Jenni Berrett

Features Editor

BIO

Jenni Berrett is a freelance writer and Ravishly's features editor/resident Potterhead. Her work focuses primarily on disability, feminist pop culture criticism, lady writers, and mental health. In her free time, she loves to nap, beg her cat for attention, and work on her Animal Crossing town. She's a Taurus, in case you were wondering. Even more importantly, she is a Hufflepuff, and is therefore unafraid of toil and a rather excellent off-the-cuff GIF-finder. You can find more of her work on her website: http://www.jenniberrett.com/

Jenni Berrett's Articles

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5 Perfect White House Press Secretary Replacements For Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer has resigned as White House Press Secretary, much to the dismay of Literally No One.
Jenni Berrett   |   07.21.17 11:42am   |   SHARE

Daphne Willis On Her Moving Mental Health Ballad, "Somebody's Someone"

I normally go through PR music tracks as I work, listening while I type up an email or proofread a piece. When I opened the link to "Somebody's Someone," I found myself sitting and watching the whole thing, feeling every note, definitely shedding a tear or... Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   07.19.17 12:00am   |   SHARE
Perfectionism is exhausting. It steals your time, your energy, your joy, your life.

You Aren't Lazy — You're Just Terrified: On Paralysis And Perfectionism

Expecting perfection only leaves you with two options: do everything right on the very first try, or don’t even bother. Which is actually only one option, since 9 times out of 10, human beings don't do things right on the first try.
Jenni Berrett   |   07.19.17 12:00am   |   SHARE
Poncho, a very handsome boy.

Meet Poncho: The Chihuahua With Social Anxiety & His Very Own Bedroom

To see Poncho’s mom create a solution that comforts him rather than try to correct his nervousness through scolding and punishment is an act of empathy that I think we all could learn from.
Jenni Berrett   |   07.7.17 10:46am   |   SHARE
I had spent so much time yearning for solitude that I had never really confronted the reality of being alone.

I Love Solitude, But I'm Terrified Of Being Alone

I have sought out solitude my entire life — up until pretty recently, it was a hard thing to come by.  I am the oldest of four siblings within an even larger, close-knit extended family. I did not spend much of my early years alone. And oh, how I wanted to! I... Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   07.5.17 12:00am   |   SHARE
Flavia Bernardes in her studio, surrounded by images from her series of body positive portraits.

Artist Flavia Bernardes Creates Body Positive Portraits Inspired By Instagram

I love portraying people when they are not playing roles, when they are just being themselves. That’s when they truly are at their most beautiful. So I need to know a little bit about them, to connect on some level with their stories. Once that happens,... Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   06.21.17 2:33pm   |   SHARE
"If I’m being totally honest with you, I feel a burst of pride whenever someone tells me I look too put together to have been given this diagnosis."

What Not To Say When Someone Tells You About Their Personality Disorder

When someone denies my personality disorder, it makes the process of identifying and challenging the thoughts and behaviors that disorder causes even more difficult. There are broken parts of me that I can’t see. I’m working very hard to uncover them and heal... Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   06.21.17 12:00am   |   SHARE
Savannah came out as gay to her Mormon congregation while bearing her testimony. What her bishop did next was absolutely heartbreaking. (Image via YouTube)

Mormon Girl Comes Out As Gay To Congregation — Bishop Stops Her Mid-Speech

The idea is that you can say whatever you want, but most people know that there is a general script to follow when bearing one’s testimony. Coming out as gay is not in the script.
Jenni Berrett   |   06.20.17 5:19pm   |   SHARE
Sometimes, I have to stop and cry and wail and moan for a weekend, but then I get back up.

I Get Depressed Every Summer. This Year, I Decided To Find Out Why.

I don’t want to spend another summer waiting for winter. It took years to realize this, and even more years to act on it. This is the work of healing that no one mentions: you have to find the wounds you didn’t know you had.
Jenni Berrett   |   06.14.17 12:00am   |   SHARE
Remember that therapy is just one small part of your overall mental (and physical, because that mind-body shit is serious business) wellbeing.

4 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Therapy Appointment

This is your health we’re talking about, something often forgotten when it comes to treating that tricky organ hanging out between our ears. You deserve the right to a therapist who addresses your unique needs.
Jenni Berrett   |   06.7.17 8:43am   |   SHARE