To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and when the time comes to let it go, let it go. -Mary Oliver To the world's best bear, Trotsky Bear (birth date unknown … Continue reading Trotsky Bear
Just under two years ago, the company I worked for was acquired by a private equity firm. And as so often happens in these cases, the chipping away began. But the little cuts weren't really the problem. I work in software; the benefits are really good, even with the cuts that were made. The problem … Continue reading Saying Goodbye (and Hello!) in a Covid-19 World
WordPress has informed me that I started this blog five years ago today. I won't link to my first post because it's not anything worth linking back to, but I remember the feeling of putting content out into the world publicly for the first time, even if I didn't have any readers. Nerve-wracking! I still … Continue reading Cheers to Five Years of Blogging
It's been awfully quiet here on Jen Seriously for the last two months. What gives? The simple answer is that I’ve been trying to prioritize my time better. Without any real responsibilities or obligations outside my full time job, I have plenty of free time, but I do a lot with that time and have … Continue reading Where Have I Been?
Last summer when I went to visit my friend Melissa on the east coast, I was plunged into nostalgia. Partly because we spent a few days at her family's house on the Jersey shore, where she and I lived during the summer of '99, but also because she and her mom were having a garage … Continue reading The Art of the Sale
No, not a running record (but stay tuned for that post soon) - a work record! I'm about to break my full time job tenure record. As of this Thursday, I'll have been at LogRhythm for 3 years. I lasted 2 years and 11 months at the job before this one, although in theory I … Continue reading It’s a Record!
So now that my big day is here (yay!!!) and now that you've read my thoughts on my life at its midpoint and who I am, what do the people in my life think about me? I asked them all to submit a statement for this final blog entry. No rules—could be funny, sad, irritating, … Continue reading Turning 40: What Does Everybody Else Think?
What sets me apart from most people in my life is that I was alive when Jimmy Carter was president. Then, when I was one, Ronald Reagan took office and we moved into the house my Republican parents live in to this day. I began a lifelong love of reading in that house by going … Continue reading Turning 40: 40 Years in 40 Sentences
I've been fortunate so far to have lived my life surrounded by people who support me. My dad worked extremely hard his whole life to make sure I had not only my basic needs of shelter and good nutrition met, but also that I had opportunity to explore my interests, learn, and ultimately become a … Continue reading Turning 40: The People Who Changed My Life
At three days away from turning 40 years old, I haven't been published, and yet I continue to write and call myself a writer. I'm not published because I haven't ever submitted anywhere or queried an agent. Sure, I'd like to be published some day, but that's never really been the point for me. The … Continue reading Turning 40: Why I Write