Jenni's Jargon

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Music Monday…

Music

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I know so many people who use music as a therapy. I will say, most people would be able to tell my my mood just by my playlist. My musical taste ranges greatly from Classical, Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock, Pop and the list can just go on and on.

I grew up with a lot of music in my world. I remember listening to a lot of Motown with my mom on her record player. Michael Jackson was my first favorite artist. I would dance to his music all the time. In fact, MJ was my first concert when I was seven. Mom took me for my birthday, it was the Thriller tour and I am sure we were at the very top of Mile High Stadium, but I didn’t care where we sat!

Not only is other people’s music a huge part of who I am, but my own music shaped who I am in a big way. I started playing music in 4th grade. Alto Saxophone was my love at that time and I kept playing through 8th grade. I was then lured to the Brass side by my soon-to-be high school director. I started my brass journey on the trombone but after one year switched to the tuba and fell in love. My mom jokes that I picked tuba so she would have to carry it on parent’s day……it was not my motivation but a coincidental perk! (love you mom)

I am so happy that my love of music is shared with my husband and son. My hubby has always had a love of music as well and we share some similar tastes (some of my genres are not his cup of tea). Our son loves music too and loves to pick music we listen to when dancing around the house. He has also caught the bug for playing music. He stated on the Alto Saxophone as well and loves playing, even if rehearsal is at 7:00 a.m.

With so many of my favorite childhood artists passing away in the last few years, I have really gotten back into music from that era. Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Prince, David Bowie, B.B. King, Merle Haggard, Glenn Fry, and may more who are making sweet sounds in Heaven.

Here are a few of my favorite artists that you may not know about. Tia Fuller is a wonderful musician and I had the privilege of playing with in high school. We were in several ensembles together and now she is one of my favorite Jazz musicians of all time. Bettman & Halpin are wonderful songwriters and folk singers. I met them through my workplace where they are great volunteers. They write songs from their hearts and their harmony is just the best. Please take a moment to check these great artists our and tell me who some of your favorites are, especially up and coming artists, I love to hear new music!

Jenni

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My Work, My Passion…

I mentioned in my last post that I work for a local Nonprofit in Denver. This is the truth and has been for more than 15 years now. I started my career in the corporate world and could have stayed on that track to climb the corporate ladder and make a ton of money. However, once I got a job (after being laid off in the corporate world) in the nonprofit world I quickly found that this type of work suites me to a tee.

nonprofitI began this work at a Hospice. I got the job because my mom was a nurse there and they needed a person to run their front desk in their care center. I was a good match, dependable, organized and really didn’t take shit from the nurses who tried to dish it out. I loved that job, I loved working with so many people and there was never the same people there each day, sometimes even from morning to afternoon. This kept my job interesting. I got to know a lot of the patient’s families, not so much the patient. We bonded over their loved one’s impending death and I often cried with them once that journey was complete. After 5 years of working in the Care Center for this Hospice, I moved over to the fundraising department and learned a new portion of the nonprofit world.

Even more than just loving working at a nonprofit, I love the laid back atmosphere that nonprofit provides. Now, we are still professionals but since we don’t make millions, we have a few extra perks and one of those is typically a more laid back work environment. We like to have a lot of fun while working hard. Typically you are doing many jobs squished into one and that is something you just have to accept when working in these field.

Currently I work at an agency who helps the kids who need it the most. Many of our kids have been victims of abuse and neglect. I made the move to this agency because kids are where my heart is. I have always loved working with kids and enjoy the world through their eyes. I love that our agency tries its best to help the kids in our care heal and get back to just being a kid! If you want to learn more about my agency please visit Tennyson Center for Children’s website.

Volunteer

Another way I try to impact the world around me is to volunteer. When Ethan turned 4, I made it a priority in my world. I needed to have something else that was an identifier of me and for the previous four years that had been mommy. Now, I don’t have a lot of financial resources but I do have some time I can give back. I started volunteering at The Children’s Hospital Colorado and I have not looked back. It has been more than 5 years and I have made some wonderful friends. Met some incredible kids and their families. Cried while I held a baby that had cancer. Smiled when I finally got a baby to sleep. I have to say that people, including myself, often start volunteering to make a change in the world, and really it makes a change in you. It becomes part of your soul.

Now really, I am not posting this to toot my own horn. There are many people out there that would say I am not this loving, kind, philanthropic person that is being portrayed in this post. They are right. I am not always this person, I have to work very hard to be this person. I am naturally kind of a bitch…shh…don’t tell anyone. But I do know that coming to work each day and seeing the kids smile or going to volunteer and know that I am helping a child and having parents thank me for being there while they go eat a meal, it fills my kind cup and makes me a much better person.spread_kindness

I encourage everyone who reads this post to take a step back and see where you can make a difference in this world. If you have time, treasure or talent to share with others, find your passion and share it. At the end of the day you will feel good for helping and you will fill your cup for your own spirit. Be the change in the world you want to see and spread kindness all around!

