Jen Goes Zen

A Lifestyle Blog With Spirit

Dealing with Grief During the Holidays

grief holidays

  So December has been crazy. We had grades due, conferences, and a big Christmas show to put on. It went really well, but I was starting to notice some stress. I wasn’t sleeping, my stomach was all thrown off, and I was kinda not eating. And then as each thing got ticked off my to do list, the stress seemed to get worse and worse. Less sleep, less food,.. Read More

Here’s Why What Other People Think of You Is None of Your Business


I have this recurring dream. I’m seated at a round table with all kinds of people I know. It’s generally people I get along well with, but seeing as how I’m paranoid in real life, I always have this suspicion that these people at the table don’t like me as well as I think they do. Well there’s one woman there who I don’t specifically know but who has apparently.. Read More

How to Tell If Someone Likes You…


I have to admit that although I’m not currently in one, I’m totally interested in the psychology, the behind-the-scenes, of relationships. For whatever reason, YouTube has started suggesting relationship advice videos to me (I don’t know if that’s a sign or just a coincidence…) And do you know what one of the most popular topics is? How to tell if someone likes you… Apparently we’ve become a culture where it’s.. Read More

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

“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

Here’s What I Hope For Each Of You In The Upcoming Year

Hopes and Wishes 2016

I never thought I’d say this, especially after 2013, but I’m pretty sure this was the most difficult year…ever. The good Lord saw fit to flip my family’s world upside down, and I’m still working on getting myself through it. That being said, I can say that I’m glad to see 2015 hit the road. But from past experience, I know that just because you change a number on the.. Read More

If You Can’t Be With The One You Love…

Be with the one you love

So there I was driving along in my little red car listening to the oldies station. As the one song ended, the Stephen Still’s hit, “Love the One You’re With” came on. You have to admit, it’s a totally catchy tune. It gets stuck in your head, and you find yourself singing it for days after you hear it. The only problem? Have you listened to all of the lyrics?.. Read More

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