Week In Review (February 4 – 10, 2013)

I’ve decided to try out a new weekly feature type of post on OrganizedJen.com every Sunday.  It’s a Week In Review of sorts, which will occasionally include photo recaps from Instagram.  The format might change from time to time, depending on what feels right on any given week.  I’m also considering delving into more personal things from time to time, in a Housewife Confessional kind of style, if you’re familiar with those videos on my MHWL channel.  So, let’s dive in!

Meeting Deadlines:

Being my own boss of sorts has been a real challenge for me.  I thrive under structure and have always been more of a follower than a leader.  One of the reasons I think I liked school so much is that it was the perfect framework for a busy bee like me.  Completing tasks by working through a curriculum set by teachers?  Right up my alley!  Now that I’m setting my own curriculum of sorts, becoming both the teacher and the student, I find myself getting frustrated more often.  I never realized how nice it was to have someone else in charge of setting how much is reasonable in terms of work to accomplish in any given time period.  With me in charge of myself, there are hugely high expectations and I am super hard on myself when I inevitably fall short of them.

I have been working very specifically in the last week on making more reasonable work goals for myself, especially where it concerns my day-to-day productivity   I have found that I can actually accomplish about half of what I think I can in a day.  Rather than get down on myself for not being able to do more, I am working on starting my day with a more reasonable number of tasks in mind.  This way I can actually meet my daily goals and end each day with a sense of accomplishment rather than failure.  Changing one’s natural tendencies is serious work in itself.  It’s going to be a long process, but definitely necessary for me in order to continue doing the things I love and enjoy doing them.  I genuinely love being an Original Content Creator and all it entails between filming & editing YouTube videos, writing blog posts here, posting on my two tumblr accounts, and interacting with you guys on Twitter and Facebook.  Trying not to spoil it by becoming a crazy and unreasonable boss of myself is a big priority.

Speaking of deadlines, I did manage to get my newest tumblr, Positively Polished, up and running.  I know it seems counterintuitive to add another thing to my plate right now and I’ve received quite a few comments questioning my reasoning behind it.  Having a little place on the web to post all of my #POTM (Polish Of The Moment) photos, nail polish hauls, and polish release information is something that I’ve wanted for a long time.  I’m big on posting different topics in different forums.  That’s just me.  A place for everything, you know?  Consider all of my internet content to be like my closet.  I have separate racks, bins, and shelves for the different kinds of items in my closet, just like I have various social media platforms for the different categories of content I put out on the world wide web.   To me it’s as simple as that.  I’m not trying to say that it’s for everyone.  It works for me so I go with it.  Do what you like.  Like what you do.

Running, Yoga, & Trying To Eat Healthy:

I’ve been very happy to be back to regular training between races.  I decided not to try for any big mileage days in order to avoid stressing out my legs too much in this short time I have before the Disney World Princess Half marathon (in TWO weeks!!).  I’ve been running between 3-6 miles about every other day on the indoor track at the gym thanks to the alternating icy/snowy/wet winter conditions outside lately.

Getting a good stretch post run is super important for me to stay healthy!

Getting a good stretch post run is super important for me to stay healthy!

I’ve enjoyed using the This Is Yoga DVD set that Don’s sister and her husband gave me for my birthday  along with my brand new Jade yoga mat on the days between running.  Tara Stiles is my yoga hero of late!  I feel so lucky to have found her DVDs since losing my favorite yoga teacher at the yoga studio I frequent last summer.  She only teaches in the city now, which makes it much harder to make it to her class.  Tara Stiles has been filling that yoga void ever since.  The practice is also much less labor intensive, which has been a necessary part of my half marathon training.  My at home practice with these DVDS (as well as the Daily Yoga one I mentioned in a previous post) has been the perfect amount of mild strengthening with a moderate stretch to keep me limber.  After my next race I might venture to try out new teachers at my yoga studio as there is nothing quite like practicing with others in a class setting.  For now between the at home yoga and my running I am feeling very strong.

Trying to eat healthy, however, has been a real struggle these past few months.  I find I typically have a hard time finding the right balance again after the holidays, especially with all of the travelling we’ve been doing.  Historically, March is when I get my eating really back in gear.  I suppose it’s because spring is finally on the horizon and I start craving lighter fare naturally.  Don and I have been eating a lot of homemade chicken soup lately (and yes, we will be posting a Cook Nook video on TBBB sharing that recipe soon).  It’s been our go-to meal between the holidays and traveling to keep ourselves in check this winter.

Don's Homemade Chicken Soup & Cheese Curls (365 Everyday Value brand from Whole Foods)

Don’s Homemade Chicken Soup & Cheese Curls (365 Everyday Value brand from Whole Foods)

My biggest problem is not about eating healthy meals, but reducing my sweets intake.  The holidays always suck me back into very bad habits and I find it’s such a struggle to get back on track with that specifically.  Sugar is so addictive!  This week is the first since the holidays that I’ve felt like I have a real handle on the situation again.  I like to allow for a couple of treat allowances per week and try to steer clear of sweets on the days in between.   Seeing all of the delectables out for Valentine’s Day is definitely tempting, but so far I’ve been able to resist (with the exception of Tuesday Treat Day, which is when I typically indulge in a cupcake).

Check out these cute Valentine cakes at my local Whole Foods.

Check out these cute Valentine cakes at my local Whole Foods.

Personal Growth:

Honestly, it hasn’t been the best week ever emotionally speaking for me.  Putting yourself out there on the internet for the world to see definitely opens the door for unmitigated criticism.  I am super sensitive in my non-internet life.  It continues to surprise me that I am able to manage the negativity that comes with being a public person of sorts.  I haven’t quite put my finger on the reasoning behind it, but I find I am much more resilient in my internet life.  This has been filtering more and more into my personal life with time as well.  I strongly believe that being on YouTube and interacting with people via the internet has helped me to grow as an individual.  I feel like I’ve found my niche in this world, which is another constant surprise to me.  If three years ago you would have told me I’d be doing what I do now, I would have laughed in disbelief and shrugged it off as impossible.  I am a true-blue introvert (still am) and was an intensely private person up until I found YouTube.  For some reason talking to a camera comes naturally to me whereas talking to people in person absolutely does not.  From what I gather, this is what the majority of my viewers like best about my videos.  You guys tell me constantly how it feels like you’re sitting down with a friend when you watch my videos.  I love that!  I don’t have many friends in my personal life, which is something I might touch upon in more depth at a future time.  Since finding YouTube, I have received the gift of friendship many times over by connecting with viewers all over the world.  You are all very real friends to me and for that I am extremely grateful.

Of course, not all of my viewers have such positive opinions of me.  I’ve never been one to expect or wish for everyone to like me all of the time.  On the contrary, I think it’s perfectly natural not to like certain people.  I don’t think you really have to have a reason either.  Some people just rub you the wrong way, you know?  I can absolutely rub people the wrong way and that’s perfectly fine by me.  That’s just the way we work as humans.  Why people would subject themselves to watching a video of someone they don’t like, however, is something I’ll never understand, but to each their own, right?  Some people are more vocal than others about their dislike of me.  It seems like periods of greater negativity come in waves.  The past couple of weeks have felt like that to me.  Most of the time I can see and accept the criticism and negativity, let it go, and then move on.  It’s during big waves like these that I can get a bit bogged down by it.  I try to find something constructive out of these comments if available that can help me to learn and grow as a person.  When I’m in the wave there’s usually a big thing or two I need to work through emotionally.  This has happened several times during the past year and I’ve always come out feeling stronger and more sure of myself than before.  Nothing good comes easy, though, and there’s a lot of working through things that has to happen before the growth can occur.  I feel like the wave is tapering off now and I can see a new path once again before me.  This is such an adventure for me and no good adventure is without its moments of turmoil.

Of course, it is extremely helpful that the majority of my viewers are incredible supportive and enthusiastic about what I do.  I am grateful every day for the encouragement you guys give me.  Big ((HUGS)) all around! 🙂

Winter is best when I have my Winnie to share the glorious outdoors with!

