Tuesday, October 14, 2014

are we in the clear yet?

 
have you heard this yet?
or am i the only one who stays up until midnight to buy new music?
maybe just me? 
okay then.

but really, i'm in tuesday obsesh mode over this jam.
because how may of us have been in certain relationships where we constantly question when the solid ground will come, if ever?
when that feeling of fragility and the rush that comes alongside it will become something real or if it all ends tomorrow?
{raises both hands}

i'm probably a bit biased because this describes that summer roller-coaster relationship of mine to a tee.
{i swear she reads my journal}
or maybe she's just forever my girl and i'm reveling in her pop trasition mode.
but either way, you should probably click download.
you'll thank me one day.
xoxo.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

share a coke with tolkien

before i moved my sweet little piano students came over with tons of fabulous {blackhawks} themed gifts.  
gifts that now make up the decor of my blackhawks themed bathroom.
yep, i went there peeps.
{it's the one NOT classy part of my house and i am totes okay with this.}

however, alongside all my cute, fun new hockey things their sweet mother included an "emergency" stash of diet coke.
although when it comes to me and diet coke everyday is an emergency, per say, but this was even better than a free 12 pack of my go-go juice.
she had attached a motivational quote to each of the cans for me to crack open on days where i needed that extra push.
{genius much?}

today after i got home from church,
which when you are living in a city with no friends close by and no roommates feels an awful lot like you're the kid whose parents moved halfway through the school year and you have to go into an already settled kindergarten classroom with just you and your louboutins,
i cracked open some inspiration, 
that happened to come from thee ever classic Tolkien himself,
and realized how lucky i am to be a girl off living her biggest dreams.
 
so here's a sunday cheers to life, family, love, the bears winning a football game, Tolkein, diet coke and everything in between.
xoxo.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

meet this mormon.

i have stated before certain portions of my life are, primarily, off limits here.
religion being one of them.
while my reluctance to prance my beliefs across the pages of this dear blog may at first seem negative, i assure you my reasoning alines with the opposite.
as i have previously explained my religion and my relationship with God are incredibly sacred to me.
they make up the deepest and sincerest parts of who i am as a person in this great big world.
and those parts aren't up for criticism nor discussion.

that being said, i am certainly not shy to explain my beliefs to anyone with a question.
a lot of them do come out of genuine curiosity about being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
more commonly known as a mormon.

a co-worker of mine recently discovered i was mormon.
{moving to salt lake city kinda gives it away} 
and the first thing out of his mouth was, 
well that explains why you are over the top happy all the time.

i'm not oblivious to the rumors and misconceptions related to mormonism.
however, i am sometimes a bit taken back when people express such surprise that "a girl like me" is dedicated to such a "conservative" culture.
how can a girl who doesn't go out on Sundays or drink alcohol, also be a girl who screams {sometimes harsh words} at hockey games, believes in empowering women, has a favorite singer who melodys on about kissing other girls and truly believes you can love someone without sleeping with them first?
i mean, shouldn't that girl have her nose stuck in the Bible all the time?
false, guys. false.

this weekend a film was released sharing the stories of six people doing incredible & brave things with their lives, who also happen to be mormon.
meet the mormons is not a gimic to get you to join the Church.
{so just check that worry off your list right now.}
but rather a medium to show we are less sheltered and a bit closer to "normal" than you might think.
i mean, we don't drink coffee, but we drink diet coke and that's like sorta the same thing here people.
no but for reals, go and see this movie.
because all proceeds of the film will be donated to the Red Cross!
that's right, you get a movie and donate $15 to a great cause.
PLUS, my absolute fav gal jenna kim jones {alumna of The Daily Show} is the narrator.
win. win.win.


so here's what little i will say:
my religious convictions by no means make me oblivious to the realities of this world nor the struggles of other people's lives and beliefs.
do i have to agree with every single action of those in my life and they agree with mine?
nope.
do we love each other anyway?
absolutely. always. yes.

my relationship with God is not because everything comes up roses for girls who wear high heels and a lot of makeup, 
i promise you that.
 i have yet to meet a single person on this earth exempt from hardship. 
i can assure you i've been there. i've seen what those walls look like. and my faith in a higher power isn't in spite of those experiences, but because of them.
i believe in a God with the ability to create miracles in everyday existence and the power to comfort during times of sheer loneliness and despair.
i believe in a God who requires much, but eternally forgives misgivings.
i believe in a God who gives everyone the power of free will, and therefore can't make bad things go away, but can offer a brighter path.
i believe in a God who rejoices in our successes.
and i believe in a God who loves unconditionally.

my name is jessica bradley.
i'm a daughter.
sister.
big city dreamer.
vogue addict.
blackhawks fan.
travel enthusiast.
diet coke expert.
louboutin coveter.
katy perry lover.
fairy-tale believer.
and i'm a mormon.

xoxo.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

here come the hawks.

the long, hot summer is over.
it's gameday loves.
so you all know where i will be tonight.
and almost every night until june.
humming my favorite song...
let the quest for six begin.
xoxo.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

come one, come all.

while today marks the official return of hockey,
{the hawks don't play until tomorrow}
{so you don't have to worry about my annual sports girl post until manana}
it also marks the return of one of my absolute favorite shows on television that i hate and love and love and hate all at the same time: american horror story.
this year's theme? the freak show.

now, let me tell you, i am such a chicken when i comes to scary things.
not in the respect of non-participation,
{throw me into that haunted corn maze at will}
but more so the fact that my wild imagination kicks in right around 11:30pm after watching or participating in said scary event and there is just no hope on this green earth of me sleeping.
alas, my love for all things halloween & horror outweighs my love of sleep & comfort and yours truly is an addict to everything haunted.

the new season tackles the spooks of a old time circus featured freak show in florida.
this show is not a recommendation for any of you with a faint stomach, heart, head, offensive barometer or anti-halloweenism.
nothing wrong with any of that, this just probably just isn't your cup of tea.
try hallmark. i love that, too.
however, if you can stay with this it is without doubt one of the most brilliantly written and acted shows on television.
jessica lange is second to none.
period.

i have loved all the pre-features of the season in getting to know the different members of the "freak" show, many of which are unique in their own way.
today's revolved around ben woolf, who plays meep.
mr. wolf played a role in AHS' first season {the murder house} and i kind of have such a soft spot for him, particularly more after watching this clip, which isn't scary i promise.
but more so a reminder to treat everyone we meet with kindness and respect.
because we are all just doing what we can to change the world in our own ways.

happy haunting loves.
xoxo. 

{photo via pinterest}

new home. same moi.

whelp, i am officially a resident of salt lake city.
which for those of you who have never visited here before, can best be described as living in a hallmark channel movie.
and if you don't watch those than there is no hope of happiness in this life for you.
{seriously, they are my jam.}

this last week has been an absolute blur of moving in and shopping and making phone calls and getting acquainted with my new home, which i am thoroughly in love with.
but today my new power chord {i have been living via phone internet for the past you don't even want to know how many weeks} FINALLY arrived which means this here place is back in business.

life is brimming with fun new things to fill ya in on, 
but i have a hockey game to watch soooooo 
until tomorrow, here are a few snaps from the past week.
yes, my apartment is in the works of becoming the next set double for olivia pope's.
and yes, some of that shoe collection is stored in my kitchen.
and yes yes, that's the view of the city from my window.
dreamy much?
xoxo.