Hi I'm Jessica!

I'm 24 and live in Pocatello, ID with my husband, Brandon, and our two mini aussies, Luna and Kona. I graduated from ISU last year from the College of Business and work as the Marketing Director at a local healthcare management company. I CrossFit every day and run my small business in my "free time". I love all things happy, crafty, and thrifty. 

I started Happy Cactus as a way to connect with other women while creating items that can be cherished forever. I love hearing the sentimental stories behind every piece and seeing my creations on others! My motto for Happy Cactus is "happy looks beautiful on you" and my goal is to spread happiness through the pieces I create!

follow along on insta @happycactusbrand

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  1. Celebrity crush? This one is also my lady crush..it's CrossFit icon Brooke Ence. I got to work out with her and be in her vlog a few weeks ago!
  2. Khloe, Kim or Kortney Kardashian? Kortney
  3. Favorite TV show? Crazy Ex-Girlfriend...or This is Us. Gets me every time.
  4. Coffee order? My home made latte with 2 shots of espresso!
  5. Superhero power? I can see the good in everything.
  6. Current song on repeat? Have Faith in Me by A Day to Remember
  7. Woman you most admire? My girl crush and celebrity crush...Brooke Ence :) 
  8. If you weren’t doing personal training, you’d be… aerial silks
  9. Go to recipe? chicken street tacos!
  10. Morning or night? MORNING!!
  11. If you could live anywhere else, where would it be? Boise or St. George
  12. Favorite color? currently...sage green
  13. Newest hobby? soldering rings!
  14. Hobby you’ve given up but miss? gymnastics
  15. Scariest moment of your life? In college I lived in an apartment with 5 other girls...one day a large man broke in through the back door and tried to get into our rooms..he eventually left when no one would open their doors but later we found out that he got arrested in an unrelated incident for stalking and assault. Scary to think what could have happened! 
  16. Favorite city? Princeville, Kauai
  17. Summer or winter? Summer all the way
  18. Favorite instagram account you follow? @twofakehands...these two ladies do the most random things using two barbie doll hands. It is hilarious.
  19. Nsync or Backstreet boys? back.street's.back.ALRIGHT!
  20. Words to live by? You can do anything, but not everything. It is my reminder to focus on the good things I am achieving daily rather than what else I want to (or feel like I "should") be doing. It is also a good reminder for me that it is okay to ask for help!


I wrote this for both you and me. For you fellow photogs as a reminder and for me because I forget this lesson. 

Those of you in this crazy photography industry have ran into other photographers or colleges who have found a reason to create unhappiness. Whether it stems from jealousy, unhappiness itself, or lack of self esteem, we've all been there. Try and be kind to others despite that. Be a good egg.

I was asked the other day how I felt about other photographers who we seemed to be emerging right and left. They wanted to know how I wasn't upset by it. The answer is simple. I am never bothered by others who see the same passion in photography as me. I say this again and again to those I mentor, NO ONE CAN BE YOU. No one can give your clients the same experience that you can. No one can interact with others or see things through the camera like you do and for that reason that makes YOU unique. 

The best thing I ever did for myself and my business was to grab a notepad and write down all the quirky, awesome, weird things that make me, me. When I ran out of things to write down I asked my family, the people who know me best, what is unique and different about me? Here is what we collectively came up with:

  • I obsessively love my pup Max (aka. maxi-pad, mr. maggoo, maxipants, maxers)
  • I love wearing all black :)
  • I can actually sing (which never happens because I'm to darn shy)
  • I have an fixation on large, voluminous lips (yes they are filled with injectables)
  • I swear like a sailor
  • Hate scary movies with a passion!
  • I'm bossy (not my best trait)
  • I wear anything comfortable over fashionable (sad I know)
  • Addicted to rockstar energy drinks (guilty)
  • I hate water, and rarely drink more than 2 sips of anything

I literally have built my branding directly around that. It's who I am and it's who I want to portray to be through my blog, social media outlets and to my future clients. 

I leave you with this awesome quote:

"The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself." -Lao Tzu