My name is Jenifer, and I am attempting to peel away the layers that have grown, over the years, to obscure my best self.  This blog began with  the “Hunger Challenge” in November 2009, which was conceived of as a way for me to lose weight AND, concurrently,do something to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from hunger or food insecurity in my community.  Each week, I tracked my weight loss and posted at least one reflection piece about my life: what I was learning, how I was feeling, the changes that were taking place.

In the process of completing the challenge, and through opening up to a wonderful and supportive community (comprised of people I only knew or communicated with online and of those who are part of my daily life), nearly everything about my life has changed for the better! Jenion continues to be the place where I share my journey.  It is also, hopefully, a place where others can find pieces of their lives reflected.

I welcome any comments and/or feedback.  I am also truly interested in offering support to others who are doing the difficult work of changing their lives to be happier and more fulfilled.  If commenting on the blog feels too public, please feel free to contact me by email at  jhnsn728@gmail.com.


5 responses

28 01 2011

good luck with the changing! 😀

1 06 2011
Terri Doyle

I found your writings through a customer of mine. We started talking exercise, diet, weight lose…she had to give me your web sight! I LOVE it. I am going to start back at your beginning. See, my sister is 5’8″ and always ALWAYS weighed 125-135 pounds. After twin stress and new Palmer College Director job – her stress (depression?) has gotten her to 250 pounds. It has come on over the past 10 years…I don’t know how to help her? She says’ Terri, I know I’m fat! Do you think I LIKE being this big?” I hate to see her limp, and have high blood pressure, an angry, worried spouse…

2 06 2011

Terri: Thanks for your comments! I can really understand your concerns about your sister, and her frustration (and symptoms) sound very familiar to me. I will keep you both in my thoughts – best wishes! If there is anything you read on my blog that you’d like to ask more questions about, or if you just want to share your thoughts, don’t hesitate to leave comments!

8 02 2013
She will always be “My Boss, Jen.” | Dear Rowan,

[…] And her story if you too need a friend on your journey: https://jenion.com/about/ […]

17 07 2015
Adam Lennon

Jen, I have bipolar disorder and started an organization based off of my experience with this disease. your polar bear pictures are beautiful, and I was wondering if we could talk about the possibility of me using one of them in exchange for me advertising your blog? Thank you so much, your blog is beautiful

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