I’m Jessy. I grew up in the Mojave Desert in a meth lab on the edge of nowhere and writing saved my life.

I write as if I’m writing into a black hole — as if no one will ever read it. Then I post it here. It’s not always pretty, but it’s always true.

This newsletter is where I can share raw, often unglamorous musings on motherhood, pieces from my memoir, essays about navigating the chaos that comes with loving someone who struggles with addiction, and other uncomfortable truths about the human condition.

I’ve created this Substack in hopes that it will be much more than a newsletter — that it will be a community. I’ve spent the last few years building a community on Instagram, but due to the algorithm and caption character limits, I need a new place to share my writing. A place that’s unrestricted.

I hope you find something here that resonates with you. 

This is more than just words on a page. 

This is a life lived. 

My life, and yours. 

This is a place where we can be ourselves even on our worst days.

This is us growing, noticing, being.

This is us in all the in-between places.

Why subscribe?

As of January 2024, almost all of this newsletter is free to read and subscribe to. However, if a piece feels particularly sensitive and private, and I feel the need for a safe place to share it, I will post it behind a paywall, accessible for $5/month. I cannot promise when it will arrive, as I will only be sharing when I have something to say.

You are still welcome to support my work through a paid subscription simply because you want to support my writing. Every subscriber is special to me, and I hope you will support me in whatever way feels right for you.

Thank you for being here.

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The contradiction of motherhood, the time I grew up in a meth lab + other uncomfortable truths


I grew up in the Mojave Desert in a meth lab on the edge of nowhere and writing saved my life. My essays have been published in Beacon Quarterly, Rappahannock Review, Good River Review, and more. I'm currently querying agents with my memoir.