A plan to write a book about “making under your life” after graduating college inspired me to grow my accessory line, Jess LC, full-time in Chicago so that I could be self-directed and write whenever I wanted.
In 2009, two years after growing Jess LC in Chicago, I started this blog with the name “Makeunder My Life” in order to craft the book proposal.
Three days into writing on the blog, I realized that I didn’t need to have a book or TV show to help people. I could help people everyday right from my tiny desk in my tiny studio apartment.
I threw myself into marketing Jess LC online and blogged about the topics I so desperately wanted to share.
After devoting two years to the blog, I started to get inquiries from readers asking for business advice. Those requests sparked my business consulting services.
By August of 2012, I was earning enough from the business consulting, blog ad revenue, and workshops, that I was able to close Jess LC and still provide the same income for our family.
Once again, I was approached by readers – only this time they were asking for help in their lives. So I launched my life consulting and workshop offerings.
This year, I helped many people one-on-one uncover their potential, purpose, and intention. I helped a man in Brooklyn determine his next career path as his family grows. I helped a lovely Australian woman uncover her desired career and approach her job search in an intentional way that led to the position she really wanted. I helped a mother in Washington address her complicated relationship with food and body image in a way that led to peace and a profound understanding of why she really struggles with weight.
But along this journey, I haven’t shared these stories. Though living with intention is the biggest value I have to share, I have not given it the same attention that I have to the business projects and endeavors (outside of the workshops and blog content).
This is going to change.
I am honored to have helped hundreds of business owners through the one-on-one sessions, live workshops, meet-ups, the ebook, and now the Workshop At Home. But it is time to explore the life side of intention in a deeper way.
To do this, I am adding more life with intention projects and exfoliating a few other projects. As I have learned all too well over the years, I cannot continue to roll out new endeavors without pruning back on other projects.
Here is a run down of what will be changing:
Things I’m Adding
A New Category Feature
With the help of Blair and Mr. Lively, I have added a new navigation feature at the top of the site.
This category bar will help new readers understand exactly what kind of content to expect on the blog. It will also help those searching for posts on a particular topic to quickly locate the items they want to read.
A New Podcast
Over the next month, I am working on a new podcast that will allow me to expand the concept of living with intention in a whole new way. I will be sharing conversations with people who are designing their lives with intention, as well as other fun topics which are not intention-focused.
Things I’m Exfoliating
The What I’m Learning Wednesday Newsletter
The business newsletter will now be shared directly on the blog each Wednesday to help streamline the amount of content I create. It has been a challenge to find time to write the newsletter in addition to another blog post (or two).
For people who only read the newsletter, I will continue to send out the WILW emails each Wednesday with a link to the blog post so that they can continue to follow the business content exclusively.
Business In the City
Though I have loved running the Business in the City group for the past two years, I want to make sure that I maintain a manageable workload as I shift to creating more offerings for Life with Intention.
To this end, I will be passing the Business in the City torch to a new leader (or two) starting in December. This means that the group will continue as usual under new leadership going forward. I’ll be sharing more details about this transition in November.
As I re-calibrate this balance between life and business, I feel a sense of lightness, peace, and curiosity. Each year, I find that something large seems to shift in my career. I can only wonder what will happen next.
Thank you so much for joining me on this journey, I cannot wait to serve you in even greater ways in the months and years to come!