Winter is best when I have my Winnie to share the glorious outdoors with!

I’m ending this week in review feeling more grateful than anything else.  Love is what it’s all about.  I get to share with people in a way I never dreamed possible.  I have an incredibly supportive family and the best husband on the planet, not to mention the sweetest pup ever, all of who love me with a fierceness that is impossible to deny.  I am a happy girl even during periods of stress and personal challenges, because I love me for me.  I feel so blessed for all of the love in my life.  Thank you for being a part of that! I love you all 

138 comments

138 thoughts on “Week In Review (February 4 – 10, 2013)”

  1. You haven’t “received quite a few comments questioning [your] reasoning behind” starting yet another blog. You’ve had person after person after person flat out tell you that it’s a terrible idea. Many of these are people who are STILL waiting on responses to their Christmas cards and prizes for a contest you held months ago. If you consider YouTube your “career,” than your viewers are the ones paying your paycheck. It’s unfortunate that you’re so quick to blow of their opinions with “I’ll do what I want.” I don’t think your “career,” will last long if you approach it that way.

    1. It’s all about balance. How I use my time on any given day is a personal choice. I try to devote chunks of time every day to different aspects of my internet presence and personal life. It did take a few hours to get Positively Polished up and running initially, but I ultimately decided to use tumblr for it because it is a relatively quick & easy way to blog. Putting up a tumblr post takes a small fraction of the time if takes to put up a post on this website. I do give the holiday cards attention every day. If I could write cards all day and get it done in a week or two I would, but there is only so much of that I can do in a day and I do not want to neglect the others aspects of my life. I was honest from the start that it would take me some time to get through all of the cards, so there should be no surprise there. All prizes have been shipped out except for those from the Valentine’s Day giveaway that is running currently.

      1. Hi Jen,
        What an awesome idea… A week in review! Why did I not think of that. I must admit that I have been a failure at keeping my blog updated, I try, I really do, but sometimes I think I havent done enough to merit a post…I know it sound silly, but with work and church sometimes I don’t have time to tackle my crafty/crochet projects, but, I am able to post a quick picture on Instagram and now because I wanted to follow your POTM…I also have tumblr…and guess what?…. I love it… I think I will follow it alot better than my facebook. I post my Instagram pic and press the share button for Twitter and Tumblr…. is that cheating? TeeHee Any ways…. I have been totally inspired by this post, that I think I will start doing that for my blog…I might be able to keep up with it.{crosses fingers and toes} Tee Hee

        Thanks to much Jen for sharing your awesome idea, some of us DO appreciate and get encourage by them.

        P.S.
        I was one of your Christmas winners and I recieved my prize { Philosophy bath products}
        in a very timely manner, suprisingly, since it was one of the last drawings.

      2. Jen, I can’t help but chime in here with my two cents. It just irks me so much to hear someone complain about a completely NICE gesture that you never had to offer in the first place! Honestly, how many really popular YouTubers can say they respond personally to each and every card they receive? Do these people not realize just how huge of an undertaking this is with the amount of subscribers and mail you receive on a daily basis?

        I don’t mean to add to the negativity, but I just hope you don’t take comments like this too seriously…

        I, for one, don’t live my life exactly like you live yours (which is perfectly OKAY and understandable considering, hello, we are different people), but there are so many things that I respect and admire about you. I obviously don’t know you in person, but from your videos, you seem to be a very thoughtful and genuine person. I also really admire how you manage to fit so many errands into your day, how responsible you are, how you have the courage to put yourself out there in the public eye, and how you get out and enjoy your life to the fullest.

        You’re a great inspiration to me, Jen. This is the first time I’ve commented anywhere, but I’ve followed your videos for a while now and thought it was about time I did. Please continue doing what you do. Simply by being YOU, you are making a positive impact on people’s lives with every single one of your videos! <3

        Much love,
        Tahnee

    2. I do think you are being a little unfair there. Would you go up to someone in “real life” and be that nasty? Try to see things a little more from Jen’s perspective.

    3. I love your channels, but I have to agree with Jane.It seems that you are stretching yourself too thin. I understand its a personal choice how you spend your time, which is understandable. The Christmas card issue is not sitting well with people.Taking almost 3 MONTHS to respond to christmas cards??? Its become a joke, which is sad, because it takes credibility away from someone that prides themselves on being so organized(you). I am sorry, that is someone that is not managing their time. I have over a thousand cards going out at christmas because of my husbands business, daunting yes. I could not imagine telling someone its going to take months to respond to a card. I think when people see you starting other projects and you still have cards to send out from the holidays???.Maybe think twice about having the exchange this year unless you are prepared to send them back in a timely fashion.

      1. You do realize that writing business cards is way less work than writing completely *personalized* responses to everyone who has written Jen. I for one suck at writing really nice responses in cards, and can completely imagine it taking a while to write everyone something nice back. I’ve been considering writing Jen a card too, but unlike some of you (Robin, Jane,etc.) I know it would just add even more work for her, so I probably won’t. Or maybe during a less busy period, like the summer, when probably fewer people will write her compared to during the holidays, but I still could care less if she takes 10 years to write back, the fact that she eventually gets to my letter/card shows she kept it all that time and she was sweet enough to make sure she got back to me. Plus I bet it’s not just holiday cards she has to reply to but others she gets year-round too. I totally agree with Tahnee, that so many people feel that they’re so much better than others, when there’s no way they’d deal with this same situation as well as Jen is. They’d just write a quick, impersonal random letter, just saying Thanks or something. And again, it comes easier to some than others, so don’t bug people about it if they’re different from how you expected. You guys totally imagine her as having all the time in the world to just focus on writing letters every single day, when in reality that’d get so tedious, any normal person would probably have to take a break from it. Sorry this got so long, but seriously, quit being so offensive with someone who’s genuinely super sweet and doing her best. Hate people who love to put pressure on others, so disrespectful and selfish.

        1. Well said Petra! I hate that Jen has to defend or explain herself to people who criticize her. I imagine most people who have sent a card have done so because they admire her and had something special to say. I don’t see those people as the ones complaining about timelines. The trouble makers are fighting a cause they were not even asked to be involved in.

          Jen…..just keep on keeping on. You are awesome! It made me really sad to hear you are affected by the negativity. I’m glad you come through it strong because you deserve much better than that. You are loved.

    4. You’re coming across as very entitled, which I am hoping is not how you actually feel. If you view yourself as Jen’s boss that pays her paycheck, I would seriously consider reevaluating your view on reality. Jen is free and able to do whatever she wants, and thousands of people support her without demands.

      1. Jen is paid when viewers click on her videos. That’s actually how she gets her paycheck. I’m not sure what “view on reality,” you want me to reevaluate. I’m not saying that I, personally, am her boss. But I am saying that if lots of people are unhappy about what she’s doing, as they clearly are judging by the comments on that video, she’s going to start getting fewer views. If she takes months and months to follow through with contests and giveaways, fewer people are going to go through the trouble to participate. Of course she’s free and able to do whatever she wants, but if she wants YouTube to be her career, she’s going to have to stop dismissing her viewers’ opinions. “I do what I like,” is fine when YouTube is your hobby. It’s not when you claim you want to make it your “career,” and your “brand.”

          1. Of course jobs are different, but everyone is accountable to someone. Whether that’s a boss or, in your case, an audience. I can’t think of a single job/career where that doesn’t apply.

            I really don’t think you’re clear on what you want YouTube to be. You’re calling it a career while treating it like a personal hobby. It can’t be both.

          2. I do not agree that it cannot be both. I think that’s a very narrow way to look at work that yields an income. Why can’t you make your interests profitable? Wouldn’t you, given the opportunity?

