A Toast to Jen

Last night, I celebrated with my dear friend Jen. She has her 40th birthday on Friday. It is a big milestone. And, she’s handling it with ease.  I thought I’d take a moment to make a toast to Jen.

3 Excellent Reasons to Celebrate Jen

Jen is a play therapist. I didn’t know anything about play therapy before I met her, but I have to tell you it is fascinating. Much of her work day is spent playing with kids. And, as a mother to twin, 3-year-old boys, her days off are spent playing, too.  All that play keeps her curious about life. What I love about Jen is not just that she is always ready for fun. But also, that she helps me appreciate the deeper meaning behind the many good times we’ve shared.

Jen is always attuning to other people. She is very observant about her environment and keenly aware of others. She is skilled at picking up on small nuances in behavior and conversation. Jen’s gift helps her connect with other people. I admire how she puts others at ease. Whenever Jen is with my children, she always takes time to connect with them, even if we’re pressed for time. It is a credit to her caring ways, that my kids love to spend time at her house.

Jen knows who she is and what she needs. You might think that she gets her self-awareness from her day job. But, I can tell you she’s earned every ounce of self-assuredness the way we all do; learning from mistakes and pushing through obstacles. Early in our friendship, Jen said something with such confidence that it actually made me do a double-take. Her conviction was inspiring and I remember that moment any time I’m feeling uncertain.

So, to my dear friend, who plays with purpose, attunes like no other, and inspires me every time we’re together…Happy 40th Birthday!


Jen 40th Birthday

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
Jennifer Ebeling
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