Happy Saturday. It was a busy work week with some pretty big changes happening for me. I’ll share more on that soon but I’m very much still in a transitional phase since trying to move my business off of Instagram. I feel really strongly that I can do it, and I’ve had to make some tough decisions, but also exciting ones about what lies ahead. I’ve been through so many shifts over the last few years, both personally and professionally, and I feel good about where I’m headed, but the in-between can be challenging.
At the same time it’s so inspiring and uplifting to chat with friends who are also in the business figuring things out. It can be a lonely job in some ways, until you remember there are always people you can count on to be a sounding board, offer advice, or just vent about the frustrations of the industry. Shout-out to Jess, Julia, Victoria, Grace and others I’m probably forgetting in this moment (sorry) who’ve all been those people for me lately.
It can be a scary and bumpy road to go against the grain and do what feels right in your heart, but what many will tell you isn’t good for business. I truly believe that this change and shift is one that will serve me well in the long term, even if it makes life harder in the short term. Easier said than done, but I can say with certainty I won’t regret prioritizing my values.
On that note, as always, thanks for being here.
Click. Read. Love. 4.6.23
Five things to tidy to make your home feel cleaner—even when you’re not in the mood to clean. (NPR)
These bootcut fit organic leggings from Pact are 11/10. So comfortable and love the 26″ inseam (I got them in desert rose).
Adding some of these books from Grace to my reading list for this summer. Pineapple Street might be my next one.
ABLE’s Mother’s Day sale ends Monday. Use code JAKMOM25 for 25% off. A few favorites for gifting: the Mamuye tote, the letter necklace, the heart necklace, and the Bailey denim jacket. I also just got these linen/cotton trousers and they’re so stylish.
Sad statistics, the staggering cost of menopause for women in the work force. (NY Times)
ProPublica reporting continues to be incredible, exposing more unethical ties between Clarence Thomas and Harlan Crow. (ProPublica)
Good science news! FDA approves the first RSV vaccine. (Stat)
For half a century, Geoffrey Hinton nurtured the technology at the heart of chatbots like ChatGPT. Now he worries it will cause serious harm. (NYTimes)
It has been an honor working with Emily and many other volunteers to launch the first campaign from For Facts Sake. If gun reform and preventing gun violence are important to you, please see how you can get involved (it’s easy and won’t take much of your time!). – Jess
Love all of these gardening tips from Julia’s husband Anel.
For anyone who grew up reading E. Jean Carroll’s writing, her interviews about her experience with Donald Trump are truly horrifying. TW: sexual assault. (The Atlantic)
File this under great news. More Americans are going to therapy! (The Hill)
I’ve never been so thankful to have Equilbria CBD as part of my everyday routine. Feeling a bit more stressed and anxious lately I upped my dose and went back to the Daily Softgels which have been so helpful. The Relief Balm is a miracle especially for neck and shoulder pain I’ve been having. My code JESSANNKIRBY gets you 15% off your first order (on top of subscriber savings).
This story about the Medical Medium (who was actually behind that viral celery juice trend) shows a very dark side of medical misinformation. (Vanity Fair)
An article for the former fans of The O.C. that’s sure to make you laugh. (Elite Daily)
It’s eclipse season…(The Cut)
A really interesting essay on the agony and ecstasy(?) of changing your last name. (Glamour)
In memory of Jordan Neely. (Curbed)
“A proposed community plan has enormous implications for the future of the L.A. fashion industry — and labor rights activists are working to make sure the district and its 20,000 workers are top of mind.” (The19th)
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