This is a blog about generations, especially mine, Generation X.
My name is Jennifer. I’m a wife, mother, writer and accredited public relations consultant. I live in Oklahoma City with my husband and three kids, Juliette (16), Sullivan (8) and Bridgette (6). Stories and posts cover a broad range of topics including generations, family, motherhood, pop culture, demography, career, politics, the economy, faith, social issues, Generation Z, latchkey kids, midlife crises, life in Oklahoma City, and above all the trials and triumphs of the the 13th generation of Americans. They commonly refer to us as Generation X. We’re sandwiched between Baby Boomers and Gen Y (Millennials) and we’re doing our best to raise Generation Z. ♥
Also, there are nice pictures.
Growing Up Generation X
I was born in East L.A. in the late 60s. This makes me a first-wave member of Generation X. (The years are 1961 to 1981.) I am the youngest of four kids. Like most Gen-Xers, I was a latchkey kid throughout most of my childhood and youth. I grew up wearing hand-me-downs, watching lots of TV and worrying about going to war with Russia. I ate a lot of cold cereal, which I loved! Cap’n Crunch and Frankenberry were the perfect companions to my Scooby Doo, Isis and Brady Bunch.
As I grew older, I watched different shows and worried about different things, but I still ate the same cereal. I worried about whether or not I’d be able to find a job with my expensive college degree. Reality Bites was an authentic narrative for many Gen-Xers.
Well before that plane blew up over Lockerbie, I worried a lot about terrorism. Then, in 1995, it happened where I live in Oklahoma City. I lost a friend in that bombing.
In 1974, my parents began a journey eastward. I ended up growing up in parsonages in rural towns across the Plains. I had a lot of fun in those small towns. I went to a lot of carnivals and county fairs and spent time on the farms of friends. I never forgot Huntington Beach though or Pudding Stone, the orange groves, Kiddie Land, Bixby Elementary and so many other things about my early childhood in Southern California.
In 1985, I graduated from Caney Valley High School in Kansas (Go Bullpups)! The 51 Gen-Xers I graduated with elected me prom queen that year. It was thrilling even if I didn’t have a date to the dance.
After high school, I attended Southern Nazarene University where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in speech communication and political science. College was a wonderful time in my life. I treasure those years and all my memories and friends.
After college, I went to work in public affairs at a large military base in Oklahoma City. It was great preparation for my career in public relations. Along the way, I did a lot of graduate work at the University of Oklahoma and University of Central Oklahoma in history, geography, English and communications.
Marriage and Family
Despite all my dreams and hopes, in January 1999, I became a single mom. That was a really tough time in my life and has inspired quite a few blog posts about divorce like this one, Prayer For The Child Of A Previous Marriage. Divorce is an experience that never leaves you and it changed me. I hope someday I can write about those events.
Even though my years as a single mom were difficult, I have a lot of great memories of that time. It was just Juliette and me for four years. We went a lot of places and did a lot of fun things.
In 2002, I met Robert at an art opening at the Oklahoma State Capitol. We were married exactly one year later in the Blue Room outside the Governor’s Office. Juliette was my flower girl. She was five.
In 2005, my son Sullivan was born, and less than two years after that, Bridgette came along to complete our family. I am very blessed! Motherhood is the greatest adventure of my life.
For more than 20 years, I’ve made my career in public relations. I’ve served as the public information officer and spokesperson for several local and state government agencies. In 2007, I earned my accreditation in PR and currently manage my own independent public relations consulting practice. My company is Big Banyan PR and Advocacy Marketing.
Blogging and Photography
I began blogging anonymously in 1999 on the Open Diary. (Yes, I’ve been writing online for 15 years!) I went public with my blog in 2006. By that time I was on Blogspot. In 2009, I bought my current URL. In 2013, I switched to WordPress. Blogging has changed so much, and I’m excited about the changes.
I write about generations, family, motherhood, pop culture, career, social issues and life in Oklahoma City. My blog has been featured in a bunch of great publications including The Washington Post! Below are the links.
In 2008, I bought a Nikon D60 and started taking pictures. It’s probably my favorite thing to do. Recently, my picture of the Oklahoma State Capitol at sunset was featured on CNN. Last year, I invested in a Nikon D600. I love street photography and capturing every day life as it unfolds. I love to find magic in the ordinary and irony when nobody is looking. Click here to read more about my photography.
Public Radio Commentaries
In March 2014, increased career demands made it difficult for me to maintain work-life balance. With KOSU’s support, Jen-X was maintained through the addition of three incredibly wonderful and gifted female commentators. They’re all members of Generation X and all named Jennifer. Now, you can hear me once a month and a different Jennifer every week! Click here to read more about this new direction.
Please tune in to 91.7 in Oklahoma City and 107.5 in Tulsa on Tuesdays at 7:35 a.m. You can also listen online at KOSU.org.
If you have an idea for a commentary, please feel free to contact me. I love to hear from listeners. My email is jenx67[at]cox[dot]net.
Historic Living in Oklahoma City
My husband Robert and I are raising our three children in a prairie bungalow in Heritage Hills, Oklahoma City’s first historic neighborhood. We’re one mile from the arena where the Oklahoma City Thunder play their games in downtown Oklahoma City.
Our house was built in 1919, 12 years after Oklahoma became a state. It was built by Oklahoma City’s first chief of police. It’s a great house even if keeping up with repairs on an historic home drives me crazy.
Working With Brands
Like most bloggers, I would love to partner with some of my favorite brands through sponsored posts, advertising, etc. Some brands I genuinely love include Target, Nikon, Panera Bread, Diet Coke, Old Navy, Walgreens, American Girl, Sharpie, Sherwin Williams, Pottery Barn, Nike, Lalaloopsy, Wild Kratts, Jeep (we own two!) and Outdoor World.
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In the spirit of full disclosure: At times, I am offered opportunities to write posts for compensation, as well as product reviews in exchange for the product I agree to review. While I appreciate such opportunities, I rarely accept them; however, when I do, it’s 1) because the content complements the Generation X theme of this blog, and/or 2) because I believe the content has some value to my readers that extends beyond the compensation. Every time I write for compensation you will know it, because I will link to this disclosure in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. I am committed to transparency in blogging. It is in keeping with ethics outlined by the Universal Accreditation Board of the Public Relations Society of America, to which I am bound professionally in order to maintain my accreditation in PR (APR).
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