          3. Perfectly said Jen. Also, it makes perfect sense to divide specific content between the different channels. Any organized person would do the same thing. People can spend their chosen time on just the content they’re interested in rather than sifting through all postings on one channel. I am amazed that critics, like Jane, watch your videos. Her time would be better spent watching people she doesn’t find fault with. Although, I find there are people that are just not happy unless they’re criticizing someone. As for the cards and gift giveaway complaints – how rude! Neither of these are part of your “job”; they’re a bonus to your subscribers. Each person’s job occupies varying amounts of time each day. You happen to work from home, as I do; and housewives have work to do to, so there must be a balance between the two. Time and thought goes into writing personal responses to cards. If all your time was spent writing out cards, not much else would be accomplished. Most reasoning people would have known this going into such an exchange. One last thought – good for you that you’ve set parameters on your time for YouTube and your personal life. Balance is key to happiness and success 😉

    5. I am loving the week in review blog post. I do have a question to Jane and I am not trying to start any war or be nasty that is not my intent. If you received over 1000 holiday cards how long would it take you to respond to them? It’s not like she hasn’t shipped them to Utah and back to respond to them and keeps updating people where she is on them. That is alot and I would have to tell you personally it would probably take me until summer and I would not put the hand written note in there that she is taking the time to personalize them even after putting in a note in the card. I did send her a card but I am not sitting around mad that I have not gotten one back yet. As for the new site it is Jen’s decision to do that new site. I don’t understand how people are so quick to judge and jump on someone about something they do but if you wanted to do something and people told you know would you not do the same thing?

    6. Jen,
      I agree with you that it’s your choice to spend your time as you wish and folks don’t need to watch or read if they don’t like! Absolutly agree.

      The FLIP side…and this is coming from a business person….is that you ARE asking people to support what is essentially your BRAND.

      Telling people to take it or leave it is not something a business owner would say to potential customer. Yet you do. So you are treading a fine line between “it’s your job”‘ thus a business and actually ailienating viewers.

      I also think you are at risk of over exposure….just too much is never good for any brand.

      Honest feedback. That’s all

      1. YouTube is a free service to viewers, which makes it a unique arena for creative producers such as myself to have a lot of freedom in what we produce. When the customer (or audience in this case – it appears that some people are likening my YouTube audience to my customers) is paying for a service, there are many more considerations to make in terms of branding and content coherence. YouTube is the creative producer’s playground, because you can have real freedom in what choices you make. I am delighted that I am now earning an income from my online efforts, but in all honesty I would still do just as I do now if I didn’t make any money from it. I think that’s what makes YouTube so popular as not only a place to put your content out there, but also for people to share in other’s unbounded creativity.

        On a side note, I have never considered my viewers to be customers. I like sharing with people, which is a much more personal experience to me. I think me calling viewers customers would dramatically alter that experience for both me and them. I prefer to think of my viewers as friends instead.

      2. Jen is just sharing her life and ideas, nothing is being purchased. People are free to watch or not, not dictate content. When you watch her content (because you like it), you help her succeed in the YouTube venture which is a unique venue. That’s the point of broadcasting yourself. If people don’t like it, I’m curious as to why they don’t move on politely.

  2. Great idea to have a weekly review post! You should be proud about what you’ve done since you first started Youtube Jen, I know for one , that your videos (and now blog posts!) instantly make me feel better after a long day at university. I especially love your vlogs and organization videos. Thank you for being wonderful and inspiring 🙂
    -iammelissalin

  3. I LOVED this post. so raw and candid. you are brave and you are growing. you are getting out of your shell and people who wish to do that and can’t might resent your success.
    it’s kind of like when friends help you and resent you for loosing weight.

    I am read some nasty things, but I really believe most of them still love you. They just haven’t gotten you yet. With time they’ll come around.

    My favorite phrase of this post? – “I have an incredibly supportive family and the best husband on the planet, not to mention the sweetest pup ever, all of who love me with a fierceness that is impossible to deny”

    …. love me with a fierceness that is impossible to deny — such beautifully written and indeed , very, VERY true.

    keep on keeping, Jen. Till the top.

    Love,
    R.

  4. Hi Jen,
    Love the week in review. You’re blog is so uplifting. And both your channels always lift my spirits.You do such an amazing job.
    Ignore the negative comments. Those of us who love what you do are in the majority.

  5. I hope your doing ok and staying strong! I love your videos and daily tweets and notes! Don’t give up and let it go!

    I decided to make myself a schedule for my blog. I only post on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays so that I give myself a break on other days with my full time job. I know it can be hard. Good luck!

  6. Hi Jen,
    I really enjoy all your videos and have been following you since I first discovered one of your channels. You have such a nice personality and watching you is just so much fun, you have given me so many great organizing ideas as well as some great beauty tips and product ideas to try so thank you. I think like you said that constructive criticism can sometimes be helpful but for those that just say something to be mean, I think it’s best to not say anything at all when you can’t find anything nice to say:) I know many people enjoy your videos and appreciate all you do just like me so don’t let the negative comments bother you.

    1. I think you are amazing and such an inspiration. To put yourself “out there” is not easy and I acknowledge you for that. I hope you do not believe the negative things that so few are saying. There is so much more good then bad. It sounds like you are making so much personal progress and growth. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself and your life with all of “us”!!
      You are truly an inspiration!! Much love and light to you and your sweet family!! xoxoxo

  7. you inspire me through your videos. you’re such a good person. don’t let negativity get you down! ( easier said than done I know )

  8. Love your week in review idea! I look forward to many more! You are a wonderful person who amazes me…each day, I try to sit down each day for 10-15 minutes to watch a blog of read a blog of yours. It’s my downtime and relax time and am grateful to you for sharing your life with all who want and care to see it. Don’t give the negative comments a second thought…there are so many of us out there who admire what you are doing for yourself and your personal growth in such a unique and fun way! Kudos to you!! All the best for a better week ahead! “Chin-up!”, as my mam always says. 😉

  9. Hi Jen,

    This is a great post! You are so honest about your emotions. I want to tell you how much I appreciate you and your all your videos/content. I just started watching a few weeks ago and you have made such a difference in my life already! I have already put many tips that I have learned from you into practice, and just listening to what you do and what you’ve been up to really helps motivate me to be the kind of person I want to be. You should be so proud of yourself for all that you do, online and at home. Not many people put out content, and quality content at that, so often. I absolutely love it every time I see that there is a new video or blog post. They are a great pick me up, and I often use them to “reward” myself when I get things on my to do list completed! I love how you have stayed true to yourself, no matter what others say. That is a real accomplishment. I tend to get upset when I see people trolling and being so negative about your videos, and I am always impressed by the calm, even tempered responses you make. Thank you for being so willing to share your life with us- you really do help a lot of people live better, and we are glad to have you!

    Hope you have a great week!!

  10. I think you are doing great! Particularly with overcoming you introversion. It takes a lot of guts to open yourself up to the Internet universe with all the haters and weirdos and you do it and look so COMFORTABLE while you are at it. I think that is what attracts people to you only- you are like the everywoman but doing it with such intent.

    Keep up the great work!
    Beth
    NYvirgo1972

  11. Jen, it’s actually quite normal to not have a lot of friends – much better to have a few cherished ones that you take through your life. So don’t feel you are missing something – most people have a few friends and a lot of acquaintances. I enjoy your online activities – some more than others, but that is just down to my areas of interest. I would love to know more about your goal setting, planning and meeting deadlines process if you would like to film or write about it.

  12. I enjoyed reading your week review. I know I would have a tough time with some of the negetivity people post. It is not up to me to judge how you spend your time! I don’t understand why these people continue to watch. I hope you have a great week coming up and I am looking forward to your vlog posts for the week! Oh, I almost forgot. I also have been having trouble with sweets and snacking. Mostly in late afternoon and evening. Maybe its the weather and not being able to get outdoors enough….

