Start Your Week Right Sunday: Links and Goals

start your week right- Jessica Lawlor

Photo of the week: A little yoga everywhere I go- I had a blast during my mini-vacation in OCNJ last week.

Start your week right! Every Sunday I post my favorite links from around the web and share my goals for the upcoming week.


On Blogging:

The Nerds-Eye View on Blog Comments- Why They’re Awesome and Also Completely Unimportant: I personally love blog comments (and respond to every single one), but it’s no secret that comments aren’t as popular as they used to be in blogging. Trish Sammer Johnston explains in this post for Scribewise.

On Travel:

Why You Should Leave Work Behind To Travel: If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling the world, this post by Susan Shain for Leaving Work Behind is a must-read.

On Reaching Your Goals:

Busting Through Creative Biz Blocks: My friend Misti Patrella recently became a certified life and business coach and is aiming to reach a goal of coaching 50 creative entrepreneurs by the end of the year. To achieve this goal, she’s giving away FREE 30 minute blockBUSTER sessions! Be sure to snag your spot!

On Life:

When Life Beats Out Business: Coming off the heels of the World Domination Summit (I MUST attend next year), Alexis Grant came to some important conclusions about life and business. I especially love what she learned about the “driven life” vs. the “drifting life.”

The 1 Thing You Are Not Responsible For: A gentle reminder from yoga instructor Caren Baginski that applies to both the practice and life: “you are not responsible for another person’s experience.”

This Week on

For The Pursuit of Happiness: The story of what a complete stranger said to me that completely changed my outlook on life.


  • Have a successful first meeting with the advisor of the newly-formed Temple Women’s Network, an alumni association for Temple women. I’m so excited to share that I was elected president of this awesome group and I can’t wait to get started!
  • Get back in the swing of things after my mini-vacation last week. I have a busy few weeks coming up at work, as well as on the blog/biz. I’m still working on updating a few of the main pages of my blog and will have a detailed post about that process later this week.

Have any links or goals you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments!

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For The Pursuit Of Happiness

pursuit of happiness- Jessica LawlorIn June I went on a cruise with my mom and sister to celebrate Jamie’s college graduation.

If you’ve never been on a cruise before, you may not know that you’re often assigned a seat in the dining room with complete strangers to fill up an entire table.

My tiny party of three was assigned to a table with a family of five from a small town in the South and two ladies traveling together from Texas. I was absolutely fascinated by one of the women at the table.

Stunningly beautiful, well-traveled and clearly smart and savvy, this woman, Kim, had upended her small-town life a couple of years prior and moved to St. Thomas, part of the beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands.

Immediately wanting to know her entire life story, I began peppering her with questions, starting with:

What made you move to St. Thomas?

Her answer surprised me.

Without missing a beat, she smiled and said, “For the pursuit of happiness.”

I was completely taken aback.

Here I was waiting for an entire story…an “Oh, I found a new job in St. Thomas” or “I moved to be closer to my boyfriend” or some other seemingly “logical” reason.

But her simply stated answer was perfect.

No elaborate backstory needed.

Kim had made a massive change in her life simply to find happiness.

(Now, obviously I know there’s likely more to the story that Kim didn’t share with our 10-table dinner table, but I’m sticking with the fairytale inspiring version of this story, because it’s more about her attitude and less about her reasons)

When was the last time you made a big decision or did something simply to be…happy?

I definitely don’t do it enough, but Kim’s answer to my question certainly made me think more about how I can continue to pursue happiness without needing a logical explanation or elaborate reasoning for my decisions and actions.

Because really, you don’t need to explain yourself or your decisions to anyone. At the end of the day, you need to make the decisions that are right for you…and if they lead you toward happiness? Well, that’s a beautiful thing.

I’m looking forward to the day someone asks me why I did something or why I made a certain decision and I’ll simply smile and say, “I did it for the pursuit of happiness.”

How can you “pursue happiness” more in your every day life, through both small and large decisions? Share your thoughts in the comments below.