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The podcast where you can learn how to make a living and make a difference at the same time

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Hi,
I’m Jess!

I started my multi-million-dollar company, Headbands of Hope, while I was in college eating Ramen Noodles and using my sister’s Netflix password

(shh I still use it)…

See what I did there? I tell you about NOT having to be an expert!

AS HEADBANDS OF HOPE STARTED TO GROW, SO DID MY STORY…

For a long time, I thought my success was how far I could reach. How many books could I write? How many businesses could I start? How many stages could I speak on?

But now, I’ve realized my success isn’t about how far I can reach – but how far I can help other women reach.

Specifically, how can I help women uncover the value in their story so they can sell it through speaking & writing.

So here’s my

North star.

EVERYTHING I CREATE IS TO HELP YOU TELL AND SELL YOUR STORY, SO YOU CAN MAKE A LIVING AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE…

at the same time

I GIVE A 💩 about you, your time & YOUR MONEY.

Let me be straight with you – I’m not that perfectly filtered influencer on the internet that promises you the world and doesn’t follow through after that credit card is swiped.

Enough about my story, let’s discover the purpose of

your story

Take my THOUGHT LEADER QUIZ to help you discover the best way to monetize your story.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LIFE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A TUG OF WAR BETWEEN LIVING YOUR PASSION AND MAKING A PROFIT.

What if you could make a living and make a difference at the same time…just by telling your story?
Your story has value to serve others…but where do you even begin telling it?
Selling it as a keynote or a book?
Don’t you have to be an “expert” to do that?
How do you package it?
Don’t worry-I got you. 👇

My Goal is to Help Women Make a Living & Make a Difference...

at the same time

Here’s why I can help…

Finish this sentence: by the end of the year, I bet I will ________________. 👇👇👇👇
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My husband always laughs at me because I HATE gambling or making bets. If I’m going to put $5 on something, I’d rather put it towards my business. I like betting on things that I can influence- so I like to bet on myself 🎲
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By the end of the year, I bet I will ________________. 👇
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Facts about my family 🥰👇
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- we’ve been living and traveling in an @airstream_inc since March 2019
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- Jake and I met in class at NC State. He claims we met when he passed me a pencil but I told him I haven’t used a pencil since 1997.
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- we found our pup, Ollie, on Craigslist
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- our favorite band is @zacbrownband (our wedding song was Free)!
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- Jake is an enneagram 7 and I’m a 3 😅
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- shows we’ve binged together: entourage, game of thrones, alone, the good place and all bachelor series (but he’ll deny the last one) 🤣
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Tell me a fact about you and your family! 👇
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I’m a recovering people pleaser.
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I thought my ticket to success was winning people over...
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But if you try to win over everyone, you’ll actually lose people because that means you’re not standing for something. Don’t be afraid to pick a lane and drive in it. The right people will join you there.
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Figure out what YOU want, what you stand for and what you want to create. Find or create the community that you can serve with that message. Listen to other opinions but listen with a filter.
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Remember: you’re not going to be for everyone...you’re going to be for someone. And that’s GREAT news.
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Are you a recovering people pleaser? What are some strategies you use to stay true to yourself?👇
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I’ve been building something special since April and I’m SO EXCITED for you to try it 😬😬😬
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@writebrightpages is your own online private journal with:
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✍️ daily writing prompts
✍️ prompt pathways based on specific goals
✍️ tags to organize your pages
✍️ email accountability to make journaling easier
✍️ and so much more
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Right now we have a few people on the platform testing it and we’ll slowly roll it out over the next few months. 😬 If you missed Business on the Bright Side podcast episode yesterday, head to wherever you consume podcasts to listen to yesterday’s journaling episode to hear more about it 🎧
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Follow @writebrightpages and then head to brightpages.com or the link in my bio to sign up for the waitlist!
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Are you excited to try out @writebrightpages?! 👇
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Some high quality education 🎓
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Leave me a comment if your business school was Google 😂👇
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You know I’m down for a good IG challenge 💪
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On the left was my first @headbandsofhope table when I started the company in college. I “employed” my best friends @ajdinkel and @emily_wheet to help me sell headbands. Oh- and the headbands are displayed on oatmeal boxes that I spray painted yellow. #winning
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On the right is my first appearance on @qvc last year. We’ve had dozens of airings since then, but it’s crazy to think about where we started and how far we’ve come as a team 🥰
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Remember, you can cringe at your beginnings and still be proud of them ♥️
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You just have to start ⭐️
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My job is to help women look for meaning in their moments so they can write books and give keynote talks. 🎤📖
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But sometimes I encourage my students in Mic Drop Workshop or Book Pop Workshop to step back before they slap a label on a season of their life.
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We’re so quick to say a moment was: good, bad, helpful, or hurtful. But the reality is sometimes we have no clue how our moments will play out in our story.
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It took me 11 years to share my story about my family in chapter 2 of Chasing the Bright Side because I was still connecting the dots.
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We’re all going through a season right now. The lesson and the meaning is still taking shape. Some silver linings just take longer to develop 🌈
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I’m speaking 🎤
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Two simple words that puncture centuries of silence.
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Our voice is one of the most powerful things we have. Let’s teach young girls to use it by using it ourselves 🗣

