This past Saturday marks the first anniversary of the beginning of this blog! Man, how time has flown. Thanks to all of you who have read, subscribed, liked, and commented on my posts. I feel so blessed by the support I’ve received and have truly enjoyed having the opportunity to share my thoughts and life with you all over the last year.

Highlights from the past year:

  1. Very first post: Perfection-schism, breaking ties with my own personal habits of perfectionism
  2. Most read post: Dropping Debt, a post about getting rid of student debt and learning to budget
  3. Biggest day: February 12, 2016– 95 views, the day I posted Proper Proportions
  4. First comment: from pinkiebag on my Tea Fanatic post– thanks for getting the ball rolling!
  5. My personal favorite posts: The Truth Shall Set You Free, Embracing Enough, Broken Vessels, Accommodating Anxiety, and Learning to Let Go. Each of these was a product of a deep learning experience, and I find that they represent things I continually struggle with and strive to improve upon.

May this next year be even better! If you have any ideas as to how to make it better, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Do you want to see more series of related posts? Are there specific topics you’d like me to touch on? I’d love to hear your opinions!

April 28, 2016


I am a twenty-something recent college grad trying to understand what life in the “real world” looks like, even as I trip over my own two feet quite a bit in the process. I am a firm believer in grace, fitness, community, nutrition, simpler living, travel, books, sunshine, kindness, creativity, living life with my people, and pursuing a full life in Christ. I like to spend my time cooking (and then devouring) healthy and delicious food, running outside, curling up with a good book and a cup of tea, and relaxing with friends and family. I'm a program manager for the maintenance side of a display fixture company by day and a writer/cook/reader by night. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in Communication, but I'm still not sure what I want to be when I grow up. When I'm not writing, 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). My idea of a perfect day would include all of those things-- getting in a run in beautiful weather, making a delicious and nutritious series of meals, playing games, watching a movie, or just chatting with friends and/or family, and curling up with a good book and a nice soy candle. And maybe some dark chocolate. Always some dark chocolate. It is life. 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.


  1. jacklynp22

    April 27, 2016

    Congrats on 1 year! I have loved your posts this past year!

  2. Jessie

    April 27, 2016

    Thanks!!! I’ve enjoyed yours, too! You’re coming up on a year, too, aren’t you?

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