January 17


New year, same world, more love

By Jessica Allen

January 17, 2021

Happy New Year!  

2021 has already come in like a lion, and it’s been tempting to fly into rage/despair/eyerolls on the current state of affairs.  Emotions are hot, tensions are high, and the stakes feel so high.  That kind of maxed-out living takes a toll on our minds and souls.  And in a season where we can’t afford poor health of any kind, it’s extra-important to get our heads and hearts right. (and drink lots of water and move our bodies and get plenty of Vitamin D.)

I have a couple updates for you, and a sneak-peek at what I’ve got coming your way this year.  

HP updates

I hope you followed on Facebook and/or Instagram for little daily nuggets on wellness, family relationships, grief, marriage, self-acceptance, and messy faith during the holidays. While the posts were certainly holiday-themed, their central truths apply to our lives no matter the season, and I hope they’ll continue to bless you throughout the year. I’m embarrassingly overdue on posting the rest of our December Stocking Stuffers on the blog. I’m so so sorry. They’re coming, I promise.

Our little blog got herself a makeover! Please let me know if the new version of the site isn’t looking right on your end. I’m learning new technology tricks all the time and it’s a lot of “failing forward” to success.

And speaking of learning, I’ve learned some valuable things about us, our Heartfully Present community as a whole.

What I learned about us in 2020:

  • We are not afraid to lean into the hard stuff, and we’re the most remarkably resilient people I know.
  • We know a fulfilling life, marriage, career, ministry, and faith all take intention and hard work.
  • There are some universal heartaches we all experience at some point in our lives, and we want to grow through them.
  • We find great comfort in knowing we’re not alone, and in sharing that encouragement with other people.
  • The goals we tend to set typically go beyond dollars, scoreboards, and pant sizes (although those goals are worthy and worth pursuing!).
  • We aren’t noisy or splashy.  We like to have great, quiet conversations where we can be honest and take off our armor.  

I love everything about you; about us.  A bunch of souls with the desire for wellness and abundance, peace and acceptance, love and fulfillment in our lives.

So here’s what I’ve got planned for us in 2021.

I sat down on New Years Day and wrote out 192 things (ONE HUNDRED NINETY-TWO) we’re all carrying in our proverbial knapsacks. Little weights that keep us from peace, like guilt, doubt, comparison, our complex roles as parents and adult children and spouses, changing your mind, embarrassment, forks in the road, communication, time management, trust, rejection, fear, judgement, traumatic loss, and about 175 more. 

Being human can feel complicated with all that extra weight. So we’re going to sort through it all together.

This year, you’ll hear from me:

  • daily on social media with quick thoughts on some of those mental blocks
  • weekly via email with stories of my own personal experience with some of those challenges, particularly grief and marriage, and…
  • twice monthly here on the blog to tackle some of the bigger, heavier things we all need help with in our relationships and thought lives. 

I want to hear from you too, about what topics you’d like to see us tackle, and what you’d like to receive from me!  I know you don’t have space for spam, time for fluff, or energy for anything that doesn’t serve you well. 

Because this has been a YEAR. A whole year full of a pandemic and politics and disappointments and stress and worry and total surrender to whatever the future will bring. Yet hopefully it’s also brought us to listen more intently, trust more wholly, reflect more deeply, connect more thoughtfully, hold plans more loosely, and treasure people more dearly.  What do you want to learn more and do differently this year?  Drop a note below, message me on IG or FB, or send me an old fashioned email at [email protected].  

I’ve never been more thankful for the choices I’ve made, both the good and the bad, that’ve led me to exactly where I am right now.  I love unpacking things that matter, and I especially love having you along for the ride. 

Heart FULLY present,


Jessica Allen

About the author

Jessica is a writer, musician, entrepreneur, wife, and mom. Jessica's mission is to write "real" - shining light into the dark places of the tough stuff we all experience. She and her husband Jack live in Houston, Texas and have weathered the storms of grief, infant loss, adoption, and a marriage that almost fell apart. Jessica and Jack have four children: LJ in heaven, Grace, Jackson, and Elisha.

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