StacyJill, Chicago, USA


I just wanted to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed to this project. It was definitely one of our many online chats that Clare and I came up with the idea. It was mainly born out of frustration of giving in to our analytical sides and not being as creative as we hoped to be. I think, well, I know that isn’t really the case anymore for either of us.

So what did I learn in the last year? I learned that I am a great idea person, but I need to work on sticking with stuff instead of letting my ADD-riddled self go off the deep end. πŸ™‚ Honestly folks, if Clare hadn’t picked up the ball many moons ago, this may not have grown into an amazing, honest portrayal of womens’ lives across the globe. Of course an idea without any substance is just a poof of air, and this is where our great contributors come in. I have learned so much from you all. I know I have been quiet on the comments, but it’s mainly because my brain has been squished into a million pieces. πŸ™‚ You all are amazing individuals and I hope that my Google Blog Reader will stay in existence so I can continue following everyones’ lives.

What this site has given me is the opportunity to spread the creative wings and become bolder about my creative choices. I have stopped waiting in the sidelines for someone else to write about their life, I have jumped in full force and started working on the book I have been wanting to write. I have also jumped head first into the performing space and not only have I finally mustered enough courage to read my stories in front of people, I am also co-producing an open mic and a burlesque show now! This is all from finding the courage and the ability.

I encourage each and every one of you to continue on your creative journeys. You will, like me, be continually amazed at where it can take you.

Thank you again, and Good Night!

– Stacy Jill- My Blog

  • Clare for starting this amazing website with me and really becoming the beacon of light for Thirty Voices.
  • Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. There is nothing that can get me out of a grumpy mood better than a scoop of that amazing invention.
  • The sounds of the ocean hitting the sand below Washington Street pier in Venice, CA. I miss that incredibly as the snow falls outside my window today.
  • My amazing friends. I can’t say enough about all of my friends, and their unconditional support.
  • My family. They are crazy. I know this, but I still love them with all of my heart.
  • Diet Cherry Coke.
  • Someone who actually knows what they are doing in bed.
  • Learning how to not be so shy in my new Saturday morning Burlesque classes.
  • The empowering feeling of starting my own business.
  • SIRIUS Radio on my television. I get to listen to BBC Radio 1 on my tv. There is nothing better. πŸ™‚
  • $3 Falafels at Sultans Market on North Avenue here in Chicago.
  • A massage by Erica (too bad its been many years since I have had the pleasure)
  • New opportunities.
  • A day without any gossip about Britney Spears.
  • Spiking a ball over a volleyball net and actually hitting the floor and not the bleachers where everyone is watching.
  • discovering new places in the city and around the world!
  • My nephew’s giggle as he chases me around my brother’s condo.
  • Second Life (yes,geek moment.)

Stacy Jill, 34, Chicago, IL

#1 – The Golden Rule – treat others the way you want to be treated. I truly believe in this and it may be a bit niave in certain circumstances, but I have always have had the optimistic, trusting view about people. Of course, I probably have become a bit more cynical as I get older, but I still truly believe that if you put out good thoughts and good feelings towards people, they will treat you respectfully (for the most part!) πŸ™‚

2 – No Cheating. Over the past couple of years, I have come across a bunch of people who think that these actions are ok, and are just the norm of life. I just don’t get it. I have to admit, I cheated on a boyfriend when I was 19 and in Daytona Beach on Spring Break, but I have learned the err of my ways, and really believe that you have to be honest in your relationships. If you aren’t honest, then the shit is going to hit the fan someday, and you’ll get it tenfold.

3 – Take time for yourself. I’m a truly giving person and it’s sometimes to my detriment. I’ll bend over backwards sometimes to help friends, but when it comes to my own personal shite I tend to leave it to the side. This is one of my personal goals for this year is to be on top of my game….work..home… budget… you name it, I will be the ultimate rockstar in all of these areas.

I’m sure I can think of more, but those are probably at the top of my crazy spinning head for now.

StacyJill, 34, Chicago, USA.Β 

There are times in your life when it seems like your whole world is crashing down upon you. You feel like the light at the end of the tunnel is a myth and nothing is ever going to get better, and then one day, it is.

I found my light at the end of the tunnel this weekend. It’s been a year since my ex and I “officially” broke up and I spent the last year moping and crying and dealing with more rage, sadness and other crazy feelings than I have ever truly have had in my life. My friends have been wonderful human beings in being there for me through thick and thin. The poor souls who watched me turn from a happy golucky person to someone on a Lifetime movie about battered souls. This past weekend reassured me that I am not one of those broken down women, but someone who at the end of the movie, can be happy and have her shit together!

I have been working with JT on her baby, Girlie-Q for a couple months now. The Girlie-Q Variety hour was a live burlesque/cabaret style show that ran for about 4 years here in Chicago. JT stepped away from it for a while, but boy, did she come back full force this weekend. πŸ™‚ (more…)

It’s a cold, snowy day here in Chicago today. As I look out the window, I think another couple of inches are going to hit us yet again. My car was pummeled last night and then thankfully, the warm garage at my gym was able to melt all of the snow off of the hood and the trunk (yes, I am not quite prepared yet for this weather!).

I came home from the gym, warmed up from yoga and ready to get on with today’s tasks at hand. I am producing a burlesque show in January, working on an Internet talk show debuting in January and various other creative projects.

I decided to take an hour or so out of my day and reach some friends and family that I haven’t spoken to in a while. Last night I purchased SKYPE pro. It is an amazing deal. For $3 a month, I can make telephone calls through my computer to anywhere in the US. I decided that my first call was to my grandmother. It was amazing. My voice was much clearer via Skype than it was when I called her recently through my cell phone.

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I am thankful for so many things today. This past year was a truly trying experience for me and I am so happy to have come out of these events, stronger than ever.

I lost one of my biggest supporters this year. My grandfather Judd was 90 years old and passed a few months ago. He was always there for me, giving advice(whether I wanted it or not), offering support in so many ways and truly wanting me to succeed in anything that I did.

It was the first time that I have ever been unemployed for an extended amount of time. It was a true blow to the ego when I was unable to secure stable employment for almost 6 months. I have never had to deal with that length of unemployment before and I don’t wish that on anyone. It was truly a humbling experience.

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As many of you in the US know, the WGA (aka Writers Guild of America) is on strike. Not only is this fight affecting the writers, but their assistants, and crews are also in turmoil as well. Many shows have been put on hold due to the strike, and the studios are now firing crews left and right. It’s a sad situation and many people in Los Angeles, New York and other places have been affected by this. I was going to write a long-winded post on my thoughts, but I found this today and thoguht this would give you a better visual of the situation:

You Tube isn’t linking me… so click here πŸ™‚

Β Stacy Jill, 34, Chicago

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