For the last few months, I’ve been a “silent activist.” Caring deeply about issues and committing to changing some of my personal actions but staying pretty quiet about it. Lately, I’ve been really inspired by friends who are stepping up and sharing freely about issues that mean something to them. One of these friends, Alex Jamieson, posted on Facebook earlier this week opening a discussion around Amazon and it inspired me to share more on the topic here because it has been particularly relevant to me this year.
Happy September friends!
I’m ready to step out of from my quiet summer.
Back in April, I had the insight that it was time to take a break from living in NYC. After 7 years of living in this awesome city, I was ready for a change of pace, change of scenery, and a new personal adventure.
I asked myself the question, what would be your dream summer? The answer came really easily - to live close to the beach. The next ah-ha came quickly. Since my family has an awesome beach house… just maybe I could live there for the summer!
And so I made the arrangements to move out to the beach and live in our family’s summer home back cottage.
When I decided to launch Say Yes With Jess, one of the very first things I did was reach out to a photographer to schedule a professional photoshoot.
I pretty much DIYed everything else (I built and designed my own website, wrote all of the copy), but working with a photographer was a key investment I knew I wanted to make.
When I go to a website, the very first thing I notice and connect to are the pictures. Photos convey a message and help tell the story of a person or brand.
Plus, having professionally shot photos on your website and social media instantly makes you look professional and legit.
At the end of every year, I carve out some time to reflect on the previous year and create a vision or set an intention for the year ahead. Each year it looks a little different.
This year, I carved out an hour to do my “2018 Intentions & Reflections” right before the New Year.
I reflected on 2017 - the highs, the lows, my travels, people I went out on dates with, lessons learned…
And took all that into where I feel I want to go and grow in 2018.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a writer. A private writer that is.
As the daughter of a journaler -- I caught the bug real early on and have kept it up ever since.
I journaled about my day to day activities, how I felt about the Monica Lewinsky scandal (very mature 9 year old I was!), and eventually about crushes. Boys boys boys.
Even to date, I’m known to always have a cute notebook on hand and probably have 10-15 journals on rotation in my room. They’re filled with stories about life, insights, and visions.
Although I’ve always loved writing, I’ve never really written publicly (except my short blogging stint in 2010 during my semester abroad… anyone remember Jess Travels The World?)
But one of my goals for 2018 is to change that.