Jen’s Faves

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Clothing

I’m all about shopping secondhand and slow-fashion! These companies are either local business or sustainable companies with ethical practices.

Clothing

PLATO’S CLOSET
Second hand is best!

EVERLANE
I love their cotton tees, silk button ups, and their stretch denim!

MEUNDIES
Best place for socks, underwear, and bralettes. P.S - you can get 20% off if you click this link!

HACKWITH DESIGN
Handmade in Minneapolis! I am so in love with their Everyday Wrap Top (which wraps in 5 different ways).

Shoes

ALLBIRDS
These shoes are made from sustainably sourced Merino wool in New Zealand + from trees! We love their wool loungers, wool runners, and tree toppers.

MATT + NAT
I love purchasing their vegan leather shoes for something a little “fancier.” Love that they’re a company from Montreal!

Accessories

WILDER
Absolutely obsessed with all their leather work. I have their large leather tote and their leather clutch, and they are perfect. Local to Winnipeg

DCONSTRUCT
Their earrings are SO FUN. Local to Winnipeg

CLAY + CLOVER
I love her quirky earring style! (Winnipeg made!)

SOUVENIR HANDMADE
Another Winnipeg maker who creates such unique jewellery and hair pieces!

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Podcasts


My Top 10:

The Liturgists

Michael Gungor, Science Mike, William Matthews, and Hillary McBride host a culture-shaping, genre-bending conversation about the most relevant (or bizarre) topics facing people today

Failed Missionary

Failed Missionary explores topics and narratives related to the modern approach to missions and questions the odd ways we've interpretered the "great commission" from the vantage point of former and current missionaries and thought-leaders.

My Favorite Murder

Lifelong fans of true crime stories Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark tell each other their favorite tales of murder and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans.

Ologies

Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.

Out of Line with Caroline Lee

online personalities share offline realities. each week, caroline interviews a variety of guests known in the online realm about something less known in their day to day lives.

Someone Knows Something

Host David Ridgen joins victims' family members as they investigate cold cases, tracking down leads, speaking to suspects and searching for answers.

Stuff You Should Know

If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

The End of the World with Josh Clark

We humans could have a bright future ahead of us that lasts billions of years. But we have to survive the next 200 years first. Join Josh Clark of Stuff You Should Know for a 10-episode deep dive that explores the future of humanity and finds dangers we have never encountered before lurking just ahead. And if we humans are alone in the universe, if we don't survive intelligent life dies out with us too.

THIS

Michael Gungor (Vishnu Dass) explores how clinging to our most important stories imprisons us in suffering. Freedom is simply THIS.

Wandering Aimfully

We're Jason and Caroline Zook, a husband and wife team who believes life is just one big experiment. This is the show where we share our journey as we figure out this ever-changing thing called LIFE. We cover topics like running a business, traveling the world, and clawing our way out of debt—all with the hope of inspiring you to live, work and create with more intention.

Others I love!

Dr. Death

From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.

Ear Hustle

Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The podcast is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist.

The RobCast

The RobCast is a weekly podcast by Rob Bell.

Sleeping at Last

This podcast is an evolution of my ongoing series of "How It Was Made" blog posts, in which I dissect and explain how my songs take shape, one song at a time.

Nobody Talks About This

Join Elise Grice & Scott Grice as they embrace the messy intersection of life and business, sharing candid stories surrounding failure, mental health, minimalism, marriage, and debt.

Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel

Step into iconic relationship therapist Esther Perel’s office and listen as 10 anonymous couples in search of insight bare the raw, intimate, and profound details of their story. 

You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes

Everybody has secret weirdness, Pete Holmes gets comedians to share theirs.

Other People’s Problems

Real people, real problems, real talk in real life therapy sessions with Hillary McBride.

Uncover

Uncover is an investigative series from CBC Podcasts. Each season outlines a new story and crime.

Serial

Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns.

Ask Science Mike

This is a weekly podcast where Mike McHargue answers questions about science, faith, and life.

Thunder Bay

The highest homicide rate in the country. A mayor and his wife charged with extortion. A police chief put on trial for obstruction of justice. Nine tragic deaths of Indigenous teenagers. Why does it all happen here?

Another Name For Everything

Richard Rohr speaks about the themes in his latest book, The Universal Christ. I love his take on spirituality.

The Murder Squad

Billy Jenson (an crime journalist) and Paul Holes (a retired detective that played a huge part in finding the Golden State Killer) talk about unsolved cold cases.

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Favourite Books

Enneagram

Want the full list of everything I read. GO HERE.
Last updated: March 2019

The Wisdom of the Enneagram
by Don Richard Riso

Sub-title: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types

(So far) MY FAVE ENNEAGRAM BOOK. What makes this one different from all the other’s I’ve read so far is the deep dive into the purpose of the enneagram. Loved it.

The Sacred Enneagram
by Chris Heuertz

Sub-title: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth

My favourite beginner resource about the enneagram. He not only gives great descriptions of each of the 9 types, but also a few more complex ideas of the enneagram in a digestible way. He focuses a lot on how discovering our type can be helpful for self-development.

I have also read The Road Back to You, Personality Types, and The Enneagram (Richard Rohr). View my ratings and descriptions of those on my Jen’s Reads page :)


Non-Fiction

The Rules Do Not Apply
by Ariel Levy

Memoir. I almost put this one on the “must read” list. I had a lot of feelings reading this book about Ariel’s life and her experience through loss, love, fertility, addiction, grief, sexuality… a lot of heart-wrenching moments and so beautifully written.

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Memoir (kinda). A great and short read, written as a letter to his son about race and life as a Black man in America.

