Journey of Jess.
My daily triumphs & struggles with leading a healthy lifestyle

Summer 2014 was unforgettable. I’m so grateful for the memories and moments I shared with some really amazing people. Back to school bright and early tomorrow morning!

1 month ago with 6 notes


Good Afternoon from Ohio!
I’m here visiting my parents until Monday. They just moved from their apartment to their new house. It’s absolutely gorgeous! I spent my morning reading on the deck, drinking a kale and fruit smoothie. The deck is surrounded by forest and you can hear the sounds of wildlife and a nearby creek. Such a beautiful day!

2 months ago with 10 notes


"Hope when the moment comes you’ll say… I did it all.
I owned every second that this world could give. I saw so many places, the things that I did.
I swear, I lived."
— OneRepublic
2 months ago with 3 notes


These are my most recent runs…
I am beyond proud of myself for getting back at it. I don’t even care how fast I go, I just try not to stop and walk. So far so good! And guess what… During my run tonight, I had ZERO pain in my leg!! This is all so exciting!

These are my most recent runs…

I am beyond proud of myself for getting back at it. I don’t even care how fast I go, I just try not to stop and walk. So far so good! And guess what… During my run tonight, I had ZERO pain in my leg!! This is all so exciting!

2 months ago with 1 note


Here’s some lovely photos from the Yoga in the City Chicago event. Earlier this summer my friends & I spent the day doing some awesome yoga right in Grant Park. The park was packed and it was such a beautiful day! I went to this same event last year as well. I’m in love with downtown Chicago. It’s such a wonderful, exciting city and I hope to live down there one day!

2 months ago with 3 notes


Hiii guys.

I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA… AGAIN. Yeah I know, I suck at this. It has been such a busy, but great, summer so far. There has been a lot of changes happening in my life but my dedication to a healthy lifestyle is still strong. And it’s so hard to believe that I start my senior year of college in just 25 days!

GOOD NEWS…

I started running again! If you can recall, last summer I was training for a half marathon. I was registered and everything but I tore something in my leg and had to take it easy for awhile. Every time I would start running it was nearly impossible BUT last week I finally got back on a regular running schedule. I’m much slower than I was last year and I still have some pain in my leg but I just push through it. If all continues to go well, I plan to register and run in the Chicago’s Perfect 10 10K race this November.

Some other things that have happened since my last update…

  • I visited my friend in Florida and went to Disney World for the first time! It was such a great week!
  • I’ve been working A LOT
  • My parents and I moved out of my childhood home
  • I moved in with my brother and my parents moved to Ohio :(
  • I visited my parents in Ohio and we went up to Michigan to see family on the Fourth of July
  • I did some Yoga in the City
  • I went to a Fall Out Boy concert
  • I’ve fallen in love with EDM and want to go to so many festivals (Northcoast Festival at the end of the month!)
  • I watched every season of Breaking Bad & OITNB (Relationship status: Netflix)
  • I’ve shared some great summer nights with my loved ones
  • Lots of good music, good vibes & good company

I promise that I will try my best to update more often on my daily triumphs and struggles with leading a healthy lifestyle. To me, it’s not just about staying active and fit.. It’s more about happiness, staying positive and enjoying life.

2 months ago with 5 notes


runderfullife → Hey, I saw you got Fusion Juicer (stalking haha). Just wondered would you recommend it? I was thinking to get it, but everyone keeps telling me that it's impossible to get a good juicer so cheap... any advice would be mostly welcome :)

YES. I would definitely recommend it. I thought it was hard to believe as well but it’s super easy to use, clean and it’s very inexpensive. I’m in love with mine!

2 months ago with 1 note


It’s officially summer and a very beautiful day here in Chicago! This list is a mixture of things I need to do, want to do and hope to accomplish by the end of the summer. You may recognize a few items from last years list that I didn’t get to…
Get back on a regular running plan
Go to the zoo
Move into my brother’s house
Get my tattoo (finally!)
Visit Becca in Kentucky
Go to Florida! 
Get a massage
Register for and complete some races
Yoga in the City
Get my belly button pierced
Actually get a tan for once in my life!
READ READ READ
Try a lot of new/different types of food
Take the train into downtown Chicago often
Go back to Mississippi for the fair (& hopefully compete in the triathlon again if my knees decide to hold up)
That’s all I’ve got so far. But… I’m sure I’ll add to it when I think of more. It’s going to be great summer!

It’s officially summer and a very beautiful day here in Chicago! This list is a mixture of things I need to do, want to do and hope to accomplish by the end of the summer. You may recognize a few items from last years list that I didn’t get to…

  • Get back on a regular running plan
  • Go to the zoo
  • Move into my brother’s house
  • Get my tattoo (finally!)
  • Visit Becca in Kentucky
  • Go to Florida
  • Get a massage
  • Register for and complete some races
  • Yoga in the City
  • Get my belly button pierced
  • Actually get a tan for once in my life!
  • READ READ READ
  • Try a lot of new/different types of food
  • Take the train into downtown Chicago often
  • Go back to Mississippi for the fair (& hopefully compete in the triathlon again if my knees decide to hold up)

That’s all I’ve got so far. But… I’m sure I’ll add to it when I think of more. It’s going to be great summer!

