Category: Life


This episode is very near and dear to my heart and I have been looking forward to sharing this with you, my dear friends, for a while now.

For many reasons which are explained in this episode, I have asked bestselling author, Katherine Woodward Thomas, on the show to share her new book, Conscious Uncoupling, which lays out her five step process to consciously uncoupling and living happily even after.

I have used Katherine’s process personally over the past few months, and it has transformed a potentially negative or destructive process into one of peace, joy, and love. Now, I’d like to share her approach with you.

This episode is perfect for anyone who wants to learn about a five step process to help lovingly complete a relationship wholeheartedly, or for anyone who wants to learn about a meaningful new chapter in my own life.


This is tough to write.

I want people to know that I’m happy, that I’m not depressed, that I still love Jess, I look forward to still being close friends, I’m excited about our future lives, I cherish the past five years, and everything is okay.

Really, everything is okay.

I’ve been asked if I’m okay multiple times, usually accompanied by a very serious stare into my eyes a few inches from my face.

It all reminds me of something Jess learned from her yoga instructor (bear with me here) that we’ve enjoyed ever since. The idea of santosha, which reminds us to think in terms of ‘this AND that’ as opposed to ‘this OR that’.

It comes in handy a lot, and I think it very simply puts how I feel.

I cherish my time with Jess AND I’m excited about a future where we are close friends AND I loved being married AND I’m happy not being married right now.

Isn’t it great?

I like to think this also how Jess and I have spent our time together.

We couldn’t settle for being just one way. We wanted to be relaxed at home living a peaceful life AND do everything all at once.

We would go through periods of cozy hibernation (sometimes literally because of Chicago’s winters), only to burst out and make big sweeping changes because it felt right at that moment.

Three states, two dogs, multiple businesses, multiple jobs, many websites, a wedding in Paris, and so much more all of which felt like they happened at a moments notice.

A lot of times there would be some stress, but it was always the right move in the end.

I live a very fortunate life in so many ways, and the friendship that Jess and I will continue to share is certainly something I’m grateful for. Also, that we’ve been able to go through this in such a loving and supportive way.

I don’t think it would be honest if I didn’t acknowledge that we are both losing some things by our decision. Or that we haven’t wept, worried or stressed, we have.

We are losing time together, futures we planned, and we are splitting our dogs up.

This process has a lot emotions all at the same time, and that’s okay. We can be sad and excited, worried and confident, and we can continue to be loving.

Much like any other big decisions we’ve made, it’s not without difficulty, but just like every other time, it feels right, it’s from our values, and I believe once again, it will be the right move in the end.

P.S. I’m glad Jess is keeping the name Lively, because she’s lived it every day of her life.



You can listen to the podcast where I (Jess) share this news + my experience here.



How many times have you heard a story – here on the Lively Show or elsewhere online – which goes along the lines of, ‘I didn’t like my job… so I worked really hard and quit my job to start a full-time business’?

Though this narrative has been shared by many people online, there are also many times when quitting a full-time business and getting a full-time job is an even truer extension of our Values — and ultimately brings even more joy to our lives.

This is exactly what we’re talking about with letterpress designer, Melissa Gruntkosky. Melissa had a full-time business for four years, until she followed her intuition and took a fulfilling full-time job instead.

This episode is perfect for anyone who wants to hear an important (and less spoken about) perspective on the challenges of running a full-time business and an inspiring journey of someone who made a bold choice to live her Values.


Today’s Lively Show is one of the most fascinating and helpful conversations I’ve had on The Lively Show thus far.

In today’s episode, Dillan DiGiovanni, a health coach and TEDx speaker who transitioned his gender identity in his mid-30’s, shares how and why he thrived before and after his gender transition, the complexity of evolving language around sexuality and sexual identities, and what Dillan believes is not being accurately conveyed in the media about transgender individuals.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to hear a fascinating story about thriving authentically, or for anyone looking to better understand, connect, and communicate with people who identify as transgender.



Today’s Lively Show is a fun, lighthearted “girl chat” with the lovely and down-to-Earth beauty vlogger, Anna Gardner, of the very popular YouTube Channel and blog, Vivianna Does Makeup.

Though dozens of well-known bloggers have come on TLS and discussed blogging tips, we’ve never directly spoken about the topic of video blogging and YouTube.

So today, Anna is filling us in on how full-time vloggers make an income, tips and tricks for making great videos, which equipment we should invest in, and more.

Plus, she also shares her favorite spend + splurge makeup items.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to hear a fun chat about all things beauty and vlogging.



Today on The Lively Show, I’m talking with Jessica Flannigan of Live The Fancy Life.

Jessica is a wife, mother of two, writer, business owner, and blogger who went from trying to “do it all” and “be as big as possible” in her career to shifting gears around her true core Values.

