About Jennifer

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Hi, friend! My name is Jennifer and I am the lifestyle blogger and photographer behind the name “Good Life Detroit” (@goodlifedetroit on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).

I am originally from Tennessee, and I have been living in Metro Detroit for two years now. I am a wife to an Army Veteran (HOOAH!) and mom to five children who keep me very busy. In my everyday life, I am a hot mess trying to homeschool my teens, chase around my two toddlers, and care for my newborn baby.

In my spare time, I enjoy exploring Detroit and the Metro area and photographing Detroit city life. I share my explorations and my love for Detroit on my blog!


How I Started Good Life Detroit

When I first created Good Life Detroit, it was called “The Good Life”. I focused on writing about family life and my family’s big move to Metro Detroit. I started exploring Detroit and the metro area to learn more about our new home. When my family and I would go out, I would also photograph our explorations. We attended many events and festivals and visited various city attractions. It wasn’t long before I fell in love with Detroit and the city life. (I have always been a lover of big cities and fascinated with the city life.)

Soon I started documenting my new experiences on my blog and social media. I then decided to shift the focus of my blog “The Good Life” to feature more Detroit life. I wanted to show people there is good in Detroit and all of the cool things about Detroit. This change in content led to the blog’s name change– “Good Life Detroit”.

 

It wasn’t long before I fell in love with Detroit and the city life. I wanted to show people there is good in Detroit and all of the cool things about Detroit!

 

My children at Lincoln Street Art Park in Detroit.

Tennessean Living in Detroit

I am originally from a small Army city in Middle Tennessee. The city I used to live in is not as large as the greater Detroit area.  Living in a large city like Detroit is a new experience for me, but it is an experience I greatly welcome.

And in case you’re wondering, no, I don’t have a twangy, Southern accent or say “y’allall of the time. 🙂 In fact, I say “you guys”. I get that from my mom because she’s from Philly (although she says “yous guys”.)

But I will say this, after two years of living in Michigan, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around saying “pop” instead of “soda”. 🙂

And, oh yeah! That Michigan Left thing confused the heck outta me for the longest! I get it now. I’m used to it. But when we first moved here, I was like, “WTH is a ‘Michigan Left’ and why are we making these U-turns just to get to the other side?”

 

I’m from Tennessee, and after two years of living in Michigan, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around saying “pop” instead of “soda”. LOL! 🙂

 

Army Life

In March 2015, my husband Travis and I, along with our four children, relocated to the greater Detroit area. Travis served 8.5 years active duty in the U.S. Army. In 2015, he medically separated from the Army because of a combat-related injury he sustained while on deployment in Iraq.

Prior to leaving the service, Travis was offered a job in Metro Detroit. Once his Army contract ended, we packed up our things and moved to the Motor City! We miss our old Army life sometimes. It took us about a year to adjust to life outside of the Army. I think sometimes we’re still adjusting to the transition, but we are happy with our new life in Michigan!

 

My husband served 8.5 years active duty in the U.S. Army.
My four children in the summer of 2016.
On August 14, 2017, I gave birth to our fifth baby! (See his picture down below.)

10 Fun Facts About Me

  • My husband and I welcomed our fifth baby in August 2017! We are SO in love with our baby boy. And yes, we LOVE having a big family! 🙂
  • I am a home educator; I have been homeschooling my children since 2013.
  • My college background is in English, Communications, and Management.
  • I am a self-taught photographer. I started my photography journey in Summer 2015 after purchasing my first Nikon DSLR camera.
  • Street photography is a great passion of mine. I love going around the city and photographing the city life.
  • I love 90s R&B, Neo Soul, and Jazz music.
  • My favorite Detroit-based restaurants (so far because I’m still discovering the restaurants here) are Beans and Cornbread (Southfield), Detroit 75 Kitchen, Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles, and Supino’s Pizzeria.
  • I played fastpitch softball from little league to high school.
  • My favorite shoe brand is Adidas.
  • My parents also served active duty U.S. Army. My dad is a Retired U.S. Army Vietnam War Veteran. My mom also served active duty U.S. Army for almost 10 years.
My daughter Michala (15) at Eastern Market.
My daughter Zhen (now 4) enjoying a day at the lake.

What I Love About Detroit

  1. I find the city’s diverse culture and rich history very intriguing.
  2. I love the art scene here. It really inspires me as a creative.
  3. I most especially LOVE the mural art!
  4. Detroit pride is very catching! Detroiters are proud of their city!
  5. The food. Um, hello?! Detroit food is delicious!
  6. There’s always something to do here. From festivals, cultural events, to exploring the nature parks, we never run out of things to do. I seriously do not know how anyone can live here and say they’re bored.
  7. And I love…you know what? You’d be here scrolling forever if I listed all of the reasons why I love Detroit. That’s why I started this blog and photography journey. To show you all of the things I love about Detroit! 🙂

 

Read: 15 Things I’ve Learned About Detroit

 

My son Elijah (17)
My son Zechariah at an All Things Detroit event (Spring 2017).
Meet our fifth baby Zephaniah! He was born on August 14, 2017.

Let’s Connect!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog Good Life Detroit and read all about me!

You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@goodlifedetroit for all three accounts).

I love Instagram! (My 14-year-old daughter calls me Mamarazzi because I am always taking pictures.) I like to share my photographs on my IG and connect with other Michiganders and photographers. But you don’t have to be from Michigan or a photographer to be my IG friend. 🙂 I love connecting with everyone so if you are on IG, look me up!

Thank you for visiting Good Life Detroit!

 

Let’s collab! Email me if you are interested in working with me!

Email: jennifer@goodlifedetroit.com

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