Lesley Ware’s major life transition, Bumble success story, and fashion as self-care

Lesley Ware Jumble and Flow

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“How does one be happy, hurting, growing, and healing simultaneously?” Good question, right? These are the jumbles that Lesley Ware, now 42, started working through when she turned 40. At the time, the author and educator was going through what she describes as a “major life transition”. Lesley was recently separated and starting therapy to […]

We survived the first week of remote learning during the pandemic

The morning of our first day of remote kindergarten during the pandemic

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Not going to sugar-coat it — the first day of my twins’ kindergarten was kind of a shitshow. (BTW, I took the above smiley photo of my husband and our kids an hour before school started.) On Monday, August 24, Zoom conked out just as millions of other kids tried to log on for remote […]

Women over 40 are poised to be one of the most powerful U.S. demographics

Stats about women over 40

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Women over 40 have more power — at home, at work, in politics, in the world — than ever before.  That’s one of the key takeaways from a recent survey of 500 women over 40. We were already feeling confident about middle age women’s power — Jumble & Flow’s raison d’être — but what we […]

‘Two of the gifts of age are wisdom and not giving so many f***s’

Dixie Laite for Jumble & Flow

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I have a number of favorite people, but Dixie Laite is hands-down at the top of the list. I’ve thought of Dixie, now 58, as a mentor ever since she welcomed me with open arms when I arrived as a fresh-off-the-boat Midwesterner in New York in my early 30s.  We’d originally met through my old […]

No more faking the funk: Our cofounder turns her back on Silicon Valley startup culture

Candice Nobles Alamo Square Park

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“No one expected me to be Black,” says Candice Nobles, reflecting on the day she arrived for her first day on the job at a San Francisco software company in 2002.  This was the pre-Zoom era — she landed her marketing role through phone interviews while living in Chicago. “It was hilarious,” Candice says. “The […]

‘Cancer has a way of saying you can do whatever the hell you want’

Kirsten Johnson Cancer Survivor

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This was Kirsten Johnson’s life in 2016 when she battled stage 3B inflammatory breast cancer. She’s pictured here with her stepdaughter, Claire (now 17), the daughter of her now ex-husband, and her daughter James, now 6. Being a cancer patient / self-employed / single mom is no fucking joke.” You can count on Kirsten Johnson […]

Marissa Huber shows how to live life your way, with ‘time chunking’

Marissa Huber at Alt Summit in March 2020

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Sometimes frustration is the best medicine for change — at least, that was the case for Marissa Huber. In 2015, at 38, the artist got so annoyed with people saying she’d have no time for herself once she became a parent that she “unintentionally built a community of creatives” to talk about it.  That accidental […]

RIP George Floyd: This is how Chicago artists honor his name in street art

Together We Stand BLM art Chicago

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Chicago artists are creating beautiful work to honor and remember George Floyd. We took these photos in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood on June 9, 2020, shortly before Floyd was laid to rest next to his mother in his hometown of Houston, Texas. Amy Cuevas SchroederAmy Cuevas Schroeder is the founder of Jumble & Flow, the […]

Black Lives Matter, biracial identity, and the feeling of jeopardy that comes with systemic change

Amy Cuevas Schroeder Martin Cuevas

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You’re probably feeling a jumble of emotions right now: anger, fear, confusion. Maybe you’re thinking, “What should I do now?” or “How can I help?”  We’re right there with you. Over the weekend, I tried to pull back tears while reading about peaceful protests turning violent. I couldn’t stop crying until I talked about what […]

‘In my 50s, I’m free to be whatever or whoever I want’

Jeanne Chung, founder of MIGHTY Menopause

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Jeanne Chung portrait by Margot Duane Jeanne Chung wants to “rebrand” what it means for women to be in their 40s and 50s. “There’s Glossier on one side and AARP on the other,” says the 52-year-old founder of MIGHTY Menopause.  “JLo at the Superbowl was so polarizing. Modern, GenX women don’t fit into the social […]