I remember being 6-years-old, scribbling poems on napkins, inside of books, perhaps even once or twice on the walls (sorry, Mom), and understanding how powerful words, stories, and feelings could be once they left your own heart.
I began writing tiny little things for anyone who'd let me, and eventually for myself, in 2011, when I created the blog, The Things I Learned From, as a home for the mistakes, the moments, and the memories that just felt too unsettling to keep inside to myself.
Since then, I've proudly pushed for my words to be published in over 125 different publications, from TODAY.com to The New York Times, and from Glamour Magazine to Women's Health Magazine. In 2013, I published my very first book, All My Friends are Engaged, which became an Amazon bestseller.
My life ended up taking a one-way trip toward the adventure of a lifetime in 2014 when I posted a Craigslist ad offering myself as a bridesmaid for hire to strangers around the world. The ad went viral and just three days later, I started my first business, Bridesmaid for Hire , which I still run today.
I wrote an entire memoir about this time in my life, which was equal parts extraordinary and equal parts unbelievable. It's called Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire).
I've also found myself telling my story on a lot of TV shows, like TODAY Show, where Hoda Kotb gave me the warmest hug, Good Morning America, which came with me to video my very first wedding as a professional bridesmaid in Minnesota, and Fox News, where an anchor called my job the "weirdest ever". I'm working really hard to turn my story into a reality-show or a TV show - maybe even a movie.
Recently, after getting engaged, I decided to let strangers vote on all of my wedding decisions. Meet: Finally the Bride.
Two years ago, my fiance, Adam and I, decided to sell 90% of our belongings, ditch our leases, and live in a brand new city, or home, every 30 days. We've lived in Portland, Austin, LA, Brooklyn, and many more spots. It's been the kind of journey that reminds me of what matters most, about life, myself, and even my relationship with Adam. Today, we live in Brooklyn, near what matters the most - a handful of pizza places within a three-block radius. It's my life's mission to eat as much pizza, write as many books and help as many strangers feel OK about the pushes and pulls of their lives.
In case we ever meet, and I really hope that we do, you should know that I'll hug you hello, ask you the kind of questions that matter, and cross my fingers that we stay friends forever.
Today, I host a podcast called, You're Not Getting Any Younger, that I started after pulling out of a dark place in life that had me feeling sad, stuck, and scared of my own shadow. It features guests that help listeners make big changes in their lives, starting with small things. It's become my new favorite thing to work on each week.
I also run my own coaching & consulting company, Jen & Juice, where I work with individuals and companies to help them tell their story, start something big for themselves, or help them get out of a funk. I'm also a professional speaker and have landed my converse on stages for audiences at SXSW, She's the First, HBO, Google, Wharton School of Business and Creativity Next.
"Jen is the living version of a color-coded calendar. The supremely organized woman wears vibrant colors, flicks straight blonde hair, and smiles through peachy lipstick."
- New York Magazine
"She's becoming a success by acting like one. Everyone has a gift and I encourage everybody to do exactly what Jen did, explore your gift.
- Steve Harvey
"I got to tell you, we were fascinated with your story."
- Hoda Kotb, The TODAY Show