Author Archives: Jennifer K Miles

About Jennifer K Miles

I am an educator, researcher and writer, passionate about storytelling and its power to change perspectives of self. Through undertaking the journey of my own transformative learning, I now work with adults to support them in drawing forth stories of the strength and potential gained in their lives, as they move towards the creation of their stories as yet untold. My three beautiful adult boys are the most precious part of my story, and continue to walk with and support me in undertaking my PhD research. I write about story and transformative learning ... the circumstances of our lives and the stories remembered; influences on the construction of our self-identities - positive and negative; critiquing the assumptions and limitations we have come to accept about ourselves, our potential, and our place in life; daring to imagine a story untold.

The Year 9 dropout is getting closer…

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My goodness it’s been a long time between drinks here!

I’ve been hunkering down to balance writing my PhD thesis with the busyness of the academic year. Teaching at the university has now finished for 2019, but the last week or so has provided opportunity to hear how students’ thinking has been shaped and honed over our time together. I am so proud to see the expansion in their critical perspectives on themselves and the world around them, and I now get to enjoy reading the papers they have crafted.
Then I’ll get back to writing my thesis with fuller attention, and hopefully before the end of the year I will find myself with a cohesive whole. We will see how it unfolds.
The main purpose of this very brief post is to share with you a paper I have been working on (for almost 12 months!) with two very clever and very precious colleagues, Edwin Creely and Marc Pruyn (also my supervisor). It is my first published journal article, and I am very proud and relieved that we finally have it completed (still however, with errors I missed).
But that’s OK – I’ve never tried to do perfect, and the article is about my journey to me at this point in time – just like my students, perfectly imperfect in my morphing engagement with myself and the the world around me.

‘Distress has seized me’


I stand in solidarity with my Muslim brothers and sisters, and reflect on how I can hold hope and courage to enact these heartfelt words at this time…

‘the best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better’

My love and blessings to all…

A new day dawns


As the day begins with a quiet hope of new beginnings, I hold you all in my heart. I am blessed to be surrounded by incredible souls… each of us finding our way in an often disorienting world… and I am grateful for the love and hope that continues to rise.

To each of you, thank you for showing up in life each day with such joy and courage. In spite of the personal struggles you endure, you continue to be there in all sorts of ways for me and those I hold dear, and for people near and far across our incredible global home.

In this season that celebrates love, I send you my deepest love and appreciation for you and all you bring to our collective world. Blessings to you and yours