“that one thing” intention sessions


To show my gratitude for your support throughout 2013, I have five gifts planned for you over the next five days!  There are no outside sponsors or companies associated with these gifts. They are simply from me, to you.


After working with Intention Session clients over the past few months, I have realized that a lot of the times there is one thing that really causes the most havoc in our lives.

That one thing tends to block our joy and stops us from moving forward. It creates the majority of our stress and anxiety and if we can find a way to live intentionally in that one area, our lives would significantly change.

With this in mind, I have created a new Intention Session offering. It’s called (as you might guess) the “That One Thing Intention Sessions.”

In these sessions, we will replace “shoulds,” stress, and guilt with custom intentions and inherently fulfilling goals, actions, and outcomes.

No pain, shame, or “one day” thinking required.

The Intention Sessions focus on one of the following four areas:

  • Possessions/home/clutter/organization
  • Personal habits/me time/health/wellness/best living practices
  • Relationships
  • Career/small business

I believe these sessions are a powerful way to start 2014. It’s time to move forward in these areas intentionally.

To help kick off this new offering, I am giving away two scholarships for the Week of Giving!



How to Apply


If you would like to win one of the two That One Thing Intention Sessions scholarships, please leave a comment on this post letting me know which area of your life you would like to focus on during our sessions.

The scholarship giveaway will close next Thursday, December 26th and the winners will be announced on December 30th.


And of course, if you don’t win the giveaway and would still like to work together early in the New Year, please reach out here!




Monday: One-on-One Mentorship for a Year

Tuesday: Free Private Victory Starter Kit 

Wednesday: Free Business with Intention Workbook 


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  1. Kimberly

    *Personal habits/me time/health/wellness/best living practices

    This is the area I could use the most help with going into 2014. As a full time student/single Mom to three boys – one with Autism – I definitely have put my own health (mental + physical) on the back burner, Ready to make a change in the upcoming new year!!

  2. Nina Reed

    If I were to win, my “one thing” would be me-time. Between college, running a small business, planning large events, working two full days a week for a different company, teaching pole, blogging, and everything else that adds up, I can’t remember the last time I did something that was all for me.

  3. Nicole

    This is such a great idea! I would love to focus on the second area listed: Personal habits/me time/health/wellness/best living practices.

    The next year is going to be a milestone for me as I plan my wedding and possibly move to another country in August / September as my fiance is applying to business schools around the world. As I’ve never left my hometown, this is extremely daunting to me, and a focus on my personal health needs to be paramount in the next few months. I definitely could use the help figuring out the best ways to do this!

  4. Megan

    Honestly, I would benefit from support in any of those areas, but I would say the #1 priority would be business. 2013 was a helluva year. My job ended, I got totally dumped, I sat alone a lot, and my car got stolen 3 hours before my birthday (which I spent on the couch). I was let go from my job as a high school teacher and took it as my sign that it was time to dive head first into my business…but instead, I did nothing. Well, I did a lot of things, actually, but six months later, I have no business and nothing to show for it. In the process of leaving the job, I lost almost ALL of my friends in the city and have spent my time sitting alone. I feel if I got started with my business, it would improve the rest of my life because I’d feel confident meeting people again and maybe I could make a friend…or even a boyfriend. I’d also feel a sense of purpose again and like my life had value–not that watching Rachael Ray doesn’t help people, buuut… 😉 The lonely birthday was a huge wake up call that it is time to get my life back. Finally going for this would really help the rest of my life to flow.

    1. Jess Lively

      Man, it does sound like 2013 has been a tough year. I’m sorry to hear that. Good luck with the giveaway and if you end up not getting it, I hope you consider doing the sessions anyways, if it works for you.

      1. Megan

        Thanks dear! I sure will try to swing it. Lots of learning opportunities this year 😉 Ready to kill it in ’14 though!

  5. Debbie

    I would love to end 2014 with a better relationship to possessions/home/clutter/organization! Recent separation and pending divorce has thrown my life and home into complete chaos! I find myself up at night wondering where important documents are or going months without being able to find a favorite belt!

  6. Melissa Thorpe

    Tough choice, but I would have to go with Possessions/home/clutter/organization. Between joining my “stuff” with my now-husbands “stuff” a year and a half ago, plus moving twice with him, it’s just a cluster of clutter! We moved back in September and we still have boxes laying around PLUS a whole storage of THINGS that don’t fit in our current rental. We don’t plan to be here too long, but next time we move I want there to be less clutter and more organization of stuff that is actually needed/used.

