Hi! I’m Jess, the writer and photographer behind the scenes here on Jest Kept Secret, and I’m so glad you’re here!

I believe that we were created by a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to have joy in our lives—now, not just when life is “perfect.” Like you, I’ve had my share of hard moments. I was single until the age of 31 in a faith community that encourages marriage and families. I’ve moved more times than I can count. I’ve left jobs, lost jobs, and been jobless for months. I’ve lost loved ones, and I’m currently struggling with infertility. I’ve struggled to make ends meet, and I’ve been hurt to the bottom of my heart.

And through it all, I’ve learned that even when life is hard—and let’s face it, when is it not?—we can still find and cultivate real and lasting joy.

I am passionate about helping you find your joy by celebrating the everyday moments that put a smile on your face, taking time to enjoy soul-soothing recreation, expressing yourself through creative outlets, embracing a more intentional lifestyle, building communities of love and support, and most importantly, strengthening faith in Jesus Christ.

Anyway, welcome to Jest Kept Secret, you wonderful human. We’re gonna be best friends.


P.S. If you want to know a little bit more about me, here are 25 random facts. 😉