My First Blog Post!

Starting something from scratch and literally filling it with the contents of your mind can be intimidating.  It’s frustrating wanting to express something and it not come out in the same form that’s in your mind.  Some people take that as a challenge, but most take it as an excuse to not try at all.

I’m Jade, and I’ve decided to stop using that excuse.

Before I tell you about myself, I’d like to tell you exactly why I feel so compelled to start a blog.  After many years of struggling with depression and anxiety while also supporting family and friends with a variety of issues, I am extremely passionate about making sure no one ever feels alone or without hope.  At so many different points in life we find ourselves needing one or all of the following things:

  • to be reminded it’s all going to be okay (“this too shall pass!”)
  • to realize our own personal power in changing a situation
  • to see another perspective to understand more about our own
  • someone to help us not feel so alone

It’s a breath of fresh air to have these moments of blissful relief. Whatever it is you personally are needing, I want my posts to stimulate that kind of mental freedom.

Anyway–like I said, my name is Jade. I grew up amidst the cornfields in central Illinois for the first 22 years of my life.  I spent much of my formative years with my nose in a good book, studying for all of my classes, and watching movies with family and friends. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in Human Services & Sociology in May of 2013, I decided to go on a cross-country road trip by myself.  I had never been west of central Iowa, and after a few very stressful years, I was in need of a break from life.

Little did I know at the time, I would never drive home.

Me while rock climbing near Klamath Falls, Oregon in 2013.

I now live in a small house on a river in Oregon, surrounded by trees taller than I’d ever seen my entire life, and I’ve never been happier.  Some of my favorite things are: reading, watching documentaries and movies, making art out of my favorite quotes, trying new plant-based recipes, hiking, traveling, spending time with my fiance, playing cards and board games, snuggling with my fur-babies and any other animal that will pay attention to me, connecting with family & friends & new people, and so much more that life has to offer.

My happiness is due to much more than the huge geographical leap I took–although that had a significant amount to do with it.  All of the peace that is now in my heart is thanks to the many lessons I’ve learned along the way from so many people and experiences.

My goal with this blog is to bring you weekly reminders and tips about mindfulness, self-love, and other perspectives that can create a more personally fulfilling life.  Some more specific topics I’d like to discuss eventually are: coping with mental health issues, dealing with loss, the Law of Attraction, body image, communication in relationships, and embracing change.  I’m very scatter-brained and new to blogging, so bear with me as I get comfortable and figure out how I will narrow my focus. 🙂

What areas of life would you like for me to focus on?  Let me know in the comments or by contacting me!  My contact information can be found on the Contact page.

I am truly looking forward to growing with this blog in the coming months.  Until next time!


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12 Replies to “My First Blog Post!

  1. Hey Jade! I am looking into meditative practices, aromatherapy (essential oils), and yoga as means of coping with high levels of stress and anxiety. I would be curious to see what kind of input you might have on that.

    1. Hey Dane! I have also been wanting to look into those types of meditative practices!! As soon as I make the time to delve into them, I will report back with my thoughts 🙂 I’m especially interested in the power of essential oils!

  2. I am so excited to see your amazing thoughts are finally in blog form!!!! Thank you for sharing your amazing light with the world! I can not wait to see future posts!!!

  3. I’m looking forward to following you here – just please, PLEASE don’t talk about Oregon 😀 …have never been yet but hope to see that corner of the country (from the ground) one day 🙂

    1. I can’t promise I won’t talk about it, haha–I’m in love with it here! I’m hoping to be more diligent in going on more hikes this year. I’ll do my best though 😉

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