Jolene Jungling is the lifestyle blogger behind itsjolene.com, which launched in 2020. “I write about all things lifestyle, motherhood, wellness, beauty and style. I’m a full-time working mom but absolutely love blogging as often as I can. My intent is to provide readers with useful and meaningful content whether it be tips based on personal experience or helpful recommendations.” Learn about Jolene Jungling…
Hometown: Slater, Iowa
First job: As a child I spent countless hours at my neighborhood swimming pool during the summer, so I was super excited when I was old enough to apply for and become a “basket person.” My primary job duties included taking payment and giving patrons a basket to keep their items inside. I went on to become a lifeguard, swim instructor and assistant manager at the pool as well.
Favorite ways to spend your free time in IA: Going for a walk or run around Gray’s Lake in Des Moines. I also love strolling the aisles of antique and thrift stores and enjoying a bite to eat at my favorite local restaurants.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: Being a mom. Becoming a mom, in itself, isn’t necessarily an accomplishment, but it’s definitely been the most important, challenging and rewarding experience of my life.
The biggest obstacle you overcame: I experienced complications after the birth of my first daughter and it was an extremely trying time in my life. I had never experienced daily struggle or distress like that before. By taking things a day (and sometimes an hour) at a time and through daily prayer, I was able to see the clouds start to part. Through it all, I met some of the most amazing people (mostly health care professionals) and I saw such goodness and graciousness from those who helped me through it. I was also incredibly blessed to have my loving husband, family and friends as part of my support system.
Someone who inspires you and why: My late parents. My mom had Multiple Sclerosis and faced numerous health challenges throughout her life yet was the strongest, most courageous person I’ve ever known. My dad was her primary caretaker, and his unwavering devotion and dedication to her was an incredible display of unconditional love. It inspires me to this day.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Just hit publish! It can feel daunting to start a blog and put your words and thoughts on the Internet for all to see, but I encourage you not to overthink it and go for it.
Favorite quote: “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I collect vintage salt and pepper shakers.
What makes someone fabulous: There are a host of qualities one can possess to be fabulous, but I find myself most in admiration of those who display empathy and gratitude.