Welcome to #RitualInBloom. A space where our community shares wellness rituals that help us connect with our bodies—because many of us here at Superbloom can’t “self-care” away our chronic conditions.
We chatted with Jena Franco about the realities of growing into who we are today – from changing bodies, directions, and perspectives on life. Read on for how Jena finds solace and calm in nature while she works towards becoming the self she now knows she deserves.
Where do you live and how do you describe yourself to others—not just what you are doing but who you are working on “being”?
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, CA. When describing myself to others, I would say that I’m ambitious and driven, but working on being a content person. I want to become content with the person I am, the environment around me, who I allow into my life, and the successes I’ve accomplished.
How do you connect to your body?
I connect with my body by allowing it to breathe. Throughout the day I forget to do that, so I take some time by myself, sit on a blanket outside, and just breathe in and out. I become aware of what parts of my body are stressed and find a way that I can supply it with comfort.
What’s your favorite mode of expression?
My favorite mode of expression is through movement. When I’m happy, I move, when I’m sad or upset, I move. It just comes naturally to me.
What are your wellness rituals? We noticed you like spending time in nature – is there a particular place you go to re-center and find a moment of calm?
When spending time in nature, I specifically look for a quiet, empty park with lots of trees, or my boyfriend’s backyard haha! I love laying down a blanket on the grass and listening to the trees sway back and forth.
How has your experience to your health and your body changed over the years?
My experiences with my health and my body over the years has not been the best. As a 21 year old, my body has changed a lot. I’ve grown into my curves and my face has changed, just the normal things that happen when you get older. Growing into your curves is what a lot of people look forward to, I sure did, but when my thighs started looking wider in jeans, my chest became fuller, and I no longer looked like what I looked in high school, my body image issues worsened than they had been all throughout my childhood and teen years. This took a huge toll on my mental health. Because I don’t want to feel this way with the body I was given, I have had to put in so much time and energy into gaining self love.
What’s one wellness issue you’ve struggled with that could help liberate other womxn going through a similar experience?
I’ve struggled with not having a sense of purpose in my life for the longest time. When finding my purpose in life, which was a very long and still continuous journey, I’ve become a better person to be around, I look forward to having a great day and future, and have developed a better appreciation towards every good thing that’s in my life.
What rituals have you learned to help support you in navigating that challenge?
The rituals I’ve learned to help me navigate finding my purpose in life were exploring my interests, creating better relationships, leaving the bad ones, and creating a space where I can relax and recharge.
If you had to choose one wellness ritual that has changed your life, what would it be?
To have done everything for myself. Teenage Jena wanted to impress everyone around me. Nothing I did as a teenager was for the benefit of myself, which led to toxic, abusive relationships, and habits that were unhealthy. If I were doing things for me and only for me, I would have treated my body and mind so much better.
You clearly have an artistic eye when it comes to creating content. What are you inspired by?
When creating content, I’m most inspired by nature. The trees, flowers, the trickling of water, the way the light hits my closet door in the mornings, the small things. I feel the most creative when I’ve spent more time outside breathing in fresh air and admiring the way the clouds move and the way the wind moves my hair, it’s just so inspirational!
What’s the wellness advice you would give your younger self?
You are worthy of the best, nothing less.