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My SpitfireMom Internship: Year in Review

By July 29, 2015

I am an email hoarder. I have messages congratulating me on a new job circa 2003, an email to my family with a sound byte from the first time I heard our oldest son’s heartbeat in 2005, emails from my cousin when we were brainstorming ideas for a novel, emails from my grandpa that I can’t bear to delete. And on, and on, and on. What can I say. I am a sentimental girl. One of my favorite sent items is an email feverishly typed after midnight on July 9, 2014. It was a whim – a wild hair – a stab in the dark – just plain crazy. But 9 days later I had a response from Heidi and the wheels were set in motion to change my life. I was the 39-year-old intern for The SpitfireMom Society and I was excited as hell.

A year later I’m a contributing editor. I’ve met some of the most amazing and inspiring people. I’ve written some pretty cool stuff. And I haven’t looked back or second guessed myself about this passion. I DIG writing things for you all to read. So I thought I’d revisit some of my favorite posts and yours.

Most Inspiring SpitfireMom: Hands down, our warrior woman Meg Conley. She’s the real deal. Operation Underground Railroad marches on. If you haven’t started following them, get on that train.

Favorite focus: Special Needs week and all-around lovely person Amy Webb. Amy continues to feature beautiful kids and their beautiful moms on her blog, and provides an honest and real insight into her own life as a special needs mom.

Post that was the most fun to write: 40 Fabulous Things About 40. It’s hard to be grouchy about a number when you’re busy dreaming up all the ways in which you are grateful for your life. I’m 3/4 of the way through this trip around the sun and, I must admit, 40 ain’t so bad. (Never mind the additional 20 pounds, the inexplicable aches and pains, and the intolerance for anything that is too darn loud.)

Best thing for my appearance: the braces are off! Holla! Unlike Faith Hill, I’m wearing my retainers.

Easiest thing to write: my spin on a coming out story, My Secret is Out. Friends asked if it was difficult for me, but the words just flowed. After so many years of hiding, it’s gratifying how easy it is to talk about now.

Most “controversial” (but not): Finding My Religion. The love and support from people from all walks of life, religious or not, was heartwarming.

Scariest thing to write: Career angst is real. The number of people who read and responded to My Midlife Awakening still blows my mind. A quick update: I’m still a lawyer. I need to join AA (Attorneys Anonymous). It’s freeing to know that I won’t do this forever, but as with everything in life, change is hard. I’ll get there eventually. Stay tuned.

It’s been an incredible journey so far. I am so indebted to Heidi, Julie, the Spitfire Team, the SpitfireMoms, the kick-ass women I met at Alt Summit, and all of you amazing people who have encouraged me, supported me, and read my ramblings over the past year. You guys rock.

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xoxo,
Jenn

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