Hope*Writer | jennwhitmer.com

Apr 19, 2020

We’re really in this for a while. When we return, life will be different. Schools online. Work is online. No games, concerts, recitals, church, hangouts. I just want to curl in bed and escape into Derry Girls, or I’m motivated to clean all the things. I am losing my mind with my family, or I’m […]

May 23, 2019

Your slant is your perspective. Everyone has a perspective. Perspective is shaped by personality, motivations, experiences, physicality, attention, and more. We all have implicit bias which influences perspective. I experience the world as a short, white woman from the Midwest, as an enneagram 7 and ENxP who has a lot of travel and education, as […]

May 20, 2019

Why am I doing this? Do I want to this? What is the purpose? What do I want to achieve? What story am I telling myself? A reason always exists. If I acknowledge it or not, my motivation is a sail on my ship. Often, life throws my tiny vessel into a squall. In those […]

May 19, 2019

We all have crappy first drafts. Ideas are messy and unkempt. Getting them onto paper, formed into words is what Donald Miller calls “vision” and Peter Drucker calls the “zero draft.” Often the first finished draft is how writers discover what we actually think. The first draft captures the fleeting, vaporous thoughts that vanish without […]

May 19, 2019

I was afraid to say out loud, “I am a speaker and a writer.” What did that mean? Who was I to claim these titles? Once I said it out loud, now what did I do? All the doubts began crowding my bravery. There were plenty of negative voices in my head and some outside […]

May 17, 2019

I collect people. (Not like bobbleheads, but wouldn’t that be fun? A bobblehead collection of all my people!) From babies to grandparents, I love connecting with people. Unafraid to ask questions, people share their thoughts with me, and I share myself with others. I am forever amazed at the variety bubbling out of people, and […]

May 16, 2019

I love go with the flow. I love to see where the next adventure is. Today, I wanted to write something fun. I wanted to write with my full voice, the one that giggles and guffaws.  Alas, today my flow was dammed. Around every bend was an obstacle that created the pool I needed to […]

May 15, 2019

Joy is worth the struggle. Do more! See more! Experience more! Be happy! But the happiness flits away. The delight and enthusiasm fade. I crash after the sugar rush of fun I launched into to avoid the mundane, the boredom, or the pain.  I crave deeper. I crave lasting. I crave joy. I’m learning to […]

May 14, 2019

Sometimes, I believe I am living in tomorrow. Sure, I don’t say it out loud, but I behave as if I am not constrained by time. As if the future and what could be is bolder and brighter than today and what actually is.  Sometimes, I see what’s coming. I see a bigger picture and […]

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