Hey you. Thanks for taking the time out of your probably entirely too busy day to read some of my words that I somehow choose to put out into the abyss that is the world wide web.
My name’s Jessie. I’m a born and raised Texan – East Texan to be exact – but I don’t actually like sweet tea or country music. Yes, I did somewhat grow up on a “farm” (and that was a real question in my dental school interviews), but we did not ride horses to school contrary to popular belief about small town Texas. It WAS very much like Friday Night Lights, however. I’m so very thankful for my roots of playing by creeks, running on dirt county roads with my dogs who never knew what a leash was, and all things Tex Mex and Blue Bell, but I’ve always been a dreamer. I am currently living apart of that dream that was to someday get out, experience a different corner of the world, and learn from the beautiful diversity of other people, and for that I am also forever thankful. God is so kind to give us opportunity for adventure and growth.
I am a probably-too-proud (nah..) graduate of Baylor University – SIC ‘EM – where I studied biology, religion, and business and truly had an incredible four years of living in that little #Wacotown that has my heart. I will never ever really be able to articulate my gratitude for that season. I miss it every day, and would be lying if I said I’d never consider moving back for good.
I am in the midst of a crazy, difficult, messy, and beautiful new adventure of my first year attending the school of dental medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Yep, I’m a weird nerd and want to grow up to be some kind of tooth doctor – exactly which kind is TBD, but I’ve definitely got my dreams of what I can see myself doing one day and can only follow God’s subtle nudges one day at a time along my long career path. It was the number 1 career on US News & World Report for 2 years in a row, but I’ve got plenty other reasons why I believe it’s what I’m made to do (honestly, while I view my future career with lots of purpose, drive, and passion, there are so many things I additionally want to do with my one wild life).
I’m passionate about Jesus and wanting to love people the way He does, living joyfully, setting big and risky goals, traveling to new places, fitness and nutrition, experimenting in the kitchen, eating food that’s simply better than it has to be, making memories, laughing every day, all things music, and of course coffee. These are a few other things that make my heart happy:
Live music – a fair chunk of my spending $ goes towards concerts and I’m so ok with that. Experiences >>>> things. Always.
Half-marathons (finishing, not necessarily training…)
Basil pesto on anything
Chianti and Cabernet
Seasons – (I get to live somewhere where they actually exist for the next 4 years!)
All things Baylor and Wacotown
Grey’s Anatomy. Dr. Yang is my spirit animal.
My crazy, road-trip loving, game-playing, musical family
Parenthood (the show, I have no experience and won’t anytime soon with actual parenthood…)
30 second dance parties (thanks Grey’s for the inspiration)
Worshipping my creator
All things science/medicine – if you ever have surgery, I love all the details
Sports – I used to want to be the next female ESPN journalist
Friends that you can just look at across a room and laugh
Theology and Biblical studies
Instagram and #artsy #hashtags
Reading when I have (make) time – Shauna Niequist, Bob Goff, Don Miller, Michael Pollan are some of my faves
Jimmy Fallon lip sync battles
Artisan pizza (I’m partial to my own)
Cool cloudy or drizzly days when all you want to do is read a good book, take a long nap, and make good strong coffee
A killer pair of heels
Dreaming big with God
This blog is largely the culmination of sorting out my cluttered mind through written word in the midst of this busy, challenging, and exciting season while striving to glorify God through it all. I write a lot about school, faith, food, music, and anything else along the way that I want to share. I hope to give a behind the scenes look into what being a professional student is really like (i.e. – yes, my days revolve around sleeping and studying and repeating, hopefully with some eating too), but I am not claiming to have all the answers by any means. The days are long and hard, but I am nothing but grateful to get to be doing what I’m doing and where. While I’m across the country away from my incredible Texas community of family and friends (Gosh I miss y’all), I hope if you read this blog it will make you dear people feel a little closer to me. I might even convince you to come visit Philly or even let me be your [student] dentist one day. I love to connect to other bloggers, so please feel free to comment or share your link if we have some things in common!
“She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25