san francisco workshop recap



Now that I’m back in Chicago, the workshops in San Francisco feel like a whirlwind!

As I’ve been prepping this recap it’s been nice to take a little trip back to the action and remember all the details.


I had so much fun in the Business with Intention workshop. We spent a lot of time focusing on the business purpose for each participant. We found new insights and opportunities for each person to take things to the next level.

In addition, the new With Intention Notebooks made their debut!


It was so great to see notes added to the beautiful workbooks created by Jackie of Believe Notes.


On Sunday, we had our Life with Intention workshop.


We had a great time clarifying what intention really means and there seemed to be quite a few ‘a-ha’ moments for each participant.


And when it came to running the show, Natalie Comstock of Natatlie Dressed and Casie M. of Skipping Scones did a fantastic job.

Natalie was our stylist/assistant for the weekend. Did you notice on her welcome table in the first picture that she included the workshop participants names in the framed welcome sign?

I’ve never seen a more clear communication of my brand: white, gold, coral, flowers, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and The 4-Hour Workweek all represented.

Talk about above and beyond.


And then there was the food.

Amazing, delicious, and healthy food. The meals paired with the presentation really made the day feel like we were living in our own little Pinterest world.




Jen, my amazing Commander in Chief, outdid herself on the goodie bags this time around.


We are beyond thankful for the following small business owners for supporting the workshops:


Sarah of Parrot Design Studio shared stationery care packages and calendars (seen below).

Melissa of Melrose Street Custom Content gave each Business workshopper a complimentary content session to help them with their business website.

And Shannon of Simple Pursuits donated a note card that speaks to the intentional side of the workshop.


Jen of Jennie Claire made beautiful gold-filled necklaces for each participant as well. (I’ve been wearing mine almost every single day since.)


We also had these gorgeous candy colored leather notebooks from Angee of Sheic Journals. So cute and practical!


Linda of Ruby Red Design Studio gifted these adorable standing calendars.


And last but certainly not least we had a pouch filled with goodies from Alicia of Whimsey Box! (You can imagine my delight when I saw the gold and white washi tape.)


Now, it’s time to let some of the workshoppers share about their experience in their own words.


“The way Jess tells it, I only signed up for the Business With Intention workshop for the cute notebook. Here’s the thing–she’s right! When I saw the gorgeously designed workbooks on her website, they represented how I envision my business. I want to be the kind of self-assured, passionate entrepreneur who writes her fabulous ideas in a notebook like that.

I’ve made some pretty big mistakes with my business, and I’ve followed bad advice that put me in debt and made me hate the work I used to enjoy. During the workshop, Jess explained that those mistakes happened for a reason and I can learn from them and be of better service to my clients and myself. I was touched by her empathy, and I feel like I can forgive myself now.

The best part of the day (and there were a lot of good parts including the content, food, and ambiance) was the one-on-one attention I received. I’ve been to other business events where everyone gets the same broad information. Jess took the time to really understand my concerns with her unique way of seeing what truly motivates her clients (it’s kinda freaky!).

And my learning didn’t stop after the workshop. We were given exercises to deep dive into our businesses’ purposes and intentions. The workbook modules have me taking my big-picture ideas and breaking them down into actionable baby steps for today and the weeks and months to follow. You can’t find this stuff anywhere else, and believe me, I’ve looked.

The notebook alone is worth the cost of registration. Oh, and it’s super cute too. Thanks for everything, Jess!”

– Sage Grayson, Sage Grayson Coaching, Business with Intention workshop


“I came to the workshop looking for tools and directions for my life and those are exactly what I got.  Of course, a day away to focus on ME and my visions also was a treat.  Within the first thirty minutes, I knew I’d come to the right place.  The workshop felt like an emotional retreat for me.  Jess created such a welcoming, loving and excepting environment that it was easy for me to open up and be heard.   I was able to voice my concerns and together, we worked out solutions that felt right to me.  It was all in all a fantastic day!”