Thank you @rowlandjordyn for this tweet. #vote #vote2020
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I got mad at myself the other day.
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A hiccup happened at work and I broke. My mind went swirling: am I even qualified to do this? Why do I have a business if I keep failing at it? I’m letting everyone down! I’m supposed to be the optimist author and I’m drowning in negative thoughts 💭
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Then I thought to myself: I used to be able to handle this stuff and not fall off the deep end. What changed?
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Well, 2020 changed. And it’s important to recognize the impact this year has had on ourselves.
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I finally realized yesterday that on a scale from 1-10, my anxiety has been living at a steady 6 this year. Usually, it’s at like a 2 or a 3.
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So something small that happens at work or in my life used to just bump me up to a 5 or a 6. But now, the small things bump me up to a 8 or a 9 because my foundation is already high.
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That realization was actually a relief for me. I could finally give myself some grace and say: you’re still strong. You can still handle everything life throws at you. Your strength hasn’t changed, just your environment.
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So I want to propose the same thing to you. Go easy on yourself this year because our starting point for anxiety and uncertainty is already high- so knowing that the little things can impact you differently makes you stop questioning yourself and start understanding our environment.
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To me, this is good news. Give yourself some grace. Go easy on yourself. Take time for your mental health. Go outside. Watch silly Netflix shows. Take a bath. Get the fancy latte because you want to. We can handle this. ♥️💪
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This is usually the dialogue when deciding on takeout. 😂⁠
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Anyone else?! 👇
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We're in Yosemite this week!⁠
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This place has been on our bucket list for our entire trip and we thought it might not happen with the fires. But we are here and couldn't be more grateful ♥️⁠
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What's your favorite national park? 👇
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There are a lot of reasons to be an optimist 👇
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You’re more innovative, you’re more resilient, you’re more of a risk taker, you’re more of a leader...
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But at the end of the day, it’s just way more fun to be an optimist.
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You can enjoy life more when you believe that the future is good and that YOU can be the one to help get it there.
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So if you’re looking for a reason to start Chasing the Bright Side (😉) and seeing the good in the world, just remember that optimists have more fun 🥳
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Do you consider yourself an optimist? 👇
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#maskup but make it fashion 😷💃
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So proud of my girl @mrs.bgauvin (our @headbandsofhope Wholesale Director) for selling out on @qvc last night during her FIRST SHOW! 📺
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The torch has officially been passed 😂 y’all head to headbandsofhope.com to stock up on our tube turbans and masks! 🛍
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I’ve had a few “check yourself before you wreck yourself” moments this week 🙃
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Sometimes when we feel ourself reacting, we need to take a step back and look at WHY we’re reacting instead of what we’re reacting to.
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I talk about this in the Business on the Bright Side episode this week (link in bio).
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Do you feel like you’re self aware? I’m working on it! 👇
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Bring on the PSL, fall scented candles and sweater weather 🍁
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Tag someone who loves fall in the comments 👇
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You can’t write an amazing book without a messy first draft. 📖
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When I read this concept in Anne Lamott’s book Bird by Bird, it changed who I am as a creative.
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In fact, you can’t do anything well without a messy beginning. 🙃
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If that’s the case, then don’t put so much pressure on your first drafts. You can’t edit a blank piece of paper, but you can edit pages of jumbled mess and start to make sense of it.
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This week in my Write the Dang Book Conference we have over 2,000 women from all over the world starting their messy first drafts and I couldn’t be prouder to be their guide 🥰
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You can still grab your free ticket for day 2 with the link in my bio. All videos will be available until October 1st, so if you can’t make it live, you can watch the replays until then.
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Cheers to messy first drafts 🥂
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