Hi, friends! I'm Jessie, in case you didn't know that.
I am the Simplicity Strategist 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.
I believe that everyone was created for a purpose, and mine is found in writing words of encouragement and hope to help you live and work with greater simplicity so you can do more of what you love and less of what you don't!
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, home, and/or business that you've always dreamed of!
If you can identify with that, then you've come to the right place!
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."
When I'm not writing or coaching, 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 probably a cup of tea. Always some tea. It is life. (You think so, too? Let's be friends!)
I grew up holding onto everything and worrying about everything. I was both a packrat and a control freak.
I thought I had to have everything all planned out and pulled together, providing for myself by myself. I found my worth in my perfectionism and my possessions. It was stressful, and I was full of anxiety about the future.
I couldn’t take it anymore— all the stress, all the worry, all the striving for perfection and trying to be and do #allthethings. I wanted more— more meaning, more freedom, more peace, more joy. And I knew that it would be found in actually doing less.
It was both overwhelming with all the things on my plate and dissatisfying because I wasn't investing enough in things that really mattered to me.
I didn't want to keep living like that. I wanted to live purposefully, loving my right-now life, simplifying my focus on the important things, although I had no idea what that really meant. I just knew there was more to life than the overstuffed 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 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 decided 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, giving our best “yes” and our gracious “no” carefully.
I slowly came to understand what purpose means, what my purpose is, and how purpose can play out in my everyday life, while helping me make intentional decisions to beat the overwhelm by focusing on the right things.
I found greater confidence to be myself and pursue the things that God had been growing in my heart for ages. I started loving my right-now home and my right-now life. And I started pursuing my dream of helping other women overcome the overwhelm and pursue their dreams, too!
Now I'm building a business focused on simplicity so I can help people like you do the same, which is something I used to merely dream about!
Choosing to live more joyfully, simply, and intentionally has opened so many doors to me-- in my relationships, my finances, my business, my health, my home, and more. It has truly transformed my outlook and my daily life! And I know it can do that for you, too!
about THE BLOG
Welcome! 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 female dreamers live simpler, purposeful, joyful, fully-engaged lives, and run businesses that way if that's their jam. 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.
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.
I want you 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.
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, let’s do this!