About Me

Welcome to my blog! My name is Jessica and I am a 23-year-old future culinary student who loves running, exercising, cooking, baking, reading, and learning about nutrition. This blog started as a chronicle of the process of healing from an injury, not being able to run (something that is a huge part of my life) and how I am coping with it. It has grown into more than that… the process of healing from the heartaches and difficult times of life. I have a passion for food and cooking so I will be posting some of my meals, favorite recipes, and new recipes. I’ve gone through several big changes in my life recently and I have learned that life, like healing an injury, is a process. Sometimes the process is slow but as long as we do not stop, we will make it through! For those who are recovering from an injury, I wish you a speedy recovery! And for those who are recovering from other difficult things, I wish you the best and the knowledge that there IS a light at the end of the tunnel.  I hope you enjoy reading my blog and I welcome any questions or comments!

For information about my injury, see this post and this post.

49 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. just found your blog on ohsheglows and love it! i’m also a 21-year old business major trying to get to a healthy/happy place. you have a gorgeous smile :-)

  2. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce said:

    sorry to hear that you’re dealing with an injury- that is no fun! i thought my life was OVER when i had to have several shoulder surgeries and was told i wouldn’t be able to swim again…but after a lot of hard work in physical therapy i was able to get back in the pool and was actually a much better swimmer for it! hope your recovery is going well :)

  3. This is a great “About Me” – you are beautiful! And a very strong, smart person – wise for only 21 girl! You have so much to live yet – I am confident you will pull through this injury and have a wise perspective on life.
    Oh – and are you able to exercise aside from the running at all? Don’t jeopardize your healing !! :)

    • Thank you so so much!! That is so sweet :) And I really appreciate the encouragement, so much.

      I am able to do things that do not put any pressure on my injury at all, like most core work and upper body strengthening. But if I feel any pain or discomfort or signs of my injury, I stop. I do go about daily things like walking, which is unavoidable, and usually there is no pain in that. I have pushed myself too far at one time and hurt my injury but now I know, lesson learned. I am now resting 100% and not putting my injury in any jeopardy of hurting it. It is not fun at all but i’d rather rest now and be able to run in the future.

  4. I know how it feels to be torn from the love of running. I was planning on going to college for it and all of a sudden, the world flipped around.
    You are so cute and I know you will recover and be back on the roads soon. Good luck!!!

  5. onelittlejill said:

    Just found your blog and I can relate with the injury. I was injured in 2008 and it is tough! I have a lot on my schedule this year and my hope is I stay injury free.

    I look forward to reading your journey!

  6. I just found your blog and can completely understand what it is like to work through an injury – small or large. Either way, it is a setback that you need to work through and I know how that works. Something as common as an IT band injury made me very much more attuned to what was going on inside my body and the proper way to take care of itself before, during, and after running. I really look forward to keeping up with your blog!

    • Thank you! And I agree about learning how important it is to take care of your body. It’s a hard lesson to learn but now I know that listening to my body is the most important thing that I can do.

  7. Good luck in your recovery!! I totally can relate… I tore a tendon in my knee after running my first marathon (I waited until 3 weeks after when I literally fell over and my knee gave out to have it checked) and had to quit running for 3 months. I’m slooooowly getting back into it, but mentally it’s really tough because I’m not used to dealing with the pain/healing process.

    • Thank you and good luck in your recovery as well! I waited to see a doctor until my leg gave out too… but now we know better, right? I know it’s hard, but you will be back at it soon, i’m sure! And you ran a marathon.. that’s amazing girl!

  8. Love your blog girl!!! I am so glad I found it!!! I love all your yummy eats you create too!!!!!

  9. Hello! I’m so glad I found your blog! It’s much different than your typical “here’s what I ate blog”.. I can’t wait to read more!!

    P.S. Your gorgeous!

  10. I dont know if it is because you live in SC or what but I feel like we have so much in common. I want to let you know that I also struggle everyday with the same types of issues and it helps to know I am not alone.

    I really enjoy reading…and maybe one day I will try nut butter!!!

  11. I have been enjoying your blog and just now am reading your About Me. I can relate because I too am dealing with an injury and am not able to run. I have 2 stress fractures and sever arthritis in my left ankle, and can’t walk on it at all. This is so hard for me because I am a runner-it’s what I LOVE to do. I’m still getting tests done and seeing a surgeon and just trying to figure out what’s next. I was curious what injury you have? I love your blog, and now I can relate to you so much more. Hang in there!

  12. Glad to have found your blog and can’t wait to read more. I’m an injured runner myself…my last run was in September and its been a very hard 5 months! Stay strong!

  13. It's A Great Day To Be Alive said:

    Just found your blog and I love it already :) I love all your fun food creations!

  14. So, I was browsing the blog of a good friend of mine (Jaya’s always got load of fun stuff in her blog…and owes me a movie review to boot!) when I happened across a link to you blog.

    It looks interesting.

    Injuries and healing (particularly when they preclude one from engaging in athletic pursuits) is a topic that Jaya and I have discussed quite a bit and one that I personally have had lots of experience with.

    Very sorry to hear about your injury but pleased that I came across this most interesting site.

    I will have to poke around a bit more.

