Hi there, I'm Jessica

I’m Jessica, and I’m so glad you’re here!

I’m the author of Imperfect Courage and Founder of the socially conscious fashion brand Noonday Collection. Over the years, I’ve met so many women who are letting their fears sideline them. I have been there, too—and that’s why I wrote this book. In Imperfect Courage, I take you by the hand and lead you through your fears toward the life of impact and meaning you were made for. Ready to join me?

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  • First day of school photo! I am at Harvard Business School for the next few days participating in their executive leadership program for entrepreneurs. This is about the last place I ever thought I would be! I was the one who didn’t quite make the cut for AP classes until I convinced the teachers to let me in.... and then I had to work harder than every else to stay in (and I didn’t even come close to making the cut for AP math!) In college, I was the one meeting up during the professor’s office hours negotiating a few more points so as not to make a C {because my negotiating skills have always been stronger than my test taking ones!} And I will never, ever repeat my GRE score. 🤐
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.  I’m not saying I’m not smart. What I AM saying is that I have grit. Grit is passionately persisting and I would choose it over smarts any day. So if you ever felt like you didn’t quite make the school “cut” remember that grit can be yours, too! My wish for you this week: Persist! 💃🏼
  • Here is to a Friday night done right!
  • You may be of small stature, but each of us has an Amazon inside. This was a nugget dropped on me today by @thebudgetnista . Thousands of women gathered in Austin today and I am PUMPED! @reesewitherspoon challenged us to take our space and @brenebrown told us to quit playing small. When we show up, we go up, and let’s take other women up with us! #texasconferenceforwomen @txconfwomen
  • I love the Rumi quote that goes, "As you start to walk on the way, the way appears." The truth is, we don't actually know where the path will lead if we never take the first step. 🚶‍♀️But everything in us rails against that first step! We procrastinate and hem and haw and make excuses and in the end, we're right back where we started. 🤦‍♀️ That's why we launched the Starters Series this week on the #GoingScaredPodcast. I am having conversations with people who can call back to us and tell us what's up the path and that it's not as nearly scary as we thought, and the end isn't nearly as far as we imagine it to be. 🙌  And I'm beginning with @alliwebb, the boss babe behind @thedrybar. 💛Alli has built an empire from scratch and her willingness to take the next step without knowing where it's going is downright inspiring to me.👏👏👏 *AND* to kickstart this series, we're giving away some Noonday and Dry Bar swag! 🤭 To enter to win everything you see in the photo (Ibarra Necklace, Maasai Earrings, Frontier Bracelets, Market Print Luggage Tag) and a free blowout from Drybar:  1. Subscribe to the @goingscaredpodcast wherever you listen to your podcasts. Bonus entry for leaving a review!
2. DM me a screenshot of your subscription and/or review.
3. Tag a friend who is starting something or has already started her journey!
4. We'll be choosing three winners at random ‪on Monday, November 12th‬!
  • When a member of your braintrust, who has totally transformed how you think about leadership gifts your ENTIRE TEAM signed copies of her #1 New York Times best selling book on leadership! Thank you @brenebrown! This was the best gift to top off our annual Thanksgiving feast! Our Noonday team commits to: choose courage over comfort and brave hearts over armoring up! We are daring to lead. Thanks for being our teacher. And we can’t wait to hear your speak at @txconfwomen . #TXConfWomen
  • Belts are back! As a curvy 5’5” gal, the poncho/cape trend can swallow me up or add unwanted volume. I belted this hand embroidered kimono by @noondaycollection and it finally felt like a fit. I thought we could use the comment section below to give tips to one another for our types. Share a style tip below for your body type and Iet’s help our sisters out!
  • I was the one walking down the halls of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church {my voting precinct} with tears in my eyes today. My dad used to drive around with his mom, listening to a her shout through a megaphone encouraging women to vote. She was the president of the League of Women voters.  It will never cease to amaze me the privilege we have in America— that so many before us fought for us to have. .
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I will always remember the day that Jalia {artisan partner and friend} called me a few years ago from Kampala telling me there were riots, looting, and the Internet was about to shut down. She asked for prayer. It was Election Day in her country.
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We are living in some crazy times... I am not always clear on where to stand or even who to vote for... but I show up. The fact that we can vote in safety and peace is not lost on me!  I do it for my grandma. #whyivote
  • I had a couple of conversations Friday with entrepreneur friends that turned into brainstorm sessions, so I got my voice memo out {I have entire book chapters on my voice memo!} As I pressed play to listen and take notes yesterday, I was so embarrassed!!! I interrupted often. I didn’t always acknowledge what was just said. I was a terrible listener! Ideation is my number one strength (on the Strengths finder, that is) and often when some one is inspiring me, ideas start to pop like fireworks in my head and then tumble out of my mouth. But I wonder how much better the ideas would be if I let other people finish their thoughts. 👂🏻👂🏼👂🏽👂🏾👂🏿👂🏻👂🏼👂🏽👂🏾👂🏿
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I am at the beginning of the learning curve here. Want to come along with me? This election eve, my commitment is to listen.
  • If you are strapped for cash but need a vacation: KICK YOUR FAMILY OUT OF YOUR HOUSE FOR 24 hours. Oh my gosh. I told Joe the impact of me being in my own house alone for the weekend may have equaled how I feel after coming home from Mexico 🤔(but I told him we aren’t canceling our December Mexico trip!). .
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I stared at the sky for HOURS. I poured a glass of Prosecco at 3:00 and enjoyed the hot tub alone (clothing optional☺️) while listening to Enya. I read a funny book (go check out @maeveinamerica ), I refused to run any errands, I chatted on the phone with a bestie and the only time things went downhill is when I suddenly found myself watching a video of the Kardashians’ Halloween costumes and had no idea how I got there. I went to see The Hate U Give (cried really hard) and A Star is Born (didn’t shed a tear but came home and downloaded the sound track... and looked up any and all Bradley Cooper photos ☺️). I spent hours alone with God today, crying tears feeling felt by the creator of the universe and remembering I am the object of his desire. I AM REBORN. And, on top of it all, I got to have a whole extra hour of this bliss thanks to the time change! ✨

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