Jessica Kinsella

I Want to Read for Pleasure and Watch all the Movies

Personal Growth

I Want to Read for Pleasure and Watch all the Movies

(May 1, 2018) Some thoughts with Summer on the horizon: I want to read for pleasure and watch all the movies. I want to actually nap when the baby naps. I want to go swimming, take walks on the pier, and smell the ocean. I want to laugh. I want to play with my kids and hear them laugh. I want to go on a date with my man. I want to eat really delicious food. I want to embrace simple pleasures. I want to catch up with my girlfriends over drinks, and laugh some more. I want to feel...

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Winter Reflections

Personal Growth

Winter Reflections

(Mar. 11, 2018) It's been a little while since I've written anything, my last post was on New Year's Eve mentioning how instead of making resolutions, I was headed into a season of "Deep Inner Rest." Instead of springing into action for the new year, I was craving restoration on many levels following the busyness of the holidays, and processing a move to Oregon that we didn't make. Now, of course with young children I'm not able to take many long winter's naps, but I have taken a lot of time to reflect on what I want to let go...

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Deep Inner Rest

Personal Growth

Deep Inner Rest

(Dec. 30, 2017) I've given a little thought to what my word of the year or guiding phrase will be for 2018. I considered keeping it very simple with something like peace, joy, faith, or magic. And then it hit me. What do I really need right now? And there it was. "Deep Inner Rest." I thought about January and how it's the Monday of the year, and how it's the time everyone really "needs to get their shit together." January is typically really high energy, goal-oriented, and intense....none of which resonate with me. I considered it further, and thought...

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When You Don't Fit

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When You Don't Fit

(Aug. 17, 2017) I do not fit into the "traditional" idea of a brand. My Instagram pictures are not carefully staged against a white background. My children do not wear matching outfits, and aren't posed just so. My home is not decorated to fit the latest modern trend, it is classic and rustic just like me. I would rather share blurry pictures that capture moments, and laughter, and my baby doing something for the first time. I would rather create what my soul longs to create than worry if it fits a certain aesthetic, brand, or solid mission statement. The...

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The Pause

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The Pause

(Jul. 19, 2017) I'm feeling a pause right now. Early last week I announced that I would be releasing my recent paintings for purchase on my website, as both originals and prints. I set a self-imposed deadline to hold me accountable. The administrative side of running a business can be fulfilling at times, but right now it feels like a lot of decisions and a lot of torquing away on the computer getting everything right. It weighs on my perfectionist side, until it gets overwhelming and I think, "I just want something simple." I want a simple website where I...

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