10 Things To Know About Jen

1. Wife and Mommy are my favorite titles.

OK, this one is kind of like two separate things combined into one.  For those of you who do not know me as well, I have a super awesome hubby named Zach and an energetic, sweet two year old named McKenna.  She keeps us on our toes!  Our love story is a bit of a whirlwind - pregnancy, marriage, buying a house, all while working full time and finishing school!  But I love our story and I would not have it any other way.  Being a wife and mommy are the two single most important titles I have.  Family always comes first for me.  As my first priority, they are also my inspiration, my motivation when I need a little boost, and my happy place.

2. I am a Christian.  

I was raised in the Christian church from a young age.  There was a time in my life where Church and God were put on the back burner.  And it showed.  I feel that through my experiences, I have enough proof to know that if you do not put God in the forefront and try to go it on your own, you will fail.  I believe God wants us to dream, and plan, and work hard to reach our goals.  However, He also wants to be there with us through the journey and see us praise Him along the way.  He is our biggest cheerleader, and a reliable shoulder to cry on.  God sees the big picture, while we see the day to day.  He is my secret to success.

3. Mornings are my favorite time of day.

Hello, 5 AM I am always happy to see you!  Seriously, I love getting up early and having that quiet time to just sit down and enjoy my coffee.  I think it is such a privilege to watch the world wake up and it something I never want to take for granted.

4. Coffee. Enough said.

To follow up on number 3, I am not sure I would enjoy mornings QUITE that much if I didn't have my morning cup of coffee.

5. I am a Registered Nurse by day.

Nursing school was by far one of the most difficult, yet exciting times of my life.  I met so many fabulous ladies who I am still lucky to call friends.  Without a doubt we were each others biggest supporters and coaches.  They made the sleepless nights somewhat bearable.  Fast forward five years and I am still lucky to be in a profession that I love with just as wonderful new friends and colleagues.  These girls (& guys) are the definition of hard workers and caring individuals - make sure you thank a nurse!

6. My favorite color is green.

As if you couldn't tell.

7. I love to cook.

I may not be Emril in the kitchen, but I love coming up with new ideas for dinner!  I can truly say that my family very rarely eats out, because I love cooking and eating healthy!  Although, I will never give up my chocolate and wine. 

8. I love wine.

A glass of wine a day kept the doctor away.  OK, I made that one up.

9. I strongly dislike shopping.

I love new clothes just as much as the next girl, but shopping for them?  No thank you.  I am the shopper who consistently purchases the items that "look so cute" in the dressing room, and as soon as I get home they turn into the ugliest items in the store.  I am full of buyers remorse.  All. the. time.  The only thing that has kept my shopping at bay recently is that my personal shopper, AKA older sister, now lives several states away.  My bank account thanks her. 

10. Home is where the heart is.

I love traveling and exploring new places.  But my favorite day would be spent curled up on the couch with my two favorite people, editing a gorgeous session I shot recently, or playing outside and enjoying some fresh air with my little babe, hubby, and our three fur babies.