Meet Me Monday: Staci Jackson

Staci Jackson is one of my people. You’ve heard me talk about her a lot on this blog. When we met, I want to say seven years ago? Staci was writing for her brilliantly named blog, My Friend Staci. I liked Staci instantly. She’s been a long-time a dear friend to me. She and her husband, Doug, even opened their home to us when we went to San Diego in January. Two years ago, Staci, along with her sister Stephanie and I, all started the Virtual Book Club together. Since then, Staci has launched The Voyageer–a travel website full of tips and tricks and honest reviews. The Voyageer is a travel resource that you should have bookmarked. Or follow along on Facebook and Instagram to keep updates in your face!

Anyway, please enjoy this conversation with Staci and just try to keep her excitement about the future from infecting your attitude going forward on this Monday morning.

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How do you want to introduce yourself to these readers?

Hello! I’m Staci! This is awkward… introductions are so difficult! “I contain multitudes” right? I am thirty years old, married with no kids, #metoo and #blacklivesmatter supporter, heavily invested in social media, transitioning jobs, and navigating the line between being happy with myself the way I am and “there’s always room for improvement.”

What gets you out of the bed in the morning?

My future!! I just celebrated my last day at an office job I’d had for four years. The job provided stability, a paycheck, and vacation days, but the day to day tasks were frustrating and draining.

I am now working for myself as a travel blogger and real estate agent. The excitement of learning new things, exploring corners of the world, becoming a boss lady, and finding people the home that’s right for them fills me with vitality that I haven’t had for a while. Every day I wake up impatient to take steps toward my big moves.

 What word/ phrase resonates the most in your life?

“The long and winding road that leads to your door.” This Beatles lyric is one I wanted to get tattooed on my feet in college. At the time, it jumped out to me because I was in the midst of a long distance relationship following a couple years of sitcom-grade “will they/won’t they” flirty ambivalence.

Now, I feel it’s still applicable on a more spiritual level. Life moves us through many phases and it’s impossible to plan or predict what will happen. We do our best to plan and mitigate risk, but it is a long surprising path until we each meet our end.

What does your ideal day look like?

Wake up and feed the pupper. Go for a jog (I am not a runner but in my ideal day, I am). Then I get brunch on a weekday; weekday non-busy brunch is my favorite. Then I do some blog brainstorming and write a handful of outlines for future posts. Spend the rest of the day window shopping at some of my favorite small businesses. I would end the day cooking at home with my husband (did you know you can use Blue Apron recipes even if you aren’t a subscriber?) and then get comfy on the couch to catch up on one of my favorite shows such as New Girl, Brooklyn 99, or Outlander.

Libby, thanks so much for hosting Meet Me Monday; I have begun following everyone you’ve featured so far, all inspiring people living their best lives. I’m so glad to be a part of it!

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That last part was probably just for me but I wanted to leave it in to encourage you to go out there and follow all the cool people you’ve met through Meet Me Monday. And let them know where you found them!
It’s vulnerable to introduce yourself in this way and it feels really good when someone seeks you out to say, “Hey, you said something that really resonated with me.” So go ahead and do that for people every now and again.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Please enjoy the week ahead of you.


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