This is one post in the “Behind Your Drive” series exploring what the American Dream means today. It is produced in conjunction with the coming launch of my new book about Kenney Moore and the founding of Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes, and Fries: “Behind The Drive: An Honest Story About What It Really Takes To Chase The American Dream,” out in December.

This is artist Adrienne Jensen: 

Screenshot 2014-10-06 09.44.30I’m 29, from north Florida, and my current occupation is part-time graphic designer (at the YMCA of Greater Richmond), part-time designer/artist for myself, and a tiny bit Veterinary Assistant.

To me ‘the American Dream’ is about finding your passions/purpose and being able to partake in them regularly. It’s that simple yet tough.

For me, that ideal is making money from one of my passions (art) and then using said money to help another passion (animals). A great, cozy home, kids, and a happy family is also part of my ideal so until I become a big artist I’ll be working as a designer to pay bills and working as a Vet Assistant to help the animals (my 4 pets) that I can help now. I also don’t eat meat just in case that helps in some way.

Check out Adrienne’s design work at

What does the American Dream mean today? Email me and let us know.