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TheLivelyShowWithWhitneyEnglish

Today on The Lively Show we are having an in-depth conversation with business consultant and Day Designer founder, Whitney English

She is an open, vulnerable, and inspiring woman who isn’t afraid to share her journey and the lessons she’s learned along the way.

In this episode, we discuss embracing our intuition, understanding authenticity, and moving forward in the face of failure. 

This open and honest conversation is perfect for those interested in becoming more intuitive, overcoming comparison, and dealing with failure (or the fear of it). 

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A few months ago, I spent a week installing and completing the hotel lobby design project I’ve been working on for the past twenty months (psst: the big reveal is coming up on the blog next week!).

It was a 2,000+ square foot space that had a long ways to go before the grand opening party at the end of the week.

Construction crews, painters, electricians, and woodworkers were scurrying about asking me for opinions and directions. Meanwhile, I had all the styling and decorating to do, and most importantly my big plan was facing the test:

Would it look as good in real life as it did in my vision?

And: Would all of the interested parties – the owners, manager, sales team, and general public like what I spent almost two years creating?

No pressure or anything.

Needless to say, by the middle of that week I was running on empty in every way.

As I went on an early morning run before yet another (insane) workday, I started cry by the lake.

There were so many things out of my control, yet the responsibility for the success of the lobby design rested on my shoulders.

It all seemed like too much… until, I had a breakthrough:

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Today’s guest on The Lively Show was nominated by you!

After a string of tweets all asking me to have Jessica Merchant of the popular food blog, How Sweet Eats, on the show, I knew that I needed to make it happen.

Thankfully, Jessica made time in her schedule to chat with me about her pregnancy, upcoming cookbook, blog story, favorite books, and must-watch TV shows.

This episode is fun and light (with a bunch of great advice for bloggers).

In the show, you’ll see how authentic, fun, and hard working Jessica really is.

This show is perfect for fans of fun reads, writing, or who are interested in blogging full-time. 

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As Mr. Lively, Franklin, and I gear up for our next adventure in Austin, Texas (two weeks!), I feel compelled to share all the places that I’ll dearly miss about the wonderful city of Chicago.

Though I spent the first seven years of my life in Ohio, and the following 15 in Michigan, Chicago is the place I call home.

It’s where I moved after graduation. No hesitation.

Into a tiny studio apartment, with a tiny jewelry business that I was determined to take full-time… so I could also write a book and eventually get a TV show one day.

You know, like Oprah and Maratha — “because that’s how you help people,” my 22-year-old self would assure you.

Since August 16th, 2007 I’ve had many triumphs, dark times, defining moments, and nachos.

Lots and lots of nachos.

 

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So while I’m eager to make Austin our new home  (and perhaps even our permanent residence), I fully expect that Chicago will always be my favorite city.

… For at least six months of the year.

So rather than make a list of only the ‘must see’ and ‘must eat’ places that you have to visit if you come to Chicago, I’m going to share the places and spaces I’ll personally miss the most.

The places that mean something to me, even if they aren’t all the most dazzling hot spots (though a few of them are).

Hopefully this list will serve as a reference for those who come to visit and who live here already. 

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Today on The Lively Show we are getting proactive with our money!

I’m talking with Mary Beth Storjohann, of Workable Wealth, about how we can best use our money in our 20′s, 30′s, and 40′s.

Mary Beth is a financial coach providing accountability to her clients, and has been featured in many major news outlets including The Wall Street JournalForbes, NBC, and MSN Money.

In the show, we discuss how to prepare financially for big life transitions like planning a wedding, buying a home, having a baby, or being self-employed full-time.

Plus, Mary Beth shares her advice for couples who have merged (or not merged) their finances.

This episode is perfect for anyone who is looking to become proactive about their money, wants to merge finances with a partner, or is self-employed.

 

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July 15th, 2014     |    ExfoliatingWardrobe

ThrowOut100ThingsChallenge I’m having an informal Chicago meet-up for dinner/drinks on Monday, July 21st @ 7:00pm — at one of my favorite spots in Lincoln Park!  If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing me at jess(at)with-intention.com by Sunday, July 20th.   : ) 


With the movers coming in less than two weeks(!), rather than packing, I’ve spent the last week focused on exfoliating items I don’t want to take with me to Austin. Though moving may never be a “simple affair,” having less stuff means less boxes. Less hassle. Less packing time. Less cost. Just less. So, this weekend I did what I always do: I did a Throw Out 100 110+ Things Challenge.

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This week on The Lively Show we are going global!

To Australia, to be specific.

I’m talking with Rachel MacDonald of In Spaces Between, a life and blog coach that loves intention, living wholly, and is pretty much my kindred spirit.

In today’s episode, I ask Rachel to share how she has come to embody such a high level of love and joy in her life… Because if you’ve ever seen her work, you can sense that there is a tangibly high level of joy and love seeping through in everything she does.

This show is perfect for anyone looking to increase their experiences of joy and love in their lives!

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Lately, I’ve felt the urge to do another habit experiment.

Like the #gratefulfor30 experiment (which was awesome!), I’d like to see if a new work habit will help improve my ability to execute Values-driven priorities, rather than checking my inbox (or social media) unnecessarily.

However, I’m not putting any restrictions on my email or social checking.

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Today I have a fantastic, honest, and funny episode of The Lively Show for you!

I’m talking with Kendi Skeen, the face behind the popular fashion blog, Kendi Everyday, and the owner of a boutique called Bloom in McKinney, Texas.

We are chatting about wardrobes, where to spend your clothing budget, how to remix your wardrobe, and her career and business transitions.

Kendi has gone from a full-time job, to running her blog full-time, to opening a store, and recently to closing that store.

In this episode she shares candidly what she did right, what she did wrong, and what she’s learned from this experience. Plus, she’s sharing what she’s working on next.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to improve their wardrobe, handle career transitions better, or start (and close) a business. 

 

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Over the past few months, I’ve been working with Nichole of Acanthus Jewelry to bring back the most popular Jess LC collection of all time: the braille intention necklaces!

We are so proud to bring these to you – each necklace acts as a subtle reminder to Be Brave or Be Present throughout your day.

BePresentNecklace2 Simply rub the braille throughout your day to connect to your Values-based intention.

Each pendant also has the intention inscribed in the back as well.

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July 1st, 2014     |    LifeQuotableSpirit

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Happy July to you!

I don’t know about you, but I was feeling kinda felt like I was swimming in honey while working on projects over the last few weeks. Things were moving, but oh so slowly.

But now that July is here (and Mercury Retrograde is wrapping up), I feel like things are picking up and moving along again!

To celebrate this new month, I’ve got a new summery wallpaper to share.

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