Jess Lively teaches how to live an intentional life through her podcast, The Lively Show, and Life With Intention courses. She also designs intention tattoos (temporary!) as well as designs and collaborates on jewelry and prints. Jess recently moved to Austin via Chicago with her husband and pup. If you see her this weekend, make sure to say hi!
Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received or what is the one piece of advice you try to live by?
A: When I graduated and moved to Chicago and started my business full-time in 2007, it was hard.
After a few months of business, I called my mentor (and the only woman I knew with a full-time business back then) and asked her if I should quit the business and get a job instead.
She told me I had to give it at least a year.
I took her advice and did what she said. She was right.
"Start where you are and just keep going" has been my mantra ever since.
Q: What’s one subject you’d like to learn but have never touched?
A: I don't know if this as a "subject" as much as it is something I'd love to be able to do well: abstract painting! I tried it once, but my husband humorously and accurately named the painting "Bird footprints on clown vomit."
Q: Do you have a go-to activity or practice for when you're feeling burned out?
A: Great question!
A little Maggie Smith on Downton Abbey goes a long way. And this this writing exercise is incredibly powerful.
Q: What is the best way for someone to reach out via email to connect? Put another way, what makes you accept requests for coffee dates or a lunch?
A: Honestly, it often has to do with my schedule, priorities in my life at the time, and the depth of connection I have to the person before the coffee date is mentioned.
I'd suggest reaching out and forming a relationship through social media and email long before asking for the coffee chat if you don't know the person well.
Q: What are your top two book recommendations?
A: Right now my two fave books to recommend are The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Both are so good and truly life-changing when applied consistently!
Bonus Q: What is your favorite drink to order at a bar? (Selfishly asking this question since I never know what to order!)
A: A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or champagne. : )