One day, I looked back over the last two years of my life since graduating college, and only a handful of things stuck out as clear, joyful memories. The rest was a blur. What had I done with all my time? Seriously, where did it all go? I knew I did something with it all, but I couldn't figure out how I had spent it all and then managed to forget what I had spent it doing.
That's when it dawned on me-- it was spent on the ordinary days. The going to work, making dinner, running errands kind of days. And there was no joy or meaning found in them. They all blended together in their meaninglessness when I looked back upon them. I knew there had been moments and days of joy, celebration, and accomplishment, but I couldn't see much of that in hindsight. All I could see was a job that didn't bring me joy or challenge me in the right ways, a lack of real community, and a dull routine that revolved only around me.
I didn't want to keep living like that. I wanted to live purposefully, although I had no idea what that really meant. I just knew there was more to life than the "life" I was living. What I called life was missing something so critical that it didn't feel like a whole life, only a partial one, like a vital piece of the puzzle was hiding under one of the couch cushions.
I did a lot of reading (like I'm apt to do), and had several deep, introspective conversations with a good friend who was in the same boat. We drew up manifestos for our lives, deciding we wanted to live them intentionally. We were going to live the lives we wanted, creating them by focusing on the things that were most important to us and making decisions based on our values and knowing what we're aiming for.
Slowly but surely, since then, I've been developing my idea of what my purpose is. I've been cutting out things that don't fit with who I am and who I want to be. I've been focusing on making time for the things that really matter to me, like investing in community. I've come to understand what living daily life through a lens of personal purpose looks like. And now I'm building a business around my writing and coaching, which is something I used to merely dream about. I'm fighting for the things I believe in and working to create the kind of life I've dreamed of, because I know that's when I'm going to be the most joyful, the most helpful to others, the most fired up, and most myself.
Hi, friends! I'm Jessie, in case you didn't know that.
I am the writer here behind Notes from Jessie, and I'm also the author of Ready, Set...Now What? Discovering Your Identity, Gifts, and Purpose in the Real World and a coach and course creator. I'm passionate about encouraging other women to live and love their purposeful lives.
If you can identify with that, then you've come to the right place!
I’m making my way through this grand adventure called life with some of my closest friends (including all of my dear readers!) and my family by my side and the rest of my life ahead of me.
I believe that everyone was created for a purpose, and mine is found in writing words of encouragement and hope to help you find and follow your purpose. It's my mission to help you cut through the chaos and the noise, focus on what is most important to you, and pursue the life that you've always dreamed of.
I didn't always know what I wanted to do with my life, but as I've figured it out, my heart for sharing what I've learned and helping others figure out what to do with their lives has only grown!
I firmly believe that Isaiah 43:19 is true. "For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland." There are a great many things ahead, and I am choosing to believe that my best days have not yet happened.
I just finished writing my first book, Ready, Set...Now What! To read more about that, go here.
When I'm not writing, though, you can find me cooking up some new-to-me recipes in the kitchen (inevitably making a huge mess), watching a show on Netflix (lazy Sundays, anyone?), hanging out with my friends or family (they're the best!), or curled up on the couch with a big book (the best way to unwind, hands down). And maybe some dark chocolate. Always some dark chocolate. It is life. (You think so, too? Let's be friends!)
I am prayerfully seeking to live every day with purpose, intentionally pouring into the things and relationships that mean the most to me. I want to make the world a better place, one day at a time, in whatever little way I can. And I'm seeking to do that by using my skills and talents to encourage you and others like you to live and love your purposeful life!
about notes from jessie
Welcome to Notes from Jessie!
This blog is the place where I share what I'm learning as I go, in a way that I hope is authentic and accessible.
My purpose is to help young women live purposeful, joyful, fully-engaged lives. I want to help them beat the overwhelm and cut through the chaos and the noise so they can focus on what matters most to them.
I wanted to create a place where people can find hope and encouragement from someone who is going through the same things they are. I wanted to provide space where people can come to be reminded that they're not alone and that there is hope, no matter what life is throwing their way. That's what sparked this space!
So if you're in need of some encouragement, hope, anecdotes, some advice, and a virtual friend, you've come to the right place! Whether you're a student, professional, entrepreneur, stay-at-home parent, or currently unemployed, just trying to figure life out, you are welcome here.
This blog was born out of my desire to write words of encouragement and hope for others. I've always loved writing letters and little notes for my friends-- whether they're filled with quotes, verses, puns, compliments, prayers, or insights into things I see in them and in their lives. Now I'm turning that interest into a blog where I provide the same sort of encouragement and hope for all of my lovely readers!
I want you and all of my readers to find comfort, inspiration, truth, motivation, and encouragement here. My goal for this space is to create a home, a little safe corner of the Internet, a place where you can count on truth, kindness, and authenticity.
I don't write about what I don't know; I write about what I've learned and what I'm currently learning. I'm certainly not perfect, but I write to share what I have learned, what I believe, what I'm aiming for, even though I don't always reach it.
If you're unsure of what lies ahead but interested in figuring it out with others who are in the same boat, I invite you to join me for the journey. Grab a big cup of your favorite tea or coffee, pull up a chair, and, if you'd like, subscribe to keep up with me as I go!
I usually post twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I write mostly about faith, but sometimes dabble in food, fitness, finances, and fun.