Jscrib is creating a photo & web business while raising a unique family
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January 2019

It has been less than one year and in that time, we moved (huge accomplishment), I lost my father, and our kids all started new schools (the reason for moving). They are each connected to a team who helps them in each of the areas they need assistance. They are the most beautiful children, now 4, 6 and 10. Their days are filled with school and swimming lessons, negotiating friendships, cooking with us, building lego and lots of dancing. They are big into making up their own "shows" right now, a spontaneous choreograph with any background music; something from a movie, the keyboard with built-in electronic songs, something their singing at school. Overall, they continue to grow strong, are healthy and full of life and wonder. And they are unbelievably kind.

And as they get older and we continue to think about their privacy, in conjunction with our blog and my career trajectory, we decided to stop sharing as much about their day-to-day lives. I'm a parent and budding entrepreneur, so there will continue to be natural ways I weave them into the story of this next chapter. But there will be a noticeable shift.  

The first year of my business was all about building a knowledge base. Setting up systems and deciding what kind of work I wanted to do more of and what kind of work I want to do less of. The things I wish to do less of, I'm creating online courses for, because I continue to receive regular emails and requests for how to do certain things, but the work I really wish to do is strategically incorporating a digital strategy to bolster important work that really good people are already doing. For example, I'm working with 2 non-profits right now to strengthen their websites and online presence in order to acquire more funding, which will enable them to do more of the good work they're already doing. I worked for a time with an immigration law firm, telling the story of the folks who work there, making their website more searchable, thus making it easier for folks tackling immigration issues to find their services and get the help they need. There are others and 2019 feels VERY different than this time last year. 

I've reached out to folks who've followed our family's story one more time, with the hope of pooling a little more resources, particularly as I learn how to manage tax season better. I have an accountant now, which is very expensive, but critical to legitimizing my work and making sure I'm making the best financial choices to meet the needs of the business and my family over the next year, but without creating financial barriers this time next year. 

This small group of quiet, consistent supporters has been crucial to me on a monthly basis during this period of time and I'm hoping to not need to ask for your financial support after this year. There have been MANY occasions where I've needed to wait on payment from a client for whatever reason, or been overcharged for a platform I'm using or needed to pay into a project to make it top notch before I could be paid out (because I'm still learning the balance of underpromise/overdeliver and how to estimate how much time a project will take) and your monthly collective contribution has totally saved me. 

If I had parents who were active in my life, or a family that supported my life choices, this is the type of support I would have asked them for. But because I don't, I'm so grateful for you. And I cannot thank you enough. 

Warmly, Jenna 

Original post (March 2018):

Becoming a parent to 3 siblings transracially adopted through foster care has not been an easy transition, or one that supports 2 full-time, out-of-home working parents. We are over 3 years in & it's unimaginably difficult for us to meet everyone's needs as our lifestyle requires tons of built-in flexibility and intentional living. We anticipated being strapped for resources, time and energy in choosing to raise 3 kiddos with lots of unique needs and so here we are, making more big choices. 

Like these: 

  1. We radically changed our diets back in Nov 2017 in order to reset circadian rhythms, sleep better as a family and aid in overall healing our kiddos from within. We've seen remarkable results and remain on that path despite its many challenges. 
  2. We are fixing up our house in the next 3 weeks and putting it on the market with the hope that we can finally move to a safer neighborhood with a public school that offers top-notch, comprehensive special educational supports for all 3 of our kiddos. We were unable to make this happen last year and funneled any financial support given to us into paying for private pre-school for 2 of our kiddos who are benefitting tremendously from the individualized instruction in a healing environment.
  3. After 3+ months of actively searching and interviewing for a corporate job that was a good match for our lifestyle and my broad skillset, I decided to pull the plug on that and have been working overtime behind-the-scenes to get my own photography and web-based business off the ground. (I'm also working part-time at a grocery store to feed my family).
All of this to say, we are in a fragile financial place working toward long-term stability. Our community has shown up for us before and we are so grateful for the ways you continue to encourage us, inspire us and in the past, financially supported us. 

I am looking for 50 patrons to support my work with a $10/month pledge for the next year as I get my business off the ground. 


People write to us daily and express a wish to do more - say more, act more, give more time, help out financially. We are thanked for sharing our lives openly and consistently encouraged to "Keep going." Well, friends, that is my goal. To keep going. To keep growing. To provide our kids with the things they need. This next year is going to be a rough patch as we stretch toward something bigger and better while balancing financial insecurity. I am here, once again, asking for your support.