  13. Hi Jen

    I think it’s wonderful that you are able to discuss how you are doing things and your reasons behind them. We see a fraction of your daily life, and thus, we don’t see what other things you have going on. You are opening up to us more, which is wonderful but don’t feel like you have to. Being such a private person, there are things that you don’t need to share (and I’m positive there are many things you certainly don’t share!) – but it’s always nice to get a glimpse of different things anyway 🙂
    Working with negativity can be difficult, I know, as a blogger myself. Some days it’s hard to just ignore them, but remember, you are just one person and I am sure some people have extremely high expectations of what one person can do. I really think it’s wonderful that you are setting goals for yourself that involve “scaling back” a little – it’ll feel so good when you achieve them! 🙂
    Have a fantastic day xo

  14. Jen,

    I am enjoying your blog! i have recently “found” you and have watched alot (if not, almost all) of your video’s already.
    I do enjoy your presence in the videos, feeling like i am being spoken too not spoken at.

    As for you the rest : Don’t let them get to you. That is their ultimate goal, after all. Let your loving and caring fans/followers/friends in, to support you. It seems you have a much bigger support network than haters/trolls.

  15. Jenn, you are a remarkable person and I have so enjoyed your blogs becoming a part of my daily life. It has been wonderful welcoming your vlogs into my daily life and I thankful you have welcomed YouTube viewers so openly into your world. I am a new viewer but now an avid one. Your positive perspective is infectious and I thank you for brightening my days. Thank you for being forthright about your battles. I suffer from OCD and can relate to how vulnerable one can feel in real life. I thrive on routine and can easily feel overwhelmed when that is upset. Don’t listen to the unconstructive criticism. Some people have too much time on their hands! Keep up what you are doing! It is why you have committed viewers like me!

    Love this weekly check in!

  16. Your post brought me to tears. We love you too Jen and please know that. Yes, it is clearly visible that you have put yourself out there and with that comes the good and the bad. I see how the negative comments can make you feel and I admire you for having the courage to keep this up despite them because you know you have viewers that adore you. I have been debating posting my first introduction videos for that same reason. I too suffer from anxiety as well as other health issues. I find myself wondering… how could I cope with all the negativity when I get so red in the face and deffensive with the comments they give you.

    You have to weigh out the good and the bad and you have to do what makes you feel right and happy. Vlogging is therapeutic yet putting your life out there for everyone to see will bring some negativity along with it. It does not help though that the damage has been done and that you must find the strength to pick up the pieces and move on. Words hurt the best of us the most Jen. You are a caring and gentle soul and I hate to see you hurting. This is making you a stronger than you think. In the end of it all, just know that those LOVE you the most are Don, Winnie, and your beautiful family. When this sometimes hurtful society dishes out it’s worst there are those that will always come to the rescue.

    I am with you all the way Jen with a LOVE and ADMIRATION that is FIERCE!!!! Happy Valentines Day and know that you ARE loved.

  17. I think that you inspire so many people, that “the critics” are very far in between. You have to keep in mind that not all of us, that love your videos, blog posts ets., are always vocal about it, so negative coments take up the front seat (if you know what I mean – english is not my first language, so I have some isues getting my thoughts across :)). You got me inspired to get organised on a day to day basis, you got me thinking about starting my own blog and you tube chanel and most of all you are a true inspiration on being an amazing and extremely thoughtful person. You think about everyone else before you and today that is extremely rear quality in people. Kudos to you for going forward and doing what you love in a way that suits you and makes you confortable. If you want to have hundred different chanels and blogs, that is your business and your bussines alone. If someone doesn’t like it, they don’t have to look it up.

    Thank you for all that you do and hang in there 😉
    Mateja

  18. Jen, thank you so much for everything that you post. You really have made me a happier person. I don’t have many friends in my personal life either, but subscribing to all of your content makes me feel less alone. I’m also a housewife, so I can relate to a lot of what you post. I am introverted as well. I love to read books, watch movies, go to theme parks, follow schedules/make lists, organize, spend time with my husband, etc. You are a huge inspiration to me, and I am very grateful that I found you online. You have been a positive impact on my life. I love you!

  19. Your blog posts are so beautifully written Jen, so easy to read and follow. Love the week in review idea and love the new Positively Polished, think its a great idea to have them set like that, it allows people greater freedom to watch/read the things that interest them the most…..or watch/read for the sake of being able to leave nasty comments, what ever floats their boat! True fans will love you no matter how you decide to run things, anything less is just people with sad lives xx

    1. I totally agree that having the blog/channels separated is a great idea. I’m not a nail polish fan, I started watching Jen’s channel to get organization ideas and would probably just get annoyed having to wade through daily posts on polish colors. If you don’t like Jen’s blog or her work ethic or her content then just don’t read or watch. If Jane is really that miffed over Christmas cards taking so long maybe she should give writing that many a try. It took me weeks to get my baby shower thank you notes out and that was only 50 or so cards.

  20. Hey Jen,
    I just absolutely love watching your videos… whenever you post your daily vlog, I get so excited and make it my next study break! Keep doing what you’re doing because it is making you happy! People who are negative or have nothing nice to say other than critical comments are not worth your time, effort, or thoughts! I believe people need to work harder on building each other up and being kind to others–even (especially) when they don’t fully agree with what others are doing! If you want to have a nail tumblr, it’s totally up to you! If you want to take on projects–all the power to you! Everyone has a ‘busyness’ level they like to stay at, so I think some people don’t realize that you enjoy being busy and find it fun! I do too! I don’t see why people feel they have the right to post harsh comments just because they are hiding behind a screen!
    Thanks for all you do!
    xox

  21. I really liked this post Jen. Try not to take any negative comments to heart. I’m going through a bit of a stressful time at the mo with my parents divorcing and your vlogs really do help to cheer me up when i’m feeling down – along with my lovely husband and prepping for my new puppy! Keep up the great work.

  22. Jen, I just found you in the past few months. Love all your channels and your new blog. I am trying to get more done each day as I see all you are doing. You are an inspiration. Don’t believe the negative ones. Let them try to do as much as you do on a daily/weekly basis. Keep on posting and we will keep on following! 🙂

  23. Hi Jen! I was just wondering what made you decide to be a stay at home house wife after getting your college degree? I’m currently working on my masters degree and I’ve been thinking about the possibility of being a stay at home wife and then mom when we decide to have kids. Was it hard to make that decision and how did you feel about not using your degree on a job outside the home?

    Thank you!

    1. When I was in college there was nothing really calling to me in terms of a career at the time. I really enjoyed school, so much so that it was my number one priority. I considered going to grad school for a bit because I knew I would miss school so much. I ultimately decided not to, because by the time I graduated from college I was pretty burned out from being such an intense student for so long. Since Don & I were in a situation where we did not need a second income, I decided to take some time and let myself breathe a little. I fell in love with the home life and knew instantly it was where I truly belonged. It was not an easy decision initially, as there is quite a stigma in this country about having a college education and not using it towards a traditional career. I wouldn’t have traded my college years for anything. I think they were an invaluable investment personally. You have to decide what works for you and stick by your convictions, no matter what others may think or say.

  24. Jen,

    I am amazed that you receive any negative criticism at all! 🙂 But I, like you, understand no one is everyone’s cup of tea. But how people can spend time out of their day to be critical of someone else is really hard for me to understand. I have found several vloggers where I cannot get through one video without cringing…therefore, I do not watch them. There is no need to be hurtful, negative, or out right nasty to someone just because you are able to do so behind the safety of your computer. That is a cowardly thing to do, and what you are doing is so brave and amazing.

    I love that you have many different forums to post content, I think it’s a great way to stay organized in your career and a way for more people to discover and follow you.

