Member Feature: Jess Lambert
Editor's note: Each month we'll be featuring a member of the illuminate community so that we can all get to know our writers better. We're excited to "meet" all of you and cheer you on with your writing goals. Give a warm welcome to Jess, our featured member this month.
Who I Am:
Currently, I am an English teacher (TEFL), a yoga teacher, and a fitness instructor. I love working with people. An ex-social worker, I found myself taking a break and eventually quitting my job in London due to health reasons. This led me onto the path I walk today.
I’m the kind of person who moves around a lot - I’ve lived in many different places - and who is always looking for the next challenge. I find myself in that place now...what’s next? I’m not sure yet. I guess that’s all part of the journey, right? But there’s some things that stay constant(ish): I listen to music whenever I can, I drink a lot of peppermint tea, I’m vegetarian, I’m a voracious reader of books, and an occasional Netflix addict.
My ideal morning involves a comfy chair, a journal, a book, some music in the background, and a steaming cup of coffee. Sunshine is a bonus, but I live in the UK, so it’s not always guaranteed!
What I Write About:
The contents of my head, my experiences. I’ve been writing songs for a really long time, but have always done a bit of journaling, poetry, and general writing on the side. More and more I find myself writing words to find meaning in things that happen to me, to others. Recently, I’ve tried to write also from other people’s perspectives, to try and feel how they feel, through situations I may never actually experience. It’s a whole new way to write and use words.
I’m constantly inspired by other writers too and try to incorporate the feelings I experience into my own writing. Ideas grow, step by step, from many different places and I think as artists we all have so much inspiration for our own work.
My writing has improved and increased since being a part of online communities like illuminate. A couple of years back I took part in a month-long challenge called Write Yourself Alive, meeting so many wonderful souls around the world. Though this thing called the internet drives me crazy, it’s pretty cool sometimes too! I’ve learnt that not everything I write needs to be good or put out in the world for all to see. But I’ve also learnt to trust in what I write and to share with others too. At the end of the day, it’s all life and we’re all living it.
My Favorite Piece of Writing By Me:
Here is an excerpt from "Finding Myself Through Running and Fitness Classes” (click here to read the whole post):
I was on the high of finishing my first marathon. I’d run Berlin in 4 hours and 9 minutes after the Boston bombers had prevented me from finishing that marathon earlier in the year. My uncle and I were ready to hit Boston again the following spring. I was ready for the winter training this time. Ready for the rainy, cold, London days.
One of my favorite singer songwriters recently wrote: ‘Good things come, good things go, if it lifts you up, it’ll lay you low’ (Gretchen Peters, Disappearing Act). Life has a funny way, doesn’t it? 'Bad news never had good timing’, as John Mayer once said (The Heart of Life).
Riding the high of a marathon, I found myself in the hospital getting a whole bunch of tests and scans. I’d been laughing it off, saying it was nothing to worry about. Apparently it was.