About Me

HELLO! I’M JENNIFER.

Hey! You’re here! And I’m so excited!

(I’m pretty sure somewhere there is a blogger handbook stating you should never use three exclamation points in the first line. But hey, I’m a risk taker – this girl is not afraid of punctuation!)

But I’ll tell you what I am afraid of: living a life half lived – a life that isn’t true to what I feel in my heart.

Been there. Did all of it – the wrong marriage, the wrong career, the mortgage, the loans, the very big closet; a life that looked good on the outside but felt wrong on the inside.

But a few years ago I woke up. I took control of my life and cleared out the clutter. I started being honest with myself; listening to my heart, doing more of what I love, and learning to let go of all the rest.

And now?

Now I live a crazy, beautiful, messy life that I absolutely love – and I want you to love your life too. Get started here.

Jen - Simply + Fiercely

THE GIRL BEHIND THE BLOG …

I’m a traveller, minimalist, and dream chaser.

I grew up near Baltimore, Maryland but I caught a bad case of wanderlust at an early age and it has taken me all over the world: pulling pints in London, teaching English in China, caravanning in New Zealand, backpacking solo though Central America and even once getting bitten by a (very small) tiger in Thailand.

Eventually, my travels landed me in Australia, where I’ve spent most of my adult life (so I dream in colour, not color.) I currently live in sunny Queensland – because once you go subtropical you never go back!

I’ve worked a ton of jobs: waitress, travel agent, barmaid, marketing manger, fruit sorter, account exec, auditor and more. Nothing made me particularly happy so last year I walked away from full-time employment. I earn my bread and butter juggling side jobs and I make it work by living simply.

Speaking of living simply, I’m a reformed shopaholic turned minimalist. I believe that clearing out the clutter is a vital part of creating a life you love.

I dream about taking chances, I’m always looking for adventure, and I love learning new things. I’ve learned this keeps my soul happy.

A FEW MORE FUN FACTS

  • I grew up in my family’s Chinese restaurant and then worked in restaurants for many years. I believe you can learn a lot about someone by how they treat a waitress.
  • At 22, I impulsively bought a one way ticket and moved to London, with nothing but $500 and a vague plan of travelling the world. Surprisingly, that’s exactly what I did.
  • I’m a creative thinker and I ask a lot of questions. Sometimes I create complicated solutions to simple problems, but it’s more fun that way (because it’s all about the journey!).
  • At 23, I lost my father and brother within six months. It was heartbreaking but it taught me that life is short and to live for today. I feel like I honour their lives by making the most of mine.
  • I’ve travelled the world alone, hitchhiked in Alaska and received death threats in Guatemala. But I’ll be frozen with fear if you ask me to watch a scary movie or go into a haunted house.
  • I know it’s never too late to reinvent yourself and follow your heart. I married young to a good man, but he wasn’t the one for me. Deciding to leave was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself (but also one of the most painful and difficult).
  • I don’t believe in letting your past define you. Keep taking chances, trying new things and moving forward (like asking a handsome Englishman you just met to quit his job and move to the other side of the world). They pay off.

CONTACT ME

I would love to hear from you! You can contact me via email at jennifer(at)simplyfiercely.com

Or you can find me online // INSTAGRAM // TWITTER // FACEBOOK // PINTEREST // come say hello!

Photo: Ian Messenger (an awesome wedding photographer based near Toronto.) // used with permission.

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  • Hi Jennifer, I love your blog so far and I’d love to hear more about the tiger story 🙂 Looks like you did it all before it got “hip” (in regards to your teaching job in Asia). That’s awesome.
    I am very much looking forward to your new adventures. Safe travels!

    Susanne // http://www.thecozywild.com

    • Hi Susanne! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words about my blog. I volunteered at this safari park in Thailand http://www.safarivolunteer.com and I was bit by a baby tiger while ‘babysitting’ – even when they’re small they have big teeth! hehe.