    Enjoy your week!
    Kelly

  25. You rock Jen! Ignore the negativity. You have been an inspiration to me everyday! Each and every vlog/blog and video that you do is exceptional and informative. You are a positive force in an otherwise gloomy world. You lift me up and bring a smile to my face on a daily basis. Keep doing what you do and stay true to yourself. YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE 🙂

  26. Jen,

    I just wanted you to know how much you inspire me. I appreciate your videos more than you will ever know. Oh and I can’t wait for the chicken soup recipe:)

    Emily

  27. Jen, I admire your bravery for putting yourself out there on the internet. There have been many times when people like you have inspired me to want to do the same but I’ve always stopped myself because I didn’t want to deal with the hate and criticism. It is a very strange world we live in these days. I loved you blog today and the weekly recap is really nice. You are always an inspiration to me to enjoy and love life along with our families and I’m sure you are the same to many, many others. You have lots of ideas, inspiration and just plan cheerfulness to share with the world and I really hope you keep on doing it. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  28. I also received my Christmas prize in an extremely timely manner, so I don’t know what people are talking about there (LOVE the Lush stuff, and am a total addict/convert now!). I didn’t send you a Christmas card, but it’s pretty disappointing to see people getting so hurt/upset over something so little.

    It truly saddens me that people feel that it is okay to post such nasty comments. Constructive criticism is something that can and should be part of every online person’s world, but coming to solely insult/hurt someone is way out of line. People need to re-think their priorities, and walk away if they can’t say anything in a kind way!

  29. Jen,
    That was very nice of you to write about. You really don’t have to speak about your personal life but you do anyway. You just make me understand what it is like to be you better. It makes me feel much better knowing other people are going through the same things as me. Thank you for being you Jen! I really like this Sunday blog post idea. Do you think you will continue with these posts each Sunday? It would be very nice! Hope you are having a wonderful, wonderful day and week ahead!
    Love,
    Bella 🙂 ((HUGS)) and <3 You

    1. I am going to try for every Sunday, but occasionally I might miss one. It’s a nice practice for me to reach out on a more personal level and interact with you guys in the comments. 🙂

  30. Jen,

    We all love you!!! Don’t ever let those nasty people bring you down. Create whatever you want, whenever you want; because the people who are willing to view it; will. Ever since I found you on Youtube I’ve loved everything you put out. The attention to detail and quality of the videos is unmatched. When people see someone achieving great things they, more often than not, put them down. Keep on doing what makes you happy, and ignore all of the other stuff. 🙂 Love from California!!

  31. What’s that saying? “You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”

    I’m astonished at the level of snark you get in the comments on your blog and I really feel for you because the reality is, some people are always negative and no matter how hard you try, there will always be some there trying to knock you down and point out what they perceive to be your shortcomings. It appears that in a lot of cases these people aren’t bloggers and so whilst they undoubtedly have their own responsibilities they perhaps don’t juggle that and the work that comes with doing the whole “online persona” thing. They are, however, self-important enough to loudly voice their thoughts on YOUR life. Because you know, it’s only their opinion that matters.

    Case in point? The holiday cards. You started this whole thing out of a genuine desire to connect with your readership/viewership and you’re responding as quickly as you can while balancing everything else (3 channels, 3 blogs and your real life which is a huge list!). But if you *didn’t* respond to any at all? Can you hear them now? “Oh my god, she thinks she’s so important she can’t even send a card” – so whatever you do, you’re up against it because those people are just looking for holes to pick. They can’t just say “she’s doing her best”, they have to complain.

    The bottom line is that you’ve got to make yourself happy in what you’re doing. If you’re happy, your loved ones are happy and the majority of your readers/subscribers are happy the rest can fall by the wayside. Just too bad they don’t do it quietly, huh?

    Bx

    1. It’s true, you can’t please everybody. It’s a lesson I have to re-learn time and time again, because I just want the people around me to be happy. What I’ve learned is that you can’t make anyone be happy, no matter how hard you try. Only you can make yourself happy. The same goes for everyone else. People who spread negativity just because they can are not happy and nothing I can do or say will change that. It is what it is, you know?

      1. Exactly. I think you handle it all much better than many of us would, I don’t think I could be so gracious. There would just be expletive laden rants! 🙂

        Have a great Monday, Jen!

        Bx

  32. Jen,
    Keep up the good work! Just remember you are making a differane in the world! As long as you keep being who you are and not let anyone change you. You will continue to be that busy bee with the beautiful soul!
    Keep surrounding yourself with positive people who love you and the negative engery will not win a place in you head. My mom always told me “Only you can give people the “power” to make you feel bad about yourself so don’t let them do it. ”
    I enjoy what you do so thank you for all your hard work!
    Desiree.

  33. So your blog is now a “Dear Diary” entry? I used to enjoy your organization videos, but the amount of complaining and shopping you do is unbearable. If you want this to be a job and career, maybe you should take a more professional approach to it. You spend more time complaining about time management, then actually just managing your time.

    1. The entire blog is not in this format. Just these week in review posts. I post on a wide variety of topics here, including organization. Time management is a work in progress for most people.

    2. Get off your high horse! A blog can be whatever you want it to be. If you like the organization videos, just watch those. If you don’t like the blog, don’t read it. It’s pretty simple.

  34. Are people really upset that they haven’t gotten a Christmas card from you in a “timely fashion”? That’s weird because I thought when you send a greeting card to someone it’s because you care about them, not because you’re expecting something in return! All I can say is, wow… I truly have been enjoying all your posts from all your platforms…I think you’re inspiring for how much you can accomplish and what a great outlook you have on everything. Even though this is your new official career, it’s first and foremost you’re life! So keep doing what YOU want. As long as you keep being you’re genuine self, we’ll be watching and supporting you!

  35. Well, Jen, I think you’re just fabulous. Keep living your wonderful life and let the negative comments roll right off your shoulders! You’ve inspired so many people, myself included, and your positive videos are always nice to watch as I have my morning coffee. =)

    Anyone in this world that makes some sort of an impact always draws in the naysayers and the negative people. Think of them as the little challenges and obstacles along the way. Some people just never quite learned how to bite their tongue when they have nothing nice to say and the anonymity of the Internet only makes it that much easier for them to be nasty and rude.

    Anybody that would complain about not receiving a Christmas card needs to just move on with their life. I send out cards because I like the sentiment behind it, not because I absolutely expect to receive one in return in a timely fashion… I’m sure if you took time off from filming/editing/blogging/having a life/etc. and focused only on completing all of the Christmas cards (I can’t even believe this is an issue), then those same people would say “Jennnnn, you haven’t put out any videos! Don’t you realize WE are the reason you are making MONEY?! You are so unorganized! Shame on you! I’m unsubscribing!”. Negative people will always find something to complain about.

    Keep doing you, girl! You’re a rockstar!

  36. Jen, Love your week in review post! I participated in the Christmas Card exchange and happened to receive my card very early in January but was (happily) prepared to wait longer. Thank you for hosting the card exchange, it brightened my day to hear from you personally! You were perfectly honest and upfront about the time it would take to respond to everybody and I think it’s ridiculous that some people feel as though they can tell you what your daily schedule or priorities should be, especially regarding the Christmas Card exchange… BTW I am super excited to see your polish pics again 🙂

  37. Hi Jen!
    I loved this week in review too! When you broached this subject on Facebook recently, I thought what a great idea! I know you will find it tremendously helpful in the personal growth area. Not that you need it! It is so impressive to watch and experience your daily life issues with you. Even though you share many superficial type subjects with us (not sure if that’s the right word), it is quite apparent to your subscribers that a lot of personal growth is going on for you. I’m grateful that you share so much with us here.

  38. Hi, Jen!

    You are totally right. If they don’t care for your content, why do they spend so much time being vocal about it? It seems there may be something missing in their lives and it’s less about anything to do with you. The are a million things on the Internet that aren’t my cup of tea but I definitely don’t spend my time following them and complaining.

    Like everyone else has said, you are so brave to put yourself out there like you do and you are totally a natural at it! I, for one, like to compartmentalize things so I like all the different venues to access your content. It just makes sense to me but at the end of the day it’s YOUR content so it’s up to you how you go about organizing it.

    I found your channels when looking for Princess Half Marathon videos and will be running it this year in Coral C. I hope you have a great run and trip!

