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Life & Work with Jessica Glosson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Glosson.

Jessica, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Most people have major coming-of-age moments in high school, and I was no different. Coming from the same private school since first grade where uniforms were mandatory, I had no idea what defined my personal style and what fashion really meant to me. When I started public high school, it was a culture shock moment. Was I supposed to be shopping at American Eagle and Hollister this entire time? Why did everyone have paisley Vera Bradley bags? My freshman year was one of assimilation- carefully observing what others around me were wearing and dutifully copying it. It wasn’t until I found my core friend group and grew comfortable with myself and my surroundings that I started to experiment with clothes and my own sense of style.

High school also helped me realize early on that I wanted to work in healthcare which guided me to my career today. I work as a clinical dietitian and I specialize in surgical weight loss. I love this field; helping others achieve a healthier lifestyle is my passion. After a few years in, however, I still felt like something was missing. Turns out, it was the chance to do something creative. I was already active on Instagram with a personal account and I had an affinity for taking and editing photos. I was already following lots of fashion bloggers and one day it hit me- why don’t I do blogging too?

I started creating content revolving around fashion, shopping, trends, and sustainable style about 3.5 years ago and although Instagram has its own quirks to constantly battle, I am so thankful for the community it has brought me and the amazing opportunities I’ve been able to experience as a result of this side hobby!

I fully intend to continue to work in healthcare, but blogging is the creative outlet that allows me to focus on something I remain enamored by- fashion!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
If you’re active on Instagram at all, then you likely know that the algorithm is constantly changing. Aka- getting proper exposure to the content you create is like trying to hit a moving target. Trying to stay abreast of changes while creating relevant and interesting content for followers can easily become all-consuming. I learned early on that I needed to set boundaries with my time on Instagram and with blog-related work. I also lost my first fashion account on Instagram about 8 months ago- I had amassed a decent-sized following but one day I wasn’t able to log on to my account. Despite battling with the limited support resources IG offers, I was never able to recover my account and I had to start completely over! This was a frustrating time but I’ve enjoyed the chance to refine my content and start anew on my current account.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I work as a full-time registered dietitian and I specialize in surgical weight loss. I help educate and prepare patients for Bariatric surgery and I assist in their recovery and adjustment to their new life after their procedure. I started my career as a dietitian working in a hospital where I gained experience assessing a wide variety of clinical conditions. I am very passionate about educating people on nutrition and how it can improve their health and lives overall.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My family is all from Philadelphia and all of my relatives and tons of family friends live there. My parents and sister and I moved to Florida when I was very young and we would always travel back and forth to Philly several times a year. One year, we were visiting around wintertime and on the day we were supposed to fly back to Florida, a massive snowstorm canceled our flight. My mom’s best friend and her four kids (who are second siblings to me) picked all of us up at the airport and we spent the weekend sledding, drinking hot chocolate, and having a 3-day sleepover at their house. To this day, I smile just thinking about that snowstorm!

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