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Welcome home, to Exceptionally-Ordinary!

Hey there, I am very happy to welcome you to our quest to create a wonderful life, while staying on budget!

I am Jessica (but everyone calls me Jess), creator and blogger of I have created this blog with the idea of sharing tips to help others learn to embrace their every day life AND create exceptional moments they love, on a budget.

To me, Exceptionally-Ordinary invokes the idea that we are all incredible beings and that no life or lifestyle is dull or common. If you are thinking that I lead a life full of traveling or glamour, then you are wrong 🙂

But while my life is by no means sophisticated, it is one full of adventures. I consider every single moment that I get to enjoy, a tremendous gift. Very full of possibilities and learning experiences. Parenting, reading, meal planning, saving money, reading, camping… those are only the tip of the iceberg of what my everyday life is. And now I have added my long-standing passion for writing to that mix. And that feels amazing and exciting! Don’t believe me? Read on.

Truth is, each life is unique, because each person is unique.

See, I have had my share of deep grief, happiness  fear, excitement, sadness, success and hardship. But one thing is for sure: those moments are all mine. No other person, no matter if their situations are better or worse than mine, has had the pleasure of living as me. The key is making the best out of every day and every situation, even the hard stuff.

For someone who is going thru a hard financial patch, for example, it might be easier to feel sad, desperate, discouraged. But what would happen if that person decided to buckle down, create a budget, change jobs, start using coupons and simply stop over-spending? That person could very well turn an awful situation into a learning experience. Could very well learn how to properly use his or her resources more effectively and to live within his of her means.

For someone who feels like his or her life has no purpose, taking a good look at what activities make them happy might be all it takes to turn it all around. Even when our day to day activities might feel like a deep, dark hole of sameness, we all have possibilities in our hands. All we need to do is start looking, really looking.

Take for example the stay at home mom that loves to take pictures of her kids and posts about a million of them per day on Facebook. While her passion might be to exclusively photograph her own kids, maybe she does have an amazing eye for photography.

And while there is nothing wrong with “just being a mom” (whatever that means 😉 ), that particular mom is struggling with feeling unfulfilled with the nonstop every day diaper changing, meal prepping, laundry washing, etc that is the bread and butter of most SAHM. And that passion for photography could turn into a new, and exciting business venture that could help her contribute to the family finances, and to feel more independent.

Or the person, man or woman, who has the best fundraising ideas but feels like their 9-5 job deters them from doing more. That person could potentially find organizations in their community that could put their talent to good use, making him or her feel more accomplished and happy with themselves.

The point I want to make is, it is our choice to see, to notice the potential in ourselves and in our lives. We have all got what it takes to be and feel exceptional. The only thing we really need to do, is open our eyes.

And I am here to encourage you. To show you in how many ways you can find your strengths, opportunity, and happiness. And how you can do that, even amid everyday challenges, or a very limited budget.

Needless to say, if you are reading this, I want you to know that I am thrilled to have you join me. That I want to be of assistance, and guidance in any way I can. And most importantly, that you are not alone 🙂

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