Memories of September 11

This post first appeared two years ago on my photography website. I have updated it slightly to share with you today.

____________________________

Twelve years ago, I was the ripe old age of 16. That year, I got my driver’s license and gracefully knocked down a light pole in my friend’s front yard while backing out. I went on a family vacation on the BEST Disney Cruise in the WHOLE WORLD. I will never forget that cruise, or the belly button ring I came home with from St. Thomas – or my grandfather’s laughter when we (my sister did it too) told him that his “souvenir” money paid for the piercing.

When school started in August, I was enjoying my Junior year. I had the best teachers that year and was ready for anything! My sights were set on college and the future was in my hands.

Then, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 8:46am EST in New York City, our whole future changed. My high school had televisions in most classrooms but we didn’t find out about the attacks until 2nd period, which was about 9:30am EST. My 2nd period English teacher was pulled from the classroom by someone making the rounds, and when he returned, the TV was immediately turned on to broadcast the breaking news and coverage of the events in NYC.

Personal-Chicago-Photography-NYC (1)

I don’t think I took a breath or felt my body for an hour. I still feel that way sometimes when I think about this day.

The past 12 years have been full of so many changes. I graduated high school, went to college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, got a business degree in Real Estate & Finance, got a job right out of school in Chicago working for a commercial real estate firm, met my [future] husband, started my photography business, married my husband, endured a deployment to Iraq with my husband, married my husband again (!), got a puppy, lived in a total of 10 homes/apartments, and adopted a second puppy.

Life has been great – but in the back of my mind, Tuesday, September 11, 2001 lives on.

Today we remember the lives that were lost and sacrificed on that day and as a result of that day. We will never, ever forget.

Personal-Chicago-Photography-NYC (2)

productivity for working moms

welcome!

I'm Jessica!

I used to glorify "busy." If I wasn't busy, I wasn't doing enough. But when I became a mama, my entire outlook shifted.

 

The only way out involved a complete overhaul of my time, money & communication systems.

 

Today, I'm doing LESS and achieving more.

It's a productivity dream!

I'm still learning (and always will be!), but my purpose here is to help YOU achieve this level of space in your life too.

 

So grab your (hot) coffee & read on >>

free tools

Clear the Clutter Guide

Clear your mind and home of the clutter that contributes most to your burden without burning it all down, escaping to a hotel, or continuing along the path of overwhelm.

 

Get the Guide >>

Home Management Balance Guide

Balance your home management responsibilities in your dual-career household without the passive-aggressive arguments, half-done work, or tit-for-tat scorekeeping.

 

Get the Guide >>

Not today, thank you!

Download your free No Spend Challenge Starter Kit below and join the list so I can help you nail that journey towards margin with encouragement and actionable productivity strategies in all areas of your home and work life.

Download your free Goal Refresh Guide below and join the list so I can help you nail that journey towards margin with encouragement and actionable productivity strategies in all areas of your home and work life.

Download your free Weekend Renewal Guide below and join the list so I can help you nail that journey towards margin with encouragement and actionable productivity strategies in all areas of your home and work life.

Download your free Productivity Quick Wins Cheat Sheet below and join the list so I can help you nail that journey towards margin with encouragement and actionable productivity strategies in all areas of your home and work life.

Get your free Clear the Clutter Guide below and join the list so I can help you nail that journey towards margin with encouragement and actionable productivity strategies in all areas of your home and work life.

Get your free Home Management Balance Guide below and join the list so I can help you nail that journey towards margin with encouragement and actionable productivity strategies in all areas of your home and work life.