Before I get into today’s post about creating an intention for your space, I have some exciting news to share!

A few days after sharing my struggle to stay sane while we waited to find out if we could move to Austin or not, we got the green light!

Which means we are moving to Austin, Texas, in August!

We now only have about five more weeks left here in Chicago, and we don’t yet know where we are going to live in Austin.

… But I’m watching Zillow Rentals for cute rental bungalows and sending as many prayers and good vibes to the Universe for a wonderful place!

I’ll keep you posted on all the new details when we have more to share.

: )


Now, onto today’s topic – which also happens to be related to my upcoming move – creating an intention for your home or office.

There are two keys to keep in mind when thinking about space intentions. I explain what they are and how to use them in your intention setting in the video below.

What is your intention for your space? I’d love to hear it!


PS My YouTube channel is all dressed up! It now includes playlists and a new intro video thanks to my Right Hand Lady, Isabel. Hop on over and check it out.



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  • Jess! How fun. 🙂 So thrilled for you both. Waco’s just up the road and we spend lots of weekends in Austin, so a margarita night will get on the books once you’re settled. Also, love your video. My intentions for our home are joyful, thoughtful, and hospitable. Loved hearing yours! Will be curious to see if/how those change with the move.

  • Julia Garza

    Yep, just a bit north of downtown. If you end up considering other neighborhoods (there are a lot of good ones, but they do all have their pluses and minuses, depending on what you’re after), especially the further away you get from downtown/central, I’d look for something with easy access to MoPac/Loop 1 versus IH-35. Traffic can be bad on both, but MoPac is always less frustrating because there are no trucks allowed.

  • Thanks for that! I never would have thought to consider the traffic/roads.

  • : ) That’s so great to hear! I love your intentions, too.

    I’ve already started to ponder how my own home intentions might shift now that I’m moving to a different part of the country with a different style of home, too.

  • Wonderful! My college roommate just moved to Houston this month from New York. She’s as excited as we are about Texas. : )

  • CONGRATS on your move! I know you must be so so so excited. I’ll be sending positive vibes your way so you find the dream bungalow for you and the Mr. xo

  • Thanks, Kimberly!! I am pumped. : ) I appreciate the good vibes!

  • PS- I hope you are doing well!

  • Change of Art

    I’m sad for Chicago, but delighted for you – and for Austin! I’m sure you’ll find just the right place to make your happy home. Wishing you boat loads of joy! (And, a cool, smooth move.)
    : )
    Mary Ann

  • Congrats on getting the opportunity to move to Austin! It seems like a really cool city. How exciting!

  • Virginia Schneider

    Topo Chico is a brand of Mexican sparkling water and it’s basically the best ever haha. Get excited for this: 🙂

  • Design by Occasion

    I have friends in Austin and when I visited for the first time, I loved it! I always tell people Austin would be one of the places I would consider moving to.
    Enjoy and good luck!

  • Georgie

    Yay! So happy to hear it worked out for you Jess. I’m sure the next period will be full on but it will all be worth it! Congrats again x

  • Thanks so much, Georgie!! : ) I hope you are doing well!

  • : ) That’s so great to hear! I felt the same way when we visited last year… except for the heat. Lol, oh well!

  • Thank you so much, Hun! I really appreciate your kind words!! : )

  • Thank you so much, Mary Ann!! I really appreciate everything you have done for me to help with the hotel. Your wise words are still in my heart. : )

  • And now you’ll be able to give Noah Kagan his burrito in person…! 😉

  • Claudia

    Congrats on the move to Austin and welcome! I’m a proud Texan and love living in Austin. I found your blog and podcast through Joy the Baker and really enjoyed the episode with her. Like some other folks have mentioned the housing scene in Austin is kind of cray-cray, but with some patience you’re bound to find something lovely. North of downtown is great (North Loop and Crestview area) and South of downtown is also lovely (78704 and north 78745). If you need any tips feel free to reach out. It would be great to have an Austin meet-up with other folks once you get settled. It’ll be an official totally informal “Welcome to Austin”!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven

    Cheers to Austin!! I was just there for a press trip last week, and once again, fell completely in love with the city. In fact, I think I’m going to set up shop and come blog remotely from Austin during the month of January to escape the freezing Midwest winter. And eat tacos. 🙂

    Best wishes these next few weeks as you pack and plan and dream dreams and say good-byes and all of the good stuff that comes with transition. Exciting times!

  • Amanda Genther

    Totally agree. I haven’t been home in a while, but last time I was there that whole section was gone 🙁 We’re currently in Valpo area.

  • That is so cool! A remote situation in January is a fantastic idea. Mr. Lively and I always talked about working from Napa in winter if we had to stay in Chicago. So cheers to warm work winter destinations!

  • Thank you, Claudia! Someone else mentioned something similar about having a going away meet up in Chicago and a welcome meet up in Austin. I think I might do just that. : )

    And thanks for the tips on where to live. I really appreciate that as I’ve been finding places but don’t have time to visit them in real life before we get there for good.

