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Word Nerd

Welcome to my website! Please feel free to browse around and familiarize yourself with what I do and how I do it. To sum up, I’m a total word nerd who writes a lot of content for a variety of reasons, people, and platforms. I also provide social media management services to help those words get spread around and seen by those who find them useful.

Being active both in print and online, I truly believe that the written word is something that we use to share, inform, and inspire, whether we think about it or not. People innately seek to learn, connect with others, and affirm their core beliefs in themselves–and reading and writing is our most relevant medium for that!

Enjoy. xo

 

The Surrey International Writers' Conference

SiWC

I was lucky enough to have spent this past weekend at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. (SiWC) It’s one of the largest writers’ conferences in North America, and this was my second year in a row attending. If I could use only two words to describe this conference, they would be ‘essential’ and ‘humorous.’

Everybody who attends is apparently a comedian, which works well for me, because I can laugh hard and work my abs, which counteracts the flatness that happens to my butt from sitting for 3 days.

Abs-1, butt-0.

Some of the workshops I attended included such topics as Writing for Newspapers and Magazines, Life Writing, The Nuts and Bolts of Writing Humour, Presentation Skills for Determined Writers, Marketing Your Book, The Changing World of Mainstream Publishing, and more.

HELPFUL.

All in all, it was a great conference. But I have to say that one of the main highlights for me was Jack Whyte‘s bold (and not-so-surprisingly talented) rendition of The Hippopotamus Song.

Anyway, if you’re a writer, and you have the opportunity to attend something like this every now and then, I highly recommend this particular event. Maybe I’ll see you there next year!

Happy Meatless Monday!

The Love Your Gut Project

Love Your Gut is now a group on LinkedIn! It’s called The Love Your Gut Project, and it’s aim is to facilitate conversations between those suffering from digestive disorders, and the medical professionals who choose to care for their patients wholistically. (Yay!)

Join the group! Let’s see what we can collectively come up with to help each other out. It’s typically difficult to get information from these amazing healers, but hopefully it will be easier on this forum. If you know anyone at all who suffers from digestive problems (there are about 20 million Canadians and 80 million Americans alone!), then please let them know about this group. You can also visit www.loveyougut.ca to find out more. Yay!

Learn, love, post! <3

Is the Universe Listening?

I’ve always been a go-getter. Sometimes forcibly so. I’ve definitey pissed off more than my fair share of employers, friends, and family members with my sometimes-annoying tenacity and pursuitiveness. If things don’t go my way, I try and force them to. I always have.

Hi, my name’s Jen, and I’m a project-stalker.

This summer, I attended a friend’s party, where there happened to be a palm-reader. You know, clairvoyance and all that. I paid my $20, and sat down with her for a half an hour discussion. She said many things that I was initially skeptical about (and to some extent, still am), but she said one thing that completely resonated and has stuck with me for the past few months. It went something like this: “Don’t force your future. Sometimes, you need to just sit back and let the universe work her magic. There is a path for all of us, and if you force yourself too far off your path, life gets more difficult, not easier. Sometimes you think you want or need something, but it’s not in the cards.” (Literally.)

So, I decided to sit back and take a more chill perspective. (Well, chill for me.)

I have been a stay-at-home mom for about 6 years. I’ve always wanted to professionally write, and last summer, I was almost done my first book. In fact, I was going through the editing process. It is VERY difficult to sit back (somewhat) and wait for responses from the publishing industry. As I have inferred, my type-A self was not a patient one, and waiting for responses was slowly making me almost comically angry. :/

After meeting with The Clairvoyant One, and deciding to let the universe take over, magical things began to happen. Fall into my lap, really. I stumbled upon a writer’s conference (SiWC), which I attended. There, I took several workshops that helped me greatly improve my social media visibility, as well as secure a writing contract for a magazine I had been eyeing up. I even stumbled upon the publishing house, that after signing the contract today, is going to publish my book (Love Your Gut– fall 2013- stay tuned!)

Anyway, my message is this: sometimes, you need to sit back and just allow the universe to respond. You may react to the what the universe is putting out, but don’t try to force it. There’s a big difference between being motivated, inspired, and productive, and being obsessive, controlling, and crazy micro-managy. (Yup- that last one’s made up.)

It’s like what Oprah was saying about The Secret– open yourself up to the universe, and you will find your path and do what you’re supposed to do. Everybody has a path- find it, but don’t lose yourself at the same time.