Winter at the Lake

I drink mug after mug of coffee to combat the cold and battle exhaustion due to grey skies and stagnation. But then I get so jittery from being stuck inside (and yes, the caffeine), I feel like I want to crawl out of my dehydrated skin. I’ve embraced winter as much as I can, but at this point, I’m ready to escape.  

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Jenna L. Kashou
Past, Present and Future

My mom asked me tonight if I thought Cash would remember the time that they spent together. I emphatically blurted out “Yes of course!” And then I had a more emotional reaction. I cried at the thought of how special their relationship is; how lucky both Cash and I are to have her in our lives; and that she won’t be around forever.

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Jenna L. Kashou
2018 in Review

2018 will go down in history at one of the most difficult and rewarding years in my life. I’ve been stretched, tested and swung to extremes so far beyond what I every though possible. I’m beginning to realize that it’s in those extremes where the best stuff emerges. The pain and suffering stings, but it’s taught me to appreciate and show gratitude for all the good in my life.

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Jenna L. Kashou
7 Things Before Turning 37

I’ve never been afraid of numbers (age, number the the scale), but this year, 37 is weighing heavy on me. After having two babies back to back, my body feels worn out. Plus, the responsibility of having children has also made me feel much more grown up. Though I can’t turn back the clock, I can take good care of myself and this seems like a good week to put my best effort forward.

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Jenna L. Kashou
I'm Turning into My Parents

Sometimes I’ll joke that I regret having such a normal, loving, supportive upbringing because I have no fodder for a juicy memoir. As far as writing (and reading) goes, it’s my favorite form, hands down. But no one really wants to hear about my white, middle class upbringing in a wholesome Midwestern town.

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I Wrote a Book!

Milwaukeeans are famous for their humility. So while this feel like shameless self promotion (which it is) I am going to ignore the shame for once and shout from the rooftops: “Buy my book!”

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Jenna L. Kashou
Mom Life

Sometimes, I think, what happened to my life?

You get to a point in adulthood when you decide (or you just take the leap and don’t think it through, in my case) to sacrifice your free time and sanity to start a family. You experience highs and lows like a junkie – from exhaustion to euphoria. And you go back for more! You forget about the risks and the long, sleepless nights.

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Jenna L. Kashou
Mind Over Matter

Hiking can be a lot like life. I look back to moments that tested my physical endurance - running half marathons, child birth, hiking at an altitude of 7,000 feet while 7 months pregnant - and every time, it was my mental stamina that got me to the finish line.

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Jenna L. Kashou
Declaration of Gratitude

November is the perfect time to reflect on the year that is coming to a close. We are all in a constant state of personal evolution. But rather than diets, self-help books and more resolutions I’m opting for meditation, gratitude and balance in 2018.

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Jenna L. Kashou
Fall Fever

Fall! It's everyone's favorite season in the Midwest. It's a sensory delight: the whip of the wind, the lasers of light that slice through half-bare tree branches, the loud crackle of dried leaves under your feet.

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Jenna L. Kashou
Mid-Week Deep Thoughts

Why is it that so many people my age can’t stick to one vocation? Or, they don’t feel a need to take one path, rather, explore many. Is it that we’ve been given so many opportunities that we’ve become oversaturated and overwhelmed, growing up in a world of instant gratification?

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Jenna L. Kashou
License to Chill

Never in my life would I have thought I’d call having a baby liberating. For the first six months, I felt like a slave to my precious and helpless little infant as the primary source of liquid nourishment. And now that he’s a toddler and eats any food in sight (with only five teeth!) I still lament being stuck at home from 6 PM on – chained to the kitchen sink or the couch out of pure exhaustion from chasing and cleaning up after him.

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Jenna L. Kashou
Greek Isle Adventures

Greece, from the word Gre, meaning friendly people and Ce, meaning of the Aegean Sea. Only kidding, but that was the typical response you’d get from most Greeks when you asked how to say a Greek word or phrase. 

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Jenna L. Kashou