    1. Maybe I’ll see you at the expo! I’ll be there Saturday afternoon. If not, good luck with your race. You’ll do awesome! 🙂

  39. Hi Jen,
    I think people leave hurtful comments because they are jealous of your life , of the things you have. Most of us would switch our lives with yours for sure. At least, I know I would:) I really love your personality and love watching your videos. It’s something I look forward to every day. I don’t understand the people that would leave mean comments. If they don’t like your videos, they can just stop watching. Why do they have to make you feel bad about yourself? I hate the kind of people that enjoy making feel others like they are not good enough. I am very sensitive to that. I am pretty sure those people are not happy and just try to make everyone’s life miserable. Just keep doing what you are doing for the rest us that actually enjoy your “company”:) Take good care.

  40. People will always have their panties in a bunch over the silliest of things. So what it’s taking longer to respond to cards. Heck, I’m a fairly organized person and I forgot to send out my thank you cards after I had my son and people didn’t get them until he was dare I say 6 months old. Whoops! 🙂 people have things to do. One thing that people have to understand is that you don’t have to share the most personal and private moments of your life. It’s a choice ( that I’m glad you made by the way) :). Your blog and vlogs are something that I look forward to daily. They allow me to have some “me” time and I don’t have to worry about a thing. Thanks Jen for posting so regularly! Keep focusing on yourself, Don, Winnie and your family; that’s the most important. The people that enjoy your blog and vlogs will still be here no matter what! 🙂

  41. I can see your growth Jen but you have to realize that just as you are entitled to your own feelings I am as well. Now I will start with the positive: thank you for …. Introducing me to pack it cubes,yummy butter,cheese puffs from whole foods, an awesome carry on and very very yummy spinach squares. Now, for my critique … Please take this for what it’s worth and grow from it. The baby talk is something short of I don’t want to say disturbing but very inappropriate for a women your age. Your therapist would probably agree. The way you treat don is sad it really is that man gives you everything and maybe you don’t see it but the way you interact with him is nothing less the belittling. Please go back and re watch some of your video a and learn And grow from it . And your hygiene please Jen wash your hair it really does dirty. My hair is thin and you can tell how gross it is when you don’t wash it. I do enjoy your videos and you always say we are friends right ? Friends are open and honest about these things.

      1. Chris, that was so very rude! Jen does what she does (MHWL, OLJ, Winniethetzutube, 2 blogs, cards, ect.) for US! She does it for you, me, and EVERYBODY! First, the baby talk. It is really nice to see somebody do it too! I sometimes talk in a baby voice to my family. It’s really hard to see another person getting made fun of for something other people also do. Next, she treats Don with respect and compassion. She always makes time to spend with him on both of their busy days and schedules. It is also upsetting to see someone making fun of another and can’t even properly capitalize Don’s name! Why should she go back and watch her own videos. You are not the one to be telling her what to do! Lastly, her hygiene. Why should you care? It’s not like you are Jen. What works for her works for her. It may not work for you and that’s ok. But, you don’t need to criticize her for it. What friend tells their other friend these things. I would probably be yelling at him or her at that point if he or she told me that! Some thing are better to be left UNSAID. I am sorry Jen that you go through these types of things but you will get through it! Stay strong!!! You know who your true friends are! (Me!!! ;))
        Love,
        Bella 🙂 ((HUGS))

      2. Chris was just trying to help you out. That’s what friends do. They give you advice on how to make things better, even though you may not always agree with it.

        1. No friend of mine would ever say those things to me. I encourage my friends and try to lift them up. I would NEVER even consider being so rude and so mean to someone i don’t know let alone anyone I care about. No, Chris was doing nothing to help. It absolutely is not helpful to hurt someone’s feelings.

    1. This is crazy! I seriously can’t believe how mean people are. First of all who cares if she baby talks if you don’t like it then don’t watch. I baby talk when I’m joking around or talking to my husband or my puppy who cares it doesn’t hurt anyone. Second of all I don’t believe you are in Jen and Dons relationship and we don’t even see a fraction of their relationship on YouTube and sometimes when things are said they are jokes but you obviously don’t get it. They seem extremely happy and they’re relationship seems wonderful. Don’t be so jealous and nasty just because they have something you want. You should go wash out your mouth instead of worrying about jens hair. I’ve been reading these mean comments and I’m so over it she’s done nothing but share her life with us and this is what she gets in return. Seems like your the one that needs to grown up and learn from the things you do to others. It’s amazing how confident and mean people can get when they’re behind a computer screen, you should be ashamed of yourself. By the way I like Jen even more now because of her reply to you. Your post annoyed me so I can’t imagine how it made her feel but yet she stayed classy and didn’t say anything ugly back to you even though you definitely deserve it. And I agree if this is how you talk to your friends I think Jen and a whole lot of people are glad they aren’t friends with you in the real world.

    2. This comment (Chris, feb 10, 11:27 pm) makes me SO ashamed of being a fellow viewer! How on earth can you say such things AND on top of that believe it´s part of an act of true friendship?! If, and I really mean IF I´d ever, ever, EVER for some unthinkable reason would want to make comments like this to someone I cared about I would do so in person and between four eyes. (Jen, you are such a beautiful person!)

    3. Chris, you are disgustingly rude and offensive. I hope you are blocked from commenting on this blog. Jen is extremely CLEAN and anyone who watches knows that, she has borderline OCD when it comes to cleanliness. But even if she didn’t, you are completely out of line and to make matters worse, you delude yourself into thinking it’s ok because you “are friends”. Disgusting.

  42. It would be a very boring world if we were all the same!

    From a fellow nail polish lover, I am EXCITED about Perfectly Polished and need to add it to my ‘favorite blogs’ portion of my blog.

    I’m with you on the negativity…I don’t understand why people continue to watch if they don’t get anything out of it. Some people just need to feel superior to others, I suppose. I like to say that if I don’t have any “haters”, then I’m not doing it right! haha

    And thank you for doing all the extra things you do like giveaways and personal responses to cards, letters, etc. It is so nice of you and totally not something that is required!

    I found one of your Disney videos just by searching YouTube last spring while planning our first Disney trip ever. I was hooked form the start and have been watching ever since! Keep up the great work!

  43. Hi Jen, this is a great blog post. I really appreciate your candidness and honesty. You have shared so much of yourself in the short time that I have been watching your youtube channels. I started with organised like jen and now i subscribe to all three. To be honest, you join me each morning for breakfast before I get ready for work. I find watching you in the morning while munching away very uplifting and you’ve help me refind the girly girl in me such as taking the time to wear nail polish and taking more care with my make-up.

    I would try your best to ignore the negative comments. I shared with a work colleague how many xmas cards I’ve guesstimated you have received and that you are wanting to do a personal touch with them all. Like me, he was in awe of what you are trying to achieve.

    When it comes to “impossible” there is always another way to look at it and that is changing it from “impossible” to “I’m Possible”. I read that somewhere and really liked it.

    Thanks for all you do. I’ve left the odd comment on youtube and twitter, as yet no reply, but i’m ok with that as I see that you get 100s if not 1000s of comments over any given period and as you are only human like the rest of us there is only so much you can do. I think allocating time periods for certain things helps keep you working towards your goals and still allows you to explore your creativity. You’re a strong woman and I’m very appreciative that you are prepared to share so much of yourself and your family with me (& the public domain).

    Thanks. Cheers FiLoMa

  44. Jen, I just love reading/hearing about your personal experiences with youtube. I feel like I really connect with what you have to say and find myself longing to be able to experience and grow the way you have through youtube. Thank you for putting yourself out there and putting up with negativity in the process (even though you shouldn’t have to), but thank you for sticking around anyway! 🙂

    -Meg

  45. Jen

    I need that chicken soup in my life!

    Also..I love your blogvideos..

    I now love Vera Bradley.

    and its a shame you live so far away….as I’d love to be proper friends with you!

