Yesterday, I packed up my HomeGoods Happy desk and walked out the TJX doors for the last time. When I got in the car, Roar by Katy Perry was playing on the radio and the moment almost didn’t feel real. I haven’t had the most ideal time since returning in January but I am still thankful for the years that I spent there as I learned a lot about marketing and even more about myself. Most importantly, I met some wonderful individuals. Some that I know our bonds will last far beyond the TJX walls. 

I had just gotten “associate of the quarter” so lucky for my co-workers, my mug will be up in the cafe for a little bit longer in case they miss me. ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸผMandy girl, give it a tap on water loops. ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿผ#missmyworkwifealready

SO, what’s next for me?! I’m really excited to say that I will be starting on Friday with the ALS TDI, a nonprofit in Cambridge that focuses solely on finding a cure for ALS. I will be continuing in the marketing field and (hopefully) bringing my digital expertise and ideas to the organization. I am so excited about this opportunity as my hope is that I can feel more passionate about my work and know that I am contributing to something that really matters. Hopefully, the work I do will help make a difference in people’s lives. It’s a BIG change from what I’ve done in the past but change is always a good thing and I have a feeling this is a good thing. 

But before I begin with the new company, I get a three day pup-ternity. Yup, that’s right. Three blissful days as a stay-at-home-pup-mom. I’ve waited, literally, years for this little fur baby to come home so I can barely believe that she’s actually sitting on my lap as I write this post! Mike and I picked Miss Phoebe up Friday and it was one of the most exciting moments of my life. She already is bringing us so much joy and even more snuggles!

Is she not the cutest little thing in the world? 

On my to-do list today was clean the house, organize my clothes, do some errands, workout, do yoga, get some paperwork done and play with Phoebe. Here’s what I checked off the list: played with Phoebe. I am writing this, still in my pajamas, snuggled on the couch with my little angel and so the fact that I got “nothing” done today is okay. You don’t get too many days like this and so I’m smiling thinking about the mommy and fur baby bonding day we got to have. With the risk of sounding self-indulgent, I’d say I deserve it. 

Lastly, I want to say thank you to everybody who’s been so kind and supportive to me over the past (almost) 2 years. Being able to move on from TJX and also become a pup mom is a big step for me and I couldn’t have done it without the support I’ve felt from the many many incredible people in my life. 

Lots of love, light & puppy kisses,



10 thoughts on “Pup-ternity

  1. Sooooooooooo happy for you with your new job and your very adorable pup. Keep the pictures coming and may your new job be a place where you can achieve and share the best of who you are!!
    Much love,

  2. Hi Jess,

    Your furbaby time and new job are both well deserved. Enjoy every minute! Well, little miss Phoebe is as cute as can be and changes with every photo you post. I can feel the “puppy love” and there’s nothing better! So happy for you and Mike ๐Ÿ˜˜ So adorable…all three of you! โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ Hugs, Aunt Cathy

  3. I think Phoebe looks just like Mike (just kidding!) She is adorable!! Enjoy every minute she is a puppy and sit in your pajamas and snuggle her! Time is so fleeting and grabbing some of that is never wrong. I was sorry to hear about you leaving TJX – their loss and definitely ALS has gained a great person to help spread the word for more research on this terrible disease. Your life is changing, Jess, in so many ways and all of them positive. Whenever I feel down or upset I read your blog and instantly feel inspired!! Though you have been through some very tough times, you have inspired so many people with your positivity. I think you deserve the term Dr. Jess for your warmth, love and compassion you give back despite everything…you are my hero!!

    • Oh Deb, thank you. That was so sweet it made me tear up. I am really excited about this new opportunity and even more excited about our little puppy princess. She already has Mike wrapped around her little paw! I hope you’re doing well, and enjoy the holiday season! Lots of love!

  4. Phoebe is the cutest puppy ever! I am so happy for the both of you! She appears to
    know she got the best pup-parents on the block!

    Your blog is such an honor and privilege to read! You have such a talent to speak from your soul! The title is perfect! You have taken the initiative to inspire with your true nature and spirit. Despite and maybe because of your love, joy, spirit, pain, frustrations, cancer and humanity.
    I agree with Deb above! You will continue to shine in all that you continue to do on your journey.
    Hope to see you, Mike & Phoebe soon!
    Peace, blessings and love always!

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