I haven’t had one of these in almost five years… A completely blank slate, and a completely fresh start, on the internet. So, hi!
If you’re new here, I’m Jen Fairbanks. I have over 300 private posts that are sitting in my WordPress Dashboard, that have chronicled the last five years of my life on the internet. For your sake, here’s the quick version of all of that:
I am a self-proclaimed hypochondriac, living with depression and anxiety, and just trying survive each day. (That sounds way more 2008 emo than it should have) When I started struggling with my mental health, it prompted me to start writing about it. That’s when my first blog, alwaysampersand was born. Though at the time, my blog wasn’t mental health focused… Instead, it was focused on sharing everything else, all the things that made you think my life was amazing, and for a few years, I struggled to find my niche. I wasn’t a fashion blogger, or a parent, or a “by definition” lifestyle blogger, so I just became “Jen” and wrote about everything that filled my life. Travel, my relationship, my mental health, my fitness journey, money, and the entire world filled pages and pages of my blog. When I got married, alwaysampersand became JenSalisbury.com and the posts continued. I kept posting while my real world was crashing, and no one really knew what was going on. After 2019 destroyed me, I committed myself to change. In 2020, I got divorced. Walking away was the single strongest thing I’ve ever done for myself. I continued to share about my life, but there was more sunshine than before. Then, I struggled again, because we’re in a global pandemic, and I was spending too much time alone, and my decline just happened. While I’m aware 2021 may not heal the world, I intend to have it finish healing me. I was very happy, in 3/4 of 2020, and it was the first time I was truly happy in a long time. I’m manifesting the same for 2021, nothing but abundance, happiness and blessings is coming this year.
Anyways, me. I have two children, covered in fur and filled with attitude. I like to blog about my constantly failed fitness journeys, my online shopping addiction, and the weird shit that happens to me in life. I’m sure that’s not going to change anytime soon. I’m almost always complaining about money. I post a lot of blogs about places I’ve been. I cry a lot, and share it with the internet. In fact, I just cried watching a college football game because the kicker’s parents were proud of him. I hate pumpkin spice lattes, want my home to look like an IKEA showroom, and drink Diet Coke more than water. I can’t cook, I have an unhealthy obsession with Las Vegas, and I will certainly get my heart broken by the Minnesota Vikings every year.
Most importantly, I’m not the cookie-cutter, highlight reel, type of blogger. I cry, I swear, I wear a double digit pants size, and I sometimes hate my brain and my reflection.
That’s about all I’ve got for you, but you already knew all of that, because we’re pretty similar. We are both just ready to start a new year. [fresh, thriving, and winning.]
Welcome to JenFairbanks.com, my fresh start.