Hi! I’m Jessica, and I wanted to share a quick note to tell you how excited I am that you are here. If you know me, thanks for stopping by! If you stumbled upon this blog, I appreciate you spending a few minutes with me. I’m a pretty simple girl (just as I typed that I thought, no one would describe me as simple! But that is how I think of myself!). I enjoy fashion and I like to dress up now and then, but most days you’ll find me wearing a pair of jeans, a grey t-shirt, flip flops and carrying an iced tea. I LOVE ICED TEA! I also love Neutrogena® and MoistureShine® lip gloss, like love love, and I never leave home without it!
I am a mom of four…my youngest is the cutest thing you have ever seen! I can say that because I didn’t birth her. She is adopted from China, and we are so fortunate to call her our own. My oldest is headed off to college in the fall, talk about completely unnerving! He is a boy genius but sometimes I question his common sense. It’s been good for my prayer life! I just keep praying, “Lord, please don’t let him get mugged and help him remember to do his laundry!” Seems like the two most important things, right? OK, before you turn me in to the elders at your church, of course I’ve prayed about many other things over him for years and years, but right now, I need him safe and clean! If you stay around, you’ll hear plenty more about all four of my kids. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I do get asked about parenting pretty regularly. I can definitely tell you some things not to do, and I will share what I think the key has been to raising kids that other people enjoy having around.
My favorite role is wife to Mike B! He is my favorite person on the planet, and I drive him absolutely insane! My love language is quality time and he would tell you that his is alone time! But seriously, we are a match made in heaven. We’ve been married for 25 years and it’s been nothing short of an adventure. I am a big dreamer, he’s a “let’s keep our feet on the ground” type of guy. I make quick decisions, he likes to do a LOT of research. When I think of something, I’m ready to do it. When he thinks of something, he’s just thinking. He is a numbers guy, I am not a numbers girl. He likes to have a budget, and my eyes gloss over whenever he mentions it! We love to travel and explore new places. We both enjoy a good meal and against his better judgement, I convince him to eat lunch with me almost every day…in the car! That’s a story for another day. I will admit it’s kinda weird but I love it.
Last but not least, I am an entrepreneur. I love business but I have no training in it. I’m self-taught and I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way. I have had thousands of great ideas over the years (Mike B would probably argue this point). Thankfully, two of them I was able to turn into multi-million dollar businesses. I often get asked, “How did you do it?” The answer is simple: I just never quit! I learned from my mistakes, I was willing to try something new and I believed I could figure it out. The pain points of being an entrepreneur were better than the thought of trading my time for money, clocking in and clocking out and having zero control over my job security and my income.
In fairness to you, here’s something I think you need to know if you are going to read this note from me week after week. I will encourage you to pursue your dreams! Why? Because I know how great it is to go after the things in life you really want to do. It breaks my heart to see women “just getting by,” and I’m not talking about finances (although we could!). Another warning, never trust my math. In all seriousness, I am not sure why we stop dreaming. Why do we think giving our time to corporate America is safer than starting something for ourselves? Why do we become moms (either working or stay at home) and all of a sudden, we are no longer ourselves? Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom, but I am a better mom when I get to use my creative mind and dream about ways to build a better future, not a mundane schedule of running on a hamster wheel and getting nowhere. Why can’t we love being a mom and love being passionate about our own interests?
If you share a dream with me, I will encourage you to pursue it. I can’t wait to get to know you better. Drop a line in the comments below and let’s share some of those dreams. Don’t worry, I’m not going to show up on your doorstep, at least not anytime soon!
Alright y’all, this has been fun. We’ll chat real soon!
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Wow!! You are such inspiration!! I can’t wait to read your book in the Fall!!
Thank you for your encouragement Bethany!
Reading your blog is like having you in the room with me Jessica, just chit chatting away. I love it!! 😍 I can’t wait for your next installment. Meeting you and Mike B in Nashville was a huge highlight for me both professionally and personally. You definitely know how to inspire and keep it real at the same time. I know your book is going to be a good’un ☺️ xx
Becky…thank you for always being so encouraging! I am so fortunate to have such an amazing tribe of women in my life! XOXO!
My dream is to work from home, enjoy life and help others!
Thank you for being so inspiring!!
Niki…I think you should follow your dream! You can do it, you just have to be willing to work for it…but it will be worth it!!! I’m rooting for you all the way!
I’m looking forward to this Jessica!
Thank you Jodie…I appreciate your support!
Hi Jessica, you have been an inspiration. I love reading your blog. I’m looking forward to reading your book.
Mary Anne…THANK YOU for such a kind and encouraging message! I hope you enjoy the book!
You are always welcome to show up on my doorstep. What a fun idea this blog is. Love it!!!
Can’t wait for your book!
Be careful what you wish for, I might just show up!!
So excited to learn from you! I dream of a life away from a time clock!!
Keep dreaming but also start doing…it’s never too late to make some changes and start living life on your terms!
This is going to be so much fun!
Thank you Jessica! I’ve heard you speak at a 4 stories event in Dallas, and over had the privilege of meeting you and Mike at Convention at JoDee Walker’s convention talk.
I look forward to hearing more about you and your Journey. You have a bubbly personality and joy drips from your words. Thank you for inspiring me to dream – really dream again!
Dawn…thank you for such kind words…I am so fortunate to call this my job. I love encouraging others to go after their dreams!! Comments like this inspire me to keep going. So thank you for being an encouragement to me!
