Jen Goes Zen

A Lifestyle Blog With Spirit

Do happy endings really exist?


So I was having a conversation with a friend a few weeks ago. We were sitting enjoying a drink when she busts out with, “There are no such things as happy endings.” She then proceeds to talk about how Disney and American culture in general has given us such a distorted view of how life is, thinking that it will always work out when in reality it won’t. She caught.. Read More

Nothing Is Promised…Tell Someone You Love Them Now


Sometimes the words don’t come as easily. I can feel them in the back of my throat, wanting to come out, but just so jumbled that I know that they’re not going to make sense and I need to wait until I can sort them out. This is one of those times. I feel like I have something important to say, but I just don’t know how to say it.. Read More

Why You Need To Be Okay With How Things Are Right Now


I was having a conversation with a friend a couple weeks ago, and while it started out light, it took a very serious turn. After a recent breakup, she was understandably upset. Her fear was that she was getting older and that she’d never get married and have a family. Now I was able to sit there and tell her even though it was tough right now, everything would be.. Read More

What I Wish You Knew About [My] Anxiety


Hey there! How you doin’? I know it’s been a while. I was totally planning on picking up on my writing as soon as the school year ended, but then I decided I just needed to sleep, eat, relax, and totally recuperate. But guess what? I kinda missed this…and maybe you…but don’t make it weird. There’s been something on my mind lately, also. Anxiety. It sucks hardcore. And unless you.. Read More

Stop Looking For A Quick Fix

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I’ve been having all kinds of issues lately – all of the stress has wreaked absolute havoc on my body. My stomach is constantly screwed up, my skin is freaking out, my back aches like an old woman’s, and I can’t stay awake past 9ish most nights. Now, like anyone else, when I have a problem, I go looking for solutions. “How can I make the stress better? How can.. Read More

Just Stop Already


My mind goes a mile a minute. I feel like I’ve got a million things going on right now and having anxiety really doesn’t help. My to do list expands to include every single little thing I should “prepare for” (i.e. worry about). I’m already exhausted from my job, add on top of that everything else and it just gets to the point where it’s too much. And that’s when.. Read More

“How Are You Still Standing?”


“How are you still standing?” Yeah, I’m not sure some days. Some days I’m pretty proud of myself for getting out of bed even if I’m looking a hot mess. I don’t know how and why I keep going, and I don’t know why I haven’t had a nervous breakdown. So when someone asked me, “How are you still standing?” I didn’t know what to say then, but I do.. Read More

Who Are You Living For?

Who are you living for?

So there I was, lying in bed on Sunday night. I had the Sunday night sweats (you know, the I-don’t-want-to-wake-up-early-and-go-to-work-tomorrow panic attack), and once it had started, the anxiety started to migrate.  It migrated like a gaggle of geese heading to Mexico for the summer; anxiety, anxiety everywhere! I was starting to get anxious about everything. (And when I say everything, I mean every single little thing.)But then, as the.. Read More

When Things Don’t Happen Right Away Just Remember…

When Things Don't Happen Right Away

I know on Monday, I was all like “keep moving or you’ll stop growing.” And that’s the honest to God truth. That being said, though, there are times when things don’t happen right away, but that’s okay too. Have I ever shared with you what an impatient, impulsive person I can be? When I want something, I want it right away (kinda like the eyebrow piercing incident of freshmen year)… Read More

“Life is a journey. When we stop, things don’t go right.”

Pope Francis quote

At the beginning of this school year, I had this really great idea that I was going to start my Religion classes with quotes from my boy, Pope Francis. The kids were going to reflect on them, it would get them thinking and maybe even appreciating our faith a little bit more. And although that didn’t work out (wait, I have to think?), there’s this one quote that has stuck.. Read More

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