She’s an accessories designer, a business woman, a blogger and one very inspirational woman. Her mission? To help people design lives with intention. Jess Constable openly and honestly shares career, lifestyle and business advice on her blog Makeunder My Life and as a Living Well columnist for The Everygirl. We can’t help but feel motivated and inspired after reading her words and viewing her designs. Jess lives in Chicago, and her home and designs have been featured on The Nate Berkus Show, Rue Magazine and Apartment Therapy. We tapped Jess to share some of her signature advice with readers of the Clear Conscience Blog.
Clear Conscience Blog: How did Jess LC get started? What was the first accessory you ever sold?
Jess Constable: The company got started when I was 15 years old. It started by accident; I was sitting at a pool making (ugly) ankle bracelets when two women came up and asked me to sell them. So after six hours sitting at a pool, I walked away with $30. As they say, the rest is history. The fateful first piece I sold poolside was a beaded ankle bracelets I named “Starlettes.”
CCB: We love the advice you share on Makeunder My Life. What is some of the best advice you’ve received?
JC: I think the best advice I’ve ever received comes from two sources: 1) A quote by Oprah Winfrey, “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” 2) Every word of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
CCB: For the busy, frazzled reader who is balancing work/family/friendship and wanting to give every aspect of life fair attention but not sure how, what would you say? Where to start?
JC: I personally am a big believer in boundaries to help myself stay in the present moment. So that means no emails at night and during weekends (I’m even limiting my email checking during the workday to three times a day to stay productive). I also choose to focus on work when I’m at work. I don’t allow myself too much distraction by social media or texting. By keeping these sections of my day separate, I can stay just a little bit less frazzled and more relaxed and attentive.
CCB: Summer is a great time to kick back and enjoy some good reads in the sun. What books would you recommend?
JC: As I mentioned before, The Seven Habits is a foundational book for me personally. But I also really like “The Alchemist” as a summer read that is equal parts story and inspiration.
JC: Right now I’m loving them all, but the best for me is the Grapefruit All-Purpose Cleaner. Knowing that I’m cleaning my sink with a natural product that smells and looks good at the same time is a huge plus. I like not worrying about whether it touches my skin as I clean.