01 July 2009

My first vlog: Life as a twenty something

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Random

That’s right, today we’re talking about chicks, specifically, this chick….me.

Francesca and the ladies at Three Bay B Chicks invited me to participate in the Chick Chat vlog series on the topic of “Life as a Twenty Something.”
This is something I definitely know a lot about!

In fact, Ben, Cheryl, Severina and Lilu and are also taking part in this episode.
So below is my first-ever vlog. And cut me some slack in the comments please because it is my first one and I went through 14 takes to finally get to this video. Oh and yes, that is the sound of my kitchen timer softly in the background because I kept going over time and needed it to keep me on track. I’m a total nerd.
Oh and I put a little note at the end (if you can hang with me for three minutes) with a little blog announcement. Nothing big but definitely exciting.

And thus, I close my first vlog entry. Again, be nice in the comments everyone, it was filmed on my iSight camera in my lovely living room. You can tell it’s an apartment because of the yellow walls…that was not my decorating decision.
So the question for tonight is, what do you like best about your life as a twenty something or what did you really like about your 20s?
Note: I also just wanted to thank everyone for the great tweets, e-mails and comments on my recent dating adventures. I really appreciate it, you guys are helping me stay back out there!


  1. EP says:

    Yay! Your vlog just made me so happy. I agree with you — the 20something community online is absolutely amazing. And I feel blessed to be a part of it.

    I'm looking forward to all the fabulous changes in the near future! Keep us updated!

  2. barbetti says:

    Oh, yay! I was SOOO excited to see your vlog, I couldn't wait to get to a computer to watch it and I was not disappointed. You are totally adorable and you have such a wonderful speaking voice. Seriously! Yay!

  3. WOW you did a GREAT job!!! It's a really great introduction to your blog too!!!

  4. Rebekah says:

    I am so chicken about vlogging. I hate the sound of my own voice.

    Can't wait to see how the design work turns out! And can't wait to see you in a few weeks! Whee!

  5. Lily says:

    Ah! I loved hearing your voice again! Can't wait to see you in a few short weeks – you are such an amazing part of the awesome things in my life right now!

    ~ D

  6. Kyla Roma says:

    Love the vlog! It's great to see you again, lady! = )

    And can I just say? You're SUCH a tease!!! But I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve!

  7. wekeepsaying says:

    you are absolutely adorable! i wish we lived closer so we could hang out. i would love to be shown around chicago by you.

    great vlog and i'm really excited for all the changes you're forecasting!

  8. sara says:

    I think you did a great job and I love putting voices with faces! I love reading your blog, you always have funny things to say and great discussions.

    I can't say that I miss my twenties much. I did have a lot of fun times but I would have to say that my thirties have been so much more fufulling to me. I feel like I was still trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted to do in my twenties. Now I'm a wife and a mom and I love my life. It keeps getting better every year!

  9. Renee says:

    You summed up the 20SB experience so eloquently and it makes us totally sound like a refined bunch instead of the hooligans we really are!

  10. Blaez says:

    i've loved reading your blog since the first day i stumbled upon it and it just gets better every day!!

    can't wait to see what's in store!

    ps, i'll let you do a vlog for me so i don't have to :) your so good at it!!

  11. Wonderful says:

    great vlog–you're a natural!

  12. Katelin says:

    yay for vlogs! you're quite awesome jessica, just so you know.

  13. Lil' Woman says:

    I give your first vlog, 2 thumbs up! Great job!

  14. Kate says:

    Planning to watch the vlog with volume when I get home!

    I loved that I moved to Chicago in my 20s. I saw so much, met so many different people, ate so much different food, had so many different work experiences and really learned who I was and what I wanted from my life.

  15. Andhari says:

    I love how it's so dynamic, although not a fan of emotional rollercoaster :)

    ps. you look great!:)

  16. SoMi's Nilsa says:

    A new design!? YAY!!!! Can't wait!

    I think the thing I liked best about my 20's was figuring out that I CAN do it all on my own. No parents. No spouse. It was all about me and I enjoyed that time. And now that I'm well into my 30's, I can say that I'm so pleased to be sharing my life with my special someone!

  17. Juls says:

    Awesome job Chick Chatting. I want to visit Chicago… you're so lucky to live there :)

  18. Ben says:

    I hate vlogging. It's impossible to just do a one-taker without picking yourself to pieces. Nicely done!

  19. Tweet instead call the fire dudes! That's as naughty as Perez Hilton tweeting instead of calling the police when he ran into BEP.

    Love your vlog, it's a great first attempt. Love the twentysomethings blogs too, reminds me that we're not alone :o)

  20. Cass says:

    Congrats on doing your first vlog, I haven't quite made it that far…it's still pretty intimidating.

