Read through client testimonials from research projects, writing projects, master classes, and private facilitation services.
Business and Life Facilitation
I stumbled across Jennifer quite serendipitously while scrolling through Facebook and my life has never been the same since. Her unique outlook and transparency connected with me immediately. After watching just one presentation, I knew I needed to work with her. We’ve been working together 1:1 for a few months now and not only have I grown as a person, my bookshelf has grown too! The resources she shares and recommends are priceless, and I’ve learned so much about who I am and where I’m going and what I’m here to do thanks to working with Jennifer. I highly recommend her: not just as a genealogist, but as mentor/coach/etc. ~~ R.J.
Basics of Ancestral Lineage Healing Webinars
Jennifer evokes memories that may have been hidden in the past. Family premonitions, sixth senses that were suppressed as a child or family, stories of ghosts, and other other worldly thoughts. Whether you believe any these or not doesn’t matter. What matters is it reminds you of family stories that are interesting and worth remembering. ~ ~ ~ ~D.M.
Business and Life Facilitation
One of my goals for 2018 was to be more open to new experiences and opportunities. I learned about Access Consciousness from Jennifer Holik and consulted with her to run my bars to give me a read about the energy that was surrounding me. After our session, I felt like a big weight had been lifted from me and let the energy guide me in my personal and work decisions. Jennifer helped me gain an awareness that must have been there all along, but I had been blocking it. She was able to sense things I thought about and felt but never told anyone. From our consultation, I emerged with a new way of looking at all of people and decisions which have brought me to where I am now, and I am listening more intently to what the universe is telling me about each new opportunity or choice that presents itself. ~~~Lisa
Book Writing, Master Classes, and 1-1 Support (Facilitation)
If you are involved at all with trying to follow and understand your family’s journey related to loved ones who served in the military, I highly recommend working with Jennifer. Jennifer is passionate about helping people with their journey–whether is it doing research, trying to understand the impact on the family, or putting thoughts and findings to pen and paper. All of the webinars I have participated in have been fun, interesting, and useful.
For over 20 years I have been trying to learn about my uncle who was MIA in Europe during WWII. At first, I thought my quest was to learn all the facts and details about where he was, what he did, and what happened to him. What I have started doing along the way–and why I appreciate Jennifer so much–is delving into the equally compelling and more important story about the impact of my uncle’s loss on the family. In many cases, I knew things from my own memories and previous conversations with relatives that I had not connected to the war. After going through a Master Class with Jennifer based on the book Reconciliation with War, I was able to connect the dots and get a much better picture of what the collective family had been going through. Jennifer is now helping me edit the draft of a book about my uncle’s story and the impact on the family. I greatly appreciate her insight and expertise.
Besides being knowledgeable, Jennifer is friendly, warm, and genuine. I enjoy working with her and now consider her a good friend.
5th Infantry Division Research, Travel, and Book
From Hill 183 to the Bulge
My father was an officer in the Army during World War II – a first lieutenant and later a captain. He served in the 5th Infantry Division, 10th Infantry Regiment, Company E. Before working with Jennifer Holik what little I knew about his time in the Army was that he was wounded in the Hedgerows of Normandy, then recovered in time to serve under Patton in the Bulge. Now I know that he saw some of the heaviest combat on the front lines of the European Campaign. Like most World War II combat veterans he rarely said anything about his time in the war. Occasionally he opened up around other veterans, and our family was able to get small glimpses of what he went through. But that was it. He went to war in his twenties and spent the rest of his life – more than fifty years – carrying those memories.
I was so blessed to have found Jennifer. Like so many other GIs most of my father’s records were destroyed in a fire at the National Archives in St. Louis in the 1970s. Jennifer found and researched available records for my father’s units to piece together the story of where he was and what he was involved in. She was critical to my finally learning where my father was wounded so I could visit the area of the Battle for Hill 183 in Normandy. She found genealogical information from the early part of the 1900s about my family, and crucial information about my father during the war. This all resulted in a book she patiently co-wrote with me about my Dad that instantly became a family heirloom. I can’t think of a better experience to not only answer my own questions but to tell my father’s story – and really the similar stories of so many other World War II combat veterans.
Thank you, Jennifer – once again.
Paul W. Hadley
July 2019 Session of “Your Family’s War Journey” Master Class
Your Family’s War Journey: A Transformational Master Class, conducted by Jennifer Holik, Finding the Answers Journey.
The Master Class course provided a structured approach, utilizing writing/journaling, as a process to help heal, both mentally and physically, trauma inflicted, through a variety of forms, upon our memory.