  7. Alli

    I would love to focus on relationships. I am by nature a very introverted person and therefore need a lot of time to myself. But, I realize that it is important to form deep relationships with other people. It is difficult for me to keep meaningful relationships with others for an extended amount of time. While I want to have friendships that last a lifetime, they only seem to last for a short few years because we just seem to naturally grow apart. I don’t feel lonely because I always have people who stand by me, but I do feel lost because, other than my family, I don’t have people who have known me for a very long time that know what I truly feel and need to hear.

    1. Jess Lively

      Thank you so much for sharing your story and being so honest, Alli. Good luck with this giveaway!

  8. Leigh Anne

    For me it would definitely be relationships. Far too often I find myself irritated with my husband or children for “demanding” my time. I really want to figure out how to enjoy the time I spend with them instead of viewing it as a chore 🙁

  9. Kelly Catania

    I think I would choose relationships if I won. I feel like if I can understand how to approch and deal with them correctly a lof of the personal wellness and “me” will fall together after that. I am looking at 2014 as the year of fresh starts as I moving into a new place and taking a break with my guy. Thanks for offereing this!

  10. Sarah C

    I’d love to focus on best life practices/personal habits as I find myself using social media and my time online with intention and not just getting sucked into pinterest/twitter. I find I waste so much time with unnecessary and unfulfilling things.

    1. Jess Lively

      That is a great area that I think a lot of people can relate to. Good luck with the giveaway!

  11. I would focus on my personal habits and health/wellness. Because of a chronic pain disorder, I was on a medicine that caused me to gain 30 pounds very quickly (and it didn’t even help with the pain!). And then I got so discouraged, that I sort of “gave up” and added another 15 pounds. I know it’s insanely cliche, but my #1 goal for 2014 is to get healthy. Yes, I want to lose weight, but more than that, I want to start healthy habits, like eating better, going to the gym, being active, and in general just doing things good for my soul (like yoga, meditation, etc.). I used to always like the way I looked, and now I rarely let anyone get a picture of me and I have no self confidence when it comes to my looks, which affects almost every other aspect of my life. It’s like I’m going through middle school at 26! So there it is…my one thing.

    1. Jess Lively

      I’m so sorry to hear about the challenges that you’ve faced, Sarah! It does sound like things have been really tough. Good luck with this giveaway. And if you don’t happen to win the giveaway I hope you consider working with me through an Intention Session, if it works for you. : )

  12. Ashleigh

    I would pick personal habits and me time. I’ve realized lately that the source of all of my stress in all areas of my life stems from money (or lack thereof). Although recognizing it was a huge step, working with it has been much harder, and I feel I put myself last because of that. I’d like to figure out a way to work with that stress, rather than against it.

  13. Katelyn

    As I’ve seen from the other comments, these are all great topics so it will be hard to choose. I’m torn between personal habits and professional career. I think I will go with the career/small business though if I had to choose one. I currently have a professional career and a personal blog, and while both are going well, I constantly think about starting my own business, even if it is just on the side. It takes a lot of mental energy to constantly think and dream and I’d like to make 2014 the year that I put some goals in place and actually take some action. That way I can stop thinking about what could be and know that I’ve tried! It would be great to have a coach who could hold be accountable. Fingers crossed!

  14. Heather

    I’m in the “almost there” phase of opening a private practice, but still need help with basic entrepreneurial and business skills, i.e., time management, bookkeeping, marketing, keeping my sanity…

    1. Jess Lively

      Heather, I think what you are describing is all of the content that is in the Workshop At Home videos. I’m not sure if you’ve ever considered ordering it, but that is my offering that has all of this pertinent information (http://www.with-intention.com/workshopathome/).

      The Intention Sessions are a bigger picture perspective on career and biz that don’t cover these tactical concepts. : )

  15. Kimberly Anne

    GREAT giveaway, again! 🙂 I would love to work on Personal Habits/Wellness/Best living practices. I have been struggling to make progress on my health related goals… more like, I struggle to stay motivated and plan ahead. I would LOVE an intention session based upon this.

    1. Jess Lively

      Hi Kimberly, this is totally up the Intention Session alley! If you don’t happen to win this scholarship, I hope you consider doing an Intention Session if it works for you.

  16. Lori

    Definitely would pick Relationships! I am blessed by my husband and daughter but find myself stressed by both of them way too often (like daily!!) and that carries over in how I deal with my family and friends. I LOVE people and when I got married, we had a baby and moved to the country and it’s been very challenging for me to interact with others. I desire to overcome that thinking of “one day I’ll have better relationships when I move back to the city” and start being engaged NOW!

    1. Jess Lively

      Lori, I can totally relate (not the baby thing, but a lot of the other things) to this personally! Best wishes on the giveaway. : )

  17. npbradshaw

    I would like to focus on career/small business. Really want to get some things up and running.

