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I’m Jackie Boylhart

Jackie Boylhart Law School Blog
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ABOUT ME

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven.

ECCLESIASTES 3:1-8

 
 

For most of my 20s, I spent my days waking up in dread to the sound of my alarm clock; driving to work sick to my stomach because I dreaded my job, and reacting to the constant stress in my life by shopping for clothes I didn’t need.

After submitting my resignation from a job that was just not aligned to my strengths, interests, and who I wanted to become, I drove home, laid down in the center of my closet, closed my eyes and thought, “God—please just tell me what you need me to do.”

(Pause. Insert dramatic silence here. No response.)

“Well—so much for that. I guess now since I don’t have a job for the next two months, I have time to clean out my closet.”

(Long sigh followed by a self-induced admonishment muttered under my breath—“Jackie—get your life together.”)

As I started browsing Pinterest for some closet organization ideas, I came across a documentary called “The True Cost.” One-hour and thirty-two highly emotional minutes later—I stood corrected and convicted—the change I was praying for was hidden somewhere amid the chaos in my closet and my relationship with clothes. And so my capsule wardrobe was born.

Capsule wardrobing started as a way for me to say “no” to “fast fashion” and live more with less. However, capsule wardrobing blossomed to become a transformational shift in the way I viewed the people, places and things I invited into my life. I decided to commit to living life in sync with the rhythms of Nature—to live not pining for seasons of the past nor to live anticipating seasons of the future, but to live as a conduit for principle-driven action in the present moment.

Capsule wardrobing took me on a journey from decluttering my closet to decluttering my career; from decluttering my home to decluttering my emotions; and finally, going to law school to declutter my mind and come full circle to engage all parts of myself—not just my creative and intuitive self, but my linear and analytical self as well.

On this blog, I document my journey as a second-career, non-traditional law student. I also share about places I go, the things I’m doing, the books I’m reading, the music I’m enjoying, the films I’m watching, and the things I’m consciously inviting into my capsule wardrobe and my tiny home. For me, capsule wardrobing was not just a solution to a problem—it was (and continues to be) an intentional choice to live a present, reflective and clutter-free lifestyle from the inside-out.

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FUN FACTS

PIANO

I’ve played piano since the age of five and consider it one of my serious hobbies. My favorite composers are Bach, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin. However, I’ve recently been more into soundtracks and classical arrangements of pop songs. Music is one of the few things I use to find my focus when I feel really scattered.

MULTIRACIAL

According to my latest DNA reports, I’m 50% Filipino, 18% England-Wales, 17% Germanic Europe, 13% Ireland & Scotland, and 2% European Jewish. I also spent a good 48 hours thinking King Edward III was my 19th great-grandfather—and then I realized the interwebs are full of fake history.

plant lady

I have grand dreams of being a real-life plant lady despite killing many a plant. I recently learned that houseplants need water, sunlight, fertilizer, and a little TLC. Right now I’m tending to a six-foot fiddle leaf fig. I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

ECO-GLAM TRAVEL

I’m currently working on a personal goal to visit all the U.S. National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites. I recently spent one-month living and working abroad lending my photography services to non-profits in Peru. I also hiked the “glam path” to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu via glass-enclosed train and then trekked to the Peruvian Andes and the Pucaranra mountain in an air-conditioned bus. I respectfully request any and all judgment to be suspended.

teachers & tiaras

I had a childhood dream to compete in a beauty pageant. So in my final year of eligibility (age 24), and during my first year as a teacher, this girl, born and raised in the Northeast, who didn’t know how to wear makeup, entered a Miss America Texas local—and actually won. I went on to place top-10 at Miss Texas and winning overall talent and overall first-year score. What started as a childhood dream became one of the best experiences of my life. Tiara and bikinis excluded.

INTRO-EXTRO-VERT

I have this weird thing where I can be extremely extroverted and talkative in certain social situations, but if you catch me lost in my thoughts or in people-watch mode, I can come off with a severe case of RBF. I’ve learned to accept this aspect of myself and work with it instead of fight against it. If you catch me in RBF, don’t take it personally—unless you’re obnoxiously loud in a quiet space. Then, and only then, my side-eye doesn’t lie.