5 months ago with 4 notes


I’M BACK!

Long time no talk. Wow, I don’t even know where to begin. SO much has happened since the last time I blogged. It’s crazy how much can change in just six months time. I’m happy to say though that I am alive and well and I just finished up my junior year of college! I included just a few photos of my favorite moments from the past few months. Here’s the major moments you’ve missed:

1. Flashback to mid-November… My first theatre production,Trojan Women, was a success! I played the crazy Cassandra.

2. I rang in the new year with my favorite people in the world. And… my dress was on point. lol

3. I played Betty in the AU student theatre production. My friend directed the show that I was in, All in the Timing.

4. My school put on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare and I got to play Titania! This was so exciting for me and such a wonderful experience.

5. Sadly I have not been running as much as I’d like to. Back in December I thought that I tore my meniscus but I never went in and got an MRI so I’ve just been taking it easy. I run as often as I can (stopping if it’s painful) and really hope to get back on track this summer!

6. My eating habits haven’t been great but I’ve been able to maintain my weight pretty well. This summer I plan to eat better but also not be afraid to enjoy food because I LOVE IT. If you know me, you know that I love to eat and I love trying new things. This semester, I tried Thai food and soul food for the first time! (crazy, right?)

7. My dad’s job is transferring him to Cincinnati so my parents will both be moving down there. Next year I’ll be living with my brother to finish out school. It’s been tough especially since I’ve lived in my house for 14 years but it’s for the best.


I’ve really missed blogging and now that it’s summer and I have a lot more time on my hands, you will be seeing a lot more of me! Be on the lookout for my Summer 2014 To-Do List. I have a lot planned!

5 months ago with 7 notes


Life Update!

It’s been a crazy past few days and next week is going to be even crazier… So here’s what’s been going on:

  1. My classes are going great! On Tuesday we did our first news production in my broadcasting class. I was a writer and camera operator. It was awesome ;)
  2. MY HAIR IS BLACK!! I had to dye it for the play. At first it was a huge shock but it’s starting to grow on me.
  3. So Halloween happened. The day before my mom, Christian and I all carve pumpkins. Christian’s is the minion, mine is the mortal instruments symbol thingy (lol) and my mom’s is the ghost. Halloween night was very rainy… I stayed inside, watched my shows, relaxed & enjoyed my mom’s homemade chilli. 
  4. Okay so opening night is in less than a week. If you didn’t know already, since the beginning of school I’ve been rehearsing for this show. I’m super excited to finally perform and also really nervous! This next week is going to be insane but I’ve met some really awesome people in the theatre program so it’ll be fun!!

I’ll check back in soon ❤️

11 months ago with 2 notes


Got my headshot taken a few weeks ago at school! Here’s the result(s).. 😀

11 months ago with 2 notes


It was such a gorgeous fall day today to explore Starved Rock State Park! My mom, my dad & I hiked for almost four hours on the trails. We explored canyons, caves, overlooks and even went off the marked path a few times ;) My parents were such troupers considering the millions of stairs they had to climb! Hence why you see my mother struggling in a few of those pictures; I just had to capture it.

It was so beautiful today! The weather wasn’t too cold and there was just the right amount of leaves that had changed. Fall is definitely one of my  favorite times of the year, I just love the colors! We did some serious exploring and even found a little cave. My knees did really well today and I’m thinking that once my play is over in three weeks I’ll finally be able to start on a regular running schedule again, which I’m really excited about!!! They should be completely healed by then & I’ll have much more time.

After a long day of hiking we went to a restaurant nearby and I enjoyed a very delicious & well-deserved plate of chicken fettuccine alfredo. yum yum :)

11 months ago with 5 notes


Immune System Boosting Juice:
2 apples
3 carrots 
1/2 inch of ginger
1/2 lemon
It’s officially flu season & I’m already starting to feel a slight tickle in my throat. This is one of my favorite juices by far! The lemon & ginger are great to ward off any sort of sickness. I’m so busy lately and I absolutely cannot afford to be sick. I even squeezed a lemon & put it in my water bottle for the day! Gotta be extra cautious…

Immune System Boosting Juice:

  • 2 apples
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 inch of ginger
  • 1/2 lemon

It’s officially flu season & I’m already starting to feel a slight tickle in my throat. This is one of my favorite juices by far! The lemon & ginger are great to ward off any sort of sickness. I’m so busy lately and I absolutely cannot afford to be sick. I even squeezed a lemon & put it in my water bottle for the day! Gotta be extra cautious…

12 months ago with 10 notes


My meals of the day!
Breakfast: bacon, scrambled eggs & strawberries (I had a lot more bacon & strawberries, they’re just not pictured)
Lunch: bean tostadas with tomatoes, salsa, cheese, guacamole & lettuce
Dinner: lots of veggie stew!!

12 months ago with 3 notes


Went to a friend’s Halloween party last night as Finn & Rachel from Glee! 🎃❤️

Went to a friend’s Halloween party last night as Finn & Rachel from Glee! 🎃❤️

1 year ago with 8 notes