  18. Virginia

    This week of gifts is so fun! Help with personal habits would be awesome.

  19. Gina Palha

    I know that this may seem a bit selfish but I want to focus in me. The last three years have been hard (really hard). The kind of hard that make us question everything, everyone, everybody… every situation. Our life. My life. I’ve tried to build myself up all by myself and by just picking up the pieces of what was left and I am beginning to believe that I can do it… but for that I need to find myself again + love myself + build and have new dreams. May I dream?

    1. Jess Lively

      That is NOT selfish at all! In fact, you can only GIVE what you HAVE yourself- so focusing on you is the first place to start (the only trouble is if we never leave that place to focus on others later on).

      Best wishes on this giveaway and if you don’t happen to win, I hope you consider doing an Intention Session with me, if it works for you. : )

  20. alexandrainto

    These giveaways have been so thoughtful and amazing. I would choose to focus on personal habits as that is the area I am most struggling with currently.

  21. Nicola

    You are the most generous Santa ever 😉
    I’d love an intention session to work on my self confidence and the relationship I have with myself. It’s important and I’d like to be my best self in 2014 so that I can give everyone that comes into my life the time and love they deserve!

    1. Jess Lively

      Thanks, Nicola. I feel like a little intentional elf this week. ; )

      Best wishes on the giveaway!

  22. I’m only 20 years old, but I feel as though the almighty dollar completely rules me. Throughout my life, my family has always struggled with finances. We’ve dealt with bouts of homelessness, job layoffs and chronic unemployment.

    When I trace my current stresses, the one common denominator seems to be money. It’s what I lose sleep over, where my anxiety lives. The constant thought of “will I make rent this paycheck? will this bill be paid? how will I return to school?”

    I would like to focus on just one thing: financial stability. A thought that many 20 year olds aren’t concerned with, but is essential for my survival. I know that I am skilled and focused enough to start a small business, and help to sustain myself and make my quality of life better. I believe an intention session with you could help me map out and plan for making this a reality.

    1. Jess Lively

      Thank you for sharing, Amber! And best of luck with this giveaway.

      I’d also suggest checking out the Inspiration Board (http://jesslively.com///the-inspiration-board/) for books to read in the new year to help you start investing in yourself and your abilities as a person (not just in career, but personal growth), I feel like that will play a huge role in the next 10 years of your life along with sorting out the money stuff.

    1. Jess Lively

      Hi Brittany! Good luck with the giveaway. If you are looking for marketing and tactical advice for running a business, I would do the Workshop At Home (http://www.with-intention.com/workshopathome/). It has all the advice you’d need for starting up a small business.

      If you are looking for a bigger picture perspective on your career and/or why you would consider a small biz, that is more aligned with the Intention Session content. : )

  23. Jess Lively

    This is a great intention session topic! Good luck with the giveaway, and if you don’t happen to win, I hope you consider doing an Intention Session with me anyways, if it works for you. I think it could be quite helpful for where you are now.

  24. Jess Lively

    Good luck, Linda!

    The Intention Sessions aren’t business coaching (that advice is found in the Workshop At Home – http://www.with-intention.com/workshopathome/).

    The Intention Sessions would be bigger picture for career and/or biz that relate more to your purpose and life as a whole than actual marketing, selling, website, etc. : ) So hopefully that would be what you’d be looking for from this experience.

  25. Kim Campbell

    I personally think every area at this time of the year – but we will go with home because my husband stresses with clutter – and if I get this area worked on – then that will help us with our relationship! 🙂

  26. Brittany

    You are so awesome with all these giveaways Jess!! I would choose the career area if I won 🙂

  27. Ayanna Thibodaux

    I would love to win the one thing intention session and work with you. I would like to focus on my business. My one thing may be one that creeps into other parts of my life as well. Thanks! Happy holidays.

  28. Jess Lively

    For sure! Guilt never gets us anywhere but more feeling more guilt. For nine years I struggled with that area the most, too. Good luck with the giveaway and if you don’t happen to win, I hope you consider doing the session if it works for you. : )

  29. Jess Lively

    Very nice! Just in case it’s a little confusing… The Intention Sessions aren’t business coaching (that advice is found in the Workshop At Home http://www.with-intention.com/business/#workshops-at-home)

    The Intention Sessions would be bigger picture for career and/or biz that relate more to your purpose and life as a whole than actual marketing, selling, website, etc. : ) So hopefully that would be what you’d be looking for from this experience.

