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Jessica Hauerwas

Jessica Hauerwas
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Jessica is a nonprofit leader who loves bopping around Lafayette for the best burgers or bands in town. She is the Executive Director of Downtown Lafayette Unlimited where she runs the day-to-day nonprofit. She and her husband Chris have three littles at home (Jane, Clark, and Louise) where there is lots of giggling and always a cup of coffee brewing. Jessica is passionate about community-building and empowering working mothers. Jessica also volunteers for various organizations, is a member of the Lafayette Re-Entry Coalition, a graduate of Leadership Lafayette, and a survivor of being a mother of three under 4.

Maternity Leave :: How Valued (or Not) is Child Bearing?

Maternity Leave :: How Valued (or Not) is Child Bearing? As I prepare for my third baby, I am also preparing for my third maternity leave.  Each of my birth and postpartum experiences have been different. My...

What AppleTV+’s “Shrinking” Taught Me About Marriage

I’m a die-hard Ted Lasso fan. My husband and I are soccer fanatics, so combine that with fantastic writing and cast, and we’re smitten. Well, AppleTV+ has done it again with their newest dramedy Shrinking....

You Can’t Always Pray the Cray Away

I am a woman of faith. I was raised Catholic, and continue to be a devout Catholic in my adulthood and am raising my family in the faith. As a Catholic, I believe in...

A Tablet for my Toddler: A Story About Caving In

I swore I would never be that parent. I’d see kids at the restaurant with their tablets set up while their parents sipped margaritas. I’d hear that the number one essential of road trips...

3 Kids Under 4: The Financial Truths

This is part 1 of a series as I journey into motherhood with three kids. Three kids who are 3 and under. My daughter is 3, my son is 19 months, and I’m 19...

Please World, Let Me Age in Peace

Please World, Let Me Age in Peace I cannot tell you the number of TikTok videos that I get about botox. The number of women I know who nearly faint about finding a strand of...

My New Year’s Resolution: Flexibility 

It may sound counterintuitive to want a flexible resolution, but in my case, it’s necessary.  I have lived most of my life in black and white. I was raised in an extremely orderly household but...

31 Lessons from my 31 Years

I love my 30s so far. Don’t get me wrong, my 20s were a blast. I graduated college, bought my first home, got married, and had babies. It was a whirlwind of a decade....

Top 3 Reasons to Hold off on Christmas until After Thanksgiving  

As I drive around town, I see people replacing their jack-o-lanterns and skeletons for twinkle lights and wreaths. Did I miss something? With the festivities of Halloween and the spirit of Christmas, poor Thanksgiving has...

Gift Ideas :: Six Non-”Thing” Gifts for Mom

My house is full of STUFF. Never did I think that two adults and two children could have so many possessions. As the holidays come up, my family is making our list and checking...