It is February 3rd and that means I've been officially done with my Whole 30 challenge for 3 days! I've had a few questions about what it was like, was it worth it, would I do it again, what was the food like, etc. so I thought I'd break down my thoughts on the Whole … Continue reading My Whole 30 Experiment & Results
I've had this idea in my head to write this article for quite some time, ever since I happened into a Sephora and struck up a conversation with a worker at the store. I was searching for a clean purple shampoo to help with the brassiness us blondes endure 🙂 The conversation with the (very … Continue reading Beyond Sulfates, Parabens, and Phthalates
Today was hard. I had to have really hard conversations with the big girls. I’d been feeling it coming on for weeks and we’ve had various versions of the conversation over the past year but today was a conversation unlike any other we’ve had. More direct. More fragile. I guess I should back up. When … Continue reading The Hard Days: Looking Up When Your Heart is Down.
Joyfully Jackie. That’s the name I gave my space on Instagram in 2019. Can I be honest with you as I’m learning to be more fully honest with myself? This year hasn’t felt all that joyful. I’ve almost felt like a fake this year with my “laugh out loud” photo as if I’m laughing my … Continue reading What’s in a Decade?
I've known this post was coming and it has been by far the hardest to wrap my mind around. The two year mark. I sit here, legs crossed, computer in my lap. The air conditioning blasting my body. It's quiet here. It's cold even. I mean, outside it's 107 degrees, but you'd certainly not know … Continue reading 2 Years Later.
"Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." 1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT Alan and I are celebrating 10 years. It's a big accomplishment for anyone. It's an even bigger one if you knew our history. God has been so gracious and merciful. He gives and he takes away … Continue reading Anniversaries and Funerals and Legacies
Its been awhile since I've had a moment to really dig deep and look inside my soul. I used to do this often and it's so healing for me to write in this way, however, I've found myself much more busy than I care to admit, often to a point of being overwhelmed, which is a … Continue reading Down in a Hole
Over the years I’ve loved this process of getting to know myself better. I used to run and hide from the personality traits that I thought I embarrassingly embodied. I’ve tried on different personalities at different periods of my life I’ve loved self-improvement/help books but mainly because not only did I want to “better” myself, … Continue reading Authenticity. Belonging. Transparency.
This has been such a hard blog to write. Once we put something out there on paper/blogland it somehow holds us to accountability, but I've done the "looking WAY back," "looking back" and now it's time to set nostalgia aside for a minute and take a deep breath to look ahead. This is not a … Continue reading Looking Ahead. With the Heart.
The clock ticks 6:01am and I find myself, for the first time in a long time, awake, coffee in hand, sitting downstairs with my computer on my lap and a desire to write in my heart. It's been awhile, and this post in particular has been put off for sometime. Part 1 and 2 focused … Continue reading Part 3: Where we are today, right now…