Hi there!

I’m Jenni Baden Howard, a writer and former lifestyle journalist based on the English south coast, a hop, skip and two train coffees from London where I was born and lived until Will and I moved, first, to Oxford.

I’ve worked as lifestyle journalist on newspapers such as The Telegraph, Times, and for magazines including Elle, Marie Claire and Vogue.

I’ve written about family, faith, home, beauty, wellbeing, motherhood and adoption (a topic close to my heart, as an adopted daughter, and the subject of a memoir in the making. God willing, it’s coming).

Once or a few times (depending) a week, I share The Story So Far, a weekly newsletter about the stories that connect us, and the one that holds us together.

I’ll often add an audio version of the newsletter, as many friends like to stay up to date in this way (me, too—I LOVE audio newsletters!).

There’s no need to do anything else— by signing up once, you’ll get the audio version automatically delivered straight to your inbox, too (or you can add the feed to your favourite podcast player).

Join others who feel the same about the beauty and power of stories, and subscribe to get reflections sent right to your inbox, sometimes with the addition of an audio recording or video (I love it SO MUCH when you share your stories, too!).

Why subscribe?

For the stories.

I hope that they will encourage, comfort, uplift and even inspire you (along with links to those which have moved me).

I also share sneak peeks of the memoir as I’m drafting it, which I won’t share in full elsewhere.

Also—surprise!—the music. I’ll often share a track or two that tells a story and that I’ve had on repeat.

Thank you, Substack!

The fact that this newsletter reaches anyone’s inbox in one piece is ENTIRELY down to Substack.

It’s all very clever, runs like a dream and means that Will gets a break.

Honestly, he doesn’t know what to do with himself anymore, now that I’m not pressing all the wrong buttons all the time.

Find out more at Substack.com

My Italian Nonna (far left) and Aunt, in Italy, where my own story began (I just wish I kept those 90s palazzo pants).