“I believe women around my age were born smack in the middle of two paradigms. The first being to tend home and hearth; cook, clean, nurture your children and support your spouse. The second was to be ambitious; go to school and pursue career. What became of us? We gave birth to a hybrid generation. Loving a woman who can do it all is as complex as the woman herself. It should be done with, love, respect and a ton of patience – like a wild thing. We are for the most part uncharted; pioneers. Self-love comes with acknowledging what makes you different, accepting it, and ultimately honoring who are, where you’ve been, and where you are going. It’s tough! Why? Self-love was never part of the model. Smile! Now you know. Go love yourself!!! ” ~Jenning Medina, New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent born and raised in Brooklyn. Mother of four, Writer, Poet with a formal education in Business Applications.
I met Jenning Medina in the Summer of 2011 at an Open Mic in Queens hosted by Maria Rodriguez. We were introduced by my friend Lula.
Jenning has a contagious laugh that welcomes you and makes you feel comfortable around her from the minute you meet her. She talks more or less everything, while she dances and laughs and you feel as if you know her for a very long time.
That night I purchased her book “Fourth and Life, a VCB Chronicle” which was highly recommended by Lula and within two days I finished reading it. Her book is a translation of who Jenning is, an honest woman who acknowledges her life choices constantly and the lessons that were born from those choices. Her book spoke to me and I truly believe it came at the right time; I felt connected with parts of her story. Jenning’s words gave me comfort and showed me that I wasn’t alone and that other women like me go through the same hurdles just in different places and with different people. Her words told me that I shouldn’t look at myself as a failure for making wrong choices at any given time and to never beat myself up for mistakes but to learn from it and move on. I truly believe the Universe brought us together.
After that, Jenning and I have kept in touch and she has supported all of my endeavors, she was part of the first Canvas of Words and every now and then she checks in to let me know she is watching and rooting for me, as she says: “Pa’lante Mami!”
I admire Jenning’s energy and positive view in life despite some hurtful experiences. She found a path to transform that pain into a positive lesson and empower herself and other women. She constantly advocates for us women to embrace our greatness and love ourselves in the midst of having to do it all and love everyone else around us. She is an example of overcoming adversity and a symbol of hope: after every ending a great beginning is born to discover your potential and honor who you are.