    With the amount of bloggers I follow who live in Chicago I'm still amazed I've never been there. Maybe I'll put that as the #1 stop coming up.

  21. Miss Grace says:

    I can't watch vlogs at work :(

  22. lov says:

    hey jessica,
    i'm here from 3 bay b
    you did a great job with your vlog…
    and i look forward to learning more about you…i'm totally following your blog! :)

  23. yay on your first vlog! let's see…my favorite thing about being in my 20's? The freedom to go as I please & do what I please.

    and your chanel poster? WANT.

  24. LiLu says:

    Congrats! I probably should have done 14 takes, but I was so exhausted after my first one I just went with that! ;-)

  25. Maggie says:

    Love the vlog! I know how nerve-wracking those can be, (do I really sound like that??) but you did great!

    I've only discovered this recently, but the best thing about being a 20something is the freedom. I'm nearing the end of my 20s. I've watched some of my friends get married really early and they're already tied down with divorces, kids, etc. Now they are trying to do all the wild and crazy stuff the rest of us did at 22.

    I've had a blast in this stage of my life. I'd be willing to say there's more change between 20 and 30 than there is between 10 and 20. Thoughts?

  26. I couldn't take my eyes off your Chanel poster!

  27. Hooray for your first vlog, Jessica. It was great to see you on camera. Weird and stupid stuff happens to me a lot too. Isn't that what blogging is for?

    Enjoy your weekend!


  28. Great vlog! You look so pretty. :)

    Now I'm really curious to see what the design changes are going to entail…

  29. liferehab says:

    I'm impressed. Ok, so technically I can't watch the video b/c I'm at work and have no sound and I can't read lips, but it looks like you made a video and posted it which is wayyy more than I could ever do.

    Also-fave thing about being in my 20s… geez, I love it all. Probably being grown up enough to have fun, but not being grown up enough to have to be responsible (that comes in the 30s with marriage and kids)

  30. Maggie says:

    woo hoo congrats on your first vlog! you did a great job.

    can't wait to see what changes are in store!

  31. Sevibabyyy says:

    I think you did a very good job on your vlog. Kudos to you! Oh and don't worry my life isn't very exciting to where I could walk into a tiger in my bathroom.

  32. Lindsey says:

    Hmm. I really love everything about my 20's so far (they are almost over). I've graduated from college and graduate school, been a teacher, gotten married, moved to a new state, had a baby, moved back to my home state, made tons of new friends.

    What I love about your blog is living through you! I've been married since I was 22 and have had a very different 20's experience. It's fun to live your life through your blog. You always make me laugh!

  33. bianca says:

    yay vlog! I do adore those. And I am in LOVE with your Chanel poster.

  34. lollygagger says:

    I love it! Great job!

    My favorite thing about my twenties is that they are almost over. Haha. I kid.

    What I've loved is being able to see how much I've grown as a person throughout the years and becoming more confident in trusting my gut and doing what I want to do :)

    Can't wait to see the new fun stuff!

  35. Jenn says:

    haha you're great lady. looove the vlog :)

    not so much the yellow walls but i guess i can't blame you for that.

  36. Mandy says:

    You did an awesome job with your first vlog. I tried once( with so many takes it was ridiculous) but gave up and think I will be sticking with the written word. =)

    For the record, I love that you tweeted about your neighbors fire (hey, the fire dept should be on twitter!) and LOVE your award show recaps.

    Cant wait to see whats ahead for the blog!

  37. good vlog!

    fav part of my twenties? hmm… I would def say college and just living on my own! I've def grown as a person and really love who I'm becoming and look forward to the future as well as just enjoying what's going on in my life now :)

  38. I think you did a great job! It will get easier the more you do it! Will this be a regular feature?

    Hm. Favorite part about my 20s…well, since things aren't going as swimmingly as they once did I will just stick with being a homeowner. I am on my second home and I love the experence. I love being able to decorate my walls with any paint color I choose and putting holes where I want. Its fun!

  39. Katie cat says:

    It was brought up in the 20sb forum about moving somewhere completely different in your 20's. It's a great time to do that.

    Chicago greatly caters to the 20-somethings, and it's great that the community and peoples blogs can show us all that we're all thinking about jobs, careers, locations and dating like you said!

  40. Jenn says:

    Congrats on your first blog!

    My favorite thing about being a 20-something is the experience. There are so many things that I haven't done, or done right or wrong. Something new is always popping up and I'm faced with different opportunities all the time. I love soaking it all in!

  41. A Super Girl says:

    Great job! I love getting to hear people voices and see their happy faces :-)

  42. awwww jess!!! you look great, did an amazing job and summed up your blog perfectly.


    can wait to see the new design too!

  43. Erin says:

    You did a great job with your video blog! Now I'm all curious to see what changes are coming up!