Shitty First Draft

March 7, 2016



I completed my second to last quarter of grad school, registered for my final quarter of grad school and finished a shitty first draft of the book. It seems much bigger here on the page than it does in real life. Well no, I take part of that back. Registering for the final quarter felt […]

Further Training Required

February 16, 2016


I’m writing this while overlooking the green rolling hills of Petaluma, CA. I’m on retreat right now, a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy retreat, and the majority of the time is spent in meditation. There are periods of inquiry, where we discuss with the creators of this therapeutic modality the “nuts and bolts,” but ultimately, this retreat’s […]

Posted in: Good Days

On Trust: B.R.A.V.I.N.G.

February 1, 2016



Don’t know if you’ve ever fallen head over in love with a qualitative researcher (my, my, how my idols have changed!), but in the past two years, Brené Brown has stolen my heart and filled it with data about vulnerability, courage, and authenticity. It’s funny how someone I’ve never met can give a talk or write […]

Mindfulness: Dispelling Myths and Defining Intentions

January 18, 2016



Mindfulness is defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the father of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, as a particular way of paying attention: On purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmental. With such a simple definition (to pay attention to the present moment intentionally and without judgment), one would think that this practice is open and easy for all […]

SMART Goals and Resolutions

January 4, 2016



The new year is settling like dust in carpet. After 2016’s first couple days have passed, I’m left remembering that nothing of great measure actually changes with the passing of each December. Each year, we watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, and celebrities have a few minutes to address what they want to change in the […]

Posted in: Self-Help

The End of an (Academic) Era

December 31, 2015



It’s been nearly six years since I returned to student-hood; a life lived on a cup-o-ramen tight budget and filled with endless peer reviewed articles. It’s been two years since my last post on Perhaps even more exciting is that it’s been nearly four years that I’ve been sober from all substances and seven […]

5 Years

April 29, 2014


Today marks the five year anniversary of my very first post on BecomingJennie. It’s hard to believe that five years have passed. It seems it’s just as difficult to know where to end as it was to know how to begin. I suppose, like anything, I simply should start at the beginning.   April 6th, […]