Blogger: Jennifer Angarano-Ricci – “Ms. Happy, Alive & Built to Survive”


Dear (Insert YOUR name here),

I know that you and I may not know each other very well, but I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know just how much you mean.

Maybe you’re living your dreams, but maybe you’re not- and that’s okay.  In my own life, I’ve been a student, a singer, a baker, a nun-in-progress (that’s for another post), a wife, and a mother.  I have a loving family, a great husband, and a beautiful daughter who’s about to go to college in the Fall.  I’ve also gone through a pregnancy that left me hospitalized for six weeks, only to deliver my son and have him die six hours later, and recently I dealt with breast cancer- and now it’s after effects.  So, I’ve lived some moments of my “dream” life, and some moments of some pretty sucky shit- but that’s what makes me who I am today.

Maybe you’re going through something sucky right now, but don’t worry- you WILL get through it.  What I’m getting at is, that life has it’s beautiful and horrible moments- but that does NOT mean that the horrible moments will last for your entire life- so don’t give up!  Each time we deal with something big in our lives- good or bad-it shifts what we thought our “normal” was- and that’s a good thing because we grow and become so much more than we were beforehand.  To go back to our former state of “normal” would be meaningless- it would mean that we hadn’t grown and evolved through our experiences.  Don’t be afraid of change.  Face your fears head-on and kick some ass!

Perhaps you’ve been through a lot, and I know how hard it is to keep going when you feel like the world has let you down, and you’re fearful of the unknowns ahead of you, but please- keep going, because you are worth so much, and there will always be at least one person cheering you on- even if sometimes it’s yourself.

You are amazing- always remember that.  You are worthy, you are loved, and you are meant for great things.

As Maya Angelou said: “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”


Your Valentine (at least for this letter),




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Jennifer Angarano Ricci is a wife, mother & creative soul-searcher.  She is a musician, artist, and baker, and runs her home business Baked By Jen, in addition to running her local community theater group.  She loves to sing, create and help others and tries to connect all three passions whenever possible.

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