this week i’m thankful for… reflection

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This week I’m thankful for the fact that I feel like life is coming back to ‘normal!’ Though this normal is almost completely brand new from ‘normal’ six months ago, it feels good to not be overwhelmed with some insane new change in my life coming my way every three weeks.

In fact, Mr. Lively and I have a weekend filled with nothing but one hour of puppy school on Sunday. We don’t even know what to do with ourselves.

Oh wait, yes we do, we get to relax!

I’m sorry if the past few months I’ve seemed more stressed and overwhelmed than happy. That is truly not a complete representation of my life. I have had many wonderful moments and exciting aspects of my life and career have grown and prospered.

But the stress level that I have had lately was largely situational and compounded over and over again since June by new, awesome (and stressful), changes. Though I’m not a laid back person and I am prone to stress out, there has been a chronic and unusual stress level in my life over the last several months.

And while I could have kept that part of my life from you here on the blog and just talked about my super cute puppy, awesome trip to Paris, wonderful family party, and beautiful home… it seemed inauthentic to not share my complete journey, including the not-so-great parts like my stress level, for example.

My only hope is that it never came off as complaining, but rather sharing my authentic truth with you as I was going through it. Of course I could have waited to talk about the stress once I found an awesome way to overcome it. Then I could wrap it up in a pretty bow and a punchy blog post months from now. Instead, I would like to share the story as it unfolds.

Even if it isn’t always as pretty as a desk makeover.

And if I think about it really deeply, I feel like the parts of my life that I have to share which can lead to the most potential help and good for others (which is the point of this site) stem from the challenges in my life. Like Joyce Meyer says, I’d like my mess to become my message. Blessings so often stem from overcoming difficulties or making intentional choices, and that is the side of the coin that I lean towards in my introspective pots. Not to be negative, but to ultimately serve others who might be helped by my story.

So all of this is to say, thanks for sticking with me on this roller coaster of a year. I look forward to finding a balance that leaves me with a bit less stress to share. And yes, I’ll also be learning to accept the fact that I can be prone to anxiety in the first place.

Thank you so much for reading and have a great weekend!


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  1. Jen Serafini

    Your puppy is seriously the CUTEST! On another note, I appreciate your honesty – the blog is always a great place to work through the stress! Happy weekend 🙂

  2. Margaret

    Jess, you are such a source of inspiration to me. Your honesty is so appreciated, and life isn’t always perfect. It can get especially rocky when you’re following dreams that don’t come with a roadmap. I really feel a pull in my heart to work with you, I’m just starting my business and have so many ideas. Hope to be able to do some consulting with you in 2013! 🙂 Have a great weekend. Xo, Margaret

  3. Jess

    Thank you Jen and Margaret! I am so happy to know that my honesty is helping you!

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