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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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  • I wear a lot of hats (as every woman I know does!) but this podcast hat is definitely a favorite because of conversations like today’s {and yes, I often podcast from a closet!} 🎤
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There’s a good chance you know who Dominique Dawes is. She was part of the “Magnificent Seven” and was the first female African American gymnast to win an individual medal at the Olympics. In this convo, @daweser gave me a vision for leadership, and I know she will do the same for you. 💙
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She recounts how she performed in the Olympics three times, but shares that her third Olympics was not about medaling. Instead, it was about leading her team to medal. The image of a more mature Dominique cheering on her teammates, knowing she was there to lead and mentor the younger generation has not left my mind! Isn’t that was leadership is? Getting other people to stand on the platform. 🏅
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As we celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth, let’s honor Dominique for paving a path for other girls to see themselves on all sorts of platforms, and let’s be the sort of women who help other women win their medals, too!
  • I am starting an Imperfect Courage Book Club!!!!! Here is why: My primary calling in life is to catalyze courage in other people so that they can go and be the solution to the problems that they see. So if you are needing a little catalytic courage, join me! 📖
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I used to be afraid of taking a cab by myself, and now here I am about to travel to Thailand by myself. That’s the beauty of going scared. If you focus on going, on putting one foot in front of the other, what once felt scary no longer has to be that way. But I don’t want you doing it alone, so let’s go on this journey together! 💙
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Starting on March 1st, I’ll be hopping onto our exclusive Facebook group to chat LIVE about the book. With each chapter, we’ll travel together on a journey of what it looks like to not let fear keep us seated. I would also love for you to do this with friends, so I am giving away a stack of books and a stack of bracelets. 💛
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Just tag 4 friends who you’d love to join you on this journey, and then head to the link in my bio to sign up for the book club! On Wednesday I’ll choose a winner and send you all 5 books for you and your friends, along with 5 bracelets from @noondaycollection. On your marks, get set, get tagging!
  • I read this line in Homegoing last summer and it took my breath away: “When you study history, you must ask yourself, ‘Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth?’ Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too.” – Yaa Gyasi 💛🙌
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Have you ever wondered whether the stories you read really tell the whole picture? 🤔 One of you recently sent me a DM with the story of Annie Malone--and I wanted to share that story with you, too. Annie lived in a completely different era and was born into very different circumstances than me, yet I couldn’t help but feel a strong connection to her. You see, Annie also founded a direct sales business almost a century before I founded mine. But she faced different challenges because of her skin color. Both of her parents were former slaves, but her mother escaped with the children when Annie was little. She went on to become the first female African-American millionaire. This Black History Month, I have been thinking a lot about her story and how her business certainly paved a path for mine. 💙
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It was a story that was never in my history books growing up, and it got me thinking. Am I creating space for others to share their stories? Am I seeking out ways that I can challenge my understanding? Am I truly listening and learning from the lives of others? I want the stories I’m told and the stories I tell to reflect the world I walk in every day – a world that’s beautiful not in spite of diversity but BECAUSE of it. So, tell me, what other stories do I need to know and share?
  • 🏡Finally hung {aka: wall taped} these birds I brought back from the Croix-des-Bouquets market in Port au Prince on my last trip to Haiti. We intentionally fill our home with a sense of story— and these birds remind us to pray for a country currently in crisis but destined to soar. 🇭🇹 We will be revealing the full phase 1 remodel of our 1960’s ranch to my email list in a few weeks along with tips on how to fill your home with story, too (including our artisan crafted tile by @fireclaytile ). In the mean time- BIG NEWS- Joe and I bought an airstream to live in we while take on phase 2 of the remodel (kitchen and master). Life is about to get interesting... and be without a dishwasher 🤦🏼‍♀️.
  • Are you prone to experiencing disappointment? Me too, girl. And that is why this moment—the one where I am standing in Target taking a shameless selfie with the article I wrote for the Magnolia Journal—means so much. Let me tell you why.
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You see, a few months ago I stood in this same aisle in my neighborhood Target - but what I felt was disappointment. My book, Imperfect Courage, had just launched and although it made multiple best seller’s lists, it wasn’t selected to land on the physical shelves of Target. I had dreamed of the “book shelf” moment where the story of @noondaycollection could reach the Target customer because they literally are our target consumer! 🎯 But that dream slipped away, leaving in its wake feelings of disappointment.
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Little did I know that just four months later, I would be standing here holding a copy of an article I wrote about authenticity—one of the key themes of Imperfect Courage—for a magazine that a Target customer will be so much more likely to pick up over a book by me (because we pick up all the things that @joannagaines creates). This dream, which I didn’t even know was waiting for me, turned out to be even better than the one I had grasped at so tightly. 💛 More people than ever are going to find freedom in this message of authenticity and connection that I am so passionate about sharing.
