Think back to your childhood or a time in your early years when you experienced your first best friend. Yea we all have a little girl or little boy in school that we were attached to, and had endless sleepovers and play dates, but if you really think about it, there was probably a special pet that comes to mind. I was lucky to meet my best friend at 15. My family moved from California to Washington state for a few brief years because of my Dad's job, and although we have sinc
Dear tortured soul, Sometimes the people you love the most, hurt you the most. I know you loved me more than anything, and I know you showed your love in unconventional ways, which was all you knew. I loved you for it anyways. I was so young when you were the most you. I regret you not getting the opportunity to know me more when I became the most me. I wish you could have been here to see me do big things that I know you would have encouraged 100 percent. You were there, sup
Dear almost lover, I still think about you from time to time. I wonder what we could have been. I wonder how our relationship would have formed. What bothers me the most is that my feelings never changed, but our circumstances would not allow us to be together. When I first met you, I appreciated how bold you were, how forward you were about your feelings for me, and how you jumped in head first. I wasn't like that after all that I've been through. You said you were different
Craving more genuine connections. How many of us have experienced:
Left on read.
Hit you up because I’m bored.
Oops I forgot to respond...for a week.
U up? Sorry I was busy. What is a friend? It is a single soul dwelling in two bodies." -Aristotle Recently read the tragic story of a man who committed suicide because he asked for help and nobody was there to support him. His friend was busy, and by the time he got there, it was too late. Coincidentally, I wrote this post t
Letting go is never easy. Letting go of expectations. Letting go of hopes and dreams. Letting go of love. These things that we fear are what keep us up at night, and haunt our thoughts during the day. We fear losing. We fear missing out. We fear not being good enough or enough at all. Why do we fear these things? Is it because we want others to believe in things that we don't even believe in? Is it for the show? Is it for the false image we strive to create so that nobody see
If you have experienced a great loss in your life, you know that most days are hard when so many things remind you of someone you love. When holidays and birthdays come around, it is another reminder that there is something missing. There is a place in your heart that cannot be filled. There is a place in your mind that forever wanders to the what ifs. What if this had been different? What could I have done? What if I could have a few minutes back to say what I no longer can?
Keep in touch. We say it after long conversations with forever friends. We say it after a quick run in with an old acquaintance at the grocery store. We say it when we hope for a call back, but don't know how long that hope will hold out before we realize that the call will never come. When you say keep in touch, do you follow through? Do you update loved ones on the ins and outs of your daily life? Do you remind a friend how much you care, even when you don't see each other
Hello world of opportunities. 👋🏻🌎 Whether you are still in High School, fresh out of college, or all settled into your new house with your new husband, there is always an opportunity to find your passion and chase it with open arms. Are you seeking something that makes you want to jump out of bed everyday? I'm talking about something more than your amazing family, or your adorable dog's wagging tail and smiling face in the morning, but something a bit more personal than th
Compassion, love, selflessness. What do these words mean to you? Do you believe in them? Do you feel them? There have been times in my life where I have felt these toward other people, but the other day I felt them in a whole new way. Tuesday April 18th, 2017 Tuesday April 18th, 2017 started out as any other day. I woke up a bit tired, and I had some things on my mind, but I hopped out of bed and got the day started. Had some breakfast, took a shower, worked out, then got sta
Show your skin a little love, and it will love you back. Having a small business takes up a lot of my time, but one thing that I have to keep a priority is my skin care routine. I have pretty sensitive combination skin with occasional breakouts and my skin reacts to everything! When I stress, it shows on my face. When I eat the wrong foods after late nights of work, my skin reminds me why I shouldn't make that a regular habit. When I am having a week with a significant lack o
When a broken heart is mentioned, many people first go to the thought of lost love and broken relationships. Truthfully, it is much more than that. A broken heart can come from severed ties and the loss of a loved one, but it can also come from disappointment, self doubt, and the insecurities of a single person. Sometimes in life we find ourselves disappointed and at a loss of words, direction, and emotion. This emptiness can lead us to question our very presence on this Eart
Do you ever look back on moments in your life and remember the very first time you did something? Sometimes we get so caught up in life, and things, and people, that we forget to look back and see how far we have come. Yesterday, I remembered the very first box that I made when I started J. Isabel Designs. I have been gifting all of my life, but there was one gift in particular that caught the eye of a friend and became that "something more" that led to the creation of my sma
Dear future Jess, By now I am sure that you have found success in many aspects. I am so proud of how far you have come and your perseverance through all of the frustrations of life, owning your own business, and managing the stresses you often create out of nowhere. You have become so confident in yourself, your business, and your goals, that I know you will continue to shine. I hope that you have followed your heart down an incredible path that has brought you joy and happin
Happy Valentine's/Galentine's month loves! ❤️ Coffee?! Ah that warm hug that gets you ready for the day and makes you feel like you can conquer the world! I feel like Valentine's day used to be either a love or hate holiday. Now I feel like it has become more accepted because people have found that it does not have to mean one thing. Galentine's day ringing any bells? We have discovered that sometimes our girlfriends can be our soulmates, just because you are single does not
A grandmother's love. Before starting my blog, I started my own business designing gift boxes. This is something that was a long time coming. I have always loved to give gifts, so the passion was already there. It started from a young age with my grandmother teaching me how to wrap, curl ribbon, and tie intricate bows. That was a woman who was specific about how straight she made her cuts, the use of invisible tape, and ensuring that she had the perfect card to go with her gi