philosophies to guide you through life

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

At the very least, I have a saying for everything. At most, I have an entire guiding philosophy on the topic, affectionately referred to as Jess-isms by my nearest and dearest.


I think it comes from my Gma, aka Lala, who I undoubtedly inherited my gift of gab from as well as my love of a 4 o'clock cocktail hour. Lala had a Tanqueray Gibson on the Rocks loaded with ice and a swizzle stick everyday at 4. She would sit in her chair, holding her same rocks glass in her same leather bound glass holder, stirring and stirring, while she spewed out some of the funniest stories, craziest expressions, and greatest advice--only eat your own mother's meatloaf, never turn down a mint, make sure to turn the page every few minutes if you're going to pretend you're reading a book while you check out the boys on the beach (her own advice to herself when I caught her...Lala is boy crazy!). She has pretty advanced Alzheimers now, so the daily cocktails have come to an end, but every once in a while I'll get her started and she lights up like a Christmas tree and just rocks it with the greatest gems on life.

May 21, 2018

Are we sick of hearing about the Royal Wedding just yet? If so, here's something that's not about that even though, just off the top of my head, the Brit's are doing two things right that we're absolutely getting wrong...fascinators and tea.  

Mint tea is...

March 1, 2018

Lately, I swear, everyone I speak with feels like they're constantly vacillating between 'If you want it, go get it' and 'If it's meant to be, it will be.' I think we all must have those moments, right? Please say yes. You know, the one where you tell yourself if you r...

January 26, 2018

This last time I was flying back after Miami (that post is coming) was an utter disaster. Long story short, I had a layover in Charlotte, sat on the runway for 4 hours, was made to get off and wait in the terminal, boarded again and sat on the runway another 3 hours. T...

November 24, 2017

You guys...for the first time in ten yearsI'm off on Black Friday! I don't even know what to do with myself. Just kidding! I have dreamt of this day for years although that dream has evolved from 'spend it recovering from a hangover' to 'reading, writing, and decoratin...

October 16, 2017

Recently I had two separate friends tell me about totally inconsiderate behavior from guys they were supposed to go out with.

You know what I'm talking about. A guy gets your number, you make plans, you might exchange a few texts, and then just before you're s...

October 9, 2017

I have been doing a crazy amount of traveling over the last couple months. Which I guess isn't that different than usual. I started flying sans adults at 4 years old, and the horror stories I could tell you are endless:

  • There's the time I was 8 and turbulance...

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