Jenni

 

 

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Working mom…

The title of this post makes me laugh out loud because really we don’t need the first word. All moms are working moms! I’m not here to bash dads because they are so important in all they do and I know some wonderful dads, including my hubby, so please just keep reading.

I am one of the moms who chooses to work outside of my home. I do this because I love my sanity and I am WAY too much of an extrovert to not talk to a lot of people each day. I am currently working for a Non-Profit in Denver and love what I do. A lot of people might think my job is boring, I am on the fundraising team and manage our database. But for me, a self confessed control freak, I love it (most days). I love that my job helps make a difference for less fortunate children and I enjoy the camaraderie that working with a team can bring and I feel satisfied when I leave work (most days).

I’m going to honest, I thought it was going to get easier the older my son got. Surely it has be easier than having a baby or toddler and being a full time working mom. Boy was I wrong, I think it seems to be at the same level or harder the older he gets. Sure, he can dress himself (most days), do many things by himself (most days) but now we have homework, friend drama, eye rolling, refusal to shower, brush teeth, do chores. Back talk was kinda cute when he was a little 3-year old telling me no, now it just pisses me off beyond measure. These are the things I dread on my drive home. What will be our battle tonight and will it be worth the battle or will I just wave my white flag because I am too damn tired to fight with this little version of me!!

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my child with all my heart and I would never trade this for anything. However, when you are a working mom, in the home or out of the home, these are the last battles you are interested in at the end of the night. I don’t want to be the mom who is just watching the clock for bedtime but I will confess there are many nights that is what I am doing. I am sure there are MANY other moms out there that feel the same as I do. Since most of all have this experience, let’s all be sure we are supporting each other and not judging, especially for the way our little people act. We all know that we are doing our best to raise well behaved little humans with good manners who have clean faces and clothes all the time, but in reality our children are going to have crap on their clothes and faces, burp/fart loud in a restaurant and everyone will look at us.

Let’s band together as moms and just know that bedtime will be here soon and then we will try to have a conversation with our partners and not fall asleep in the middle and try our best to get some sleep before it all starts again tomorrow! Be sure to tell another mom that you have her back and that you think she is doing a great job when you see her. Your words might just be better than a glass of wine!! Jenni

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Thank you for standing up…

I want to take this time to say Thank You to the celebrities who are standing up and against the “NC Bathroom Law.”  I know there are people who read my blog who don’t share the same views as I do, It’s not a secret that I am very liberal. I don’t try to hide that fact in my life; however, I will not engage in discussions around the impending election and that is not what this post is about. This post is about equal rights.

I know celebrities don’t really need their horns tooted, the media does that enough for them but I wanted to take this time to throw in my two cents!  Recently two touring artists decided to cancel shows in both North Carolina and Mississippi due to the recent Anti-LGBT laws that were passed. The reason I want to bring attention to these artists and thank them is because it brings these subjects to the forefront and can often make people stop and pay attention.

We all live very busy lives and I know I am often not aware of things that are going on unless they show up in my social media feeds. I don’t regularly read the newspaper anymore (even on my phone) nor do I watch the news every day and here in CO that might not always make our evening news since it is in another state. I do, however, check to see what is trending at least once a day in social media and I think this is how many people these days get their news.

BruceWhen I saw that Bruce Springsteen was trending last week, I decided to check it out and see what was going on. I grew up in the 80’s and heard Bruce on the radio on the regular so I wanted to be sure all was well. When I read that Bruce had cancelled a concert in NC because he disagrees with the “Bathroom Law” I felt proud to be a Bruce fan. The statement on his website I lays out his reason in such an eloquent manner. I know it sucks for the fans that hold tickets to that show because they will not be able experience the greatness that is a Bruce concert, but I have to admire a man that would rather lose out on the revenue of that concert to stand up for the issues he believes in.

 

bryanToday I saw that Bryan Adams cancelled his Mississippi tour date because of the anti-LGBT law that was just passed as well. I really feel like these artists and any artist who stands up for the issues that the believe in are sending the right message. We, as a nation, can’t just sit back and let people’s rights be taken away just because they are different than we are. At the end of the day they are just great people trying to live their lives the best way they can and they don’t need to worry about taking care of a basic need in their life. We all have to worry about money, work, family, and friends, why should anyone have to worry about things like, where can I use the bathroom? It just seems ludicrous to me.

Thank you Bruce and Bryan for leading the charge and thinking about human rights before money and standing up for what you believe in!!

Jenni

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