creating an intention for your space (plus we’re moving!)


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.


This Post Has 0 Comments

  1. Melissa

    What great news! I’ll miss having you here in Chicago… but wishing you all the best as you transition to this next chapter!

  2. Virginia Schneider

    So exciting! East Austin and South Austin (specifically the 78704 zip code) are really popular areas right now. Don’t look at anything between west 21st and 29th street b/c that’s where all the students live. North Campus/Hyde Park are really great areas as well and you can find some really charming houses to rent. Franklin will love it here! I can’t think of a more dog friendly city, they can go almost anywhere you can! Just a warning, August in Texas is the worst month weather wise. The heat is on a whole other level so it will Texas initiation by fire (sometimes literally) but that’s why we have A/C, Barton Springs and Topo Chico 🙂 And if you have the time, I’d love to meet you in person again!

    1. Yay!!!! Thank you so much for the tips, Virginia! We will have to get together when I’m there. This Topo Chico sounds intriguing. : )

        1. 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!

          1. 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.

          2. Jess Lively

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

  3. Sarah van Loon

    Congratulations, Jess!!! We will, of course, miss you tons in Chicago, but I am thrilled (and JEALOUS!) for you and your warm-weather move! 🙂

    Let us know if you’re thinking about having a going-away party. I’d love the chance to say thank you in person for all that you’ve done, and send you off with best wishes and cheer. 🙂

    1. That’s a great idea! We planned to have a going away party for our friends, but I never thought of hosting one for the blog/biz side of things. I’m going to think about this more and I’ll share any details here soon!

  4. Lisa

    Congrats Jess!! That’s fantastic news! Austin is such a great city. Best of luck with the house hunting!

  5. YAY!!!! I’m so excited for you! Austin was on our list of places to move to last year when we started our expanded move search. Even though we ended up staying here in Michigan, Austin definitely looked like a ton of fun! So much art, culture, + tech! What a great place to call home 🙂

    1. Amanda Genther

      Fellow Michigander here (although we just recently moved to NW Indiana), but saw that you’re from Almont. I’m from Lexington 🙂 Nice to “meet” you!

      1. Nice to “meet” you too! We love visiting Lexington-that’s where my husbands Grandma lived, out on Mortimer Line. Though downtown isn’t the same without Smackwater block! Where to in NW Indy? We’ve got friends there!

        1. 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.

        1. Yeah, we’re about 30 minutes from Rochester and are in Rochester often! We’re about to call West Bloomfield home though-that’s where our new house is 🙂

          1. Jess Lively

            Wonderful!! Have you tried The Meeting House? So good!!

          2. Jennifer Grant

            We haven’t-but it’s on our list! Seems we keep picking the wrong time to go but we’ll make it someday! It looks AMAZING! Oh-and the world is so small- my mom is Saffron Colored Pony on Etsy, she was all like “why is her name so familiar? (I was showing her your livewithintention course) then she remembered she sent you a Chicago print (or something)! Too funny!

          3. Jess Lively

            That is too funny! Let her know that it is hanging in The Guesthouse Hotel in Chicago. I used it for their lobby design. : )

          4. Jennifer Grant

            She will be so excited! I bet the next time she goes to Chicago she’ll stay there just to see it! (She travels A TON!)

          5. Jess Lively

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

  6. Katie Johnson

    WooHoo!!! Congrats, you’re moving to my city. I’m more than happy to discuss neighborhoods if you’re interested. I live in the SoCo area and love it. Feel free to e-mail me, katiej32(at)gmail(dot)com…I’m super excited and hope we get to meet!

    1. Thanks, Katie!!! If you know of any cute, affordable, 1300-1500 sq ft bungalows for rent in August…. ; )

      1. I moved to Dallas and then now to Houston! I lived in the Dripping Springs area of Austin and it is absolutely stunning… you are going to love being in Texas, and in Austin!

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

  7. Amanda Genther

    Congrats on the move 🙂 How exciting!

    1. Yay! Same here. I’ve spent my 20’s in Chicago, and now (hopefully) my 30’s in Austin. : )

  8. Georgia Bateman

    wow. congrats! have always been intrigued by austin. sounds like a great place to live. so glad it all worked out!

  9. Megan

    Oh yay! Congrats! So excited for y’all! I don’t know exactly what you’re looking for in a neighborhood, but we used to live in the 78704 zip code – fun shops, great restaurants, historic homes with rental options, extremely eclectic, close to bars for concerts… We were there until we had our first kid and ran out of room…and if we had to move back to that area, I wouldn’t shed one tear. It’ll be SO hot when you get here, just find a pool and a patio with overhead misters that serves margaritas – it’ll be better in a few months!

    1. Thank you so much for the advice! Yes, we are looking for that area – hopefully a ‘unicorn’ (a home that is super cute, large enough for us both to work from home, and affordable) pops up on the market for us before we move.

