I love what I do for a living, but these last ten years, I’ve done a very poor job of separating how I make a living from, well, actually living. So cliched, millenial and first world, huh? Yet, the struggle is so so real, and I’m hoping you’ll allow me to be honest and raw with all the real talk, random musings, and maybe even recipes (because I love food and alliterations) you’ll find here.

Thus, it’s important to say that everything you’ll find here (amidst the gadgets and gizmos a-plenty) are my thoughts and opinions alone, and do not reflect the thoughts, opinions, values, doctrines, mantras, rules, regulations, etc. of anyone else I love, admire, cherish, am affiliated or associated with, or have represented/ worked for at one point in time (cue song here). Especially my grandma, Inang the Great. She’s my angel lady and I won’t have you messing with her.

Additionally, my Twitter feed is garbage and my Instagram is full of food and Grandma photos (you’re welcome).

Storyteller, Reader, Music Maker, Eater.

Oh woman, thy name is mischief!
 And woman, thy name is dame

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with storytelling – especially through the pages of a book, the tune of a song, or the grace and percussion of a dance. Then, when I got a little bit older and my parents bought our first family computer, I was excited to learn (during the wee hours of the night and without their permission), that I could use it to tell stories in a digital space. My first website was a poetry website where I posted about how hard life is when you are twelve years old (I still stand by this, 100%). My second website was an “About Jillian” website much like this one (and it was probably a better one, too).

The Professional Stuff

For the last ten years, Jillian Fortin has specialized in working with small to medium sized businesses as well as non-profit organizations by helping them increase awareness of their brands online via search engines and social networks. She has traveled all over the country as a speaker on topics such as marketing through social networks, online brand management, universal design and accessibility. Previously, Jillian Fortin has managed web departments of up to 20 team members for online interactive marketing agencies and has held board positions for non-profit organizations in the Houston area.

Jillian’s colorful background includes experience in a number of industries: she has worked in upper management as well as the arts, oil and gas as well as youth leadership councils. Her clients have ranged from the ages of four years old to eighty-four years old. She firmly believes in self-education and as a student of life, she plans on educating herself for as long as she can.

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