Mini Penny Blog

About Me


Name: Jessie
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Nic Cage movie: Vampire's Kiss

Hey Minis! I'm the writer and creator of Mini Penny Blog and I'm so stoked that you're here. Where do we start?

I grew up in rural Ohio as a sort-of child prodigy in my small home town. Artist. Scholar. Whatever. During my childhood, I spent my time at Northwestern University taking college-level biology classes and exploring Chicago. I attended the Columbus College of Art and Design where I majored in Illustration. My heart wasn't in it though, and I decided to leave college and find my way.

In my early years, I had many different types jobs. I've worked in bakeries, skateboard shops, the service industry, as a graphic designer for a realtor, IT, and retail management. After being laid off from my Apple Inc job in 2009, and jumping to freelance wedding and lifestyle photography, I picked up a part time gig with Urban Outfitters retail in Columbus, Ohio.

And so my journey began.

In 2011, while at Urban Outfitters, I started this blog with hopes to grow knowledge, community, and a resumé. In fall of 2011, I made the move with UO to Chicago — the city that I loved as a child and felt most comfortable in. I continued to work hard and network through Mini Penny, and eventually was promoted to Urban Outfitters home office in 2012.

I moved to Philadelphia in the later portion of that year as Urban Outfitters's corporate Social Media Manager. I worked hard and showed numbers, but was losing faith quickly in my surroundings and coworkers. I had sacrificed many parts of my life and ideals and was no longer happy.

After much thought and tackling my own internal struggles, I decided to leave my spotlight position at UO to focus on something that I hold much closer: Mini Penny. Since the fall of 2013, I have been writing full time on my blog and I'm so excited to be back in Chicago.

Lesson: Money doesn't buy happiness. Being in a positive mental state and being happy is absolutely priceless. PMA ALL DAY.

I love gadgets. And pigs. And I still draw from time to time. I'm a bit awkward and shy but getting over it. I have strong opinions and I'm not afraid to share 'em. I spend a lot of time in thrift stores and estate sales. And I'm lovin' every minute of my life in the midwest.

My work has been featured on ABC news, Refinery29, Buzzfeed, MTVStyle, published in Decibel Magazine and Instant: The Story of Polaroid, and more. I hope you enjoy your stay. If you ever have something you'd like to let me know, I'm happy to receive emails at minipennyblog@gmail.com. I look forward to building a community with you!

And Lastly
Everything that you see on this blog is from me unless otherwise noted. If you're interested in sharing content, great! Just be sure to give proper credit — please don't copy and paste an entire article! Feel free to post one image and a link to my original content. :)

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