      That pool + margarita thing? Sounds perfect.

      Did you move outside of Austin to another area nearby when you had your first kid? Or someplace entirely different?

      1. Megan

        We lived in SoCo/Travis Heights (78704 zip) in a wonderful 1920s bungalow until our first was born, then started looking at different areas based on school districts. What we realized was for the same amount of money it would take us to buy a home in the best school district, we could get a larger home with 360 degree views on a hill, 11 acres of land, great school district, and still only be 45 minutes from Austin. So we sold our place and moved to Wimberley. Living in the hub of Austin was blast and we used to see concerts several times a week, always ate at fun restaurants – highly recommend soaking it all up – but we mellowed once our baby dictated our 6:30 pm curfew since that was his bedtime. Now we love living in Wimberley, which to most is a vacation destination since it’s a wee bit country and out of the way – suits the lifestyle we have grown into though, and we adore it. And when we want to see friends or visit a favorite restaurant (or visit the doctors we still have), we just hop in the car – not a bad drive. We sort of explored both options, and feel we still have the best of both worlds. BUT there are plenty of other areas around Austin to settle into without having to move so far out, we just liked having room to breathe!

        1. That is SO helpful. Thank you! I am honing in on the same SoCo / TH areas, myself. Though I’m so picky about our home, that I’d consider things a bit outside there, too, if we found the perfect place. We are thinking about doing the little bit shorter commuter distance when we have kids and want to settle down. But first, we just gotta get there. ; )

          1. Megan

            We have worked with an awesome realtor on rental options, and the buying & selling of our home – he might be able to point you in the right direction, even show you something you may not have thought of before. His name is Jeffrey Schnabel, schnabeljs [at] gmail [dot] com. Or feel free to email me, I’d be happy to pass on any info I can or get you introduced to someone who currently lives in the area and can scout things out for you. meganwurban [at] gmail [dot] com

          2. Jess Lively

            Thank you SO much, Megan! We are working with an agency right now who has been showing us MLS options, too. But if we need another avenue, I know where to go! : )

  10. Congrats! I’m so happy to hear that things ended up the way you were hoping. Good luck in Austin – it sounds like a great place to live these days.

    1. Thank you, Sara! I really appreciate it. And I’ll be sure to report back on how we like Austin, I’ve heard wonderful things, too!

  11. Tara

    You are going to love Austin I lived there for 10 years! It is the best city for young adults and families. Good luck!

  12. Chelle {Everyday Polish}

    Congrats!!!! I hope you end up on HouseHunters, the TX episodes are always full of droolworthy home spaces :).

    1. LOL! I never thought of that. I will have to keep that in mind. Too bad they don’t do rental shows… do they?

  13. Yay!!! I moved from Chicago to Austin 3 years ago – it was the BEST DECISION EVER!!!! I have kids so we live in hill country out towards Dripping Springs, so don’t have a lot of advice for best places to live. I recommend living in the city, duhhhh. You will love it! Welcome to ATX, y’all! Haha, still can’t get used to saying “y’all”. 😉

    1. Yay! I am so happy to hear from another Chicagoan that Austin is a good place – that somehow helps me feel even more excited!!

      So you say y’all now that you are there?! I never thought I’d do it, but maybe I will!

      1. 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!! 😀

        1. 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!

          1. Katrina Berlin Design

            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!

          2. Jess Lively

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

  14. Meenakshi S Nair

    Oh wow! Away from the windy city and all the way down south! I follow Camille Styles’ blog, and Austin sure looks like a great place to be- especially if you are a foodie. Hey Jess do you think you could do a podcast with her? Entrepreneurial-motherhood-decor etc? Good luck with the move! I hope Franklin adjusts well, too.

    1. You are reading my mind! Yes, I definitely want to do a podcast with Camille – on my list of people to reach out to for sure. This week I’m interviewing another Austin local, too!

  15. Julia Garza

    Welcome to Austin! You might also want to look at the North Loop area. It’s more up-and-coming than 78704 (and therefore more affordable!) but there’s a lot of great stuff in that area. The housing market (both renting and buying) is CRAZY here right now, so if you find something you like, jump on it! August is possibly the worst time to move here, but you’ll forget about that after a couple of margaritas.

    1. Thanks for the tips, Julia! I will keep an eye out for listings that say North Loop (is that just north of downtown?).

      And I agree, not ideal to move in August, but we’ll make the best of it — with margarita in hand!

      1. 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.

          1. Angie McGovern

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

  16. 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.

    1. : ) 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

    1. 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. : )

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

  20. 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!

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

  21. 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

  22. 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”!

    1. 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.

  23. 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!

    1. 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!

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

    1. 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!

  25. 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.

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

      1. 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.

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

  26. 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!

    1. 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. ; )

  27. 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 🙂

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

  28. 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

  29. 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! 🙂

    1. 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!

Leave a Reply