Get to Know The Lifestyle Collective
It is my friendships and circle of community that has supported me through hardships and tough decisions, and ultimately to #success. This blog is meant to share my story: #marriage / #parenting fails and triumphs, #business and #entrepreneur ideas, and a focus on a #growthmindset. My mission is to empower women in business. To get there, it takes shifts in all areas of our lives.
Welcome to the 'The Lifestyle Collective'.
Stack your deck with amazing people. When you surround yourself with like-minded, positive, forward thinking minds, nothing is out of your reach.
Let me start here... I come from a very loving family that LOVES HARD, but like all families, it has its fair share of dysfunction. I was born Jessica Jane Lee and adopted by my mother's husband at 6yrs old; my name was changed to Jessica Jane Lozach. I was bullied most of my childhood and then deep into my teens, and I lived a "blue collar" family life, in a town that was growing into a "white collar" corporate, transient town. Everything that I am going to share with you in future blogs, will share that nothing has come easy, and looking back- I am fortunate that it didn't. Although I still work to release those layers that were caused by trauma and hardships, I would have never grown to care so much for others, and with such a passion to support women, if I wasn't challenged by life's hard moments. It all has made me exactly who I am today.
Today, I love him. LOL
I smile hard as I write this because it's true. Woah Nelly, this has been a rollercoaster. If I told you that I have screamed that I want a divorce one million times, I'd be lying... it's about two million or more. I met my husband at twenty-one in a bar on a blind date. I thought I was going out with friends, but he knew I was coming. For this first intro, I am going to stop at the first meeting at the bar.... trying to keep this classy-ish. We got engaged when I was twenty-three, married at twenty-four, pregnant at twenty-five, and our first child at twenty-six. I had anxiety just writing that! My second son came along three and a half years later, and I was running three full time businesses at one point. In a nutshell, my thirties almost killed me. To be continued...
My Three Sons
AKA, My Everything. Being a #boymom has been the perfect fit. Who knew?
My boys are currently six, thirteen, and seventeen. Trying to manage vowel sounds, puberty, and pre-adult independence all at one time takes more skills than being a Ring Master at the circus. Never mind that their personalities are very different which requires different parenting tactics. I am writing this all while in the coronavirus pandemic age, so shit, put me on the tight rope too. BUT THEN... the moments that come out when they show their beautiful, empathetic souls... The times they interact and "coach" their brothers to be better humans... The LAUGHTER! It happens so often in my house. These are the moments that I remember that hard is ok, and life is meant to challenge you, causing you to be reflective and grow.
The Joy is in the Journey, you just have to know where to look.
“Sometimes life takes you into a dark place where you feel it's impossible to breathe. You think you've been buried, but don't give up, because if truth be told, you've actually been planted.” ―Karen Gibbs.
I share the above quote because it felt right. You will see this about me in future posts. I am not concerned any longer with how people may judge me, and I will deliver an #authentic, #unedited version of #mystory. I am only concerned with helping others through the moments they feel are impossible. This is my way of passing on the gift that others gave to me and allowed me to grow.
You will also come to realize that I am not religious, but I do have a strong #spiritual outlook. There was a moment in my life that I believe I had a divine intervention from Mary. Yup, the Mother of Jesus. It is odd even writing that since I don't even attend church, but it is true for me, and allowed me to push on in a season of life that felt as though I was drowning. I hope you will stay here and follow the journey. The JOY is in the JOURNEY, you just have to know where to look.
Love and Success,
Jessica Jane Mancini