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Why magnifyJOY?

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior magnifyJOY Luke 1 46 47

I love these verses, “And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” – Luke 1:46-47

Putting God back at the center of my life has allowed me to truly magnifyJOY – now I find joy and purpose in my calling as a wife, mom and encourager. I’ll share more of my journey and the twists and turns along the way. Simplifying and being intentional has reminded me not to bury God in “the busy.”

Hello! I’m Jess. Welcome to magnifyJOY!  Above all else I want you to know that YOU were created for a purpose and to live ABUNDANTLY. Let’s encourage each other.

I am a #conversationstarter that strives to #magnifyJOY through intentional living and encouraging others to get off the HAMSTER WHEEL of life by asking WHY and making the next best choices to live a life of PURPOSE and JOY.

I collect inspirational quotes and love encouraging others – especially mamas. (my love language is Words of Affirmation – do you know yours?)

I’ve learned to get back to basics after years of simplifying and learning about better ways to take care of our family. I’m a big advocate for non-toxic cleaning and using essential oils daily as an amazing way to focus on wellness.  I’m a cheerleader for ASKING WHY and making choices that fit with our core values (5 years ago I didn’t slow down enough to even think about it!)

I’m passionate about marriages and created the #marriagehigh5 to keep out of the roommate zone and build a stronger relationship.  This year we started doing the #familyhigh5 on Sunday evenings with our kids – they grab it off the fridge and ask to do it – it helps the week start off on a good note!

It’s a journey y’all! Let walk together.

– Jessica Benzing Smith, magnifyJOY

My journey to refocus on what matters started with one box.

I finally started to realize that I needed to slow down and think about what I was buying and filling my life with on a daily basis.  Especially for our kids.  I became passionate about non-toxic cleaning and ditching and switching chemicals out of our routines…. because, guess what… it’s hard to find JOY when you don’t feel well… and many of the harsh chemicals we were using were hormone disruptors and clogging my lymphatic system. YUCK. I needed a detox from all of that and the physical clutter in my life.

My eyes were finally WIDE open that I needed to be INTENTIONAL with the choices I was making, not just buying the next thing on sale or doing the next thing I was expected to do. I became much better at asking WHY.   We wrote down core values for our family and started saying NO to things that didn’t matter and YES to things that did. My motto had been “just keep swimming” for too long. I was tired – physically, emotionally and spiritually. I started using our new essential oils from our wellness box and saw dramatic changes.

Next came the NEED to declutter and simplify our home and uncover who I really was buried under seasons of busy. My favorite purposeful living encouragers are Diana Bigham, Allie Casazza, Jon Acuff and Bob Goff. The Big Life Journal has been another tool in our mindset shift!

I’ll be sharing books and other favorites soon! Start by checking out the box that started it all. 7.5 years ago our lifestyle started to SHIFT. Do you need a change? A shift to help you magnifyJOY?

I’m here to walk with you.

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