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Life has a funny way of leaving you awestruck in a Target aisle, on the verge of happy tears. Often our disappointments are just stepping stones on the path to our successes. If we camp out in the disappointment, we will miss out on the opportunities waiting for us. Because there are always opportunities waiting, my friend. 💙💙
  • I’m being cheeky today, but Valentine’s has to be one of the cheesier holidays the marketing powers have created. So why not play? 😋
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You heard Joe and I’s love story yesterday on the #GoingScaredPodcast, but truth be told, I would rather celebrate Valentine’s like my 7th grade daughter where boys are still stupid and girlfriends are the ultimate Valentines. 💕 I love the hubs, but it’s my girlfriends that solve all my problems, give me outfit feedback, and can follow my train of thoughts with ease.
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Case in point: I was picking up my kids from a bday party the other day, sat down with some girlfriends, told them we were about to start remodeling our kitchen and master and still had no place to move. My girl @staciechilton said, What about an RV? Light bulb moment! 💡
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Joe and I are currently on the hunt for an airstream that he and I are going to live in during Phase 2 of the remodel (the kids get to stay in their new rooms). So what I am saying is: the more we take this gal pal thing seriously, the less problems we will have in our world! 🌏
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Who are the ladies in your life that solve your problems? I’m giving away this on-trend necklace from @noondaycollection! It’s handmade in Vietnam, and it’s calling their name. Just tag some gal pals in the comments who are in your circle of trust, and I’ll gift this beauty to one winner on Monday! 💙🎉
  • Joe and I met at a one-week long work orientation for an international NGO in our early twenties. My Texan self and his Midwestern self somehow found ourselves called to be in the same place in Phoenix that week, and one night our group of 30 was randomly assigned kitchen duty partners. Lo and behold, we were assigned to each other!
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Only I forgot to show up to clean up. I started watching a show about poverty alleviation in Guatemala and got completely distracted. By the time I looked up and ran to the kitchen to help, it was totally spotless. “Joe, why didn’t you come and get me?” I asked. “I figured you were doing something more important,” he said – sincerely and with a slight smile. 🙂
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Looking back now, that moment was kind of a prophecy. I mean, Joe is still the man to help without being asked, and nowadays he does the majority of the housework (and never reluctantly). And that pretty much sums him up. He is always eager to serve, to take care of the details, to do the tasks so that others can be released to what they are meant to do. He is tender and strong. He is wise and an adventurer. He is the flower to my butterfly. 🌸 🦋 .
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I get so many questions about work/life balance that I thought you may want to hear Joe’s perspective! So, I sat down with him to spill it ALL on a special Valentine’s episode of the #GoingScaredPodcast… how we met and started our relationship long distance in Guatemala and Bolivia, the total romantic whirlwind of our first couple of years together, and how we navigate married life with three kids and a business.
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Give it a listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, y’all. This is the best guest I’ve had on the show. Not biased at all. 😋
  • Have you every unfollowed accounts because their feeds were just too perfect? They didn’t ugly sweat when they worked out or they NEVER HAD A FAT DAY? This little app can be a trap of comparison, but it can also be a place of inspiration! And you know who inspires me? Noonday Collection Ambassadors! Y’all, our community manifesto states that we arm ourselves in authenticity AND accessories; in confidence AND in clutches. What do we mean? 🤔
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To put it plainly: We love style, and we also keep it real. We wear confidence and post selfies because we believe confidence isn’t rooted in a size on a tag or flawless skin or a brand new wardrobe. We actually believe what our mamas told us: that beauty comes from the inside out. But at the same time, we know that the perfect little handmade clutch can pull out the confidence within each of us. 🌸
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Today, our community of social entrepreneurs is saying gracias to our Guatemalan artisans by posting their favorite handmade pieces from the area, and I had to join in the fun. So, say hola to a new favorite from our Spring line: the Casa Botanica Necklace! It’s no secret that this baby can turn around any bad hair day, bad jean day, or even a bad eyelash day. And it definitely spruces up my look enough to pull out all the confidence in me. 💛
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I’ve always been a lover of fashion and accessories (hence why I do what I do), but I’m a firm believer in using accessories to accentuate your beauty - not to define it. Just try scrolling through the 75,000+ posts using #noondaystyle and tell me you aren’t inspired by our community of women using their purchasing power for good, confidently showing the world their style, and showing off how Noonday looks good on EVERYONE! 💁🏽‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️💁🏾‍♀️💁🏻‍♀️
  • They say to start with the end in mind. Well, I launched a fundraiser for @ijm three months ago and I just can’t stop until that little red line on the thermometer on my fundraising page reaches the $8,000 goal! We have $250 more to go. I am throwing in a pair of my favorite booties from the @therootcollective to sweeten the deal for one lucky donor. Click on the link in my profile and let’s disrupt the modern day slave trade and fund rescues and restoration for our fellow sisters around the world. Let’s restore broken justice systems and train police to protect the poor against violence. Skip your morning Starbucks and hop on over to that link in my profile. Thank you 🙏🏽.

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