Jenna Clare

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Jenna Clare is a photographer and writer who has spent the last decade putting various types of art on the internet. After growing up in Northwest Indiana, she moved to Nashville, TN to attend Belmont University, and from there she built a successful online following through YouTube. Her channel now has over 2 million views. In the spring of 2019, Jenna self-published her own mixed-media poetry collection WATER RUNS RED, which debuted at #1 on Amazon. Currently she’s in the process of querying a new adult contemporary novel. When she isn’t scrolling through social media, you can find her listening to Taylor Swift songs, taking photos of her friends, or binge-watching tv shows.

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Jenna Clare This is a very big question that I don't know if I can quite do justice typing out here -- but I will try. First things first, existing is hard, but I…moreThis is a very big question that I don't know if I can quite do justice typing out here -- but I will try. First things first, existing is hard, but I don't want you to ever think that you shouldn't exist or to think that you should stop existing. Your existence on this earth is what makes everything the way it's supposed to be. Mental health is a serious thing, and no one should be afraid to ask for help if they need it. (Your response just scares me a little, so please talk to someone if you are in a negative headspace!)

I guess in regards to your question I would say that I manage it through documentation and friendships. Part of why I put so much of myself online is because I have to get my words, my thoughts, my feelings out somewhere, and it's easiest and most freeing for me to scream them into the void and type them into blogs and tweets and captions. I document so much of my life in writing and images that I know one day, when I'm old and gray, it will shock me. I never realize how much I *feel* until another year has passed and I'm stuck looking at all the things I documented over that year. The other way I manage it is through my friends. They are all so kind and generous and put up with so many obnoxious text messages from me screaming about characters and movies and stories that they don't even recognize. The people I talk to who love me let me feel things, even if it's just through a text, and for that I am grateful.

Another way I document my feelings which has helped a lot over the past year is by using voice memos. I heard that sometimes it's best to record your thoughts that way (especially when you feel weird) so you can go back later and listen to yourself, to really get a clear idea of how you come across to yourself. It helps when I'm feeling negative, but also when I'm excited -- it's like I'm leaving myself a voicemail about a thing I'm happy about, and then I can listen back one day when I want to relive that joy. It's been very helpful, even if I don't usually listen back to them.

Lastly, the best way I "manage" my feelings is music. To some people music is just something they enjoy, a thing that they listen to casually, maybe loving one artist a lot, and that's that. They need background noise. But me? Music has and will always be the secret to my soul, the one thing that will always breathe life into me. I have probably like 10,000 songs that I can be listening to at any given moment, and I throw myself into my music library whenever the feelings are too much. Sometimes I listen to music to make me feel more, to explore a negative or positive emotion, but sometimes I listen to music to feel less, to zone out, to ignore all the problems I have in my head. My go-to anxiety song for example is "Don't Panic" by Ellie Goulding.

Not sure if that answers your question, but hopefully it did. Feelings can be overwhelming, but they're also what makes life so worth living! (less)
Jenna Clare I can remember in 5th grade I told everyone I wanted to be an Artist/Author (because I couldn't pick one) and I think it all comes down to my love of …moreI can remember in 5th grade I told everyone I wanted to be an Artist/Author (because I couldn't pick one) and I think it all comes down to my love of books and stories. I used to write short stories when I was in elementary school and lyrics when I was in middle school and poetry when I was in high school, and words have always been the way I best express myself. I adore reading and movies and fiction, and I think I always wanted to be the writer of some fantastical story. It just never really occurred to me as a grown-up that I could do that.

When I was in fourth grade I had a teacher who read us the Narnia books aloud in class every day, and he also loved Tolkien and LOTR. He really pushed me to enjoy fantasy and storytelling, and I think I owe a lot of who I am today to that teacher and that time of my life. Growing up I was always encouraged to be creative and to dream, and since I was never a great traditional artist, the only way I could bring the worlds in my head to life was through writing. And it wasn't until very recently that I realized just how much I actually write. Even though I've only published one book of poetry, I've done NaNoWriMo every year since 2010 (this year is round 10 for me!!!) and I've written hundreds of songs and poems too. I think I was made to be an author, even if I didn't consider it seriously as a career.(less)
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Water Runs Red

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HAPPY RELEASE DAY!

I can't believe I'm sitting here typing this but my debut poetry collection Water Runs Red is out now!! WHAT! (Also it's my mom's birthday so happy birthday Mom!!!)

It's been such a wild ride getting to this day that I haven't really fully processed everything yet. I thought I was spending the past few weeks mentally prepping for my book to be out in the world, but it all just feels like a dream. H Read more of this blog post »
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i think everybody should read this book. full stop.

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okay friends gather round! this book was a SHOCK? so i picked up the fence comics a few months ago, fell in love, realized the comics were like...kind of over? and then i heard about this novelization. i heard mixed reviews, but mainly that it was a ...more
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oh this was a DELIGHT

so a lot of the reviews for this book are like "it wasn't what i was expecting :/" and while i also think this was unexpected...i thought it was PHENOMENAL. like, not only was it addicting but i found so much of myself and my lif
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“The darkness belongs to you. To shape as you will. To give it power or render it harmless.”
Sarah J. Maas, Tower of Dawn

Leigh Bardugo
“Stop punishing yourself for being someone with a heart. You cannot protect yourself from suffering. To live is to grieve. You are not protecting yourself by shutting yourself off from the world. You are limiting yourself.”
Leigh Bardugo, King of Scars

Erin Morgenstern
“We’re here to wander through other people’s stories, searching for our own.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea

Samantha Shannon
“You have risen from the ashes before. The only way to survive, " he said, "is to believe you always will.”
Samantha Shannon, The Song Rising

Hanya Yanagihara
“You won’t understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are—not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving—and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to try to listen to them when they tell you something about yourself, no matter how bad—or good—it might be, and to trust them, which is the hardest thing of all. But the best, as well.”
Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life




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Olivia Hi Jenna,

Loving the new profile pic! :)

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Olivia Thanks for adding me as a friend!

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Rebecca L Thanks for accepting my FR Jenna:)


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