  15. hi! i just found your blog! i’m excited to read your posts — we have a lot of interests in common. :)

  16. Good evening (at least that is the time in Norway!)
    I just wanted to tell you that your blog is amazing- it is such an inspiration and a sourch of strength and motivation for other people who struggle.

    Feel proud of yourself for your voice, heart and determination.
    Wish you all the best,
    Hedda :)

  17. I am so glad I found your blog!!! What great posts you have and I can’t wait to read more :)

    I hope you feel better soon!

    XXOO

  18. Great to meet you- great blog!!!

  19. i love your focus and goals! moving forward is SO crucial when life derails us. keep your head up girl, and good things will follow :)
    -r

  20. so glad you found my blog and now I found yours :) your positive attitude is really motivating

  21. hey girl –
    i’ve seen you comment on a lot of blogs i read and you’re always so positive and encouraging!
    just wanted to say thanks for being a good influence out there… we need all the encouragement we can get!
    looking forward to reading more.
    – r

  22. Hey, I just wanted to pop over and check yours out! You have such a positive outlook, I can’t wait to keep reading. :-)

  23. Hi Jessica, I had to check out your blog. I always see your comments and think, “That girl is so sweet and inspiring. What is she healing from?” Now I know and I cannot wait to continue to read! Good luck girl, your positive attitude is going to get you SO FAR :)

  24. Hi Jess,
    I can completely relate to your injury situation! I hurt my back in March and WAS an avid exerciser. I’ve had to learn to cut back (alot) and it’s been challenging but I’m getting there! I will definitely keep checking back!

  25. Hey!
    I know the injury situation oh so well. Last summer I went cliff jumping (maybe not the smartest idea) and ended up landing on my tail bone. I was black and blue from my waist down and struggled for months…sitting, standing, sleeping…nothing was comfortable. Your blog inspires me….your are so right…everything is a process!! Time heals all!!
    I just recently started my own blog where I write about my struggles with food allergies and the substitutions I have to make.
    Can’t wait to keep reading your blog! I love your positive energy. Stay strong!
    Kerry

  26. Hi Jessica!

    I love your blog! I write at amylayneparadigm.com and would love to exchange links with you! I have added you to my list. Let me know what you think!

    Amy

  27. Your blog theme sounds very sweet and strong at the same time. Injuries suck and not that many people see the positive and overcome them. If I had any sort of authority I’d give the blog 5 stars. =)

  28. Rebekah said:

    I am curious how you are doing??? I am an avid runner, was training for a marathon and hoping to qualify for boston when I developed a stress fracture in my second metatarsal of the left foot. It took almost 4 months to heal! I started back running slowly and was also training for my first triatholon, this was in May. Well i just found out yesterday I have another stress fracture, this one is in my calcaneous bone on the left foot! I am flipping out. I feel like I can’t do this AGAIN!!!! Any words of wisdow would be much appreciated.

  29. After reading many of your blogs and your “about me” it seems we have much in common…in the way of the food we enjoy: peanut butter and jelly, oats with bananas and blueberries and frequent desserts! I love your blog! Can’t wait to read more!

    Tanya

  30. hi, i found you on livelaugheat and i love your about me. i’m a newbie trying figure out how to start my food blog.

    you’re so lucky to realize this at such a young age. keep going… you can do it!

  31. hi, i just found your blog– you have such an inspirational story, i cant wait to read more!

    have a great weekend,
    bec

  32. Really like your blog girl! We have a lot in common! Looking foward to reading, definitely adding you to my blog roll! =)

  33. fab: fit or flab said:

    Hi! I just started my own healty living blog and came across yours! Like what you’ve got going on here and look forward keeping up with you! :)

  34. Just wanted to say I love your blog ;)

    Is it OK if I add you to my blogroll?

  35. I love your blog and your genuine smile! All the food pictures look great!

  36. Its great to see someone who is so honest about overcoming an injury… I had 3 injuries in a row when I was a teen and it really can be a long process to over come them… best of luck with everything and I hope that you heal up!

  37. You are such an inspiration. Thank you! :)

  38. Emily Stone said:

    Hi,

    I came across your page recently and I just wanted to ask if you would please consider placing a link to my website called Dietspotlight.com? It’s a resource for readers looking to inform themselves on health and weight loss topics.

    If you think it would be of use to your visitors, would you please consider adding a link to my website on your page.

    Here is the HTML link you could use: Dietspotlight.com – the complete health and weight loss resource.

    Thanks and have a great day!

  39. Hi dear, I am sorry that I did not have the time to read about your particular injury but I wish to bless you with a certain knowledge nevertheless.
    Every morning as soon as you get up and last thing before you go to bed at night speak to the Almighty and ask his help to cure yourself – something like this – Oh God you have created me and know how to heal me. I thank you for hearing my prayer and healing me.” That is all you need to say but do mean it from the bottom of your heart and watch your injury heal itself. God Bless.

  40. I just came across your blog! I hope you have a quick recovery and I can’t wait to read more about you!

  41. This is very inspirational for me! You are strong and I hope to become as strong as you! I’m glad you’re able to cope without running. I’m still trying to learn and it’s pretty tough! I love your blog and I’m glad I found it! I can’t wait to read more!

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