    (you might not like me thought LOL)

    Sam xx

  46. If people don’t like you or have harsh feelings against you, why waste their time supporting your views on videos and blogs lol. I think you’re so much fun to watch. I like how you shamelessly shop while recording, you let us know every detail about the items you show, and youre a housewife, so you found something you like to do that will occupy time while youre at home. Don’t make excuses for yourself, don’t explain yourself, you’re wonderful and anybody who has something to complain about, can learn to stop watching your videos and reading your blogs. Don’t let them bother you just delete their comments

  47. I think the weekly week in review is a wonderful idea! This week’s post has really inspired me to take a look at my goals and productivity! I really look forward to seeing subsequent week in review posts!

  48. Dear Jen

    I love watching and reading all about your life.
    I love the blogs and channels are great, a true testament to your busy yet organised life.
    When people write negative things they are doing so from behind the electronic keypad.
    They would never say it to your face,
    or so that other people could hear as they would be told not to speak in that manner.
    I have always lived by the words
    “If you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all”
    I want to say a HUGE ‘thank you’ for your candid postings, videos and gentle spirit,
    is what draws people to watch and enjoy your sense of humour, style and organization.
    Life is busy and chaotic, you show how we can put some form of order and organization into it.
    Your different channels are great….
    Don’t be down heartened by the few narrow minded people who say things from the other end of a computer.

    Jen just continue being you, with your loving nature. <3

  49. Jen- Just wanted to add that I appreciate the time and energy you take in sharing your ideas and methods and putting it all out there (at the risk of negative feedback). Thanks and I’m glad you have found your niche!

  50. I love this week-in-review format! I may even start using it on paper since I don’t have a blog! I love journaling but have stepped away from it for a while because sometimes it became too intense to put my feelings onto paper.

    I have seen on your videos that you journal – do you just do general journaling or do you journal about specific ideas?

    1. I have several types of journals actually. My gratitude journal which I’ve mentioned before I write in every night. My personal diary is for when I need to work through things. I also have a collage journal for when words will not suffice. There’s no limit on what you can use to fuel your creativity and self-reflection in my opinion!

  51. Great post Jen! I know we dont know each other in “real life” (sometimes I feel like we do) but I am very proud of how confident you are becoming. Your attitude and positive outlook on life is why all of your loyal viewers watch you. There is always a kind word from you 🙂 Keep on being you!

    ((HUGS))

    -Emily from Minnesota

  52. Jen,

    I, for one, think you are an amazing person! As a fellow introvert, I really admire you and what you do. I don’t know if I could deal with the negative comments as gracefully as you do. You’re awesome!

  53. Re: Personal Growth, paragraph 2 – you read my mind!!!! Just keep on, keeping on. Because there are so many more positive people than negative and they will be with you longer than the neggies!

  54. Hi Jen,

    I just wanted to let you know that I love reading your blog and watching you online! You’re such a positive energy and I look forward to seeing what’s new in your life. I feel like you are an “online friend” and often find myself telling my fiance about you and Don (sometimes he’ll watch a few minutes of your videos with me!). Have a great week and thanks for all that you do and share!

    <3,
    Vicki

  55. I normally to get all involved with other peoples comments, but I just wanted you to know that I think it is really sad.

    WOW, I am shocked at some of the comments here. I can’t believe we (Ladies) attack so easily. We just can’t seem to support one another, which is very sad. I come from the “give” but do not expect anything in return”. I just can’t believe people are pissed off about not getting a Christmas Card back in a timely manner. Are you serious? You have a life to live, and to top it off, you were sent TONS of cards and gifts. I sent a card because I want too, not because I expect one back. I send cards all the time for Christmas, sometimes I get one back and sometimes I don’t. Who cares! It’s about giving, not receiving. Anyways!

    I would also never talk to my friend they way one the commentater did to you.

    Jen, you are inspiration to more than you know, so don’t stop. I have learned so much from you and enjoyed every minute of it.

    I was a french manicure kinda of girl, now I enjoy color on my nails. I have learned tons of tips on organization and I am loving it. I now have a walking pharmacy for both myself and my hubby to be. He actually ask me to create another walking pharmacy to keep in his locker at work. 🙂 I could go on and on.

    You can never please everyone, and I think you know that. Do what you do, you do it well. You have found your niche, so don’t let the bad comments stop you from being you.

    P.S. I loved your post.

    Have a FABULOUS week!

  56. I enjoyed the post, as always, thanks. I am often concerned “for you” about how much you let your vulnerability show–because it sets you up for unhappy people to attack you. However, you are a strong, smart (college educated 🙂 ) woman and that honesty is what endears most of your viewers to continue to support you. It’s so much nicer than watching a poser.
    You often mention how fortunate you are. I think it’s incredible how generously you share this gift with complete strangers. The fact that someone can complain about having to wait for a prize that you purchased YOURSELF, and not cheaply, is beyond my comprehension. Yes, it’s a marketing tool; however, most YouTubers don’t spend their own money on such elaborate prizes, and so costly to ship (luggage).
    Stay strong and keep dancing to the beat of your own drum. Keep the ones that love you close and you will succeed in whatever you choose to do.

  57. Jen, if you want to get rid of the sugar cravings and off the blood sugar rollercoaster you can switch your body to burning fat for energy. This will make running much more fun and take the pain out of trying to stay slim. Saturated fats from plants and animals are healthy and even help with anxiety by feeding your brain. Just give it a try!

  58. Your week in review was super fun to read! Thanks for sharing it with us. You continue to inspire me! I can’t wait until you do a cook nook on how to make the soup; it looks so yummy. I want to make it so bad for my family.

  59. Hey Jen!

    I rarely (if ever) comment on blogs, so this truly means something. I read this post yesterday and then read some of the comments and was seriously in awe at some of the things people were saying to you. I was going to post something but decided that it wasn’t my place. Then today, I read more of the comments and I truly don’t know how people can be so incredibly cruel. My jaw was wide open. Perhaps it is because they are sitting behind a computer? I have no idea, but there is no excuse for any adult to ever act so hateful.

    I just wanted to let you know that I have really connected with you in watching your videos. We have a lot of the same tendencies when it comes to organization and it is wonderful to see someone else’s take. I hope you know that for every positive comment posted here there are hundreds more thinking the same thing. It takes a lot to put yourself out there and not quit when it gets tough. Truly you could stop doing this at any minute, but you continue because you (and we!) love what you have to offer. Please do not alter a single thing you do. In life you need to make sure you are happy!

  60. Hello Jen,

    I have been a viewer of your videos for a while now but have never commented on them because I don’t have a youtube account. There have been so many videos that I have enjoyed watching and you have turned me on to some great things and great new products that have really helped me out. One of my favorite things about watching your videos is that you live in an area that I used to live in and when you’re out running around, I catch glimpses of all the areas I used to visit! I would bet we have even crossed paths at some point!

    I am sorry there are so many negative people out there. It’s easy for people to criticize when they sit behind the mask of anonymity. Every single one of us has our faults and has things that we struggle with. If we all wore a sandwich board declaring our problems to the world, we would all be a lot less likely to point a finger at what we think is wrong with other people.

  61. Hi Jen,

    This recap of the week is a great idea! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us. Your positivism, your willingness to learn and to evolve as a human being are so humbling and worthy of respect! As usual you’re a great inspiration!
    Your content is the “make-me-feel-good” remedy of my every day 🙂 so please don’t get bogged down by negativity and know people do appreciate you and like you for who you are! I feel so fortunate to have find you on the internet and I keep my fingers crossed for you in all your new endeavors! please keep taking us along with you 🙂
    I need to mention – your little family is so endearing ! You and Don are the cutest couple 🙂

    A piece of wisdom that seems appropriate in your internet journey:
    “The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.”
    William James

    Keep focusing on the good!
    Hugs and best wishes!

