Category: Life

now hiring

May 5th, 2014   |   Business With IntentionLife

NowHiringAs I wrap up the hotel lobby design project this month, I’m going to begin re-launching Life with Intention Online in a longer (even more awesome!) format and start another major (still secret) project.

And with all of these changes, I’m looking for a new partner in crime here in Chicago to help me make all of this happen – and take a few other areas of and The Lively Show to a new level.

I’m looking for a part-time Right Hand Lady (about two weekday afternoons per week)  to help with the following aspects:

  • Social media planning
  • Content idea creation + vetting
  • Jess Lively shop expansion + promotion
  • Graphic design in Photoshop (preferred, not required)
  • Lively Show guests + topic idea vetting
  • Occasional email responding + scheduling
  • Life with Intention Online student leader

This position is paid, requires about 5-10 hours per week, is based in Chicago, and can be used for internship or school credit (though there is no specific age requirement).

new may wallpaper

May 1st, 2014   |   BusinessLifePurpose


Happy May!

I don’t know about you, but I’m wishing and hoping for warmer weather this month.

I also have a new wallpaper for you. One with lots of flowers and a powerful quote by Danielle LaPorte.

Here’s what it will look like on your desktop:


download full-size wallpaper here

Do you have a quote you’d like to see in an upcoming wallpaper? Send your suggestions to me at jess(at)



Wallpaper designed by Joy Laforme for



Good Thursday to you!

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting more and more excited about Thursdays lately because it means I get to share another episode of The Lively Show with you!

Today’s episode is powerful.

I asked Clara of to come on the show not to talk about her social marketing and event company or her lovely lifestyle and food blog (though you should definitely check them out).

Today we are talking about her personal journey with anxiety, ending a relationship, and listening to her intuition.

She was kind enough to share openly in the hopes that her story may connect with others who deal with similar struggles.

Let’s go to the show.

NewShopHoly guacamole, guys.

I have three very exciting new things to tell you about!

hotel lobby project update

April 8th, 2014   |   DecorLife


Lately, more and more of my time is being spent on The Guesthouse Hotel project that I’ve worked on over the past year.

I’ve already shared the hotel branding before and after on the blog.

But the hotel lobby progress has been shared primarily through Instagram.

What started out as an empty lot last summer:

free april wallpaper

April 2nd, 2014   |   Life


download the full-size image here

The start of April brings a new wallpaper! I have to say, this background is perhaps my personal favorite so far.


Today I have a fun new episode of The Lively Show for you chalk full of actionable advice for starting your own business as an artist and adopting or rescuing a pet.

My guest today is Kim Vargo of Yellow Brick Home and The Pet Shop (her pet portrait business). She’s sharing about her unexpected journey to becoming a successful artist (over 700 custom paintings sold!) and pet rescue advocate.

ask me anything

March 25th, 2014   |   LifeThink About It

AskMeAnythingAs I pondered what to share with you today that could add value to your life, I realized that I never know exactly what you, you personally, want to hear.

So today, I’ve decided to try something new!

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


Listen and subscribe via iTunes.


Today’s episode is a heartfelt chat with a good friend of mine and someone you may have heard of already… Danielle Moss, co-founder of The Everygirl!

She’s dishing honestly about the deep unhappiness she felt in her life up until a month before her 28th birthday that led to a radical change that later inspired The Everygirl.

We’re also talking about her shift in perspective going from her 20′s to her 30′s and how she’s handling dating as a 31-year-old.

This show packs a whole lotta goodness and feels like you are sitting down chatting right along with us.

If you are feeling like something is missing in your life, if it’s time to make a change, or if you are single this show is for you!




  • Why Danielle’s unhappiness from being in a bad relationship and living at home a month before her 28th birthday led to a life changing decision.
  • How the inspiration for the Everygirl came from her own struggles in her 20′s.
  • Why finding cross fit changed her life — plus the key traits to look for when finding your own bliss.
  • The priority shifts that happen between your 20′s and 30′s.
  • How Danielle overcomes overwhelm and stresses less.
  • Danielle talks openly about her thoughts on being single at 31.
  • What Danielle would tell someone just starting out. 




The Everygirl

Rue Mag





Want more? Check out past Lively Show episodes here.


Question of the Day


Have you made a radical shift in your own life that changed your life forever?

If so, please share in the comments below!


PS – The Lively Show landed on the iTunes New & Noteworthy again this week!

Thank you so much for your reviews on iTunes – your reviews help more people find this podcast.


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Listen and subscribe via iTunes.


Today’s Lively Show episode packs in a lot of great takeaways on several topics including streamlining your career (or business), transitioning from a day job, and facing cancer as an entrepreneur.

To talk about these topics, I asked the spunky and energetic Michelle Ward, the When I Grow Up Coach. She’s a life coach, “boob cancer” survivor, and friend that I am honored to have on the show.

