Jen Goes Zen

A Lifestyle Blog With Spirit

Bad Day? Read This Now

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Who hasn’t had a bad day every once in a while? Or maybe even more than once in a while? I’m writing this on a fairly good day, and I think that’s why it came to me. When I have a bad day, what do I need to hear? What would help me pull myself back up again? And that brought me to this…   Bad days suck. First off,.. Read More

How Long Are You Willing to Wait for What You Want?

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  Thanksgiving was good and restful, a much needed break. So as I dragged myself into work this morning, I stopped to talk to one of my coworkers. We talked about how exhausted we were, yet how we felt like we weren’t really doing or accomplishing anything. And then she said something that struck me. She told me how she felt she was too old to wait anymore, that she.. Read More

What You Look For, You Find Every Single Time


  I was driving home after a long day, and my mind started to wander. (Don’t worry, not dangerous-not-paying-attention wander, just regular thinking-about-random-stuff wander.) I thought back to how different things were just a few years ago. I thought about how different I felt about how things were. Whenever something went wrong, it was like, “Oh God, what’s next? Everything always goes wrong!” It was constantly waiting for the next.. Read More

Here’s Why Stress Is Your Best Friend


What’s a best friend? When I think of a best friend, I think of someone who always tells me the truth no matter whether I want to hear it or not… “Does this make me look fat?” “Yes.” “Should I text him?” “No.” “I don’t really need, but I love it – should I buy it?” “Always.” Best friends are people you trust, people you want around, people who will stick around through.. 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

“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

Never Be Too Busy For The Things You Love

Obviously, I’ve been busy. So busy that (a) I didn’t post all last week, and (b) I’m not posting today until after 8pm (which is close to my bedtime at this point). I spent my Friday night grading stuff (already!) and my Saturday creating my first units (which doesn’t sound like much, but took all morning and all afternoon with a break in between to watch my nephew play some.. Read More

Why Is It So Hard For Us To Mind Our Own Business?

Why is it so hard for us to mind our own business?

I originally titled this “Why Is It So Hard For People…” but then I was all like, “Ha! I’m totally a part of this…I should probably change that to “Us.” So why is it so important to change that word? Because I think it would hard to find anyone who excels at minding their own business all the time.  Point in case… So there I was working on my laptop. I.. Read More

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