The Tour


Hey there, reader! Welcome to my website, The Merry Mess. I really want you to feel welcome here – welcome, and authentic. The Merry Mess is a space for my fellow twenty-and-thirty-somethings to get a joy refill through intentional celebration (more on that later), but you can’t fully experience that with all your walls up. This is a space for you to let your hair down, eat your favorite foods, and laugh until you snort without feeling embarrassed or ashamed. (Snort laughs just might be my favorite!)

I’m not one to mind a little dirt on the floor, but why not kick your shoes off? You may as well be comfy on your tour of The Merry Mess!

The Name & The Mission

Merry is a pretty common word. Google defines it as “cheerful and lively” – and for many of us, it even suggests the glorious, gracious, and generous magic of Christmas.

Mess is a less endearing term. Mess implies disorganization. Mess implies chaos. But . . . isn’t that so often life? We plan to the best of our abilities, but factors outside of ourselves send our plans into a tailspin. And sometimes, our own lack of omniscience fails us. After all, we simply don’t have the capacity to prepare for everything.

But I had this itch to reclaim mess, and in researching the word, I found something fascinating. Here’s what the Google dictionary says about the origin of mess:

+ It’s rooted in the Old French word mes, meaning ‘portion of food’
+ It’s also rooted in the Latin words missum, meaning ‘something put on the table,’ and mittere, meaning ‘send, put.’
+ “The original sense [of mess] was ‘a serving of food.’

Can you believe it?! When I read that, I just knew I had to use it in my website name. Because, my friend, the mission of The Merry Mess is to nurture (serve, feed) young women with merriment (celebration, cheer, joy) in both chaotic and calm seasons. Your twenties and thirties are weird years and . . . well, we each need a voice a hope, don’t we?


The Floor Plan

I have this philosophy that my guests need to know where things are at in my home. If you’re at my place, I want to serve you. I want you to know where to get what you need, and I want you to have the freedom to go and grab it.

I’m applying the same philosophy here. Merry Messer, I want you to have what you need, and I don’t want you to get lost along the way. Here’s the lowdown:

The Blog : You’ll find little nuggets of wisdom, inspiration, and friendship here.

The Gram : This will take you from The Merry Mess to my personal IG page!

The Tour : It’s the page you’re on!

The Shop : There’s nothing here yet, but I’m working on a few products that I hope will bring an extra burst of merriment into your life!

Home : This simple page allows you to navigate to any other page on the website.

And, of course,  if you need anything while you’re here – just ask!

Which brings me to my final note . . .

The Hostess

This page wouldn’t be complete without an introduction to the twenty-something running the website! My name is Justine, and I’ve been a writing since before I knew how. Seriously. I love writing so much that before I knew words, I pretended I was writing by drawing squiggly lines on paper. In fact, I’ve got a little children’s Bible that has squiggles in the empty-ish introductory pages from when I was reporting on world news at the tender age of five.

I’ve given up my journalistic ambitions, but I haven’t given up on communicating through the written word. Words are so beautiful, so powerful, and so welcoming when we use them right. And since the only way to really get it right is to give it to Jesus, I pray that I’ll use these words correctly right here on The Merry Mess. I’ve got a heart for connecting with women and wherever you are on the other side of that screen, I hope you find encouragement, connection, and celebration here!

I don’t have all the answers and I’m not the most tech-savvy female out there, but I am qualified to do my part through this website. Over the past three years, I’ve had many great offline opportunities to nurture my fellow women, like . . .

+ leading a small group using Stephanie May Wilson’s guide;

+ co-leading a women’s Bible study through my local church’s women’s outreach program;

+ and being a friend and a hostess. (Which means cooking and serving food, rushing to the scene of a car accident, battling in prayer for my girls, championing other women, and so much more.)

Thanks a million for dropping by! ♥

– Justine