Wednesday, February 13, 2013

10 Things About Jackie, the Designer Behind Believe Notes

I've really been focusing a lot lately on my business and design work, and I don't want you to forget that there's a lady behind this blog and business. I have definitely made an effort to put my face out there more, but I wanted to take some time to share things about myself personally.

So here are ten things about myself that you probably didn't know.

1- Even though I grew up on the water, I can't swim and need to hold my nose when I go underwater.

2- I've battled my weight my whole entire life. I have Hashimoto's Disease, and an under active Thyroid - I thought going on medication would make my weight battle easier, and so I relaxed with my healthy eating habits and ended up packing on a whopping 20lbs. I try not to allow myself to feel miserable about my body, since we've been through a lot together, but I have the continuous goal of taking the weight off.

3- I'm a by-the-books and follow-the-rules type of person. I don't go through red lights, I stop at the stop signs, and I buy all my music (except for the stuff my husband puts on my computer, which I assume is just magic).

4- I've been pulled over twice in my life. The first time I was so scared that I gave the police officer my health insurance card instead of my car insurance card. She got a really (really!) good laugh and let me go. The second time was just a regular seat-belt check.

5- I'm an early bird. I get up during the week between 5-6am and am in my office by 7:30am. On the weekends I get up at the same time and start my design work almost immediately. However, I have an old lady bedtime and tend to pass out on the sofa, iPad in my lap & TV on, by 9:30pm.

6- I can't prepare/cook chicken on the bone. It completely freaks me out and gives me the fingernails-on-chalk feeling.

7- I have never dyed my hair and I only wash it with baking soda and vinegar and use an organic peppermint conditioner. It's a miracle concoction that has helped turn my super dry hair into healthy, split-free curls. While it doesn't work for everybody, it's been a huge help for me.

8- When I get really, really excited about something, I get all quiet and stoic for a good long time before finally acting like a 12-year-old-that-met-Beiber. I guess I really hide my emotions (without intending to!).

9- I hate blood, cuts, blisters, splinters and all that sort of stuff. And since I've been known to faint in the past, it's best to just sit back and let me freak the heck out over that paper cut while very quickly putting a band aide on it.

10 - My favorite veggies are roasted brussel sprouts and roasted asparagus - little olive oil, lots of garlic and some salt and pepper. Yum.

So there you have it, a bunch of random facts about me, Jackie. Maybe you can relate to some of them, maybe not, but hopefully it gives you a better idea of who I am! I'll try to continue adding more of my personal life into this blog, and I look forward to you all getting to know me better. Do you have ten things about yourself you want to share? Or maybe just one thing? I'd love to know more about you, too!


  1. I'm an early bird, too! I wish I could sleep in, but no matter how late I go to sleep, I'm up by 6 or 7... even on weekend!

  2. you followed me on twitter a few weeks ago and so glad that you did because i have thoroughly enjoyed your blog!! i love your "voice" on your blog, so real and honest and down to earth! and of course your work is lovely!!! cheers! {oh, and your whole ipad cover fiasco, how terrible!}

    1. Thank you so much, Debbie! Your work is beautiful too, and I really appreciate you following my blog & business (and the ipad cover fiasco, oye!)


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