Jen and I met through a meet-up for The Influence Network (the same meet-up where I met Caroline and Summer!) – and Jen is a hoot. One of my favorite things about her is that when she finds something genuinely funny, she tilts her head back when she laughs. It makes you feel so awesome! This girl... she is so genuine and full of life. I love the excitement Jen has, and it's been an honor getting to know her brave soul better.
Jen also has a blog, where she shares her thoughts on life and marriage. She also shared last week that after years of struggling with infertility, she and her husband are expecting!!!! When we took these pictures a few months ago, she asked if I would wait to post them until she made her pregnancy public, and I've been anxiously awaiting the day I could share them with you :) Homegirl rocks that pregnancy glow! She answered her questions before finding out she was pregnant, and I love seeing her perspective before in these Ruby questions, and after, on her blog. I'm sure you'll love her as much as I do :)
Tell us about yourself! My name is Jen Weaver, and I'm a Communicator—both in writing and in speech. I'm a Marketing and Communications Manager for a small business, blogger, and aspiring author.
I'm originally from Sacramento California. My husband, Jared, and I moved to Texas four years ago and live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We've been married for 5 1/2 years and he is truly my best friend.
What inspires you? Noble themes inspire me. People exercising their giftings and walking in their calling. Art. Fashion. Photography. Inspirational movies—especially those with an underdog.
I love seeing the "ah-ha" moments when people realize something new about themselves or about God.
I'm inspired by hard work. No joke, Netflix created a specialized category for "workplace romantic comedies with a strong female lead". That basically summarizes my favorite move genre.
What are your gifts and talents? I love writing and teaching. I get a thrill from public speaking, whether to a small group or a few hundred people. I'm grateful for the ability to distill a large theme or topic into bite-size pieces of information and to share this insight with others.
How do you use your gifts to serve others? One big way right now is through my writing. I work diligently to provide encouraging and inspirational content on my blog several times a week. I'm also working on publishing a book to encourage Christian wives in our marriages.
What would you do if you had nothing holding you back from your dreams? Living my dream would look like days packed with writing, public speaking, and making personal connections with others.
I think one of the biggest things holding me back from my dreams is me. Insecurities. Doubts. Fears. Living my dreams means overcoming these obstacles within myself and truly believing God's plans and purposes for my life.
Tell us about a season of suffering that lead to good things in your life. One difficult season I've been going through recently is delayed fertility (I refuse to accept the title of "infertile" it's just been delayed).
They always tell you not to have unprotected sex because you'll get pregnant. Naturally, when my husband and I started planning our family, I thought I'd conceive right away. Nine months in I had a miscarriage.
Here are few particularly hope-filled revelations:
- God's timing is perfect. This was a cool revelation for me. God's timing for my baby is perfect—not just for me, but for my baby. Do you ever consider how you met your spouse, landed your job, or connected with your BFF? So many things in life happen based on being in the right/same place at the right/same time. Maybe my child is going to meet their spouse in a class at college, and they wouldn't meet if I got pregnant a year earlier, putting my baby in a different class or maybe even a different school. God has plans for your baby and His timing for their life, who they will meet, and what they will do, is perfect.
- Mothers with temporary infertility in the Bible had extraordinary kids. I'm not saying kids conceived right away aren't extraordinary, but the Bible is full of examples of temporarily barren women who God blesses with children anointed for great things. Hannah had Samuel. Elizabeth had John the Baptist. Rachel had Jacob. Sarah had Isaac. Our children will do mighty things and we have time to pray in gifts, anointing, and blessing while we wait for them.
Share your proudest moment. I feel this way every time someone comments that a blog post, article, or picture encouraged them. I am amazed at the way God will use humble stories from my own life to speak love to His children.
I feel my purpose in life is to... engage others through authentic empowered communication.