Jess Reed

Since Feb. 2016, I've encouraged myself and others on this honest blog, Roots and Hope. I love to share my heart about faith, mental health, & young adulting.

I Am Proud of You

I am proud of you. I am overwhelmed with gladness because you are still here, breathing and living and moving. I admire what courage looks like in your life, in your now. I am proud of you for all the challenges you have already overcome, some of which I may not ever know or understand. […]

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Alone

Sometimes, I know that being alone and whole at the same time is possible. Sometimes, lessons only heal me when I hear them in solitude. Sometimes, adventure only comes alive when I follow the pace of my own schedule and curiosity. Sometimes, I need to be anonymous to everyone in my surroundings except for God […]

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3 A.M. Reminders

3am reminders: It is never too late to (re)commit to that goal or that vision placed inside you. It is always a good time to start somewhere and incorporate a small healthy habit into your routine: Drinking a glass of water with every meal Watching free, instructional YouTube videos to improve a skill Writing a […]

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When Fear Has a Solid Grip

Imagine the endless ways that fear can grip you. Perhaps, you are a talented artist. You sense power in your creativity, but your mind trembles at the thought of showcasing it. Maybe, you’ve met someone who is struggling with something you’ve overcome. You feel a tug to share your story with them, but the risk […]

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Take the Pressure Off

You don’t have to promote yourself. You don’t have to be known by everyone to matter and live an abundant life. Just by being you and loving God and others as yourself, who knows who you’ll attract? Who knows who will see something so beautiful inside you that they’ll grow curious? Who knows who will […]

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I Feel vs. I Am

Dear Feelings, You are my soul’s response to every experience and the teacher who inspires me to make art out of life, but when you arrive, I am careful not to change my name to yours. Sentences like, “I am sad”, or “I am sorry”, are imprisoning whenever I put emphasis on the am. The adjectives […]

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You Are Not Weak

What if I told you this: You are not weak for walking by faith into cushioned couched offices and narrating an hour of your burdens in hunger for hope and professional help.   You are not a failure to God for having a brain that works over time in a factory of worries, sometimes paid […]

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