Hello everyone! I’m Jess, the creator of Joyously Jess. I’m a 25-year-old Michigander who has a taste for adventure and is mildly obsessed with my two fur babies.
Life has taken me down several paths in order to help me grow into my full potential. Originally, I went to college to become a physical therapist. That quickly changed to social work when I took a few classes and realized it wasn’t for me. I went on to graduate with my Bachelors in Social Work and became a social worker. I was excited to be fully using my [expensive] degree in my everyday life. However, something was missing. I wasn’t happy. I was doing exactly what I spent time, money, and tears on and didn’t have much happiness doing it. Eventually I knew I needed change. I needed something that would fill the void in my heart. Little did I know that would be in the form of a car dealership.
Yep. You read that right. I went from being a social worker to a car salesperson.
I felt that confidence begin to grow, and I started to feel more happy when I woke up. Although I still felt like heavy weight on my shoulders. In a mere 3 months later, I went under two major life changes. I ended a previous relationship and moved to a new location. The relationship was 6 years too long but it taught me a lot. I don’t regret it fully since it did help me grow and develop as a person. It allowed me to truly see who and want I wanted in my partner. The move allowed me to shed that last bit of unhappiness that I carried with me. It was a new place to completely restart what I was missing the last 6 years.
Similar to the phoenix rising from the ashes, I rose from what was making me unhappy and became a new person. I focused on getting myself back on track. I fixed my diet, started a workout program, started going to church again, mended broken friendships, asked for forgiveness, understood what makes me tick, and so forth. These things improved my mentality. I’m not depressed or anxious anymore.
All in all, I found joy. Joy of doing the things I always wanted to do. Joy of being around those who want the best for me. Joy of being me.
It’s funny how life takes you around twists and turns to land you in a place that you dreamed of. I started JoyouslyJess when I was low, unhappy, and trying to fill a void in my life. Now almost a year and half later, JoyouslyJess became its own self-fulfilling prophecy.