Jennifer M. Rodriguez - Family and Relationship Coach
Positively Jen


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: It has made me more beautiful.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) doesn't sound real pretty.  Trauma, stress, and disorder are highly negative words, and the disorder itself interferes with healthy relationships, how a person views the world and the people in it, and can even prevent them from holding down a job and functioning as a normal person in society. 

As a result of living through a domestic abuse situation, I now struggle with PTSD.  I have done some healing over the past nine years, and I know I have a lot more healing to do.

Sometimes all you need is a change

This summer my family and I made the decision to relocate.  We left the beautiful weather of Sacramento and headed for the blistering Texas heat of San Antonio, where the salsa is so hot it knocks your boots off!  I had been feeling more and more trapped living in Sacramento despite having a non-profit that I loved, loads of wonderful friends, the supportive in-laws, and many successes.  The thing weighing me down--I could not escape the oppression of my ex-husband or the oppression of the family courts who were more and more the ones in control of my life, or so it seemed.

Step-Father's Day

Yesterday Jason and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary.  We have been engaged for a little less than a year, now; and he has had MANY opportunities to step into a father role with my daughters.  In fact, they are "our" daughters, because he has completely fallen for them in the best of ways!  Jason volunteers at the girls' schools, helps with homework, coaches them on the proper way to wash dishes, and enjoys teaching them the fine art of StarWars watching. 

Superman (It's Not Easy)

Hello Dear Readers,
Today I want to share Five For Fighting's song "Superman (It's Not Easy)" because they are performing at a benefit concert tonight atBaylor University'sFerrell Center in Waco, TX.  The concert is free, and it will benefit the residents of West, Texas as they deal with the aftermath of an explosion at a fertilizer plant from earlier in the week. 
Baylor University is just a few miles south of West, and several alumni, faculty, and students live in West.

Bring on the Rain

Hello Dear Readers!

Sometimes I have the opportunity to participate in a candlelight vigil to honor the children and families who are going through difficult times.  This is the song I sing after lighting the candles, and it becomes a very powerful message.  Jo Dee Messina sings this with Tim McGraw, and it is the perfect song to listen to after a bad day when you need get back on the proverbial horse. 

My favorite lines:
"A single battle lost, but not the war" because we can’t always have things our way 100% of the time.

Just Around The Riverbend

Hello Dear Readers!

Just in case you didn't know, I LOVE musicals!  Disney's Pocahontas has some great music, and Judy Kuhn (singing voice for Pocahontas) has a beautiful singing voice.  The song "Just Around The Riverbend" really resonates with me because I am always looking for the next great adventure.  I enjoy the journey and the people I am with in the present; but I am always ready to find that next level of growth.

My favorite lines:
"What I love most about rivers is you can't step in the same river twice; the water's always changing, always flowing" because life changes.