Meet Me

Hi, friends! I’m Jessie, in case you didn’t know that.

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’m making my way through this grand adventure called life with some of my closest friends and my family by my side and the rest of my life ahead of me.

I’m choosing to see the limitless opportunities as a positive thing, even though sometimes the number of things to choose among seems daunting. I’ve never done especially well with change or the unknown, but 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 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.

I’ve always loved writing, but the way I’ve written has changed over the years. In elementary school and junior high, I tried my hand at writing short fiction stories. In high school and college, I was focused on writing academic papers of various sorts– persuasion and argument, research, and essay.

Now my love of writing has become this blog! This is where I write about my life in a way that I hope is encouraging for anyone who finds themselves here. You can read more about my blog 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).

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. And I’m seeking to do that by truly living like love.



Here are some miscellaneous facts about me:

-I have yet to leave the country. Sad, I know. I’m working on it.

-I’m the point person in my family for planning activities for our Christmas get-togethers.

-Parking downtown is one of my least favorite things.

-One thing I really want to improve upon is my photography skills, or lack thereof.

-I fall between the INTJ and ISFJ Myers-Briggs personality types.

-I’m the oldest of two girls.

-I’ve lived my entire life in the upper midwest, despite my serious dislike of our bitter winter weather.

-I’m hopelessly in love with everything Disney. I don’t think I will ever outgrow that.

-I worked in a coffee shop for four years, but I still can’t stomach the stuff.

-I’m a huge bibliophile and logophile. Words of encouragement is one of my top love languages, and books are one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind in my opinion.

-I am always willing to make new friends– so welcome, new friend! I’m so glad you’re here!

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