  • Thank you so much, Laura!! Those vibes are very appreciated. : )

  • I know, right?! I gotta see if I can make that happen. : )

  • Love this and your sweet disposition! You must visit Fredericksburg-that’s where my parents live! It’s so fun!

  • Angie McGovern

    I agree, I would recommend staying closer to Loop 1 than I-35.

  • Angie McGovern

    We moved to Austin last July and love it here. Don’t let the oppressive heat of August in Central Texas bother you too much. February totally makes up for it! Good luck with your house search.

  • Thanks!

  • That’s so cool! I haven’t heard of it before, but I’ll keep my eye out for it when we get there. : ) Thanks!

  • Really?! Did you find your place a long time before you moved? Or rather quickly before the move?

  • Angie McGovern

    We had about a month to move as well. We worked with a Realtor and picked 3-4 places to look at. We basically had one day to choose a home. We picked a central (78731) condo with an 11-month lease. We were able to spend the year exploring the area and we moved to a new place a couple of weeks ago, but only about two miles from where we started. We plan to buy in the next two years or so.

  • Anna Lindsey

    We live in 78704, and we really love it! Eventually, we want to move out towards Dripping Springs/Bee Caves for more land and space, but right now, we’re close to downtown and lots of great shops and restaurants. We moved into a place sight unseen, but thankfully my dad was able to do some recon for us. Since I lived in Austin for college, I had a general idea of where I wanted to be located. We’ve been here for two years now, and I don’t ever want to leave!

  • Allison Sass

    Congrats on the move and welcome to Austin! I live here now (moved here blindly two years ago) and I think Hyde Park/ Rosedale/ North Loop areas are all great places for cute bungalow-style rentals. Travis Heights is also an adorable area, I just find that the neighborhoods a few minutes north of downtown have a ton of that Austin quirky-ness, but are also close to necessities like HEB and Target.

    Bring your swimsuits! It’s going to be warm here for a longggg time 🙂

  • I rarely say y’all, but every once in a while it pops out! Everyone tells me I still have a “Michigan” accent – that is where I am from originally. But, seems like a LOT of people are from elsewhere, so everyone fits in! Frankly, it was a little bit of a culture shock here at first. People ACTUALLY wear cowboy hats and boots and drive gigantic, Texas edition pickup trucks and SUVs. But, other than that, Austin kind of reminded me of a southern style Bucktown, which is where I lived last in Chicago before I moved to the burbs. I would love to do a meetup here when you get here!! 😀

  • Lust Creative

    Congratulations Jess! I’m so happy for you – Austin sounds like a wonderful place to live. I can’t wait to hear all about the next stages of your journey =)
    Ashleigh xxoo

  • Thank you so much, Ashleigh!!

  • Thank you so much for the neighborhood suggestions! It really helps since we may be going site unseen. : )

  • That is so awesome to hear! I’m glad it worked out for you sight unseen, too. Though having your dad there probably helped a lot.

    For us, Google Maps/street view will be our “dad” I suppose. ; )

  • Aw, that is so great to hear, Angie!! And that is so exciting about buying soon, too. : )

  • That’s so cool! We are kinda kindred spirits – I am from Michigan and lived in Chicago, now moving to Austin. So I’ll have the same ‘accent’ there, I’m sure!!

    I’m also planning on having a little Austin meet up when I get there – I’ll be sharing details as soon as I get that figured out!

  • That’s awesome! I think she’ll like it. They have condo-quality rooms!

  • INSANE! I love me some breakfast tacos. I discovered them last time we visited Austin at Magnolia’s and it changed my whole view on brunch!

  • Ahhhhh, I didn’t know you were from Michigan! I missed that somehow. I am from super exciting Bay City, but I went to Michigan State, whoops! 😀 A meet up would be fabulous!

  • Virginia Schneider

    I love Magnolia’s! Their french toast is the best I’ve ever had! Austin is basically the capital of breakfast tacos, they’re basically a whole other food group haha. Tacodeli is my favorite taco place, I go there at least twice a week.

  • Nice! My brothers both went to MSU. : ) I’m from Rochester and went to Michigan for college.

  • Amazing! Noah Kagan mentioned Taco Deli is his favorite place, too! I gotta go there when I move. : )

  • Stephanie

    Hi Jess! I’m thrilled to hear you are moving to Austin! My husband and I love this city, we hope the two of you find it as welcoming as we did. The people are great here. We live in the Westlake area which is right on Lake Austin and a quick 10 minute cab ride to downtown. Aside from location, the rolling hills make for some beautiful scenery. Best wishes on your move!! And if you’re ever looking to cool down and meet some couples, we would love to have you guys over for a swim and barbecue! 🙂

  • Aw, thank you so much, Stephanie!! That is mighty tempting. Hopefully you will be able to come to the meet up I’m going to plan once I get there. : ) It will be a great place to meet you!