1. What’s your favorite place in Michigan?
Sugar Springs, a little place “up north” that we went to for several summers when I was a kid. It’s filled with memories of ice cream, putt-putt, jumping off bunk beds, and being carefree and deliriously happy.
2. If you could invite 5 mothers to dinner at your house, fictional, celebrity, or otherwise, who would they be?
I have this uncanny ability of giving birth on family members’ birthdays (or the day after), and for me, it’s been this incredible tie to the women in my family who labored on the same day I did, years (decades!) before. I’d love to have them all together for a meal and share our stories! That would be one grandmother, two great grandmothers, and one great great grandmother. And then of course my own mother, and not only because I’d have to have her come help me make dinner, but also because she’s the woman who molded me into who I am today and she deserves at least a meal for that achievement (even if she cooked it)!
3. What are you currently a) binge watching on Netflix, b) reading, or c) both?
I am in countdown mode for the new Gilmore Girls episodes. I CANNOT WAIT. I’d love to share some amazing book titles right now, but the only books I’ve been reading these days have been toddler approved.
4. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from a mother or mother figure?
I am blessed to have so many amazing women who have imparted their knowledge on me, especially my own mom! But one specific piece of advice that has stuck with me came from a complete stranger. A few years ago, I was walking my kids home from school and an older woman, probably in her late 70s, who lived in my neighborhood stopped me to say how wonderful it was to see happy children and to cherish every moment.
We chatted for a minute, I learned she had just moved here into her son’s house. He had been recently diagnosed with terminal cancer and she was here to take care of him. My heart broke for her, and she told me, “You know, us women, we were built for this. For taking care of our children. For whatever life throws at us. For the good and the hard.” I’ve thought about her many times since that day, and in my own moments of frustration and exhaustion at this whole motherhood thing, I remember that I, too, am built for this.
5. What is your favorite quote or mantra?
Oh we could be here for HOURS – I have so many! It’s normal to own multiple books full of quotes, right??
What I live my life by: Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Ghandi
How I get through the day: The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything that comes their way.
How I deal with tough times: It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great! – A League of Their Own
How I deal with my kids when they won’t go to sleep: You’re killing me, Smalls! – The Sandlot
Jenny VanBuskirk is a mom, wife, and multi-passionate entrepreneur. She is the owner of Creatively Virtual, a virtual assistance and marketing consulting company; founder of the Action Takers’ Circle, a group for moms who are taking action toward achieving their dreams; and has been taking steps to bring her passion project, Be the Change Project, to life. She shares her stories about life, business, and motherhood on her blog.
Join us Sunday, May 1, to hear Jenny and the rest of the LTYM Metro Detroit 2016 cast share their stories. Tickets are on sale now on Live Nation or at the box office at Saint Andrew’s Hall.