Jenn Whitmer, Author at jennwhitmer.com

Aug 3, 2022

The glass text alert dinged, and I opened the preview at my kitchen table. I just dropped my phone on the placemat. I clenched my jaw, closed my eyes, and shook my head.  The grey bubble lacked logic and overflowed with pessimism and negativity. I read the text to my daughter who confirmed — it […]

Aug 1, 2022

I love looking to the future. I am always thinking about what’s next, how to make things better, what new ideas are around, what can I do, and dream to make life better for me, my family, my clients, and the world around me. Turning to a fresh page in my iris-leather planner, inkjoy pen […]

Jul 22, 2022

Those who can laugh at themselves will never cease to be amused. One of my values is joy. I use the Enneagram every day to help my clients and audiences solve conflict, cultivate communication, and create empowered teams. It’s deep and meaningful work. Although the work I do is deep and serious, I don’t have […]

Jul 8, 2022

It’s a lot right now. We’re holding a lot. Arguably, at any point in time, you’re holding a lot. But this season feels like a high tide of change and uncertainty, barely getting your head above water before the next wave crashes. And do all the waves feel angry? Or at the least barbed and […]

Jul 1, 2022

It’s been a week, friends. It’s been a week. Congressional hearing bombshells, Supreme Court rulings, and a host of other issues have nearly everyone I’ve talked to off-kilter (at best). Today I was having lunch with a new friend at a delicious Mexican place with straws too big for the glasses. I, of course, got […]

Jun 17, 2022

This message landed in my IG inbox, and I thought the whole class might like to hear the answer. Before I answer the nature versus nurture question, a short story: I remember sitting on the concrete stoop of my little white house with green shutters waiting for my dad. My mom was an OB nurse […]

Jun 5, 2022

Nothing about the last two weeks has been our typical rhythm. Not. One. Thing.Has it been this way for you? I mean part of it is MIWTD (May is worse than December). So how did I cope? Other parts are outside of May Madness. One son graduated and another had knee surgery. We had out-of-town […]

May 20, 2022

Hi, I’m Jenn, and I’m a recovering conflict avoider…who now helps people solve conflict.  Raise your hand if you would like to run the other way when there’s conflict. Or maybe you’re the one who goes into solution-mode and policies. Possibly you are the one ready to fight?? For most of us, the idea that […]

May 12, 2022

Sitting in the theatre seats, I jerked upright when they called my son’s name. The directors awarded my senior the John Philip Sousa award. I honestly thought, there are better players in the band. (Don’t at me. My kid’s good. And other kids are objectively better.) As the teacher described the award, I realized it […]

May 7, 2022

I saw a room full of knitted brows, tightened shoulders, wringing hands, and twitchy eyes. I stood in the front of this church fellowship hall and felt the burden of division and pain. In the context of two years of so much grief, I knew this workshop on the topic of differences and conflict would […]

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