Cast Spotlight: Jenna Hatfield

by stephaniejankowski on April 26, 2016

One of our favorite parts about producing Listen to Your Mother Pittsburgh is getting to know the people behind the stories. Today’s cast spotlight offers such an interesting perspective, as well as a burning passion, for honest parenting, and it has been an absolute pleasure learning more about her. We know you’ll enjoy even the small snippet you’ll get of Jenna on May 6th.

 

Jenna Hatfield is an editor, writer, and social media manager originally from the Pittsburgh area. She now makes her home in Ohio with her husband, two sons, five chickens, and one German shepherd. She works for the national non-profit, Postpartum Progress, helping spread awareness and connect moms with peer support for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. A winner of the BlogHer’s Voices of the Year and the SWPA Media & Mental Health Award, she regularly writes on the topic of mental health as well as parenting, adoption, marathon running, and fashion, and has been published in a number of print and online spaces. She is also a birth mother to a beautiful daughter with whom she shares a fully open adoption with her family. Get more of Jenna on her blog, Stop Drop and Blog, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

Q: How did you discover LTYM?
A: I’ve known of Listen to Your Mother since its first year as previously worked at BlogHer which acted as a national sponsor for a number of years and hosted a LTYM Salon at the conference. One of my good friends was cast to the 2011 Spokane show and read a piece that still sits with me to this day. (Ivory Coghlan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcDs5pB_hrY) I’ve wanted to audition for a few years now, and when the show came to Pittsburgh last year, I was so excited! However, I didn’t get to audition last year thanks to motherhood, elementary school germs, and vomit. I’m really excited to be here this year… and to be vomit free.

Q: What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?
A: I Believed the Lie, published at Brain, Child Magazine, is a piece of which took me a long time to write. Or, rather, it took me a long time to get to a place where it felt okay to share such a thing. I fully believe that sharing our stories of mental health and illness allow others the space to say, “Me too.” Sometimes just realizing you’re not alone in your darkest moments makes all the difference.

Q: What do you wish most for your children
A: When I’m writing about my three kids, I write a lot about what I want them to “know.” I want them to feel safe in their own skins. I want them to be kind to others and themselves. I want them to realize their potential and not fear failure so much that they refuse to try. But when it comes down to

Photograph courtesy of Ashley Mikula Photography

Photograph courtesy of Ashley Mikula Photography

what I wish most for them? I want all three of them to realize, without a doubt, that I loved them unconditionally.

Q: What do you love most about Pittsburgh?
A: Do you mean other than the food? And the regional dialect? (My husband still doesn’t believe a gum band is a real thing, y’inz guys!) I love my childhood the most about Pittsburgh. Growing up just outside the city, I didn’t realize how “good” we had it until I moved away. I didn’t know that schools in other rural areas didn’t go on multiple field trips into big cities twice (or more) per year. We were exposed to a lot of culture before we graduated in the form of musicals, plays, museums, and other events in the city. Additionally, my parents took me to baseball games (I loved Andy Van Slyke), the Arts Festival, the Regatta, and so much more around the city. I now strive to make sure our two sons are exposed to just as much, if not more. I want parts of their childhood memories to be tied to my favorite city, my hometown.

 

Get your tickets to see Jenna and the rest of our cast in action HERE!

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