This is a bit like writing a bloody dating profile. How do I capture your attention? Show you all the best parts of my personality.. not too much, just enough to keep you interested? Show you that I'm down to earth and creative and have a good career, and I'm attractive and fun, but also want to be honest about some of the things people consider to be 'baggage'? Agh!
OK. Here goes...
Bloody Marys. They might be my favourite thing. But they're pretty polarising, are you a yay or a nay on BMs?
I like cheese, and I'm a word nerd. I have a super busy brain, and I like spontaneous adventures, especially overseas. I"m a "book-the-cheap-flights-and-worry-about-the-rest-later" kind of person. Beach and city are where it's at for me. They're my soul filling destinations.
So whats my blog all about then? Look, I won't lie, there have been several iterations of blog and business for me, so here is another one. But I'm trying something different, there's a bit more Jade.
S T Y L E
I love style. It's a cliche, but true style never goes out of fashion. I believe style is the deliberate decisions you make about how you engage with life - your clothes, your space, your food, your job, your music, your relationships.. whatever your deliberate choices are, is what makes your style. There is a lot that happens to us that isn't deliberate, we drift in the flow of the world around us if we don't make a choice. And that flow might just take you somewhere you don't want to be.
M O O D
My head is running wild with ideas about ways to live better, to be a better human, understanding the way the world works and how to change it, and it drives me fckn mental sometimes. I live with high functioning anxiety and depression, and some considerable chronic pain thrown in too. I am learning about it, embracing it as part of life, always figuring out how to manage it, and like to have open conversations about it so that we can remove stigma. I invite you to talk about it too. That shit can get real crazy.
L I F E
I do life in Brisbane, Australia, with these 2 beautiful, smart, empathetic, sassy AF, girl-boss daughters, but I'm on a new life journey. My husband and I split up about a year ago, which has been sooooo challenging, but the right thing for everyone. We spent 11 years together, and we do the split well. We talk, we live separately but we co-parent, we still hang out sometimes, and we will aim to do it well for the rest of our lives. It's not conventional, but it's our way of honouring the love commitment we made to each other, and it's better than fighting, right?
You're probably like "WTF" so there's more to unpack there, for sure.
W O R K
I work in marketing and communication. I studied it, and have worked hard in various areas of the field since I was 21. I love communication, I'm fascinated with how we communicate with each other, and how businesses and organisations communicate to us. My favourite aspect is visual representation of a message in form of design and photography. But, as I said, I'm definitely a word nerd, and more recently and surprisingly, have also become a data nerd. Which is awesome for my job. I'm not satisfied just knowing that I've made an ad, or written a post, I want to see how it performed, and what impact it had, and where improvements can be made. I like to DO to understand, so have a million apps and website memberships and I get excited over insights about how much digital technology has impacted life. (NERRRRRD)
So, anyway, welcome to this Brisbane based lifestyle blog and the things that I do for a (gluten free) crust. I feel a bit like I've just woken up from a slumber, where a watered down version of myself was filling in. I've got some stories to tell, and I feel like there might be someone who wants to hear them. Hopefully that's you.
PS. Please follow me on Insta - @styleandspace. My life goal is to get paid to wear cute yoga pants, eat salad and tell the world about it. Obviously.