  30. Nora

    I love your giveaways they are so great and mean a lot to me as a reader. If I were to win i’d choose health/wellness. I’ve lost over 80lbs and have slowly put it back on. When I lost it I had so much motivation but I’ve been unable to get back on track. And when I’m overweight I’m pretty down. I miss how I used to feel.

      1. Nora

        I bought this weekend. Thanks for the recommendation. Already found some insight!

  31. jmr224

    that one thing… love the idea of intentionally distilling my fears/anxieties/worries into “that one thing” that is holding me back from accomplishing my “make it happen” list. for me, it’s tackling sentimentality so that i may let go of items causing me to feel cluttered. my dad passed away unexpectedly, and so the few items that I have that remind me expressly of him (a coat he bought me, for example) are treasured. But now I can’t seem to let go of anything that loved ones have given me… it’s as if i’m storing up memories. compounding this issue is my limited budget- i feel that getting rid of clothes that don’t fit me now or pantry items that i don’t really like is wasteful – one day, i might need them and so i save them. this seems to hold me back from embracing the white space that i so desperately crave in my life! So excited to find out who wins this amazing opportunity. Your generous heart is such a gift to so many!

    1. Jess Lively

      Thank you so much for sharing your story and for applying for the Intention Sessions.

      Regardless of whether you win this session or choose to work with me on your own in the future (if that is something you’d like to do), I highly suggest taking photos of the items that remind you of your father that you do not need/use/love in your life or see in your optimal future. You hit the nail on the head when you mentioned you don’t want to lose the *memories* – it has nothing to do with the cloth, thread, or physical materials that are in the things themselves. Perhaps by taking photos and creating a memory book online or printed it might help you retain what is most important (the sentiment/memory) and let go of what is cluttering your present moment reality and best life now. : )

  32. Lauren L.

    What an amazing giveaway Jess! I would love to work with you on shifting my personal habits and really making sure I’m committed to giving myself the best life possible!

  33. spotrox

    Thank you so much for an incredible week of giveaways. It’s incredibly generous of you and inspiring to see how many people are working on making a shift in their life. I would love help in the relationships area. I love my husband, my students, my friends, my family, but I have a hard time balancing them all. For some reason (and maybe more than one), I self-sabotage in this area, too. I would be excited to see how to be able to shift intentions and figure out what I actually want relationships in my life to look like. Thanks again!

    1. Jess Lively

      Oh! I love this topic! Thank you for sharing. And if you don’t happen to win but would like to work with me, I hope you reach out!

  34. Rachel A.

    Hi Jess–what a generous giveaway! I am currently working and working on my own business at night and on the weekends. My day job is pretty demanding (including a gnarly commute in Southern California traffic) and I’m currently pregnant with my first baby! I would love to focus on balance and making my own business the priority in my life.

    1. Jess Lively

      Congrats on your baby, Rachel! Good luck with the giveaway and if you don’t happen to win, I hope you consider working with me (if that works for you). : )

  35. Melissa Alam

    Another great giveaway, so thank you!

    I would love to win this scholarship so that I can start living my life healthier and with better personal habits. Being a workaholic and up-and-coming entrepreneur, I find myself not spending enough time with friends, working out, or even getting fresh air! I would love to win a scholarship for a “That One Thing Intention Sessions” because I know that with a little guidance and outside motivation, I can start making goals for a better me and a better future. With my strong work ethic when it comes to business matters, I know I have the potential of turning that into something positive for my own personal goals. I just need some pointers and accountability!

    Thank you Jess!

  36. Melissa Hill

    These giveaways are amazing! Thank you for being so generous to your readers!

    I would love to work with you on my career/small business. I have a dream of starting a photography business, and I just don’t know how to start, what first step to take, etc. So winning this scholarship would be perfect, and working with you would be a dream come true!

    1. Jess Lively

      Hi Melissa, thank you for reaching out! Just in case it’s a little unclear, the Intention Sessions are not business consulting directly (that can be found in the Workshop At Home http://www.with-intention.com/business/#workshops-at-home).

      The career/biz part of the Intention Sessions are about finding a way to work it into your life and how to incorporate more intention and meaning into your actions there but are not based on strategy, marketing, or other biz consulting related topics.

  37. Danielle

    Oh wow! How generous. I would want to work on my best living practices/personal habits. I am working a part-time day job and building up my business. I have pushed self-care to the bottom of my priorities and it’s taking a toll on me. Thanks so much!

  38. Lindsay Davis

    The alarm blares. Saliva pools in the corners of my mouth as I peel my creased face from the carpet and woozily take in my surroundings. What the hell am I doing on the floor? An all nighter. No, no no.. not the one you’re thinking. I’m only in middle school at this point and I’ve pulled an all-nighter to finish a project I’ve started on the night before. Surrounded by poster board scraps and markers, I take my finished project (a mere shadow of my grand plans) and look it over. I’ve know about this for a month but this will do.