Though the topic of cancer is discussed, the tactics and steps that Michelle took could apply to anyone going through a difficult health challenge or even perhaps a small business maternity leave.

This episode is perfect for those who want to learn more about how to handle difficult health challenges while self-employed, or who are feeling overwhelmed by the wide range of their careers.




  • How Michelle’s broadway dream brought her to a corporate job and eventually to life coaching.
  • How Michelle baby stepped her way out of a corporate job and into her coaching practice full-time.
  • How “boob cancer” (as Michelle calls it) affected her life and coaching practice.
  • The policies and boundaries Michelle created to accommodate her treatment (these actions can apply to any entrepreneur with a serious illness, life change, or maternity leave).
  • How Michelle maintained the same income year over year – with cancer treatments and less coaching.
  • Why streamlining your career or business at times can be a powerfully positive choice. (35:30)
  • What Michelle would tell someone just starting out on this journey.




The International Coach Academy

An Effective Escape (workbook)

2012 By The Numbers (post)

Grown Up Gigs

Career Camp

The Declaration of You!

Lindsey Pollock

20 Jobs in 7 Years (post)






Want more? Check out past Lively Show episodes here.


PS – The Lively Show landed on the iTunes New & Noteworthy page this Monday! Thank you so much for your reviews on iTunes and for subscribing – you are the reason this show is spreading!


Happy Tuesday to you!

Today I decided to change things up by answering a question you had in a video!

Today’s question comes from Gina on Facebook and she asked:

How can I properly + cleverly balance: online career + one year old baby boy + home? Keeping all together is hard.

Watch the video above where I answer her question with three tips that I’ve picked up from working with business owners and Life with Intention clients who struggle with these same issues.

Also, if you like this video and would like me to do more videos and/or answer more questions you might have about living life with intention, please let me know!

If there is a good amount of interest I’ll continue to do these little videos more regularly.


PS - Are you a mompreneur? Please leave your helpful tips for her and other mompreneurs (or soon-to-be mompreneurs) in the comments below!

PPS – Sorry for the creepy finger in the video snapshot! YouTube grabbed that frame and won’t update it to a new image for some reason…


After a glorious long weekend unplugged and soaking in the Miami sun, I’m back in Chicago and ready to ride out the remainder of this winter with an exciting new addition to the upcoming Life with Intention Online classes!

The first two LWIO classes in February were incredible – we had students from all over the world (the United Kingdom, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Germany, Rwanda, and the US) logging in to learn and live more intentionally.

Now, I’m adding a new option that will enhance the experience even more.


Life with Intention Online Plus


Life with Intention Online Plus will include all of the basic class materials in addition to detailed, personalized feedback on your homework, intentions, and action plans to ensure that you are on the right track.

LWIO Plus is a great option for those who may not need a full 60-minute session with me after class, but may still want  personalized attention and guidance through a customized email report.


The next LWIO class starts next week (March 11-18) and registration ends Friday.

So if you are thinking about signing up, please do so soon before the spots are filled!

New to Life with Intention Online? You can find out about the class here.


What Students Are Saying


Here is what students have to say about the class:

If want to make a positive CHANGE in the way you approach your goals, your habits, and your life in general, I highly recommend this class.

The intention-setting process taught by Jess it entails a lot of openness, introspection, and to some extent, courage.

Change is never easy, and this just means that the Life With Intention class is the exact push you need.

Carmel D., Pink My Ride | Philippines


The Life with Intention Online class has allowed me to reset my thinking.

This is a huge step forward for me. It allows my mind to percolate – to ponder the things I believe are important.

Deniz H. | IL


Jess’ in-depth knowledge and guidance made it easy to grasp the concepts she was teaching.

I’m looking forward to working with Jess one-on-one in the future!

Lauren N. | NY


Life with Intention Online totally opened up my mind to a new way to thinking.

I’ve already begun to feel more at ease with how I conduct my daily life.

I highly recommend working with Jess and taking this class!

Lisa M., | DC


I can’t recommend the Life with Intention Online enough.

Jess delivers the content (and cute workbook!) in an accessible and enthusiastic way — you could tell there were many light bulb moments happening within the group.

This class will truly change the way you consider your present and your future.

Georgie B. | Australia


Plus, there is a 100% money back guarantee - if you don’t find the class and the Intention-based approach helpful, you get your money back!

The process taught in this class is the summation of everything I have learned over seven years of studying, practicing, and teaching in this area. And it has truly helped those I’ve worked with to find the peace, joy, and power that comes with living from an intention-based perspective.

I’d love to help you do the same.

Sign up for class now. >  


PS – If you prefer learning one-on-one, check out The Intention Sessions. These individualized sessions share the same information in an entirely private, individualized setting.

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