Hi, my name is Jessica. I am a Middle School Social Worker by day and a wife and mama by night. I am proud of my education, my job, and my family. I have a passion for social justice, raising healthy engaged children, and treating others with love, respect, and grace. I believe strongly that every person needs someone to unconditionally encourage them and I strive to do this each day for my students and my family. My family includes my husband, our two young children, and our cat.
I grew up in western North Dakota, moved to Minnesota for college, took a detour for a couple of years to live in Chicago, and then moved back to eastern North Dakota where I have been ever since. My husband and I occasionally dream about what it would be like to live somewhere else, but it appears that we have found our home and we are not in a hurry to leave.
I am an introverted life-long learner. My top strengths on StrengthsFinder are strategic, learner, and empathy; I’m a two on the Enneagram; and, for Gretchen Ruben fans, a Questioner on the Four Tendencies. It is safe to say that I am always thinking about something. In fact, it is all too often that I find myself sitting in my spinning thoughts thinking that I am the only one in the world that experiences life and its emotions with such vivid intensity. I have found great joy and power through conversation with friends and family that reveal I am not alone in my experiences. I am excited to share my thoughts and stories through this blog so that our readers may benefit from this same peace that comes from connection.
In addition, my goal with this blog is to write. I have always envisioned myself as a writer, someone who uses the power of words to share stories and information. I am so grateful to create and share this blog with one of my best friends and I look forward to sharing this space, our stories, and our honesty with you.