  62. Hi Jen~

    I read this quote and thought of you, ” REAL OPTIMISM IS AWARE OF PROBLEMS BUT RECONGIZES THE SOLUTIONS, KNOW ABOUT DIFFICULTIES BUT BELIEVES THEY CAN BE OVERCOME, SEES THE NEGATIVES BUT ACCENTEATES THE POSITIVES, IS EXPOSED TO THE WORST BUT EXPECTS THE BEST,HAS REASON TO COMPLAIN BUT CHOOSES TO SMILE.” ~ William Arthur Ward.

    I just wanted to say a personal thank you for your tips, your thoughtfullness, for offering your best and your abilities. Thank you for being human and showing your faults and your frustrations then showing us how you power through,construct a plan/lists to “get the job done”! You have taught me how to goal set and follow-thru with my personal big and little tasks. You are truely one of a kind and I am proud to call you my “FRIEND”!!!

  63. “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”- Dita Von Teese

  64. Hello Jen! I have watched your videos for a very long time, but wanted to ask you something in regards to you creating new channels. I -love- your videos, but lately I have been finding myself more and more confused by all these social media outlets and youtube channels that you have. What is your reasoning behind having more, rather than less (As they say, less is more)? It may be easier for you as a creator of content to organize the videos but for me as a viewer it is quite daunting to find a particular video that I wanted to watch again, because there are so many different outlets to search in. Isnt it a possibility to organize videos within a channel into different categories? So that there’s a playlist for the different types of videos if someone is more interested in beauty rather than cooking for instance?

    Please do not take my criticism the wrong way, because I mean it in a positive and constructive way and would like to hear your reasoning. You want your viewers to think it is simple to watch you and your content, and you want to be able to provide content in a simple way. Here’s what I personally would think was easier:

    1. MHWL – Gather vlogs, travel vlogs, Hauls, unboxing, beauty vids, Winnie’s The Tzu and Cook Nook videos. Its all about YOUR housewife life, your opinions and your views and I think all of these videos would fit that category quite well and be more cohesive.
    2. OrganizedLikeJen, organizational videos with tips and tricks.

    Sorry if my english is a little bit wonky, i am from europe!

    – Anna

  65. I really really wish that she (you if you’re reading this:) doesn’t let the negativity get under her skin. I would not have her change a thing about the way she does her vlogging or any other online activity (except maybe use spellcheck on blog posts before posting 😉 because I think she is a breath of fresh air and her style is very honest and relatable.

  66. Jen, you are great, haters will be haters! Most likely they sit at home watching you tube all day aspiring to you be you 🙂

    I love your videos and I do feel like you are my friend!! 🙂

  67. I love your week in review, and I really really look forward to your cook nook on don’s chicken soup. They are my favorite videos! 🙂

  68. There seems to be a lot of ‘keyboard warriors’ posting such negative comments on here. Yet they still watch your videos and watch this blog. Such a shame to see people with so much time on their hands using it in such a terrible way.
    On a positive note I am loving your videos and blogs! You are so motivating and fun! Keep up the great work 🙂

  69. Hey Jen – I’ve been watching your videos since last summer and have really enjoyed getting to know you through your videos and blogs etc. I really appreciate your honesty and willingness to be vulnerable when sharing your struggles with anxiety and ‘trying to get it all done.’ I have been motivated by your commitment to creating an ‘organized’ life 😀 Also, while some of the comments on this post are eyebrow raising-ly absurd – they don’t shock me entirely. I think that when you watch these kind of videos a lot and begin to connect with the ‘protagonist’ on a deeper level people kind of assume they have ownership over you… it’s pretty weird…One of my clients is a youtube ‘celebrity’ and see I the very same thing happening to her. You are doing a fantastic job in your responses to the more negative and/or ‘entitled’ posters, and I hope that you are able to focus on those of us who aren’t so judgmental (or at least keep our judgements to ourselves like any well-mannered and thoughtful person would!) <3

  70. Hi Jen,
    My hubby is a news anchor in a pretty large market..and let me just say…get used to never being able to please everyone! He gets over 1000 emails/calls/letters each wk. Some folks write to praise him for something, while others contact him to voice their displeasure..over the very same things. We’ve always been fascinated by the viewers who seem soooo dissatisfied about things yet continue to tune in. After all, it is very simple to change the channel! It’s also very easy to get 1000 positive comments, yet allow one negative one to shake your confidence. Never allow a viewer to make you feel you have to defend your decisions…this is YOUR b/vlog! Hubby has battled this for 30yrs. It’s just part of “putting yourself out there”, but challenging nonetheless. Just stay true to yourself, and you’ll continue to be very successful in all that you do 🙂 Oh, and btw, I think you’d be surprised to know how many tv folks (hubby included) find talking to a camera wayyyyy easier than speaking in front of an audience! You do a great job on your b/vlog, and I thoroughly enjoy your daily adventures..from one housewife to another..stay strong 😀

  71. Jen,

    I can’t imagine what you’re going through with all off these negative responses to your blog. ‘Critiques” “Trying to be a friend”…It seems like some people just look for something to nit-pick and run with it. I love when you start/end your videos with “Hello/Good-bye,friends” because I know it comes from the heart. I mainly watch Youtube videos on Apple TV so when my boyfriend comes over he says ” Oh! You’re watching your lady friend!”. That’s right! My FRIEND! You are a friend, Jen! Stay sweet and ((hugs)) for Winnie. You and Don are blessed to have each other.

    Always on your side,
    Isabel

  72. I’m kinda surprised to see so many negative comments on here – I think you’re wonderful! You’re videos are great, super inspiring, and it really does feel like I’m watching a friend chat. It’s nice and honestly, I can’t get enough of it! So please, try to let the negative stuff brush off (easier said than done) and remember that you have a ton of supporters here to give you a pick-me-up any time you need it. And remember that you’re ultimately doing this because you love it. So enjoy it and don’t let the haters get you down.

    I really like this week in review! It’s nice to read what’s going on with you – I keep getting inspired and finding new ideas by reading/watching you. I’ve actually recently decided to start a bit of yoga because of you! I’m not very fit and I don’t work out often (other than walks at the beach or mall, depending on the weather, with my fiance) but I found a Tara Stiles video on Youtube and you’re right – she’s wonderful! She has some great quick and easy workouts for beginners. I’ve just started trying them out, but already I am feeling great!

  73. Wish there was a button on the reply’s for like and dislike. The negative non constructive reply’s would get a big dislike from me. I have only in the last 24 hours found you and your videos. Just not enough hours in the day to watch and read as much as I would like. Going on an Alaska cruise in July to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Just can not get enough of your packing tips. So enjoyable and inspiring watching and listening to you. You are giving me courage that will make it to the plane prepared. Ordered my carryon this am after watching you video. Have a great time and do not let anyone take the wind out of your sails.

  74. Jen, congratulations on powering through your race today – you’re an absolute STAR!
    I never really post to people I don’t know, but I hope you know how fab you are in everything you do, and never think twice about the negativity. If people are so bored with their own life that the only thrill they get is writing ridiculous comments to YOU of all people, I seriously feel sorry for them; they must be very boring, lonely people. They will reach a point in their life where they realise that doing things to make others happy is a wonderful thing – and all they’ve done is express negativity. – Remember; if people are trying to bring you down, that only means they feel you are above them!
    Anyway, I am 21 and in my final year of university here in the UK, first time living far away from my family – and you really have helped me hang on to my sanity !!! I’m also a disney fanatic, I was in Orlando this past September, and I cannot WAIT for your Disney vids!
    Keep rolling through life at your own pace lovely, you are amazing enough to offer so much of your time to your viewers – please never feel any pressure!
    Have a ride on Splash Mountain for me 😛
    Love Katie 🙂

  75. It’s scary to think that some of the responses I read may come from people I work with or come across through life’s travels. Nevertheless, I still have faith that women will reach a point where we can celebrate and be a witness to each other’s lives in a supportive and productive manner. Live like a Shero and Be a cheer-o, not a zero.
    Jen- I recently found your channel around the holidays while looking for closet organization ideas and proceeded to watch all your videos since. Great personality and a brave spirit -do what makes you happy!

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