Jessica

The One Year Mark: 101 in 1001

Can you believe that it has been one year since I sat down in my apartment in Cork (!!) and wrote out my 101 in 1001 list? It is a hefty list, with some pretty major goals on it. I have severe doubts that I will get through all of them by my November 26, […]

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Quitting My Job Without Another One Lined Up Was the Best Risk I Ever Took

It was a risk. A huge risk. I knew that I should be grateful just to have a job, to be able to pay my bills, and keep food on the table. But there was something missing. No, it wasn’t just that. My current situation was actively making me miserable. I got a tight, anxious […]

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Canmore: A Photo Essay

Sometimes, the city can be suffocating. The greatest thing about living in Calgary is the easy access to the mountains; forty five minutes and we are there. This past weekend, I was feeling a bit constricted by all the skyscrapers, people, and noise, so we jumped in the car and headed to Canmore. It was […]

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On Impermanence

I woke up the other night from a nightmare, and I could barely breathe. The darkness pressed around me, and I struggled to calm my galloping heart, to rein in my breathing. My hands felt numb, my limbs tingly, sure signs of an imminent panic attack. It wasn’t the nightmare that brought it on. Not […]

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Trying a New Art Medium

I never considered myself to be a visually creative person. I always wished I was, but brushed it off, thinking, “I have other talents, it’s fine.” But I watched my very visually talented friends and fiance, and wished that I could have a little bit of what they have. So when it came time for […]

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More Things That Are Awesome

Sometimes, I just want to talk about random things that are awesome that make me smile, okay, guys? The To Do List – This movie has a pretty stellar cast, starring Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Bilson (woo, The OC!), Connie Britton (woo, Friday Night Lights!), Clark Gregg (woo, Avengers!), Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat (woo, […]

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2014: The Year of Authenticity

authentic. adjective. accurate in representation of the facts; trustworthy; reliable; genuine.  That is my watchword for 2014. It is time that I started doing things that really reflect who I am, what I value, and what I want out of life. It is time that I started doing what is right for me, despite what […]

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Make Your Introversion Work For You

I have known for a while now that despite my ability to talk very quickly for a very long time and my tendency to be very vocal about my opinions, I am an introvert. Though I do those things, they exhaust me. Though I love my friends and family, being around them for too long […]

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Things That Are Awesome

Friendsmas. We went over to a good friend’s house on Friday evening for a potluck turkey dinner (we obviously skipped the turkey part, but there was so much other food, we didn’t even notice) and games. It was a blast, and I hope to make it a jolly holiday tradition. Getting Christmas cards. We have […]

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An Announcement That Makes Me Want to Dance a Jig

Do you need some help polishing your manuscript to a high sheen? Need someone to make sure your article is in ship shape? Want someone to write an article, a newsletter, or a brochure? Then I’m your woman. I am officially launching my freelance editing and writing business. You can find me over at my website, […]

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