    This will do. Procrastination and complacency. It’s a pattern that I have yet to break through and I would love your help with it. It creeps into every facet of my life. I will be 30 in February and I’m tired of living half-assed. Having you help me with Personal Habits, Health and Best living practices would take me to the next level. I’d like to live whole-assed and I think you can help me.

    So thanks Jess for putting this out there. Love your work and I hope to hear from you soon!

    1. Jess Lively

      Lindsay, you are wonderful writer! If I may ask, do you do it for a living or did you study it? Do tell!

      If you don’t happen to win the session, I hope you consider reaching out and working with me at some point in 2014 (if that works for you). : )

      1. Lindsay Davis

        Thanks Jess! I’m an avid reader and actually read/collect information to procrastinate which can be a hindrance but it does help me write better. “Starting in the middle of the action” is a tip I picked up from Jenika over at Psychology for Photographers and it has served me well in creating offers and blog posts as a lifestyle family photographer. Thanks again for the compliment! It totally made my day 🙂

  39. Lauren

    Clutter is a major stressor in my life, causing a suffocating and hopeless feeling. It sounds strange, but clutter is also comforting to me. It keeps me distracted from other responsibilities. The few times my space has been clean and airy, I felt so amazing. But I also felt unable to manage all of this free space and time. So slowly, the clutter comes back into my life and so does the stress. I would love the opportunity to work with you to break out of my clutter rut and learn to use (and enjoy!) the open space in my home and mind. Next year I’m determined to enjoy my life and live my true intentions and clutter is my biggest obstacle in making this happen. Thank you for this opportunity!

    1. Jess Lively

      Thank you for sharing, Lauren! It sounds like you have a lot of self-awareness and I have a feeling that you are on the cusp of figuring out this thing in your life and moving past it.

      If you don’t happen to win the giveaway, I wish you the best with this and would love to work with you on it – if that works for you. : )

  40. Blaise

    Wow Jess! Thank you for your week of giving! It is such a sweet gesture! 🙂 I’d like to focus on the career/small business session. As a recent grad, I’m trying to figure out what to do and it would be a wonderful opportunity to learn from you!

    Happy Holidays!

  41. Heather Wright

    I’d focus on time management/personal habits/best living practices (all as one focus – not sure what to call it!). While there are other areas of my life that I need to improve, this is the one I really need help with. My life is fairly unidimensional (all work all the time), and while I have down time I have no idea what to do with it!

    1. Jess Lively

      That is *such* a common issue, thank you for sharing, Heather! Good luck on this giveaway, and if you don’t happen to win, I hope you keep an eye out for something that I’m creating for 2014, I think it might really benefit you and this “one thing!”

  42. Georgie

    Loving this week on the blog Jess 🙂 I’d love to chat career with you (again!) Thanks for doing the giveaways x

  43. Sarah Anne Hayes

    Oh, it’s hard to choose which one! Things have been so all over the place in my life recently, I feel like I could use help with lots of this stuff. Though, I think I’d probably have to say career/small business. My job has recently reached the point where it’s draining almost to the point of debilitating. I’ve been looking for a new job and submitted a couple of applications, but nothing has panned out yet. A new approach to job hunting that would land me in a job I’d really love and enjoy would be the best Christmas present.

    1. Jess Lively

      Very nice! I would love to help you with this, Sarah. Good luck on the giveaway.

      (And if you don’t happen to win, I hope you consider reaching out and working with me – if that’s something that works with you.)

  44. Megan Melloy

    If selected, I’d like to work on wellness. A lot of things have fallen into place for me during 2013 – I’m applying to graduate school, working on my own business, and in a happy relationship. Yet, I still feel like I don’t know how to be good to myself. I’d love to work with you on that! Thanks for your week of gifts. How generous!

  45. Brittany Lee

    Career! Would love the help to focus on that one thing!

  46. Kacia

    Oh, it’s a difficult decision. But career is definitely the area causing me the most stress these days, so I think that’d be a great place to start. Thanks for these gifts! I love that, rather than offering things, you are offering up your valuable self.

  47. Akaleistar

    Organization is something I need to work on…

  48. Jess Lively

    Oh, this is so timely! If you don’t happen to win this, I hope you keep an eye out on what I’m offering in 2014, I think it might be a great fit for you! (shhh…)

  49. Jess Lively

    Wonderful, Giovanna! Good luck with the giveaway, and if you don’t happen to win, I hope you consider reaching out and working with me in the future (if that works for you). : )

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