Entries by Jennifer Hains


“Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it’s what you want before you commit.” -Elizabeth Gilbert This was one of those weeks. My husband had some work commitments and so I was on my own with our daughter, who is under the age of one, […]


“If you leave the light on, then I’ll leave the light on.” – Maggie Rogers I often hear this song by Maggie Rogers when I’m driving and listening to the radio, and there is something so moving about it. I’m not a big fan of divorce. Maybe it’s that I’ve experienced it first hand, as […]

Same. Same. But Different.

“To a drinker, the sensation is real and pure and akin to something spiritual: you seek; in the bottle you find.” – Caroline Knapp Substance abuse is a difficult topic because there are a lot of people struggling with it who would prefer that you just not talk about it. I had never met anyone […]

Love Is.

-John Lennon Shortly before I met my husband, a good friend of mine who had the thing I wanted (a family of her own), said to me, “You know, Mr. Wonderful isn’t going to just show up at your door if you stay home eating chocolate chip cookies and watching Netflix.” I was very disappointed […]


“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration”              – Ansel Adams In early 2005, I went out to dinner after work with a good friend and co-worker. We both worked for a great company, but there was a longing for something more in […]


“I have found it of enormous value when I can permit myself to understand another person.”          – Carl R. Rogers I shared a recent post to Facebook about last weekend’s Super Bowl halftime show. I had some great responses from old friends and we landed on this, the performer had the best of intentions. And, […]

Begin Again.

“There was an old man named Michael Finnegan. He had whiskers on his chin-ne-gan. The wind blew them off and blew them on again. Poor old Michael Finnegan. Begin Again.” Approximately three years ago, a friend/student of meditation wrote a marketing plan for me in exchange for some coursework. I have just begun to really […]

Love the One You’re With.

“It’s a beautiful thing to have lungs that breathe air and legs that allow you to climb mountains, and it’s a shame that sometimes we don’t realize that’s enough.” -Unknown It’s one of the top five new year’s resolutions: to lose weight. When women give birth, they are inundated with messages on “bouncing back” and […]

Character Building.

Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become…habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny! What we think, we become.” – Margaret Thatcher When I think of character, I think of a big […]