Made of Words

Jess van Roekel
Musings from a freelance writer trying to make sense of the world while raising two kids.
Created 28 Aug 2021
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  • Reframing sleep
    27 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    Two sleeping babes, aka hitting the sleep jackpot. I’ve recently started seeing a therapist and we’ve spent a bit of time talking about sleep. Like many parents of young children, sleep has been a sou...
  • Save to drafts
    16 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    Photo credit: Anders Jildén Do you ever have days where your thoughts are dark and turbulent, like oily black sea churning under a bright full moon? The moon remains steady and cool while waves tumble...
  • Do you follow people you disagree with?
    12 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 0 2
    There’s this Australian singer I love. He’s got a stunning voice and an amazing way with words. I walked down the aisle to one of his songs. My husband and I also swayed to this song as our first danc...
  • Am I being creative or just complaining?
    06 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 3 1
    I’m at my most creative when I’m sad, confused, or angry. I write when I need to grapple with something – a thought, tension, or confronting truth. Writing helps me make sense of the swirling thoughts...
  • Hiding in my pantry eating Choc Thins
    02 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    I want to start this email by saying I am so pro Lockdown. I’m pro staying home, flattening the curve, listening to epidemiologists, and saving lives. Give me all the Lockdowns. So long as you give me...
  • Why I’m jealous of Barack Obama
    30 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 1 4
    I’m 26 hours into Barack Obama’s ‘A Promised Land’ on Audible, with just over three hours to go. It’s a fascinating recount of his election campaign and first term as President of the United States. I...
  • Sometimes, I wish I could quit the internet
    29 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    I’m a freelance copywriter. I write websites and blog posts for a living. I’m also from the generation that barely remembers life before Google. When Lorde sang “maybe the internet raised us”, I felt ...
  • Musings from an overthinking millennial trying to make sense of the world, while raising two kids.
    28 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Welcome to Made of Words by me, Jess van Roekel. I write to make sense of the thoughts in my head. Sign up now so you don’t miss the first issue. Subscribe now In the meantime, tell your friends!
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