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The Misadventures of Messie Jessie

Why I Am Totally OK with Streaming Media Content For Which I Did Not Pay May 10, 2016

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Because if I made even 1/10th of what most of those high-rollers make, I would definitely give free content to people who do not make as much money as I do.

Oh wait – I already do give away free content to folks who cannot afford it. So, yeah. I am even more ok with not paying now.


PS: technically this makes me a pirate. Even better.

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This image is basically the entire reason for this post.


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Top 5 Benefits of a Massive 2nd-Degree Curling Iron Burn on Your Neck March 25, 2016

Filed under: All about me,Top 5's — Messie Jessie @ 9:24 am
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  1. Not only am I certain that my curling iron still works, but I am able to roughly gauge just how hot it gets. “Blistering hot”, to be precise.
  2. You are able to discern if people are actually listening to you, or just feigning attention. Eyes that wander to your neck is a dead giveaway.
  3. It is a chance to finally try out that sexy side-swept-hair-covering-face look. Bonus points because the style requires NO HEAT.
  4. One is forced to contemplate the subjective passage of time as you rummage through the first aid supplies, only to discover they all expired in 2013. (Even though that was technically 3 years ago, it really does not feel like it was that far in the past. So that Neosporin must still be good, right?)
  5. I now know the universal magic words to getting any same-day appointment are “I think it’s infected”.

Come on, you are all thinking it. So, for the record: it is NOT a hickey, ALRIGHT?


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Just a Quick Update March 10, 2016

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So remember a few weeks ago when I was all like “I’m blogging for 15 minutes EVERY DAY!”

Yeah. About that.

Trust me – I did not forget, nor did I change my mind. I have lots of ideas. And I actually have been working on one post for over a week at this point, stalled from spending far too long turning myself into a pirate. (Get excited about that, folks).

I don’t know if you realize but these posts also take way more than 15 minutes to write. Like, at least a solid hour for a few paragraphs and humorous pics. And, honestly? Sometimes I want to use that hour working on other things.

Things like:

  • learning to make my own clothes (totally rad, I know),
  • getting outside,
  • ramping up my exercise routine,
  • considering professional licensure,
  • doing amazing things with amazing people

All this to say, I’m here and I am not going anywhere. I just won’t be here every day.

Now, get off the internet and go do some amazing stuff with some equally amazing folks.


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The Mastery of Writing and Teeth Brushing February 24, 2016

Malcolm Gladwell (*nerd girl swoon) wrote about the 10,000 Hour Rule in his book Outliers. Basically, the 10,000 Hour Rule claims that if you spend 10,000 hours of deliberate practice at something — anything — you will have achieved mastery of that skill. Even if you totally suck at whatever that skill is, after 10,000 hours you will become an expert.

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Yesterday when I published my last post, I was super nervous before hitting the “publish” button. So nervous in fact, that I almost didn’t publish it at all. I was filled with fear that the people I know would silently judge me; that people I respect would think my ideas and writing skills were crap. I was not sure if I was okay with making myself vulnerable in that way.

But then I thought to myself, “come on now, girl. You can’t seriously have spent the time to finally write something after THREE AND A HALF YEARS of silence on this blog, only to trash it?” I was right, I could not.

Later that night, I got to thinking about all the writers and bloggers I admire, and how I (in no way) measure up to them. I realized I am jealous that they can nail a piece of work, seemingly right from the start. How do they produce such amazing content, every darn time?

Oh, yeah. The 10,0000 Hour Rule.

I realized that, my favs, they too produce their share of crap. I just never see it. I only read the 10,000th hour delights.

Then I started to wonder – “so what exactly AM I an expert at? What have I spent 10,000 hours practicing?”

If you think of 10,000 hours in terms of working a 40-hour a week job, that breaks down to 4 years and 11 months of deliberate practice.10000 hours 2

What skills have I spent almost 5 years of full time work practicing? Here’s what I came up with (minus the obvious facets of being alive, such as sleeping, breathing, cellular mitosis, etc.):

  1. My actual job
  2. Typing on a keyboard
  3. Watching TV
  4. Responding to emails


But seriously, according to this rule, I haven’t even yet mastered brushing my teeth (by my calculations, I’ve only spent 4 years and 6 months on that particular skill).

Confession: I did originally have on that list “the act of writing”, because I have physically written a lot of stuff in my lifetime. We all have. But I took it off because I cannot say I have spent 10,000 hours crafting writing – which brings me back to my point.

I cannot worry about crafting the perfect work every darn time. I just have not spent enough time working on it yet. Which is why I am doing exactly that right now.

By my calculations, I’ve only got 8,436 hours left. Roughly.


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The Pet Peeve Chronicles: Misconceptions About Human Bodily Processes August 17, 2012

Filed under: All about me,Pet Peeves — Messie Jessie @ 8:25 pm
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This installment of the Pet Peeve Chronicles is best expressed through a recent email exchange:


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Yes, that was a real email. Yes, I was emailing about pooping. Yes, if you exchange emails with me, you too can expect the topic of poop to plop out at some point.

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Still Bloggin’, Still Pimpin’: Pimp UR Blog, Episode 2 NOW AVAILABLE! May 21, 2012

Hey guys, remember that time I (co)wrote and (co)published an ebook? That was pretty awesome. Know what’s more awesome? Doing it a second time.

That’s right, Pimp UR Blog has released its second episode: Increase Search Results with Articles and Feeds!

Need a refresher on this ebook I speak of? Click HERE to learn more.

Episode Two starts with a discussion on aspects of engaging an audience. We then cover all sorts of crazy technical details of the software we use, which examines the interaction between blog technologies and social media produce Google search results. It’s our computer-savvy, techie-geekish episode of the series, but if that’s your thing this is the book for you.

You could also buy it because you love my blog and want to read some totally amazing stuff I wrote about blogging.

Pimp ur Blog Episode Two: Increase Search Results with Articles and Feeds, like the first $.99 eBook in the Pimp ur Blog series, Pimp ur Blog Episode One: Boost Search Results with Social Bookmarking, will be available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Smashwords, Goodreads, and multiple other e-reader and online eBook websites.

Click HERE to get your copy now!


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True Story of a Teenage Termagant May 17, 2012



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