I’m a vegan hippie and spirit junkie living in Ubud, Bali, or as I like to call it; Heaven. I live in this magical place with my afro-haired husband, Mike, who is the happiest, kindest person I have ever known.
When I’m not running Wild Sister, I’m usually reading books about inspiring people, business and entrepreneurship; writing about self-love, inspiration and even dabbling in fiction; finding every opportunity to laugh hysterically; getting obsessed with television shows – right now I can’t get enough of How I Met Your Mother, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad.
I stand for self-love, equality, sisterhood and making dreams come true.
Now that I’ve achieved my big dream of running my own business that inspires others, creates change and gives me the freedom to do what I love, I have a new big dream:
Become a philanthropist and advocate for women and girls all over the world.
But enough about where I am now and where I’m headed, the real juicy goodness is in the journey that brought me here.
My story isn’t some epic tale of luck, heroism or glamour. But I did face fears, learn from my mistakes and work hard to change my life.
To put it simply:
There was a time when I hated what I saw in the mirror.
I felt stuck, frustrated and unworthy of my dreams.
I spent a lot of time feeling sorry for myself and hiding away from the rest of the world.
I neglected myself – mind, body and soul.
Days were spent on the couch in front of the television, and that was only when I could be bothered to get out of bed.
One day, everything just got to be too much for me. I was miserable, uninspired and sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I realised that nothing was ever going to change unless I changed. No-one was coming to save me.
I did whatever I could to feel good again, from smiling at myself in the mirror to reading positive books and blogs to taking on new hobbies, such as writing.
That’s when I discovered how much writing could heal, and I started a blog called My Smiling Heart.
Soon after, a piece I wrote about my happiness journey was featured on Tiny Buddha, launching my blog into new horizons and connecting me with new inspiring bloggers.
About six months later, I brought many of these bloggers together to create the very first edition of Wild Sister Magazine. Our goal was to inspire women to choose happiness and live positive lives.
Almost two years later, Wild Sister has sold more than 10,000 copies and grown into a thriving community of women who are committed to loving themselves, following their bliss and changing the world.
I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.
Jen Saunders is a writer, painter, and empowerment artist who is passionate about inspiring women to love themselves, follow their hearts and change the world. Her writing has been featured on popular websites such as Tiny Buddha, Kind Over Matter, Roots Of She, and many more. Her first guest contribution to Tiny Buddha was so popular, her story was also featured in the bestselling Tiny Buddha book.
At age 20, Jen made her debut to writing when she was interviewed by DOLLY Magazine for a feature article entitled Be The Girl Everyone Loves, in which she spoke about the importance of self-love and confidence.
At 22, ten of her original paintings were exhibited at a Melbourne art gallery. Her exhibit, entitled Places/Faces, focused on promoting women’s empowerment and featured ten portraits representing women from different cultures.
At 23, Jen and her fiancé (now husband), Mike, moved across the globe to live in far north China for a year. During this time, Jen battled many inner and outer struggles, forcing her to rebuild her life from the inside out.
At age 24, in her final months in China, Jen created Wild Sister Magazine. Soon after, she returned home to Melbourne, Australia, and married her soulmate, surrounded by loved ones, spring flowers, and candlelight.
Jen has released lanterns under the light of the full moon, stood on a Beijing rooftop surrounded by fireworks on Chinese New Year, knelt before giant Buddhas in a magnificent hillside temple in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, danced among falling snowflakes, watched women in beautiful silk dresses make offerings of flowers and incense to Hindu Gods in Bali, admired centuries old rock art of the Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime, and stood hand-in-hand with a circle of women in a tropical rainforest.
She’s a vegan hippie + rainbow loving spirit junkie who’s mission is to spread a ripple effect of love throughout the world.
Jen’s got so much love for women who own their power, smile at themselves and believe that happiness is a choice – so if that’s you, give her a wave at any one of her online homes so you can connect!
P.S: Want to get to know me better? Come hang out with me in the Wild Sisterhood!