Positively Jessie is Making a Move to Jessie’s Closet

Check out my new blog! I’ve moved the posts over from Positively Jessie to Jessie’s Closet.

I like the new name better, but I’d love to hear your opinions. I definitely like the new design better.

Thanks for checking me out 🙂

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New Chicken Soup for the Soul Preview

I just got a preview of a story from the newest edition of  Chicken Soup for the Soul. I really love Shannon Kaiser’s blog Play with the World, I find her story so inspiring!

Check out her story as she tells it in

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness: 101 Stories about Finding Your Purpose, Passion, and Joy

My Secret Love Affair

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You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. ~Steven D. Woodhull

The co-worker who sat behind me was getting married. He proudly tacked the corners of his engagement photo onto his cubicle wall. He looked over at me and observed, “Did you ever notice that what people put up in their office space is a reflection of what they care most about?” I realized that my cubicle was the only one in the office that wasn’t covered with photos of chubby babies or other loved ones. In fact I didn’t have any family photos on display. My show and tell was a collage of postcards from cities I longed to go to and places I had already been. Puzzled by the difference, I asked him what my area said about me. He matter-of-factly responded, “You want to escape.”

How was it that a work acquaintance knew me better then I knew myself? It should have made me question myself, at least a bit. I’m not sure why I ignored the red flag, but at the time I was in the business of missing the obvious. After all, I had carefully crafted every aspect of my life, from the city I lived in to the company that I worked for. I’d actively pursued a career in advertising. I put myself in a graphic design master’s program and graduated at the top of my class, all in an effort to live the dream of working for a big advertising agency and living in a fast-paced city. For all of that, I wasn’t happy.

I didn’t know that the majority of people in the world didn’t cry themselves to sleep at night, the way I was. In fact, my tears even crept into my workplace. I thought it was normal to cry in the bathroom. The fact that I had lived in five different cities in a span of three years didn’t seem odd to me. Or the reality that everyone I knew was collecting wedding registry lists and picking out house paint colors, while I was far more interested in collecting new passport stamps. It never dawned on me that my real happiness was waiting for me elsewhere.

After my co-worker opened my eyes, I decided to figure out why I wanted to escape, and why I was alone and loveless while everyone else was planning weddings and having babies. I figured there might be something to this love thing; I should give it a try. I finally got up enough nerve to ask myself out on a date.

The first encounter was simple; I took myself to coffee along with my laptop. Within seconds of typing my first sentence, I knew. Like any transformational love affair I wanted to spend every waking moment with the object of my affection. I hadn’t taken any sick days or vacation in over four years, but all of a sudden I was calling in sick so I could spend the entire day with my new love — my writing self.

I had found my passion. It was time to declare my love to the world, so I took my writing on a honeymoon. We arrived in the most romantic city in the world, Paris. I spent two glorious weeks on this honeymoon, filling it with exploration, amazement and awe. I wrote every day.

On a whim I sent some of my travel blogs to editors and book publishers. A few months later I received a letter from an editor that read, “Congratulations, your story has been selected to run in our upcoming book.” Before I could finish the letter, my knees collapsed and I fell to the floor! For the first time in my entire life, tears of extraordinary happiness poured through me. There was a light at the end of my dark tunnel. I was going to be a published author. I hadn’t known that this was a dream of mine until my heart sang out.

I knew what I had to do — it was time for me to break up with advertising. Like leaving any involved relationship, I got scared. I worried about finding money to pay my bills, and where I would live as a travel writer. So I stayed where I was, miserable and depressed. Finally I got lucky and I was laid off from my job and I received a healthy severance that gave me the confidence to launch my new career and to travel the world.

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Miracle Reminder from Gabby B

I really try to view my life from the outside because I know that from the outside I have an amazing, beautiful life even when on the inside it doesn’t always feel that way. Check out the post on Gabby’s website.

Make sure to check out Gabby’s newest book Spirit Junkie that hits stores one week from today!

And be sure to check out Gabby Bernstein on OpenSky.

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DIY or Not: Build Your Own Website

DIY or Not: Build Your Own Website.

Great Post from LearnVest!

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Alice Waters: Edible Education

Just saw this on Nowness and had to share!


Alice Waters: Edible Education on Nowness.com.

Check out The Edible Schoolyard Project Website and follow the project on Vimeo to find out more about the “Delicious Revolution in Education”.

Join the Edible Schoolyard Project! from The Edible Schoolyard Project on Vimeo.

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Hautelook $1,000 Shopping Spree!

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Invite your friends to join Hautelook by August 26th to be entered for a chance to win one of five $1,000 Shopping Sprees!

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The Woman With the Highest Earning Potential

The Woman With the Highest Earning Potential.

Read this LearnVest article to see all the research that tells you what stereotypes might factor into your salary.

And follow it up with an article on how you can Up Your Earning Potential

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Rainbow Warrior: Awesome Short Film on NOWNESS


Rainbow Warrior: Delfine Bafort on Nowness.com.

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Good Read on LearnVest: 6 Financial Makeovers

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LearnVest has given six women free access to their brand new LearnVest My Money Center and the LearnVest Advice Center. Certified Financial Planner and LearnVest Expert Lauren Lyons Cole will be the coach and mentor on these financial journeys.

Over the next 8 weeks LearnVest will chronicle the progress of Macy, Ashley, Elisabeth, Minling, Daina and Hannah.

I’m especially excited to read about Minling who is 29 and quitting her well-paid job to pursue her Dream Career as an Adventure Philanthropist! Sounds like my kind of thing!

What I really love about this series is that we can all relate to at least one of these women who are trying to Buy their Dream Home, Save for a Baby, Save for Retirement, Pursue their Dream Career, Afford NYC Living and Rebuild After a Divorce.

Read the whole story on LearnVest.

(Sign up for The LearnVest Daily to follow!)


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Another Inspiring Vlog from Gabby Bernstein

A lot of times my dreams, when I can remember them are very hectic. I’m always running here or there or running from something. Maybe instead of trying to figure out how to stop running I will one day be at peace while still running!

Make sure you check out Gabby’s Blog on her future!

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