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TheLivelyShowKrisCarter

Though every episode of The Lively Show is awesome, if I could only ask you to listen to one episode…

THIS ONE IS IT.

I’m talking with Kristoffer Carter, a father of three, intense meditator, full-time employee, multi-instrumentalist, coach, partner with Jonathan Fields, and force behind This Epic Life.

We talk about how he achieves full life integration with everything on his plate.

This show is about everything, applies to everyone, and is so good I hope you listen twice! 

 

ask me anything
August 26th, 2014     |    Life

AskMeAnything

As I pondered what to share with you today that could add value to your life today, I decided it was time for another Ask Me Anything day!

Rather than write a post that I think might be helpful for you, I would like you to email me directly and ask me a question you have!

TheLivelyShow-TaylorSterling Today on The Lively Show we are talking with Taylor Sterling, founder of The Glitter Guide.

The Glitter Guide is well-known for its popular daily lifestyle content, and Taylor’s own life and career often seems just as fascinating as the site itself.

In the show, we are talking with Taylor about her journey with GG and how motherhood has changed things for her personally and professionally now that her little eight-month-old lady, Miss Elodie, has entered her world.

This show is perfect for those looking for a real peek into the life of a busy work-at-home mom who is still learning how to juggle everything on her plate.  

WhatToDoWhenGoodAndBadThingsHappenAtTheSameTime

Living in Austin has been wonderful so far.

In a lot of ways, making a big move like this is truly allowing us to set the proverbial “reset button.” As quickly or slowly as we feel like it, we can reincorporate aspects of our old life here and start new habits as well.

One of the new habits I’ve wanted to cultivate in Austin is yoga.

I’ve done it on and off since high school, but wasn’t really digging the workout-focused classes that I went to with friends in Chicago.

Coming here, I knew I wanted to find a class that not only was physically beneficial, but mentally as well.

Thankfully, I happen to live just over a mile away from a fantastic yoga studio with this more spiritually minded slant.

In my first class last week, the teacher discussed the concept of santosha, which means contentment, or harmony.

As he went deeper into the term, he explained that santosha involves using the word “and” rather than “but” to describe our circumstances.

TheLivelyShowWithKathrynJackson

Today I’ve got a fresh new Lively Show for you full of actionable life and business ideas!

I’m talking with Kathryn Jackson, the founder of Protect Your Pumps, a product that protects the soles of your high heels, and the co-founder of Essentially Mint, an all natural beauty product line out of Milwaukee.

In this episode, we tackle the topic of online overwhelm, or “e-brain,” as I like to call it. We’ll be talking about what to do when it happens, and how to avoid it in the first place.

We’ll also be talking about how Kathryn’s career has evolved over the years, how natural products have become a big part of her life, and her recommendations for those looking to get more PR for their business or partner with a family member or friend.

This episode is perfect for anyone who struggles at times with online overwhelm, wants to switch to natural products, or runs a business.

 

16IntentionalMovingTipsForHomeAndBusiness


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Though I’m a little late, I have a fresh new free wallpaper for August! You can download it here


Mr. Lively, Franklin, and I have been in our Austin rental home for just over a week now!

Though we still have things to complete on our checklist like hanging art, selecting a new living room rug, and organizing the pantry, the home is taking shape quite nicely.

Boxes have been broken down and recycled, walls have been repainted, and we are getting familiar with our adorable neighborhood (we love Hyde Park!).

Over the past few weeks, I’ve gotten a handful of tweets and emails from people asking me to share the tips we’ve gleaned from this move.

So while the move is still fresh in my mind, I’d like to share 16 of the biggest tips I have to help you make your next move a little more intentional.

Not moving right away? Simply save or Pin this post for the next time you need to pack up and make a change. : )


free wallpaper for august!
August 12th, 2014     |    IntentionSpirit

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Sorry for the delay on this month’s free wallpaper! With all the moving stuff lately, I’m still catching up with everything.

But better late than never, right?

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download the full-size wallpaper here

This month’s quote came from an amazing interview with Oprah at Stanford.

In the interview, Oprah shared this quote and it resonated so much that I knew I wanted to use it as a daily reminder this month… and I thought you might want to as well!

Enjoy!

Download the full-size wallpaper here.

 

This lovely wallpaper designed by Joy Laforme for JessLively.com.

AfterTheJump

Normally, today would be a Lively Show day. But with everything going on with the move – and the internet/unpacking limbo that comes along with it – I’ve decided to be kind to myself by not pushing to get this week’s episode up at the expense of my sanity.

However, I do have a new podcast episode for you!

This week I’m on ‘the other side of the mic’ getting interviewed by Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge and the radio/podcast, After The Jump.

Click to listen to the After The Jump episode.

It was a huge honor to talk with Grace about Values-based intentions and some of the things that I cover in Life With Intention Online.

As you will be able to tell from the episode, I am very passionate about what I teach, but the concepts may be a bit ‘big’ to understand completely in a 30 minute episode (hence why the new class will be 5 weeks long to cover what I shared [and much more] in an easy to digest, fun format).

Click to listen to the After The Jump episode.

I hope you check out the episode, or hop over to the Lively Show vault and pick out an episode you may have missed… or want to re-listen to again this week.

Next week, I’ll be back with a fresh new Lively Show. : )

 

Love,
Jess!

 

the guesthouse hotel lobby project tour
August 5th, 2014     |    DecorLife

GuesthouseHotelTour

Almost two years ago, I moved into my most recent Chicago apartment with Mr. Lively.

We had just gotten married, and I was furiously decorating our entire apartment top to bottom so that it would be ready in time for our families to celebrate our marriage over Thanksgiving weekend.

While I was decorating, the builder for our (gut rehab) apartment building was walking through with city inspectors completing final inspections.

As he walked through my apartment, he asked if I was a designer.

At the time, I had only been hired by one woman in the city to help decorate her studio apartment. So I told him yes, I had done a studio, but never had the time to do it more seriously while I was juggling my old accessory company (Jess LC), the blog, traveling workshops, and business consulting.

However, since I had recently decided to close Jess LC to do the consulting and workshops full-time, I suddenly did have more time to devote to design projects.

Long story short: he hired me to design the interior of The Guesthouse Hotel lobby, decorate it, re-brand it, and re-design the website.

As an huge fan of Sarah’s House on HGTV, this was a (surreal) dream come true.

For the past 21 months, I’ve worked with them to complete all of these projects.

I’ve already shared the hotel branding before and after and a mid-build lobby update, but today I’d like to show how the lobby design came together!

We decided to go with a collected and classy “old” Chicago feel.

As you’ll see below, we started with an empty lot… which over the course of 10 months became a completed hotel expansion.

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