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Hi! I'm Jackie and I'm so happy you're here.

Wow life is messy…am I right? Where's the manual? I have so many life lessons I want to share with you. I write about everything I've learned from my fruitful and failed relationships, parenting my beautifully unique daughter, my divorce and dating again, and how all of these things tossed around in a bowl of love have helped me to live my truth. My hope is that by sharing my messy life experiences I can give some clarity to yours and inspire you to live your truth.

Welcome! Buckle up, keep your hands inside, and enjoy your ride! Whoohoo!

Here's how my blog works. I tell funny (and not so funny) stories about my life and you laugh because you can relate...or cry because you can relate...or scream because you can relate. 

Either way, we've sparked a connection.

My hope is that whatever your reaction may be, you will learn something transformative about yourself, your family, your kids, your relationships, or the other people around you (strangers), and you will gain a fresh perspective. Fingers-crossed, you'll gain a perspective that gets you a wee bit closer to living your truth which, I believe, will bring abundant happiness into your life.

I'm a bit of a junky when it comes to learning from and discussing the dynamics of relationships (I've had some doozies), parenting, child-development, self-improvement, women's issues, divorce, and marriage. I really like to get in there and drill down to the soft gooey center of what makes us all interconnected.

I also share the wisdom I've gained parenting my brilliant and beautiful lesbian teenage daughter. Folks, it pains me to admit it but, she's taught me more in the past 16 years than I ever learned in the previous 30.

 
                My daughter and I on her 16th birthday

                My daughter and I on her 16th birthday

I also have the honor of helping to parent Todd's beautiful daughters Jenna and Alicia.

My husband Todd and I in our favorite city and hometown...Chicago

My husband Todd and I in our favorite city and hometown...Chicago

To navigate the site, click on the "hamburger" (three stacked lines) in the upper left corner (lower left on mobile) and you can choose the topics you're interested in reading about and please please please give me your feedback. Good or bad, I can take it - or I'll just delete it if I can't. I'm kidding. Seriously, I love it when people comment! Lay it on me...

Picking a name for my blog was the most difficult part so I grabbed the dictionary to find a word that best described my intentions for my blog. Edify means "to teach in a way that improves the mind and character". I hope my blog can help you improve your mind and character.

I welcome other people to share their inspirational stories on my blog or other bloggers to post relevant articles, so click Guest Bloggers Wanted if you'd like to contribute. 

Okay now for the shameless begging of your support... if you enjoy my blog, please consider subscribing to my monthly newsletter and sharing my posts (share buttons to the left - bottom on mobile) with folks you think could benefit, and hey meet me on Facebook and like my page. Thank you! Your kindness is truly appreciated...you're beautiful! 

If you'd like to collaborate please email me directly at info@edifymeblog.com.

I came across this quote during the most challenging time in my life, and it forever altered my future.

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