TLS #102: 10 Truths About Finding Peace In Being “Average” In This Season Of Our Career With Jessica Flannigan (Live The Fancy Life)


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.









      • How Jessica made the decision to focus less on becoming a huge success as a writer and more on spending time with her family.
      • How Jessica was able to let go of the identity she had placed on her job and output, and design her life around her core values.
      • How Jessica’s new approach has changed her life.
      • How our identity can become too strongly tied to our occupation both personally and in the eyes of others.
      • The “10 Truths” that have helped Jessica find peace in being “average” in this season of her life.
      • How we can let go of the idea of having everything and love our life as it is right now.
      • What Jessica would tell someone just starting out on this journey.




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This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Amber

    I’d like to have more “career” conversations like this. Ever since you mentioned you were writing a book about “the intersection of self worth and work”, I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I’m starting to wonder “what is a career anyway?”. These days I’m not really sure…

    1. That’s wonderful to hear, Amber! It’s been a fascinating journey so far to dive into this topic and I’m looking forward to sharing my takeaways in the book next year! : )

  2. Loved this episode Jess and Jessica. I totally agree with enjoying the present. I was also chasing the “big” but it’s not sustainable. Since my diagnosis few years ago I’ve been embracing every day. I get the idea of yard and flower garden. But what if you won’t have the time in future. We all know that we have only a limited time here but majority of us don’t know how long we have. The perspective changed for me when I was told the answer to “how long”. Suddenly, you see things differently. You’re not only make the best of each day, doing what you love but you want to have the experience of the yard and flower garden as well. For me time is my biggest enemy. It pushed me to rise above the not so important things, focus on my values and overcome my fears.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your perspective + experience with us, Karolina! It’s wonderful to hear you are taking actions on your Values in the present moment, given your current circumstances. I wish you all the love in the world with your diagnosis as well.


  3. Amber @ Wills Casa

    Such a great episode! Love her 10 truths. She is so grounded in her intentions and purpose. It’s encouraging to see how getting that defined for ourselves and helps us live the life we want! Otherwise we seem to let our ego and the busyness of life just overwhelm us or at least I do anyway!

  4. Sara

    This is wonderful. As I balance the needs of my littles with my ‘day job’ and own business, it is easy to get overwhelmed at times. Busyness is just chatter though. I appreciate the emphasis on remaining grounded and intentional in the moment. This is KEY. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Elizabeth

    This is exactly what I needed to hear, when I needed to hear it!

    I’ve been working from home for 5+ years in live theatrical marketing and as a freelance copywriter/social media manager on the side. I am also the proud mother of two girls – 4 yrs old and 18 months. Even though my main career as an independent contractor is in the exact, nearly full-time capacity as it was when I was with the same company in the office, I often feel that those in my life don’t understand that I do in fact work (and hard!). With numerous friends on the fast track to six-figure incomes in the corporate sector, it’s easy to feel like I haven’t lived up to my potential (having graduated summa cum laude from biz school and having always identified as an overachiever). I need to remind myself daily that the larger role I am able to play at home with my girls is by far worth the lack of validation I feel at times from my peers in the biz world. I so look forward to following Jessica’s blog!

  6. Sabine Skarratt

    Love this podcast- great advice, I’m at the start of my freelance journey after leaving my corporate job to spend more time with my son, this has really helped, thank you ladies ?

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