Jody of All Trades

I am sure at one point or another in your life you have heard the phrase “Jack of all trades, Master of none.” I just want to go on record to say I HATE THAT PHRASE!

When I was in graduate school, the first time around, I had someone who I looked up too on occasions tell me that I was basically that phrase in human form. I actually didn’t know how to take it. She told me that I needed to focus, that I was all over the place in terms of jobs I held, interests that I wanted to explore and goals. For a long time I actually believed what she said was a bad thing and I’m almost certain that she meant it to be.

Since then I guess you can say I have lived up to that description. I HAVE A LOT OF INTERESTS what can I say. I joined the Army, went to grad school AGAIN, traveled to a few different countries, went for my personal training certification, became a freelance photographer and videographer and started a YouTube channel.

About a year ago I started having serious doubts about my life and my future. I started thinking that I had done so much in life but believed I had nothing to show for it. All my friends and family members were buying houses, having kids and getting married and then there I was just going through the motions, or so I thought.

It’s amazing how many people are silently cheering you on when you have no idea. Here I was thinking that I was lost and needed guidance on where my life was headed but then I realized that it was going exactly where it needed it to, UP. I remember seeing this quote that really spoke to me and it read:


Now that I believe defines who I am. I sometimes get praised for some of my work but I am honestly just enjoying life and trying out new things. I knew I wanted my 20’s to be my explored years. Any and everything I wanted to do I made an attempt to. I haven’t accomplished everything yet and I am perfectly ok with that. I just know that I am able to do so much in my life and I don’t ever want to put boundaries on my curiosity.

I am almost 30 and I am finally trying to put down roots. I am in the process of trying to buy my first house and man is it stressful but there is just this feeling of accomplishment and badassness that washes over me when I realize that I am able to even be in the position to attempt this.

People ask me all the time, what is it that you do and I always take a deep breath before I answer because I literally feel like I do it all :-). I love the fact that I was knowledge of so many different things because at any point in life I can be handed a tasks and be almost certain that no matter what it is I will know how to at least attempt to face it head on.

Thinking back to how disappointed and hurt I felt that day when someone working in a field that I dreamed to one day work in told me I was all over the place and that no one would want to hire me if I didn’t  settle down, I just smile. The pain I felt that day has no comparison to the joy I feel today when I look back on all the experiences I have had. I wouldn’t change my decisions because they helped shape me and grow my sense of self worth.

Sure it would’ve been easier to take a 9-5 working behind a desk somewhere but then I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy life’s what if moments I had endured. I am all over the place but I don’t think that is a bad thing anymore.

I  sports, food, kids, media, photography and writing so I do them all. I get in the kitchen and record my recipes and experiments and post them on my blog or YouTube page . I love capturing moments on my camera, both video and photos and sharing them with others. Sports and kids have always been passions of mine so I coach, train and work at a school.

I get the opportunity to do everything I love without having to pick just one because I don’t think I would ever want to. I mean truth be told I think I am exactly what she said I am but I am me, Jody of all Trades….mastering them one by one.





Published by: Pieces of Me

Often times we find ourselves hoping to following our minds rather than our hearts and we soon realize it's not the case. we get so caught up in our feelings and allow the stream of tears to sway us into making short term decisions that has long term effects. Sometimes we need to take a step back from ourselves and look at things from the outside. Ask ourselves is it worth it? Will I be ok with my decision tomorrow? Once we decide that it is worth losing we need to breathe in release and let go! No looking back, no regrets, just high hopes for the future, less frowns and more smiles. My name is Jordean Matthews and I am a native of Pleasantville, NJ. This blog showcases all things that are me. My life, my talents, my thoughts, my family. It truly displays all the pieces of me.

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