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The Full Story…

Pull up a chair and grab a cup of tea. Here’s the full story…

When I was a kid, I was curious about everything (Ok, I still am…) and I was anxious. My favorite books were Curious George and Chicken Little… 

 

I’ve had a camera in my hand since I was seven years old. I found refuge in nature through the lens of my camera as a way to inner peace while growing up with an alcoholic mom.

I began practicing meditation regularly in while in college. The first time I experienced a guided meditation in a stress reduction class, I felt more at peace than I could ever recall feeling.

I decided that day to devote myself to regular study and practice, and I began teaching mindfulness to my clients. My life was going along well, and I was building a career as a counselor and coach.

And then something happened that left me feeling like nothing about my life made sense anymore.

In 2001, I learned that my mother had become addicted to prescription opioids. She started drinking again after 26 years of not drinking and then attempted suicide. Several years later, she died from lung cancer. I felt so entangled in grief that I couldn’t find my way out. Talk therapy, for the most part, made me feel worse.

I felt so disillusioned with talk therapy that I considered walking away from my work as a counselor, and I went back to school to pursue an MFA in photography and creative writing. That was an amazing experience that really helped me to come back alive until…

Four years after my mother’s death, I was diagnosed with a progressive and degenerative eye condition. Making photographs became so visually and emotionally difficult that I put down my camera. I became overly focused on the problem with my vision and unable to experience joy.

Since my early 20s I have had a strong determination to heal and awaken, and this time was no different. I started treatment with some of the best eye doctors in the country, including holistic doctors. I began practicing mindfulness and yoga more often and for longer periods of time. I picked my camera up again and made photographs and writing to express what was happening and how I felt. I spent more time connecting with nature. I began to feel better, my eye condition stabilized, and my photography and writing practices became more meaningful.

Coming to terms with a visual impairment allowed me to see my world more clearly from my heart.

I became passionate about teaching others the practices that helped me to heal. I further integrated mindfulness, writing and photography in my work with clients, and they started getting better too.

There are 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows in this life. –Chuang Tzu

My work is about teaching people how to use mindfulness to fully embrace life’s joys and hold the sorrows with an open heart. I teach people how to integrate mindfulness into their everyday lives. I teach it for healing and creative awakening.

For people who are interested, I also incorporate photography and writing into our work together. Mindfulness is at the heart of all that I offer.

I am a mindfulness teacher, but I am so much more…

If you’re ready for the journey toward healing and awakening, I’d be honored to be your guide. Find out more about the ways you can work with me. 

Embrace your authentic self. Your uniqueness is what makes you beautiful.
The world is waiting for your voice. 

 

Jen