      By the way, I just had a look at your Instagram and it’s gorgeous! Love your photos!

  • You inspire me, Jennifer. I know all about living a life half-lived, and I know that point at which you say, “no more” and vow to change it. I hit that point about a year ago, and I’m never going back!!! So glad I found you! <3 alifepluslove.blogspot.com

    • Aww, thanks so much Kathryn! It’s such a good feeling when you realise you have the power to change the direction of your life, isn’t it? ☺️ I’ve just checked out your blog and it’s gorgeous! I’ll definitely be exploring it over the next few days. Thanks for stopping by! x

    • PS: I just realised I know you from your Instagram!! Which I love!!!!

  • Anna Alapatt

    So glad we connected! We are so strangely similiar!! I love it! ☺

  • Ana

    Dear Jennifer, I REALLY ENJOY being on your blog! Thank you so much for all the beautiful, inspiring & positive content! I’m looking forward to reading much more of it (and have signed up for the Notes ;)).

    Best wishes, Ana

    • Aww Ana – thank you so much for taking the time to comment! You’ve made my day!! (And thank you for signing up for the notes – I’ll be sending a new one in a few days xx)

  • I’m so glad I found this blog! I’ve decided that minimalism will indeed bring me more joy. I’ve done that a lot with the people I hang around with, I’ve literally gotten rid of 70% of my wardrobe and it feels so great!

    • Hi Sarah! Thanks so much for sharing your story – and a big congrats on the wardrobe downsize!! 🙌🏻 (That was probably my biggest challenge when I started with minimalism.) I really appreciate that you took the time to comment, thank you again! xx

  • Laura Hernandez

    I’ve just started reading this blog and it’s crazy how much I relate to your posts! Obsessed! 🙂

  • Holly

    I really enjoyed andappreciated the honesty of your post today about your difficulties through your uni years. I have been reading for a while and only just realised you live in Queensland! I am a Caloundra girl myself! I have been simplifying and decluttering and making a career change over the past 7 years and my next challenge is going to be going from full time to part time work and getting a blog going as a creative outlet….any suggestions on who to use to host my site? Thanks 🙂

    • Hey Holly! So sorry – I read this and awhile ago and then must have forgotten to reply! Yep, I’ve been living in Queensland for a few years now and LOVE it 🙂

      For hosting, to be 100% honest I use Bluehost but I think when my contract expires I’m going to switch over and try to find someone local. I’ve had feedback recently from people who have tried to access my site and had problems … not good!

      Good luck with everything! Part time work + blogging is a lot of fun 🙂

      Jen x

  • Love your about page. I don’t know if I’ve ever read it before? Or if you have changed it recently? In any case, looking good, chica! 😉

    • Hey Lani! Sorry I missed this!! I did a revamp of this page last March-ish but it’s been here ever since 🙂 Thanks or the feedback, I really appreciate it (as About Me pages are SO hard to write, haha!) xo

  • Christina W

    Beautiful blog, beautiful woman and beautiful writing! Thanks Jennifer for your hard work!

  • Amanda Sherman

    Hey, Jennifer! I am writing a speech for a public speaking class about Minimalism and was going to cite you as a reference. What is your last name, so I can give you credit for your blog? Thanks!!

    • Hi Amanda, wow – I feel so honoured! My last name is Burger. Much appreciated and good luck with your speech! x

  • Devin Nakasone

    Hi Jennifer,

    I am extremely excited to delve into your blog! Your vibe and perspective on life are amazing.
    I cannot wait to read more!

    Best,

    Devin

  • Sepideh

    I came to your blog based on a recommendation from a fellow blogger and boy am I glad she did! What a wonderful blog! I’m so excited to catch up on all the content I haven’t read and to keep up with the new content coming!!
    http://www.elleisforlove.com

    • Hi Sepideh, thank you! I really appreciate your encouragement 🙂 Have a great day! xx Jen

      PS: Your blog is beautiful!