five years of blogging

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{ got a new look for its 5th birthday! }

Yesterday marked the fifth year of this blog. Back on January 19th, 2009, when I started the blog, it was a Blogspot site called Makeunder My Life.

A lot has changed since then. I’m now married, have a puppy, no longer run Jess LC, live in a nicer apartment three blocks down the street, and am helping people design lives with intention full-time.

Oh, and I’m now closer to my 30’s than my early 20’s. 

However, looking back at my very first blog post, my mission has remained relatively consistent despite the somewhat continual state of transition in my life and career.

Here’s what I shared back on January 19th.

… With this blog I plan to share my intentions, design inspiration, entrepreneurial stories, and cool stuff that crosses my path. As a designer I am drawn to all sorts of images, ideas, and ideals I wish I could automatically incorporate into my life. Some I can, others take longer. On the flip side, my “business” side enjoys planning, executing, and tracking my progress. …

I hope the posts and ideas to come are fun to read, continue to keep me inspired, and help others become more excited about growing in their own lives.

Not particularly well written, but surprisingly accurate to what has transpired over the past five years.

To see how this simple mission statement has shaped my career and life experiences is almost overwhelming.

It hasn’t been easy. It hasn’t been quick. It has taken tons of time, money, and faith.

But more than any of that, it also has taken your support. Whether you’ve been reading since the beginning or if you found the blog recently, I have one thing to say:

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


What’s Coming Up

Looking to the year ahead, I’d like to:

  • Pare back the number of weekly written posts (to 1-3 posts per week)
  • Add weekly podcast episodes
  • Increase the number of chances to help people make progress in their own lives

I’m also in the process of launching the new podcast. I’ll be honest, this project has taken me much longer than I expected.

Launching Life with Intention Online and the new With Intention site (as well as revamping this blog over the weekend) has meant I’ve been working constantly with Mr. Lively on nights and weekends to create a cohesive brand between the both sites – and eventually with the podcast as well.

But you know what?

That’s the fun thing about blogs.

They ebb and flow with the lives of the bloggers themselves.


Cheers to another five years of intention,



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  1. Natalie | Natalie Dressed

    Happy 5 year anniversary, Jess! Thank you for showing up day in and day out. You have positively impacted so many lives, including mine. I’m so happy to see the success you’re having. It’s inspiring! So looking for to the podcast. Sending lots of love!

  2. Kristen P

    Congrats Jess! It has been a wonderful journey and I’m glad you’ve shared it!

  3. alexandrainto

    Congratulations on five years, Jess.

  4. Happy 5 years Jess! So happy for you and the projects you’ve launched. I’m really excited to add another podcast to my roster. 🙂

  5. Ashley

    Happy 5 years of blogging! That’s so exciting! I can’t wait for your new podcast! I’m sure it’s going to be great!

    1. Thanks so much, Ashley! I am excited for it too! I’d like to launch with 3 episodes right from the start, which I still need to learn to edit and turn into podcasts/upload to iTunes… which is why it has been delayed a bit as I’ve worked on the new site looks. But now that the blog is updated the podcasts are going to have such a pretty new home to live on that I can’t wait to get it all done and share! : )

  6. jillian

    congratulations on your bloggin anniversary!!! and i love the new look! can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  7. Many congrats for 5 years Jess and here’s to many more!
    I love seeing how blogs evolve with us all over time – such a crazy journey.

  8. It’s been so wonderful following the evolution – and you’re right! – that is the FUN of blogging and bloggers. Being a part of the journey and the ebb and flow. I’ve only been following for a couple of years but cannot wait to see what the next 5 bring for you.

    1. Aw, thank you so much, Erin! Speaking of evolution, I’ve got some new ‘news’ to share today on this front. ; )

  9. Congratulations Jess on 5 years of blogging- what a milestone! I’ve loved being part of your journey and have been incredibly inspired by all that you have accomplished over this time. Can’t wait to see the next chapter of what lies ahead xx

    1. Aw, thank you so much, Rachel! I really appreciate your support and for being with me on this journey. I hope that your next chapter is wonderful as well!

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