Photo by Rachel Hadiashar


HI, I'm Jenn.

In October 2001 I was a Southern girl who had moved across the country to Los Angeles to attend graduate school. There was this new thing called “Blogger” that I used to start an online journal to document my experiences.

I continued to blog as I moved to Melbourne, Australia, New York City, Washington, DC , Camden, New Jersey and Alaska. My first weblog was “Soul Glow” and then when I moved to Australia it transformed into “Sunburned” and finally emerged as “My Restless Life.”

For years I poured out my heart in writing for strangers to read on the internet. At times I was transparent, other times guarded, many, many times passive-aggressive and often ridiculous. Those posts have been archived and will possibly be recycled into book form one day. 

My Restless Life is now an archive of photos of my personal travels and cross-cultural experiences. I've lived on four continents and in almost a dozen states, and the ride has been wild and unexpected, but I wouldn't change my journey so far for anything. Notable places I've lived and traveled:

 Frankfurt, Germany – 1987-1991

As a child, I lived with my family in Frankfurt for four years.

Beijing, China – 1999-2000

Taught English as a second language to 1st and 4th graders at Hui Jia Private School.

Melbourne, Australia – 2003-2004

Apprentice with a missional order, focusing on multicultural community and justice issues.

Los Angeles, California, New York, New York,  Camden, New Jersey – 2003-2011

Served as an urban youth worker with international communities in various capacities.

Kotzebue, Alaska – 2012 - 2015

Worked with Inupiaq Eskimos in rural Northwest Alaska.

Anchorage, Alaska - 2015 - 2018

Lived in a city where it was a common occurrence to see a bear or moose downtown amongst tall buildings and city traffic