We’re all in this together

July 9, 2016 |  Category:   life


I’m sure you’ve been reading and watching the news. Everyone has. It’s a really confusing and sad time for our country when it feels like nothing has changed from our past, doesn’t it? But while we still have a lot of work to do (STILL! In 2016!) of course there’s been change; it’s just easy to forget when we’re seeing such terrifying events unfold. I still have hope. We need to have hope. Sometimes it’s the only thing that propels us forward.

By the way, I was so happy to see this. As a non-white person, but one who may sometimes be viewed as a person of privilege among people of color, it’s sometimes confusing to make sense of where we fit into this picture that’s fracturing our country. I’ve seen some comments around the web suggesting that this isn’t our fight and that we should stay out of it. But we’re all in this together and I love that this letter was a crowd-sourced effort.

Speaking of hope, I finally published my first post on Medium this week. It’s a piece that I needed to write, a reflection on the last two years. Like many things in my life, writing about it enables me to let it go. Not to erase memories, no, but to distill it and move on. I wrote about dealing with grief and how my time at the startup was intertwined with that experience.

Why did I choose to publish it on Medium and not here? It isn’t a secret that readership here is just a fraction of what it once was at the height of blogging. I guess for a piece like this I wanted a wider audience. I must admit, it does kind of feel like I’m cheating on the blog since I plan to publish more stories on Medium. It doesn’t mean that I’m leaving this space at all, but like everything these days, it’s time to try new things.

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  • Celina July 9, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Beautiful writing and photographs Jenna. You have so much artistic talent! Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

  • Diane July 10, 2016 at 11:26 am

    wonderful- thank you for sharing – i always look forward to your writing.

  • Caroline July 11, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Jenna I’ve quietly walked in the shadows and am in awe of your strength.

  • Dee July 12, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Dear Jenna,
    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and your heart regarding what’s happening right now in our country. As a person of color, I am so deeply saddened by all of this, But I appreciate so very much the fact that others care so much and are deeply troubled by these events as well. I recently read a post from a twitter page that said we should start a new group called Black and White Lives matter. A commenter replied by saying, instead we should call it ALL lives matter and that should cover it all. And with that I wholeheartedly agree. ALL lives matter, and you’re right, we’re all in this together.

  • Roseann July 12, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Beautiful essay, Jenna. Thank you for sharing. I’m so sorry to hear about the online abuse and heart wrenching trial, no one deserves any of that. Sending love.

  • Lauren July 20, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Jenna, I just read your post on Medium. As a long-time reader of your blog, I can’t cheat on it and respond there ;D.

    I cannot even begin to express how beautiful your post is. I’ve been wondering where you were headed the past two years. I am so glad you were willing to throw it all out there. My husband of a decade left me broke and for another woman exactly two summers ago. And, like you, I had a huge “life is too short” revelation. And, I also made risky choices in the shock of a life overturned (where the fear of risk is less than the fear of not feeling at all!). But, I did discover that my naturally ENTJ self needed that life flop in order to say “f— it” to the parts of life that don’t matter. I am now in the same job, but a completely different life path than two years ago. And, it’s the one I want.

    I hope you determine what a rewarding life will be for you now. Thanks for having been so raw and real.

    • Jenna July 21, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Thank you Lauren for sharing this with me. I’m sorry you had such a hard last few years. Life is certainly full of surprises, but it does push us to re-examine our lives and hopefully make changes for the better. Good luck with everything.

  • Jenna July 21, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you for the lovely comments everyone, and for taking the time to read the post. xo

  • Jamie July 21, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I just read the piece on Medium. I’ve been a reader for a few years (lost count of how many) and I want to thank you so much for what you share. Your writing is beautiful and touching and real, which can seem hard to find online sometimes.

  • Loren July 31, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I always come back to your blog regardless of how little or how much you share because it is raw and real. While whatever we put forth on social media is an image that has been crafted, so few dare to be as honest as you. You show that a life lived is not one wrapped in perfection and constant sunshine. We take risks, we feel joy, we feel regret, we feel in general. Thank you for being human when you have the option to share a plastic version of yourself.

  • Adele Liddle September 14, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Really lovely article on Medium, just want to add my thanks too!