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$500 is my monthly goal. That's 50 people committing to my success for $10/month. This will offer some financial stability for my family while building out my business at a time when we are also moving. 


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January 2019

It has been less than one year and in that time, we moved (huge accomplishment), I lost my father, and our kids all started new schools (the reason for moving). They are each connected to a team who helps them in each of the areas they need assistance. They are the most beautiful children, now 4, 6 and 10. Their days are filled with school and swimming lessons, negotiating friendships, cooking with us, building lego and lots of dancing. They are big into making up their own "shows" right now, a spontaneous choreograph with any background music; something from a movie, the keyboard with built-in electronic songs, something their singing at school. Overall, they continue to grow strong, are healthy and full of life and wonder. And they are unbelievably kind.

And as they get older and we continue to think about their privacy, in conjunction with our blog and my career trajectory, we decided to stop sharing as much about their day-to-day lives. I'm a parent and budding entrepreneur, so there will continue to be natural ways I weave them into the story of this next chapter. But there will be a noticeable shift.  

The first year of my business was all about building a knowledge base. Setting up systems and deciding what kind of work I wanted to do more of and what kind of work I want to do less of. The things I wish to do less of, I'm creating online courses for, because I continue to receive regular emails and requests for how to do certain things, but the work I really wish to do is strategically incorporating a digital strategy to bolster important work that really good people are already doing. For example, I'm working with 2 non-profits right now to strengthen their websites and online presence in order to acquire more funding, which will enable them to do more of the good work they're already doing. I worked for a time with an immigration law firm, telling the story of the folks who work there, making their website more searchable, thus making it easier for folks tackling immigration issues to find their services and get the help they need. There are others and 2019 feels VERY different than this time last year. 

I've reached out to folks who've followed our family's story one more time, with the hope of pooling a little more resources, particularly as I learn how to manage tax season better. I have an accountant now, which is very expensive, but critical to legitimizing my work and making sure I'm making the best financial choices to meet the needs of the business and my family over the next year, but without creating financial barriers this time next year. 

This small group of quiet, consistent supporters has been crucial to me on a monthly basis during this period of time and I'm hoping to not need to ask for your financial support after this year. There have been MANY occasions where I've needed to wait on payment from a client for whatever reason, or been overcharged for a platform I'm using or needed to pay into a project to make it top notch before I could be paid out (because I'm still learning the balance of underpromise/overdeliver and how to estimate how much time a project will take) and your monthly collective contribution has totally saved me. 

If I had parents who were active in my life, or a family that supported my life choices, this is the type of support I would have asked them for. But because I don't, I'm so grateful for you. And I cannot thank you enough. 

Warmly, Jenna 

Original post (March 2018):

Becoming a parent to 3 siblings transracially adopted through foster care has not been an easy transition, or one that supports 2 full-time, out-of-home working parents. We are over 3 years in & it's unimaginably difficult for us to meet everyone's needs as our lifestyle requires tons of built-in flexibility and intentional living. We anticipated being strapped for resources, time and energy in choosing to raise 3 kiddos with lots of unique needs and so here we are, making more big choices. 

Like these: 

  1. We radically changed our diets back in Nov 2017 in order to reset circadian rhythms, sleep better as a family and aid in overall healing our kiddos from within. We've seen remarkable results and remain on that path despite its many challenges. 
  2. We are fixing up our house in the next 3 weeks and putting it on the market with the hope that we can finally move to a safer neighborhood with a public school that offers top-notch, comprehensive special educational supports for all 3 of our kiddos. We were unable to make this happen last year and funneled any financial support given to us into paying for private pre-school for 2 of our kiddos who are benefitting tremendously from the individualized instruction in a healing environment.
  3. After 3+ months of actively searching and interviewing for a corporate job that was a good match for our lifestyle and my broad skillset, I decided to pull the plug on that and have been working overtime behind-the-scenes to get my own photography and web-based business off the ground. (I'm also working part-time at a grocery store to feed my family).
All of this to say, we are in a fragile financial place working toward long-term stability. Our community has shown up for us before and we are so grateful for the ways you continue to encourage us, inspire us and in the past, financially supported us. 

I am looking for 50 patrons to support my work with a $10/month pledge for the next year as I get my business off the ground. 


People write to us daily and express a wish to do more - say more, act more, give more time, help out financially. We are thanked for sharing our lives openly and consistently encouraged to "Keep going." Well, friends, that is my goal. To keep going. To keep growing. To provide our kids with the things they need. This next year is going to be a rough patch as we stretch toward something bigger and better while balancing financial insecurity. I am here, once again, asking for your support.


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