In every home there is a barefoot preacher. In yours, it’s you.
Since becoming a mother, I have been energized by seeing families thrive. Hi, my name is Jennifer Magnano and I’m the creative force behind The Barefoot Preacher Blog. I began writing as an outlet to heal when my son was born early. I struggled deeply with perinatal depression and anxiety – which means my mental health suffered greatly both through a very complicated pregnancy and after his birth; and also, my body crumbled under the pressure of taking care of him around the clock once he arrived. The strain was so significant, that as one point I had to relearn how to walk. I missed his first birthday while in the hospital.
What came to life in that hospital room is something I didn’t expect: I fell in love with life again. And while I still didn’t have over-the-moon feelings for my son just yet, it was a stepping stone to a brighter future.
A future in which I would become a Barefoot Preacher – speaking life into my own life and the life of thousands around the globe. First, that happened through teaching family yoga (something I still do today). And then, it expanded out into speaking to church groups and on various social media platforms. Today, this ministry has expanded into postpartum doula care. I get to serve moms who look just a little bit like me!
That future has also included a diagnosis for my chronic disease (something I ignored and/or doctors ignored for over a dozen years) and giving birth to a second, healthy child. Who happens to do life with special needs.
All of this gives me loads to share with you, to be quite honest. I get to speak life daily into both your life and mine, and it is such a precious gift! Thank you for being here with me. I am honored to be a part of your journey – and I hope you’ll share your story with me. I can’t wait to see what the Lord does through your heart and hands, my friend! We are better together.