Though we are all at different points in our journeys, with different Values and circumstances, Jessica’s story inspires us to think about what is truly most innately fulfilling for us personally in this season of our lives.

This episode is perfect for anyone who is stressed out, distracted, scared to move forward in some area of their lives, or wants to hear an amazing story of a woman who had the courage to step back from “the hustle” in order to live a life that is optimal, given her circumstances and Values.



Episode 100.

Elizabeth Gilbert.

And my 31st birthday.

These are three things that are all happening today on The Lively Show, and I’m pinching myself to make sure this isn’t just a dream….

…. A lovely dream that I cannot wait to share with you!

Today we’re talking with worldwide bestselling author, Elizabeth Gilbert – of Big Magic, and Eat Pray Love fame – about a wide range of topics including creativity, the fetishization of passion, the magic of curiosity, and the importance of epic doses of self-compassion.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to have a more compassionate + creative life, career, and relationship with themselves. 


TLS #99: life, career, & design Q+A

October 13th, 2015   |   Life


Today I’ve got a very special birthday week Lively Show Q&A!

On Monday, I sent out an email requesting questions on any and all topics, and I got more than 100 awesome questions in response.

I want to share a huge hug + thank you to everyone who emailed a question. They were wonderful, and I look forward to possibly answering questions that were not addressed today in future Mini Editions to come.

In this episode, I’m answering 20 questions on a variety of topics including: life, career, home design, podcasting, personal growth, dating, my childhood, and more.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking for a fun chat on a wide range of topics that will hopefully add a little extra joy and peace to their day. 



Happy Lively Show day to you!

Today’s guest, Ashley LeMieux, is someone I admire not only for the impact she’s making on the world through her (quickly expanding) accessory company, The Shine Project, but she’s also someone who simply radiates joy in a palpable way you can just feel.

In the show, we’re talking about her mission-driven business (which grants college scholarships and employs inner city youth), how she’s adjusted to becoming a mom of two children over the past two and a half years, how she’s handling bouts of anxiety, and what purpose can look like at different times in our lives.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking for an encouraging conversation around the topics of making a difference, dealing with anxiety proactively, navigating motherhood and career, and embracing purpose in our lives.



Today’s episode of The Lively Show is a huge honor for me to share with you.

I’m talking with author and lecturer, Tal Ben-Shahar. Tal taught two of the largest Harvard classes in the history of the school, and I was a lucky student of his Positive Psychology class — tuning in “un-officially” during my time at The University of Michigan.

His work has made a huge impact on my life and I am pumped to get to share him with you today on TLS(!!!).

In the show we cover a wide range of topics including: positive psychology, the origins of “self help,” the importance of diversifying our self-worth, perfect vs. optimal, and how to effectively implement habits that will boost our happiness.

This episode is perfect for anyone who geeks out on the topic of personal development or wants to get some easy takeaways to start improving their life one optimal step at a time.



Over the past 15 years, my career has been varied:

Jewelry designer. 
Handbag designer.
Hotel creative director.
One-on-one business coach.
Workshop leader.
Temporary tattoo designer.
Life With Intention Coach.

At several points in my career people have thought I was craaazy for making the choices I made.

But those decisions – which were far from perfect – resulted in a career that is joyful, peaceful, & fulfilling… and I want to share what I’ve learned along the way to help you feel the same in your career, too. 

I’m sharing the tough decisions, mistakes, never-before-shared risks, and triumphs that have come from living my Values in my career over the past 15 years…

so that you can learn about
of a joyful, peaceful, & fulfilling career.  

Whether you have:


This free + live fireside chat will inspire + empower you to make intentional, Values-based decisions that bring you JOY, PEACE, & FULFILLMENT during every step of your career journey.


>> Sign up for the LIVE Fireside Chat Here.*

>> Sign up for the LIVE Fireside Chat Here.*


* Note: This is a LIVE, free, online event. Once it has taken place, there will not be a way to sign up or participate.


PS – Life With Intention Online registration closes Friday, September 25th.




Today we’re talking intentions – Values-based intentions to be exact!

In this episode, we’re discussing what it means to live from our Values through the experience of Life With Intention Online alumni, Katie Evans.

Katie is a mom, wife, non-profit board member, and founder of – on top of having a full-time job!

She’s one busy lady and she’s sharing openly about how she’s changed her life to find more peace, joy, and fulfillment in the things she’s added and subtracted from her closet, home, personal habits, relationships, and career. All as a result of living from her Values-based intentions.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to learn more about the Life With Intention Online approach, Values-based intentions, and the LWIO class structure. 


PS: Life With Intention Online registration is now open (through September/25)!

Learn more + register here.


Reach Out

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I run an online course, Life With Intention Online, to share exactly how to do just that. Sign up for updates and special bonuses here. (The next class will most likely begin in late 2015.)

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