Immortal Diamond
by Richard Rohr

Sub-title: The Search for Our True Self

Spirituality + Self-Development. A wonderful read about the process of uncovering our True Self, the Immortal Diamond within us. I’m all about anything Richard Rohr writes. This one is best read after Falling Upward, I believe.

When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi

Memoir. One of the most beautiful and heartbreaking books I read all year. Paul describes his journey of becoming a surgeon and being diagnosed with cancer. So many tears.

The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander

Sub-title: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colour-blindness

Non-fiction. This informative book was fascinating and infuriating to read. In short, it covers how the American justice system is biased towards incarcerating Black men and other People of Colour. So educational.

Finding God in the Waves
by Mike McHargue

Sub-title: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science

Memoir/Science/Christianity/Atheism. Part one of this memoir is about Mike’s journey through Christianity to Atheism and his mystical experience with God on a beach. And Part Two is about finding God in science. Loved it and the combination of heart and head.

Falling Upward
by Richard Rohr

Sub-title: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

Non-Fiction/Spirituality. Oh gosh, what a book. Richard Rohr is an amazing spiritual genius and I can’t wait to read more of his books. He discusses our need for failing and falling in order to grow. He explains the “second half of life” which you could consider life after “becoming awake”. I’ll need to read this one again to really soak it in.

The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

Historical Fiction. This was a great fictional story about a young slave’s escape from a plantation and search for freedom. A top recommendation for sure!

I’m Still Here
by Austin Channing Brown

Sub-title: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness.

Memoir. A must-read for my fellow white people. Austin does an amazing job of bringing the reader into her world as a black woman, racism, white fragility, and more. Why do I think it’s required reading? Because we need to become more aware of our white privilege and our conscious and unconscious biases we have for POC.

The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen
by Lisa Gungor

Sub-title: Opening Your Eyes to Wonder

Memoir. A beautifully written memoir about Lisa's life in the church (and leaving it), meeting her husband Michael, struggling with fertility, and having kids (including one with Down Syndrome). She talks about doubt sparking deeper faith and beauty, about not clinging too closely to what you think you know, and learning to see the beauty around us. I can't recommend this one enough. It touched me deeply. One of my faves from the year.

What is the Bible?
by Rob Bell

Sub-title: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform The Way You Think and Feel About Everything

Bible. Rob explains and redeems stories and concepts in the Bible that are very confusing or bring up questions about ethics, and outlines an alternative view of the Bible: a library that chronicles humanity's expanding understanding of God using many different genres and point's of view. He addresses concerns you might have about the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies throughout Scripture. I can't recommend this enough for anyone who might be searching or working through their beliefs.

Daring Greatly
by Brene Brown

Sub-title: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Self-help. My fave Brene Brown book, hands down.


Fiction

The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho

Fiction. A story of a shepherd boy travelling as he pursues his Personal Legend and the people and things that guided him along the way. I love the mysticism in this one.

Dark Matter
by Blake Crouch

Science Fiction. Also up there as one of my favourite fiction novels ever. The mulitiverse, a love story, a mystery, and the question of the nature of identity. I couldn’t put this one down. Obsessed.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel
by Heather O’Neill

Fiction. This might be my favourite fiction novel of all time. It’s hard to describe the book and the magic and darkness between it’s pages. Just read it and weep like I did at the end of the book. Orphans, the circus, drugs, love - it’s got a lot happening and I’m obsessed.

Wonder
by RJ Palacio

Fiction. A really touching story about August, a fifth grade boy with a facial difference, which describes his year of going to public school for the first time. It chronicles his experience with bullies and friendships and navigating an awkward time of life. I cried through the whole thing and devoured it in a day.

The Book of Negroes
by Lawrence Hill

Historical Fiction. The story of Aminata, a woman from Mali (Africa), who gets abducted from her village and sold into the American slave trade at the age of 11. It follows her life through abduction to slavery and beyond and all of the mess in-between. It was excellent.

The Inheritance Cycle
by Christopher Paolini

Fiction. Dragons + dragon riders + magic + fun.

Harry Potter
by JK Rowling

Fiction. Do I need to do describe this? No.


The Chronicles of Narnia
by CS Lewis

Fiction. This series started to shape my spirituality into something new. It was great.

All The Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

Fiction. One of my fave fictions books of all time. A book based in World War II, about a young blind girl protecting a gem Hitler is after (kind of).

Makeup + Skincare


I do (almost) all my make-up and skincare shopping at Portia Ella! They carry Canadian products that are natural + ethically made!

The skin care products I’m using (and like!):

Cleanser: Graydon Face Foam

Toner: OM Organics Rose Geranium Face Tonic

Exfoliator: Viva Amaze Exfoliating Gel

Moisturizer: Cocoon Apothecary Rosey Cheeks

Moisturizing Serum: Cocoon Apothecary Argan Oil

Face mask: OM Organics Charcoal + Matcha Face Mask

Hand lotion: Pure Anada Shea Hand Cream

Lip balm: Pure Anada Lip Balm

The makeup products I’m using (and like!):

“Foundation”: Pure Anada Tinted Moisturizer (in Porcelain)

Concealer: Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer

Powder: Sweet LeiLani Camera Ready Powder

Bronzer: Elate Flushed Cheek Colour (in Abyss)

Blush: Elate Flushed Cheek Colour (in Ingenue)

Mascara: Pure Anada Natural Mascara

Eyebrows: Plume Brow Pomade in Chestnut

Lips: Kat Von D Liquid Lips (from Sephora)

Business Resources


A few of the systems, apps, and products I use to run my business!

Website hosting: Squarespace

CRM: Dubsado

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Data Management: AirTable

Email Software: Convertkit

Pinterest + Instagram Scheduler: Tailwind

Stock Photos: Kate Max Stock

Membership Community: Wandering Aimfully