On Getting Geared up for 2015...

Waking up on the West Coast as I send this note, and it is OFFICIALLY holiday break in Pepperland!

Fabulous for so many reasons...

1. // I need a vacation. Happily embracing simplicity and rest over the next 10 days... Pool. Books. New running shoes. #happyjessie

2. // We're taking our nephews to DISNEYLAND today! I love being an aunt almost as much as I love being a big sister, so this is EPIC. Also: Mr. Pepper happens to look adorable in mouse ears.

3. // My parents got a new puppy!  (Already a leeeeetle embarrassed by how many Christmas presents we are bringing him... Keep an eye out for pics of that little snuffleupagus next week.)

Taking this time off is a huge priority for me, and I think it will be an important foundation for starting strong again in January.  I just have this feeling that 2015 is going to be incredible, and one of the things I love about December is experiencing that special kind of hope that swiftly lifts us over the threshold of a new year.

In the meantime, let's try to connect in the next few months - Sound good? I'll be popping up in a handful of cities during the first quarter, and seeing your faces in real life would be SUCH a treat.

Here are a few events that I'm excited to be a part of:

  • Noonday Collection SHINE Conference // Austin, TX (Jan 17, 2015) - Speaking to Noonday's Style Ambassadors about the Intersection of Style + Confidence. (My favorite topic!)
  • Altitude Design Summit // Salt Lake City, UT (Jan 22-24) - Teaching a panel aboutRevenue Streams + Pitching the Perfect Blog Partnership.
  • Texas Style Council Conference // Camp Texlake, TX (Mar 20-22, 2015) - I'll be a camp counselor at this weekend away for bloggers & business owners who want to Create a Meaningful Presence with their influence.
  • Craftcation Conference // Ventura, CA (Mar 26-29, 2015) - Four days of hand-on workshops including crafting, food, and creative business classes... Still nailing down the details, but likely speaking about using social media to spice up your business. 
  • PepperBrunch NYC // New York, NY (Ongoing) - Our next event is nearly full, but you can stay tuned here for details on our February get-together! 

I pray that you have a lovely holiday filled with so many blessings, and I'll be back with the last letter of the year a little later next week! 

Silver Bells & A Sweet Noel,

XOXO - Jessie Pepper

Ps. - Remember when I asked you to show me pics of your twinkle lights in action? One of my favorite Pepper Girls used the REAL strand I gave her to transform her room into this glittery haven, and I thought you might like to see!

On Being Full of Feelings...

Did you think I forgot about you this week?  

(NEVER!)

I know I’m popping in a bit later than normal, but it’s been a busy bustle-y (and somewhat emotional) few days for me so I’m trying to go easy on myself, you know?

In place of sharing my regular reflections today, I’m writing directly to a heart FULL of feelings, and allowing for some introspection that bears the honesty of a magnifying mirror.*  

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Hello, you little beating beauty.  I’m popping in to say that I know you're heartsick about leaving California on Saturday...  

Heartsick, but SO SO grateful that we turned this total daydream into an actual thing.  What a full and blessed adventure it has been!

I know you're feeling stressed out by perfecting the plans for our upcoming Pepper Brunch in Kansas City...  

Stressed, but totally excited to see the details come together for an amazing experience with so many sweet Pepper Girls.  (Having YOU there would make the whole thing SO much more fun. - Serious!)
 
That lurking overwhelm is from the upcoming speaking and teaching opportunities that you're honored to have... 

Acknowledging the overwhelm is fine, but the camaraderie from the community always blows me away -- and if we show up ready to spread the love, the gals at Go Blog Social will handle the rest. (If you’ll be there, please come find me for a giant hug, and PUHLEASE let me know if I have anything stuck in my teeth!)

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Taking a closer look at the situations at hand made me to realize:  It can sometimes be SO easy to let the yucky stuff crash in and drown out the good.  

I try with all my might to focus on the best bits of whatever I'm facing (which usually takes a chat with my Mama and lots of hugs from Mr. Pepper), and then I strap on those newly uncovered truths before wading across to the other side.
 

Clinging to your truth will keep your head above water, and your heart where it can breathe.
— Jessie Pepper

I promise that you’ll see the sunshine when you reach the other side, and can personally vouch for the fact that it get easier every time.


I'd LOVE to have you tell me what you’re feeling right this very morning...  Doesn't matter if it’s one word or a thousand words - Just hit reply, and let me know what’s on your heart.

Our interactions here are so precious to me, and I pray for you and send hugs every time a treasured note pop into my box!

XOXO - Jessie Pepper

*Can't live with 'em OR without 'em.  Very handy for plucking eyebrows; HORRIBLE for ignoring tiny wrinkles.


GILDED GIRL:  One of the oddest purchases I've ever made in my entire life happened TODAY... Are you ready to be totally perplexed? 

Gold foil BeautyMarks from one of my favorite blogs -- Mr. Kate!  

Planning to try them out the moment they arrive, and you KNOW I will report my findings over on S&P.  Stay tuned! ;)

On Meeting New Friends & Owning a Room...

In Salt Lake City for Alt Design Summit this week [so excited to be speaking on a panel again this year!] and you’re probably not surprised that making new friends is by FAR my favorite part of going to blogging events and conferences like this one - does that make me a social-media-butterfly?  ;)

I’m guessing there may be a few of you cringing at the thought of diving into a sea of people you hardly know, and hopefully today’s Pepper Letter will help keep you “afloat” with these five handy tips...

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No. 1 -  Pretend like you're the host.  Walk in the door with the mindset that YOU are there to make sure everyone has a great time.  Not only will this keep your mind off of feeling jittery, but it is scientifically proven to transform you into a human-magnet.  (I hope I don’t regret slapping a “user warning” on this one…)
 
No. 2 -  Don't forget to don your super-hero cape.  I’ll bet you have a certain element of your personal style that you KNOW will make you feel great every time you leave the house (bold berry lips, sky high boots and breezy caftans are a few of mine) and these unfamiliar social situations are the perfect time to bust those out and let them do their job.  If nothing comes to mind when you read this, you MUST drop me a note and I will help you figure yours out immediately!

No. 3 -  Nail your intro, and never forget a compelling question.  Think about the way your favorite friends introduce you to someone new, and use the stand-out feature the next time you stick your hand out for a firm shake.  Including a quirky or little known fact will add a little something extra, and wrapping up with a clever question about the other person [Ex. What was the best thing that happened to you this week?] will assure them that you care to learn more. 

No. 4 -  Hugs hardly ever fail to welcome.  Uncross those arms and legs, put your smartphone to the side when you can and try offering a hug instead of a handshake!  Your body language says a lot about your mood, and the more open your stance, the more likely you are to be in the mood to connect.

No. 5 -  Bond over a memorable moment.  There’s nothing quite like a little camaraderie to bring people together… Haven’t you ever seen people rolling their eyes at each other in a long line?  Pick something positive or hilarious instead of resorting to a gripe, and that old dude trying to sing karaoke with the hotel lobby piano will have you giggling with your new pals faster than you can say “Living on a Prayer."

Bust out your brightest smile, lead with a warm heart & give ‘em a hug they can’t refuse.
— Jessie Pepper


Keep these little tidbits in mind the next time you find yourself feeling a bit more shy than sassy, and I’d love to hear if you have any of your own tricks for pulling yourself over those little bumps of bashfulness when they come!

XOXO - Jessie Pepper

P.S. I think you’re fabulous, and I know everyone else will too.

P.P.S. If you’re at Alt this week, you’d BETTER come and find me for a big squeeze!