My name is Jen DOWN and I’m just a girl living in a crazy upside-DOWN world. It’s not easy to play all the roles we do as women: wife, mother, daughter, career woman, and more. Even though it’s not easy, it does bring us immense joy.
Navigating this world is always an adventure for me as I balance my priorities as a mom to my amazing daughter Aria and the wife of my devoted husband Rich. I find balance to be difficult especially since I live my life with Bipolar Disease, PTSD and General Anxiety Disorder. My illnesses are a major part of who I am and there is so much more to me than a diagnosis.
Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a mom, a writer, exploring the world, and living a life filled with music and joy.
My daughter Aria made me a mom and it is the hardest and the most rewarding job at the same time. She’s a toddler so life changes about every 3 weeks. (Seriously! If you have a toddler you know what I’m talking about.)
Our crazy dog Lilo, is a pit mix with super high jumping powers. We are what they call “Foster Failures” since we decided to keep her after fostering her for a month. I’m alright with that term because we saved her and she saved us.
This site is my first real step towards becoming a writer. While I’ve written articles for various sites before including an indie music online magazine and the intranet site for an old employer, I’ve never dictated the content and been able to develop my skills.
I’ve only begun to explore the world outside of the North American Continent when Rich and I went on our honeymoon to New Zealand (that surely was an adventure as we totalled our rental car on day 3! That’s a story for another time.) I hope to bring my family on more adventures in the future.
Funny thing about Bipolar Disorder, it has made me a change junkie. Some may see that as bad since I’m constantly changing jobs/careers. I see that as always trying new adventures. I’ve spent time working in restaurants, retail, the music industry, business to business sales, fleet management, direct sales (also referred to as multi-level marketing,) and social media marketing. I’ve taken away a little from each of these experiences and you’d be surprised how often I can apply something I’ve learned from each.
So why did I start this site? Because I want to lift women UP and help them live fulfilling lives, no matter their story. I’m building a community for woman to share their life and help each other succeed. We’d love to have you as part of the community, so come on over to join us on Facebook.
I want to make a difference in people’s lives and social responsibility is extremely important to me. I support and volunteer for several community service organizations. Through this site, I hope to broaden my ability to create change in the world.
This crazy upside down girl, has big dreams for the world. Writing it down and sharing with you will be one of my greatest adventures.
- Write a novel
- Start a non-profit to support those with mental illness
- Live in New Zealand for a year
- Have more children
- Travel to more countries around the world
- Get more tattoos (currently have my side done but want sleeves)
- Take my daughter to Disney World
- Buy a new house
- Improve the lives of other people
I’d love to hear your bucket list! Share it with the community!
Want to see the latest adventures? Head over to the blog.