Category: Life

new free june wallpaper

June 2nd, 2014   |   IntentionLifeQuotable


Happy June to you!

I don’t know about you, but I love the month of June.

The weather in Chicago tends to be warm – but not crazy hot – the flowers are still blooming, and the whole summer stretches out before us.

But enough about the month, let’s talk about the quote on this month’s free wallpaper, shall we?

facing challenges intentionally

May 27th, 2014   |   IntentionLife


Lately, a few (possible) big changes in my life are being determined by a handful of factors beyond my personal control.

As I’ve waited for these situations to unfold, I’ve felt like an acorn floating down a river.

Sure, I can chart an intentional path down the river, that’s what this whole site – and my life’s work – is devoted to!

But there are times when a rock blocks an opportunity, or a canoe paddle catapults me to a completely different part of the stream.

In those times, I’m trying to get my head above water, rather than careening head-over-heels down the stream dizzy, upset, and gasping for air.

Though the (sometimes dormant) perfectionist in me would like to think that I can one day reach a point of “Acorn Zen” where I never get caught off guard by a waterfall, where I always keep my head above water, that may never be the case.

Or at least that is certainly not my reality in the present moment.

So rather than fight the rocks or force myself to always keep my chin up 100% of the time, I’m working on my

TheLivelyShowWithErinGatesToday’s show is a huge honor for me!

I’ve been a big fan of Erin Gates of Elements Of Style for many years and I have loved reading her blog and learning from her as a designer and following her life and career.

In this episode we talk about her exceptional career path and book deal.

But our main topic is perfectionism (starting at 18:30) – how Erin has learned to make the most out of it and appreciate it for what it is, rather than fighting to change herself.

This episode is perfect for bloggers, designers, aspiring authors, and anyone who struggles with perfectionism. 

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

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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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