its been both rewarding and exhausting at times. But I love it and wouldn’t change a thing! The families I have worked with have shown me the meaning of true strength, pride and dedication. I’ve learned a lot about life within this community from every angle, its definitely not for everyone and boy you can grow up real fast when you love a soldier. I’ve learned a lot about myself as a person, from my clients, my daughter growing up as a military child and its shown me just how dang strong I am as a person. Each one of you have all been simply amazing. If any of you happen to read this, smile, because I remember each and every one of you.
That’s why this blog is about to come to life. I hope to share in your journey with you, through the trials and tribulations of living this life style, share some laughs, tears, a few “I told you so”, but not only that, a place where you can come and not feel alone.
Because lets face it, there are many moments when we all feel alone, especially when the one we love is away, or they are possibly sitting right beside us and their mind has been left in a foreign land. This is where you can find hope, advice and a place for comfort when you really need it. This I hope I can bring to you.
I’ve always thought about what I would say in my profile entry about “myself” but didn’t give it much thought. So I’m just going to give you a glimpse of who I am, for now. I tend to skip this part of any presentation, I just like to get down to the fun stuff. But there is more to me other then a military spouse who loves working in the mental health field.
I was born and raised in Newfoundland, on the East coast of the island, where the bitter, cold wind from the ocean during the winter freezes your cheeks instantly, and I curse each time I step out my front door because its so cold, this I do not miss. But on the rare occasion I am able to catch it in the middle of summer. ( crazy right? ) I am the only child, no brothers or sisters and as a kid I spent every waking hour learning music and writing in my journal.
I met my husband in 2002, before his first deployment in Afghanistan and right before battle school. I will say, we have had way to many houses, made a life time of memories and we are raising a beautiful daughter, who is now 10. She tends to keep us very busy with dance, singing and art, so where I find time for anything else, I’m not quite sure, but I do. I also have two pets, Teddy a Chow Chow and Snickers our cat, who takes the word feisty to a whole new level. I love to run, read, travel, meet new people, try new food, bake, coffee and wine, we cant forget the wine.
Before I end here, I would like to thank you for visiting, sharing a smile and I would also love to hear your story as well. If you happen to think of anything you would like to see more of, less of, call me in for a chat at your workplace, school or meeting, feel free to send me a message or leave one in the comments.