– Sunray, Life with Intention workshop


“I had such a great experience working with you and the other wonderful women yesterday! Not knowing what to expect, I decided to throw myself head first into the experience. Being honest with yourself can be a scary and somewhat difficult thing– but I felt nothing but supported and encouraged to speak my deepest truth and I’m all the better because of it. I feel confident moving forward to the next stages in life after developing a personal, realistic approach to my priorities. In fact, I am inspired to push even further! The Life with Intention workshop was exactly the jumpstart I needed in life and I cannot thank you enough for your compassion and advice.”

– Jenny W, Life with Intention workshop


“When I got the email from Jess’ assistant, Jen, telling me I was chosen as the stylist/assistant for the SF workshops, I was shocked, but also thrilled. Jen and I emailed back and forth leading up to the workshop discussing guidelines, my styling ideas, logistics, etc. Jen also put me in contact with Casie, the talented foodie for the SF workshops, so we could coordinate the meal setups. Jen made the whole process leading up to the workshops simple and stress-free.

Working the actual workshops was so much fun. Jess gave me and Casie both the freedom to execute our ideas as we wished. I wasn’t surprised to see how kind and fun Jess was is in real life. She has a light about her that just makes you want to be best friends with her.

Jess invited Casie and I to join in the workshop discussions whenever we had spare time away from our duties, which was really exciting for me as a long-time reader of Jess’ blog. The With Intention workshops inspired me and gave me more clarity than anything I’ve experienced. Jess really has a knack for helping people find their purpose, but she also makes sure to give you actionable steps you can take to move forward. She is the best listener and is really great at pealing back the layers and showing us that what we really want is already inside of us – a lot of times it’s just hiding under a bunch of crap. I left feeling refreshed and ready to move in the right direction rather than stressed about trying to carry out some massive, out of reach dream.”

– Natalie, Natalie Dressed, San Fran Stylist/Assistant

“Being chosen as the “With Intention Foodie” was the best experience – Jess really gave me the strength to run my own show for the event. Even though I’m an amateur, she had confidence in me and let me contribute to her already inspiring workshop.  I believe Jess is a great listener and a great innovator, someone you’d want to have as friend and that is really telling during these workshops.  The attendees really need to open up so Jess can do her best ‘work’ and she completely enables each individual to do so.  I truly had a great experience and would do it again.  Thank you, Jess!”

– Casie M, Skipping Scones, San Fran Foodie


Thank you, thank you to Jen, Natalie, Casie, and the workshoppers for supporting me during the awesome weekend. I’m beyond grateful to get to work with you and serve you.

And for those interested in the Austin Life and Business workshops in June, is exactly one spot left in each workshop!


photos by myself and Natalie

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  1. Abbie

    Your workshop looks beautiful. I wish I could come to one, if only for the goody bags 🙂

    1. Jess Lively

      Aw, the goodie bags are pretty nice! Agreed. : )

  2. Jen Moulton

    Jess! The SF workshop looked awesome, it makes me even more excited for the Austin workshop!! And thank you for including Jennie Claire necklaces in the goodie bags!

    1. Jess Lively

      Aw, I am so excited for Austin, too!

  3. Jess Lively

    Aw, thank you! I give the credit to Natalie and Casie!

  4. Jess Lively

    Gotcha! Where by chance do you live?

      1. Jess Lively

        Nice! My next stop will be in Nashville, not too close, but you are welcome to come!

  5. Sage Grayson

    Thanks for hosting such an amazing event, Jess! And Natalie and Casie too. 😉

    I’ve been wearing my Jennie Claire necklace constantly too. I’m more than halfway through the workbook now. It’s given me so much to think about, and I often have to set it aside while I digest the information.

    I agree with the other commenter that you should consider selling the notebooks in a “workshop in box” type format. Working directly with you was awesome, but there are so many other people out there who could benefit from this information. PLUS, I want the Life With Intention workbook! 🙂

    1. Jess Lively

      Nice! I’ll keep that in mind. ; )

      I’m also happy to hear you are enjoying the workbook and using it in chunks, that’s awesome!

      And that necklace is awesome, right!?

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