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Jessica Benassi
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Attended Illinois Central College
Lives in Peoria, IL
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When life hands you lemons, paint a mural.
It's 3:00 in the morning and I started to tell the story of how this mural came to be, but I got tired, so I'm just going to show you a bunch of pictures of how great the process of creating it was, and tell you who made it happen. Because a lot of people w...
It's 3:00 in the morning and I started to tell the story of how this mural came to be, but I got tired, so I'm just going to show you a bunch of pictures of how great the process of creating it was, and tell you who made it h...
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When I Was 8
A little while ago, I realized that whenever I talked about being a kid and the subject of how old I was during any event came up, I would say that I was 8. The truth is, in comparison to most people I know, I have very few solid memories of my childhood. I...
A little while ago, I realized that whenever I talked about being a kid and the subject of how old I was during any event came up, I would say that I was 8. The truth is, in comparison to most people I know, I have very few s...
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Father's Day, Minor Setbacks and Small Victories
So, apparently I was a little naive about this whole depression "thing." It's not really a "thing." I have depression. It's not a phase. I thought I was over the worst of it...and then the worst of it came roaring back. I've been having a bit of a terrible ...
So, apparently I was a little naive about this whole depression "thing." It's not really a "thing." I have depression. It's not a phase. I thought I was over the worst of it...and then the worst of it came roaring back. I've ...
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Sometimes the Dove Dies.
I found my anger the other day. After months of sadness and nothing and hardcore social anxiety, I found my anger. My therapist had encouraged this moment, telling me that not only was anger ok, but that it was valid and that she wanted me to feel it. I had...
I found my anger the other day. After months of sadness and nothing and hardcore social anxiety, I found my anger. My therapist had encouraged this moment, telling me that not only was anger ok, but that it was valid and that...
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Everything is just fine
I read this story yesterday and was struck by the sentence:  "It's OK to not be OK. It's OK to show people you're not OK." Because ...of course...it's not ok to be not ok...because everything must be just fine. People are uncomfortable when things aren't fi...
I read this story yesterday and was struck by the sentence: "It's OK to not be OK. It's OK to show people you're not OK." Because ...of course...it's not ok to be not ok...because everything must be just fine. People are unco...
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Un-tangled
I'm learning lessons...so many lessons. I'm learning that I really, really want to help people and I'm really good at dispensing advice designed to help...but... I never really knew anything. I used to do what everybody does when they encounter "sad" people...
I'm learning lessons...so many lessons. I'm learning that I really, really want to help people and I'm really good at dispensing advice designed to help...but... I never really knew anything. I used to do what everybody doe...
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Garbage Day
I wanted to come up with a better title for this post but my dogs are being really distracting and I've only had one cup of coffee and I think part of my brain is broken. I'm not even sure really what I want this post to be about...I just know that I feel l...
I wanted to come up with a better title for this post but my dogs are being really distracting and I've only had one cup of coffee and I think part of my brain is broken. I'm not even sure really what I want this post to be a...
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Feathers
I wrote a while back about being the subject of a LOT of local gossip and rumors, and how painful it was to be the subject of such horrible things. At the time, I didn't get into specifics, but in addition to the emotional toll, the financial toll was prett...
I wrote a while back about being the subject of a LOT of local gossip and rumors, and how painful it was to be the subject of such horrible things. At the time, I didn't get into specifics, but in addition to the emotional to...
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Lilly Pulitzer and How We Shame Ourselves
So the internet is freaking out today about Lilly Pulitzer because of this image in a New York Magazine article: Shortly after the shit hit the fan, Lilly Pulitzer sent an e-mail to the Huffington Post, saying:  “These illustrations were the work of one ind...
So the internet is freaking out today about Lilly Pulitzer because of this image in a New York Magazine article: Shortly after the shit hit the fan, Lilly Pulitzer sent an e-mail to the Huffington Post, saying: “These illus...
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Everything is just fine
I read this story yesterday and was struck by the sentence:  " It's OK to not be OK. It's OK to show people you're not OK." Because ...of course...it's not ok to be not ok...because everything must be just fine. People are uncomfortable when things aren't f...
I read this story yesterday and was struck by the sentence: "It's OK to not be OK. It's OK to show people you're not OK." Because ...of course...it's not ok to be not ok...because everything must be just fine. People are unco...
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Kierkegaard's Parable of the Geese
My therapist shared this story with me the other day - she thought it dealt really well with one of the frustrations that I've had in the past as a community activist, and... ...yes. It totally does. And it's worth passing on: A certain flock of geese lived...
My therapist shared this story with me the other day - she thought it dealt really well with one of the frustrations that I've had in the past as a community activist, and... ...yes. It totally does. And it's worth passing on...
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He ate the light...
"He ate the light..." is a quote from the movie " Jaws. " Taken completely out of context, this quote could mean just about anything. For me, right now, I'm in this weird place where I'm trying to find my joy again. I feel like I had this light in me, and n...
"He ate the light..." is a quote from the movie "Jaws." Taken completely out of context, this quote could mean just about anything. For me, right now, I'm in this weird place where I'm trying to find my joy again. I feel like...
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Occupation
Self Employed
Skills
Design, event planning, business management
Employment
  • Blue
    Owner, 2009 - present
  • Hey Lola
    Owner, 2003 - present
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Peoria, IL
Story
Tagline
I just want to be better than I was yesterday.
Introduction
I make things over at www.loveheylola.com. I rant and rave about things over at www.loveandlime.com. I own a little tavern called "Blue" with my husband, and we work there all of the time. We have zero children and 5 dogs. Sometimes we foster dogs. I also volunteer with dogs. We really, really like dogs. Really.
Bragging rights
Self employed. It's one of the greatest things I've ever done.
Education
  • Illinois Central College
    Biology
  • Bradley University
    Biology
  • New York Institute of Design
    Event Planning
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Gender
Female
Other names
Gilmer