i'm jessica, a rebel at heart.
recently i've realized that the things i was told would make me happy -
more money, more house, more this, more that - haven't made me happy at all.
what does make me happy is time to connect with what matters to me:
time with family, friends, and pursuing my passions.
now i am dedicated to minimizing my debt, my belongings,
and my sense of overwhelm through slow, simple living.
join me as I endeavor to create a well-curated life, rich in love and time to savor it.
more about me:
I guide others in simplifying their lives by tackling everything from material possessions to societal expectations.
I believe in the transformative power of mindfulness, slow, simple living, and practical minimalism. I enjoy using my experience in self-improvement and personal transformation - as well as my master's in counseling - as I creatively and compassionately guide my clients to discover a more spacious, curated life.
My friends say I am fearless, brave, creative, and persistent. They also say I am compassionate, empathetic, and authentic. All of these traits have been learned the hard way. While I had great success as a track athlete (I am a 3 time All American and in my high school and college Halls of Fame) I ran for 3 different universities and took 2 years off between my sophomore and junior years - not many student athletes come back from such a long hiatus and go on to get 2nd at NCAA Nationals!
I'm a poet at heart, which goes along with being a rebel, I'd say. My compassionate, authentic, and creative side often comes out in the written word. I've watched loved ones take their last breath, seen people rise against the odds, face their fears alone, and also courageously ask for help. All of this informs my way of living and interacting with the world.
If you are interested, here are my academic credentials:
- I have my bachelor's in Human Movement Studies from San Francisco State University.
- I have my master's in Counseling and Psychological Services with a concentration in Athletic Counseling from Springfield College in Massachusetts.
- I am a California credentialed teacher in health, physical education, and English.
- I completed the Mindful School's Mindfulness Education program and studied social-emotional learning at the University of California's Greater Good Science Center.
and my organization and simplification education: I have read and studied the following, among many other books and articles.
Sasaki, Fumio Goodbye, things : the new Japanese minimalism
Baker, Jerry Jerry Baker's It pays to be cheap : 1,973 of the niftiest, swiftiest, and thriftiest secrets on earth for spendin' less and savin' more...
Becker, Joshua The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
Bernstein, Gabrielle Miracles now : 108 life-changing tools for less stress, more flow, and finding your true purpose
Bernstein, Gabrielle Judgment detox : release the beliefs that hold you back from living a better life
Carter, Christine Dr. The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less
Carver, Courtney Soulful simplicity
Couturier, Andy The abundance of less : lessons in simple living from rural Japan
Cullen, Melanie Get it together : organize your records so your family won't have to
Havrilesky, Heather What if this were enough? : essays
Ingram, Leah Toss, Keep, Sell
Kondo, Marie The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up
MacLeod, Ainslie The instruction : living the life your soul intended
Manson, Mark The subtle art of not giving a fuck : a counterintuitive approach to living a good life
McCoy, Jonni Frugal families : making the most of your hard-earned money
Niequist, Shauna Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
O, the Oprah Magazine Let It Go: Your Guide to a Simpler, More Serene Life
Twist, Lynne The soul of money : transforming your relationship with money and life