The Short Version: Pre-empting TLDR
My name is Jenny. I like to write and I like to eat. Sometimes I’m funny. I used to have a “life plan,” but when I was laid off from my first job after college as a dolphin trainer (true story), I turned into a wandering gypsy. Now I enjoy telling stories, and I hope you’ll come along for the journey.
The Long Version: Waxing Poetic About Myself
I lied. I won’t wax poetic. This is more like logistics.
From 2004-2008 I attended New Mexico State University, where I studied biology and psychology (to help me advance my career as a dolphin trainer). Rather than critiquing my research, the most ubiquitous feedback I received on my thesis was “You’re a really good writer.” I didn’t understand what they meant because (by my standards) they were referring to extremely boring writing, but I appreciated the compliment nonetheless.
From 2008-2009 I taught math and science to middle and high school students, and I also learned how to play tennis (rather obsessively).
From 2009-2012 I attended Dartmouth College where I earned a Masters Degree in Creative Writing. My graduate thesis was a collection of non-fiction essays entitled, “The Tennis Cure.” (See? I wasn’t lying.)
From 2012-2013 I was an English Professor/high school teacher at a military institute in Roswell, NM. Fun fact: they filmed scenes from The Men Who Stare At Goats at this school, and I was an extra in that movie.
In 2013, I packed up my Prius with clothes and books and drove across the country to Rhode Island, with no job, no friends or family there, no place to live…only a gut feeling that this was where I was supposed to be. And it was the best decision of my life.
Currently, I hold several jobs, including as a columnist for Motif Magazine, where I write primarily about food and drinks. I also have pieces published in RI Creative Monthly, Cornerstone Magazine, Vagabond Magazine, Newport Life Magazine, and on online blogs such as Taste Trekkers, Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Kiss From The World, The International Writers Blog of Brown, Discover Walks in Paris, and Haunted Waters Press.
This blog began during a winter sabbatical my second year at Dartmouth. (I used to have a lovely narrative page about how/why I started this blog, but I accidentally deleted it.) Long story short: I read Liz Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and it resonated with my own story of heartbreak and my search for self.
Thus, traveling. I took my first solo international trip also during my Dartmouth days, to Scotland, then to New Zealand on a working holiday. And from there my wanderlust has only increased. It peaked in 2015, the summer I visited Greece and I fell in love with an island. On Thassos I found my soul from a previous life. My current goal is to return to Greece for longer than 90 days, and to continue writing about my adventures.