My dream is to run a thriving coaching business meeting people right where they are – career, relationships, family, parenting, money! My dream is to live part time in my beach condo and part time in Ohio somewhere close to my children/grand babies. My dream is to enjoy the heck out of my abundant life while sharing my own bumps in the road that will certainly support women everywhere. My dream is to give love and compassion to people everywhere.
I love this, Jessica! I acknowledge the love, vulnerability and power you share with us all!
Joyce…you are an inspiration to me. I love your heart to want to help others!
I’ve also wanted to be a special education teacher! I started classes towards my certificate before I had kids, but then stopped. So this fall I hope to start classes again!!!
Katie…it’s never too late and now you have more experience to pull from. GO FOR IT…you will never regret furthering your education and especially learning ways to serve the underserved. You will be blessed by your obedience to follow what’s been on your heart!
If you want to observe a classroom or talk about being a Special Educator, let me know. I have been a Special Education teacher for over 20 years! Good luck!
So glad to see this become reality & of course, can’t wait for the book! You are always an inspiration & I always look for Carson posts!! She cracks me up!
KIM…THANK YOU for always being so supportive. I appreciate you so much!!! AND, thanks for loving my sweet girl, she keeps us all in stitches!
I love this blog already!!
I’d love to write a children’s book!
I’m a teacher, love to read, love to have family photos done, and so enjoy being a mamma!!
WRITE THE BOOK!!! You will be so glad you did it AND you will love having it for your children and grand children to enjoy some day!
Hanging on every word Jessica! You are an inspiration to me. And you make me laugh every time I hear you speak. Xoxo Lisa F
LOVE YOU LISA…one adoptive momma to another, we gotta stick together! Let’s get past this crazy quarantine and travel the world together, what do you say?!
Love, love, love!! Can’t wait to learn from you & be encouraged week after week! God bless!
Thank you Marsha…I appreciate your kind and encouraging words!
You are the best! Lots of love for you, friend!
ALI…THANK YOU!!! Sending a virtual hug your way!!!
Love you friend!! Can’t wait to read all the things!!!
GURL…you are stuck with me! Don’t pretend to be reading this blog, I’m gonna be quizzing you every MONDAY…take my call!~
I have shared your story with many of my new consultants & I’m excited to hear more about how you figured this business out!
My big goal is RFX Legacy…scares the heck out of me, but I’m in this for the long haul, so I’d appreciate any tips you have! I’m part of Julie Wardrop’s team in Australia!
Jayne…great goals for sure! I’m excited for all that you have in front of you. Take this opportunity and run with it…you can make it whatever you want it to be if you are willing to put in the work! YOU’VE GOT THIS!!
You are such a bright light!!!!!
Hey beautiful new momma to another precious little one! Thank you for taking a minute to leave a comment…I hope you are doing well! Sending you a virtual hug and prayers for good sleep!
I can’t wait to hear from you more often! I have followed you on FB since you started your second business – I’m not a stalker but I did introduce myself to you at convention once … okay I might be a stalker but in the best way!! My dream is to be able to give and help single mamas! I’m not sure how that will look but I know God will show me!
Karen…we all need a stalker in the best way! THANK YOU for following along my journey, I’m excited to share more and I hope it will continue to be an encouragement to you!
Proud of you!
Thanks Jason…that means the world to me!
So happy for you and excited to be here!!!
Thanks Amanda…it’s a privilege for me to have you following along!
Love this! Can’t wait to read all the things.
THANK YOU Janelle…I appreciate you!
It’s been fun keeping up with you and Mike virtually since our days at 60 N Main. Congrats on all your successes; rub some off on me! xoxo Debbie aka: Vintage Scout
Debbie…so nice to hear from you! I hope you are doing well.
Jessica, I had the pleasure of meeting you and Mike a few times. I’m so excited to follow you on this blog, Thank you so much for your inspiration. You and Mike are amazing people.
THANKS for your kind words Maggie!
Jessica I just love how down to earth you are and how you inspire all of us! You also motivate me to believe in myself through a power of positivity! I cant wait to read your new book!
Angela…THANK YOU for your kind words.
I LOVED reading this, and am just so dang thankful to have you in my life and to be able to learn from you! God is using you in BIG ways. Your drive, and humble spirit is so refreshing and I know encourages so many to pursue their dreams!
Thank you Danae for your kind words of encouragement. I am blessed to have you in my life!
Hi Jessica, met you at “The Farm” and heard you speak. You are so wonderful to listen to, so down to earth and yet, in my humble mind, so wayyy up there where I feel I can never be…so I look forward to reading more…and learning more….and building my own confidence 🙂
Wendi…don’t let a little lipgloss and pink heels fool you, we are more alike than we are different my friend! YOU ABSOLUTELY can accomplish your dreams. You just have to make sure you know what it is you really want and then be willing to work for it. YOU GOT THIS and I’m here cheering you all the way!
Loved reading this and in fact love reading anything you offer. You inspire me DAILY!! You are one of reasons for me to keep going DAILY!!! ALWAYS a JOY to be in your presence as well!!!!!!!!
Love you sweet friend…if this crazy season of social distancing ever ends, I can’t wait to see you again!
I love reading your blog and can’t wait to read your book! You are such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing with all of us!
Thanks Suzette…I appreciate your encouragement!!! Always great to hear from you!