Writer and Therapist, Founder of The Holy Absurd
Jenn Zatopek is a writer and a licensed professional counselor whose work focuses on telling our stories through a lens of tender compassion and soulful self-care. Jenn has led a remarkable life and lives to strike a balance between work and rest, service and play. You might find her writing poetry in her writing room or photographing beautiful mountains or even playing guitar. Jenn, a versatile artist, is unstoppable, but it took changing her narrative to find her way.
Because of this, Jenn believes in the power of story, how telling our stories without fear of judgement can change our very being and move us toward wholeness and healing. She writes at the intersection of psychology and theology, literature and neuroscience. Jenn adores poetic musings and soulful depictions of everyday life and relationships.
“I come alive when I write out my heart on the page,” Jenn says. “Words have the capacity to heal and serve, touch and soothe. That’s what I strive to do when I write and share my words with others.”
Jenn’s diverse educational background and professional training is in Psychology, Mindful Self-Compassion, Buddhist Psychology, Theater, Writing, and Counseling Psychology. In addition, she studied theology at Brite Divinity School and continues to pursue her life-long passion of theology and spirituality through self-study.
Besides her thriving counseling practice, Jenn writes for various magazines. Her work has been featured in Ruminate Magazine, Fathom Magazine, SheLoves Magazine, Panther City Review, The Mustard Seed Conspiracy, The Glorious Table and elsewhere.
The genesis of The Holy Absurd was born in the summer of 2016 when Jenn decided to refocus her actions and attitudes to live with more joy, delight, wonder, and meaning. A wise mentor encouraged her to share her artful collection of essays and poems with the world. Jenn, a natural wordsmith, considered the idea, and a year later in 2017, The Holy Absurd was born.
“I had a spiritual awakening of sorts in 2016,” Jenn says. “I realized that my life, that all our lives, are precious and all our experiences matter. But our lives are also messy and strange, painful and beautiful. I use the word ‘absurd’ because we humans get to hold the tension of beauty and sorrow, wonder and the mundane together. Finding peace amid the joys and sorrows of life is what I want for all of us.” You can subscribe to The Holy Absurd Newsletter here.
An accomplished artist, Jenn is active on Instagram where she shares her beautiful pictures and lyrical mini-essays along with her colorful paintings, evocative poems, and heartfelt musings on life. You can also find Jenn on Facebook and Twitter.
Jenn lives with her husband and two cats, and writes from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, on the ancestral lands of the Wichita, Commanche, Tawakoni, Jumanos, and Kiikapoi Indians. She works hard but loves to play hard too. You can find her hiking in glorious mountains, writing lyrical poetry, painting landscapes with watercolor, and nurturing plants and flowers in her tiny porch garden.