We had the good fortune of connecting with Jackie Fowler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jackie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to start my platform to give representation for the plus size community. Plus sizes aren’t represented enough on any media stream. Growing up as a bigger girl I didn’t see anyone to look up to that was like me. I want to be that for a little girl. I want to show them that you can have confidence in yourself at whatever size you are. I also wanted to start my platform for something that is just mine. My husband and I have been struggling with infertility for 7 years and it’s taken a toll on my self worth and self love. We’ve gone through IVF and a miscarriage and that can really bring you down. Showing up for my friends on my platforms and having real conversations with them is almost a therapy for me.
I’ve made so many friends on social media going through infertility and IVF and struggling with miscarriages and also women that don’t feel represented enough because of their size. I’m hoping to be apart of a revolution of size inclusivity and a voice for women that are scared of society judging them for the infertility journey!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a plus size fashion and lifestyle blogger. I share outfit ideas for the normal plus size woman. I share work wear and everyday outfits. I also recreate looks from my favorite bloggers of all sizes. I’m most excited about gaining a lot of friendships from this journey, bloggers and followers alike. I’m most excited about helping women feel beautiful in their own bodies and not to be scared to be who they really are. Even if I help just one person, my mission is complete. I’m still working on where I want to be professionally. It definitely hasn’t always been easy. Fear of judgment creeps in and tries to push me down. You just have to push passed your fears and worries and do what you are set out to accomplish. I’ve learned that people are going to judge you no matter what. No matter what you do or say people will have something to say. And that’s fine. I want the world to know that plus size women and women of infertility will not be silenced and pushed to the side any longer. We are real people that want to be open and honest without fear of judgement or rejection. We are standing up for ourselves and speaking out.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Definitely check out The Rustic. The indoor/outdoor seating is awesome and the vibe of the restaurant is so chill and cool. Great food and drinks. Go a little further south and hit up Viola and Agnes in Kemah. Hole in the wall Louisiana Cajun/Carribean food. The owner creates his own recipes and the seafood is fresh daily. Meals made to order which makes them *chefs kiss*
If you are in town and there’s any kind of country music concert happening don’t miss it! Personal favorite to see in concert is Cody Johnson for sure! Check out a country dance hall to definitely have a blast. The strand in Galveston has some of the cutest and most unique shops with the best drinks and food!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shout of my husband. He has always pushed me to do the things that I want to do. Push me to pursue my passions and cheers me on the whole way. He has been my rock and shoulder to cry on when infertility gets too hard. I will forever be appreciative of him. I love you Zachary.
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