Sparklista Sunday – Jess LC

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.
(Oprah Winfrey)

Well, hello there! How have you been my dear friends? I've been a bit quiet here due to last week's #reverb10 launch. The lovingly positive feedback we've received has my heart bursting with joy. If you want to reflect on this year & manifest what's next, I recommend you visit www.reverb10.com.

I’m excited to share an interview with Jess Constable. Last year, she featured me on her Make Under Your Life series and I'm so glad to return the favor!

Jess is a talented jewelry designer and from Chicago who's on a mission to help people design a life with intention through her completely delightful site, makeundermylife.com.

1. Why do you blog? I blog because it's the way I'm able to fulfill my purpose at this point in time. I know, deep in my bones, that I am meant to help people design a life with intention. To help them reflect on their lives and design their life according to their values. The web enables me to do this each day in a simple, expansive way. I can reach people all over the world from sitting at my own desk. It is the perfect place for me to begin and then expand into other areas like books, videos, or in-person workshops.

2. What are your favorite creative resources? I consider the blogs I read to be creative resources for me. I don't do a lot of research for my work, I actually spend most of my time working on my own business. That said, I have a passion for interior design and I spend a lot of time reading design blogs and online publications like my friend Crystal's RueMag.com and LonnyMag.com.

3. Who inspires you online? Offline? The people who inspire me via their business, branding or purpose are Blake Mycoskie of Tom's Shoes and Rebecca Minkoff. They have done incredible things with their companies in a relatively short amount of time and at a young age. Blake's view on life and business completely jive with my own and Rebecca has such a beautiful design sensibility which inspires my own jewelry design.

Other than that, I've got a rather big history crush on Ben Franklin. That man just had so much passion for what he did and always made sure that his impact improved the lives of others.

4. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to yourself as a budding blogger? I would tell myself to stick with it and keep going. I'd also tell myself I'd save a lot of time by starting with Wordpress.org rather than starting on Blogger.com (since I ended up switching a few months into blogging). I'd also tell myself to be patient as my readership grew. But overall, I don't have many regrets from blogging, I've loved every minute.

5. What are your favorite things to do when you're not online? I love to drink wine with friends, go running, walk to the Farmers Market in Lincoln Park on Saturday mornings, do my nails, and decorate my apartment.

6. How do you make every day an extraordinary adventure? I don't know if I go out of my way to make each day an extraordinary adventure, I am generally a person who favors routines. But, one of those routines involves writing on MML and helping others design a life with intention - and that in itself provides a variety of new opportunities which makes each day special.

Image: Jess LC