Hello lovely people!
In April 2009, I started a personal blog called Growing Up Jenny to chronicle my progress in re-parenting, aka “growing myself up”, a journey I wrote about on and off until 2013.
Much has changed since I last wrote a post. I’ve been struggling to resurrect this blog for years now, and am excited to finally be re-connecting!
When I started blogging I had no idea that within a year I would lose the little I’d worked so hard to gain.
My 6-year career as a freelance writer for magazines and websites was crushed by the recession. My husband announced that he wanted a divorce, selling the house we’d lived in together for just 2 years. I had to go on disability to survive, benefits that I’m incredibly grateful to have access to, but that aren’t really enough to live on and pay for things like therapy and physiotherapy — anything that might improve my health.
I had to move back to the town I’d grown up in, leaving the larger city that had been home for 12 years and the friends and connections I’d made there. I became more and more depressed and developed a host of physical illnesses, all with mind-body connections and with no known cause or cure.
Five years later, I am slowly emerging from my hibernating state. And while not much has changed on the outside, on the inside, everything has changed.
Unfortunately most of the comments on my Growing Up Jenny blog have been lost in migrating from Blogger to WordPress. Some of the best feedback I received was from those of you who appreciated my honesty about what I was going through — everything from depression and divorce to loneliness and my experience in therapy.
This new blog will be no less honest, but it comes from a different place. I have new posts ready to go and can’t wait to share them with you.
Welcome to the next stage of my Growing Up Jenny journey. I’m glad to have you with me!