In the webinar sessions, class participants from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, candidly discussed the assigned course material. In the reading and dissecting, via webinar, previously read sections of a book, authored by: Janelle Kaye, titled: Reconciliation With War: A Family Journey.
Integrated into the course material discussion, as a natural flow, was the sharing by individual participants, of their own life experiences; thereby, fostering a bound of trust, and healing among them.
The course material was well thought out, and presented. For myself, it’s an additional form, by which to release, and heal, along with my practice of Contemplation, and Meditation.
I highly recommend taking this course as a means, to look at (Contemplate), reflect upon (Meditate), and heal (Grace), any trauma related effects you may be harboring. ~~~ Clarence Jones
July 2019 Session of “Your Family’s War Journey” Master Class
This class enriched and transformed my World War II family research quest in ways I could not have imagined. Jennifer Holik is a gifted facilitator who helped me to unearth memories, make unexpected connections between past and present, and clarify the direction of my WWII project. Her extensive knowledge and rare intuition, along with the well-organized curriculum, created a warm and productive virtual environment for learning and sharing insights with a wonderful group of participants. As I move forward, I plan to make frequent use of the generous amount of helpful materials that the course makes available to view or download following the sessions. I highly recommend this class to all who are drawn to discovering and understanding how war and its aftermath have affected them and their loved ones. ~~~ Janet B.
G Company 120th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division Project
For the past 72 years I’ve thought about and tried to research the short life of my oldest brother William Edward Jones Jr. He was KIA on 13 January 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge somewhere in Belgium. Bill was sixteen years older than me, my godfather, but I have no memory of him since the family was split up not long after my birth. If you believe in serendipity or things happening without explanation then you’ll understand when I say that he reached out to me on several occasions throughout my life, through strangers who knew him in life, or guided me to places and situations that unveiled his life for me to see.
My latest unexplained encounter with him took place January 2017, I was doing some ancestry research. All of my previous attempts when I reached out to the War Dept. were unsuccessful as all of the records pertaining to his service had been destroyed in a fire in 1973. Somehow during my research I’d entered the Ancestry Blog site, on the screen in front of me was an article written by guest writer Jennifer Holik, the title “Writing Stories from the Heart” caught my attention, and I decided to read it. Jennifer described in this article her search for information about her cousin James Privoznik, who was KIA during the Battle of the Bulge on 11 January 1945. It wasn’t lost upon my sub-conscious that this was the same battle Bill was KIA just two days later, it also didn’t escape my mind that this was the month of January, and I was here reading this by chance or serendipity.
I felt that it was Bill guiding me to uncover and learn about his life during WWII. I also knew from my past attempts I wouldn’t be able to do this on my own, so I contacted Jennifer through her website, in the hope of engaging her help.
Fortunately she was able to take on researching for me Bill’s service, which she completed this August 2017. I now have a comprehensive picture of his life during his military service from his induction to his death. There was also the added bonuses of family history, like letters from my mother and father regarding the disposition of bill’s remains and personal effects. Jennifer who traveled to Belgium for personal reasons, and to participate in this May’s Memorial Day services, took time to provide for me present day pictures, and videos of the towns he fought in and monuments erected to the 30th division. I really can’t adequately express my emotions or appreciation for Jennifer’s efforts. It was truly a labor of love. —- Clarence L. Jones
15th Air Force 451st Bombardment Group (H) 727th Bombardment Squadron (H) Project
Well my Dad really didn’t talk about the war. He had 3 framed pages of missions on the wall and that’s about it. We just knew that he had asked for a military funeral, but no one knew the extent of his service. Dad was 95 and had Alzheimer’s so it was way too late to ask.
As Jennifer worked, the material started to come in. I remember staring at the first Daily Operations Report. There it was, that handwriting, the number “8”. It was his. Dad never wrote a diary, but he could easily spread a math equation over 2 sheets of graph paper. There I sat paralyzed with emotion as the reality of my Dad’s service sunk in.
He was 95 and had come down with pneumonia so I had asked Jennifer to write a brief summary of his service before she left on an extended trip. Dad passed about a week after the summary was completed. The summary that Jennifer wrote bore witness to Dad’s history which would have easily been lost. As Taps was played for him, we all knew the depth of his service and patriotism.
I’m still going through the research, a new revelation every time I sit down to read it. It has all revealed a different level of my Dad’s character that I didn’t think I could respect more, but apparently I can. Thank you Jennifer. -Ted Smith