Thank you so much for all of the feedback about what you love most about MML! I appreciate the encouragement and support so much. It also helped me clarify exactly where to go next with MML. As much as I was focused on ‘new frontiers,’ the responses I received helped me realize that I really need to go back to basics for a little while. Which actually works out perfectly in my personal life as well.
As you know, I have been writing and designing my life with intention since January of 2009 and over the past two and a half years, I made great strides. But in recent months the self-imposed pressure to perfectly achieve all of my intentions in all areas of life in this very moment was causing anxiety and stress. Now that I’m coming out of that pressured haze, it’s great to step back here on MML as well and revisit the core elements and values that make designing a life with intention satisfying and less stressful.
So for the next few weeks I’ll be going back to the basics of who I am, how I came to find my purpose, how to create intentions, how to simplify, how I’ve designed my business with intention, and how to do a makeunder. Though I have touched upon all of these topics over the past two and a half years, I’ve never done it in succession and with continuity.
So to start, I’ll share a bit about my background before making under was a part of my life.
Me Before Makeunder
My name is Jessica Lynne Constable and I was born October 15th, 1984 in Dayton, Ohio. I have two younger brothers, ages 25 and 21. I spent my early childhood in Ohio and when I was eight my family moved to Rochester, Michigan.
Though my last name sounds like a British police officer, it was originally a different, Italian name. When my great-grandfather, Rocco Constable came from Italy, the nuns changed it to be more easily understood. So my heritage is a quarter Italian and a quarter Irish alongside a smattering of French Canadian, Swiss, and German.
From an early age I had lots of freckles. When I was younger, my mom told me they would go away as I became an adult. However, that was not the case.
When I was young, I was not a girly girl, despite what my hot pink nail polish I wear so frequently today would indicate. In high school I played soccer (Freshman), basketball (Freshman/Junior Varsity), Track (Varsity), and Cross Country (Varsity). I also had incorrigibly curly hair and rather unfortunate eyebrows. Thankfully, the hair and eyebrow situations are now vastly improved thanks to Moroccan Oil and a good pair of tweezers.
And believe it or not, I had no real interest in jewelry.
The jewelry business came to be while I was making ankle bracelets for myself at a pool my freshman summer. Some women at the pool asked me to make them the same anklets and after six hours, I made a whopping $30. Immediately, my dad encouraged me to continue making and selling jewelry and I took his advice. I spent the remaining years of high school making jewelry and selling it at picnic tables during my family’s boating trips. As well as to students, teachers and school staff.
Later, I began wandering into boutiques in Michigan as well. By the time I graduated from high school I was sold in 12 stores and enjoying the balance between design (something I inherited from my mom’s artistic side) and business (something I inherited from my dad’s engineering and business mind).
In 2003, I went to the University of Michigan and was accepted into the two year undergrad program at the Ross School of Business.* Though I expected to find a bevvy of entrepreneurship help and classes, I was disappointed to find that the undergrad classes were geared towards finance, accounting, and getting your first corporate job. Not. My. Thing. I struggled to fitÂ in with the course load and was a bit of a round peg in a square hole. I spent most of my time and energy traveling to business school conferences, getting to know the teachers, and building my business outside the classroom. One of the business conferences I attended eventually landed me an internship at Macy’s in product development in New York City for a summer.
I should also mention that by my freshman year of college I was so sick of the “jewelry girl” persona which had developed in high school, that I left my beads and pliers at home and joined the mens crew team as a coxswain. It was a fantastic experience and something I’ll always remember fondly. But come sophomore year, the baubles came back with me and I elevated the business in terms of products, designs, and focus. While in college I had a love/hate relationship with the idea of pursuing Jess LC full-time which later was decided in a moment of clarity which I’ll discuss in more detail tomorrow.
So now you know a bit more about what led me to this place; from freckles to finance to fun on the mens crew team.
* This program has since become a four year program, for those interested in applying.