Chasing the Bright Side by Jess Ekstrom

Chasing the Bright Side

One flicker of hope. That’s all it takes to catapult yourself into the life you’ve always imagined.Success is not born out of skill, school, where we’re from, who we know, or what we scored on the SAT. None of us were born ready. None of us started life knowing how to fly a plane or launch a company or knit a sweater for our dog.But we are born with something more important than skills. We’re born with optimism—the initial seed for succ...

Details Chasing the Bright Side

TitleChasing the Bright Side
Release DateNov 5th, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreNonfiction, Inspirational, Self Help

Reviews Chasing the Bright Side

  • Shelly
    From the creator of Headbands of Hope for children with cancer comes this delightful book on optimism. Chasing The Bright Side is more than an ode to bright-sided mantras. Optimism is, in the author’s words, “about understanding that we can’t control all of our experiences, but we can control what they mean to us and the story they write for us.”Optimism and the stories we write for ourselves are inextricable linked. Optimism is powerful....
  • Jenny Kruschke
    This book is encouraging without being cheesy. Jess writes in a conversational style, sharing her real life experiences in a way that helps us connect with her message and not feel as if we are being lectured to. Jess lets us in on her biggest failures, most embarrassing moments, and major fears. Showing us how optimism can help fuel the fire and keep us going in the worst of times, Jess encourages us not just to dream, but to put those dreams in...
  • Addie Yoder
    I have read a ton of books about women who struggled, built a business, over came hard times and wanted to share their tips and stories. This one is a little special. I went into it expecting the same thing I have read over and over. Don't get me wrong, those stories are all great, but the are pretty similar. Jess put her story in perspective of optimism and the ways that we can control our mindset and perspective and actions in a totally new way...
  • Kat Fitzpatrick
    Chasing the Brightside is optimism made fun. This book is well-paced and easy to read--the author's storytelling style is so seamless you don't even realize that you're learning lessons along the way. There are many quotes that just stick with you, such as: "Optimism is the initial seed that has to be planted for any great movement, startup, change or revolution to begin," "Just begin where you are," and "Out of your 70,000 daily thoughts, which...
  • Kelli Panique
    If you could change the voice in your head to a different voice like you do on an app on your phone, I would highly suggest changing it to Jess Ekstorm's voice. Her positivity is contagious and empowering. Chasing the Bright Side is, of course, about optimism, but not a put-on-the-rose-colored-glasses-and-everything-will-be-okay optimism. This is optimism in the face of struggle, disappointments, and naysayers. It's about trying to figure out lif...
  • Shannon Leigh
    Personal development books are my JAM, and I can’t wait for this one! I just listened to a sneak preview of the first chapter of the audiobook and I can’t wait to hear/read the rest.
  • Laura
    This lovely, optimistic book really got under my pessimistic skin--and in all the right ways.As someone who quite literally sees the bad in everything (I’m working on it) a small part of me wants to instantly check out at the mention of bright sides and unyielding optimism. I’d just as soon go back to the next book on my to-read list that undoubtedly involves an unsolved murder. But, like I said, I’m working on it. And, with Chasing the Bri...
  • Jillian Totman
    Settled in for a cozy Saturday night with this good book. Jess Ekstrom’s insights on how embracing optimism and activating your purpose can help you write your own story was inspiring. Chapter 8 of Chasing the Bright Side, is by far my favorite. “We will never be able to walk into a new experience being totally prepared and knowing everything there is to know, so we need to feel tall enough even when we don’t have all the answers.” The st...
  • Lesa Wilson
    I'm a big Jess Eckstrom fan. She has a powerful message of optimism and hope. Chasing the Bright Side is a fun read that takes you on the adventure of Jess' life. It's inspiring. I love how she finds the positive spin on every tough situation she's walked through and is able to articulate the lessons and how one thing led to the other. It's a great read that will uplift you and challenge you to find the bright side in everything.
  • Hannah
    I started this book and I was hooked immediately! Jess’ conversational style of writing feels like she’s there with you. She is real and honest and FUNNY, and tells you the things you need to hear in a way that makes you excited to hear them. Highly recommended!
  • June
    This book covers a lot of the same ground that many positive-thinking self-help books do, but the author has some interesting stories to share. In particular, the relative she called "Uncle Bernie" became infamous when he stole away the wealth of many high-profile victims as well as Jess's family: Bernie Madoff. Her family was forced to rebuild their lives, and Jess took a path that involved working at Disney, getting involved with the Make-A-Wis...
  • Kristen
    Memoirs of a successful millennial. Braggadocio and bravado overtake the depressing nature of her storytelling. Twenty percent helpful and inspiring. Eighty percent entitlement describing college as “low lying fruit”.
  • Maggie Kane
    Ya'll, order this book TODAY. I am not kidding you, hands down the best book I've read in a long long long time. I not only cried and laughed the whole entire way through but it was more than that. I felt I knew Jess throughout the book. It was similar to having a conversation with her and boy is that the coolest thing. You don't see this in many authors. Jess has a way of relating to people (all people, seriously) in her words which is extremely...
  • Brittany Guerin
    Obsessed with this book! Jess is real, raw, and funny. It's nice to read a book where the author is so honest and humble, while being an incredibly successful entrepreneur. 5 stars!
  • Lindsay
    Chasing the Bright Side details the amazing and comical journey of how CEO and Founder of Headbands of Hope, Jess Eckstrom, achieved her undeniable success and created change--great change. It’s about how realistic optimism, relentless individuality, and big dreams can pave a path where no one dared to traverse. Jess does a phenomenal job exposing success for what it is: raw, organic, and hard! No perfectly manicured Instagram pictures here! Bu...
  • Michelle Yee
    I loved this book. And while I knew of Jess Ekstrom and already thought she’s amazing, I’ll admit I felt dubious at the start. Mostly because I haven’t had a burrito in awhile and I’m not a huge sports fan (two big loves that she immediately reveals about herself in the introduction). Luckily I didn’t let that deter me because this book is an absolute gem. It is so full with relatable stories, lessons, and learnings. Jess’ voice is so...
  • Kyria Mitchell
    Chasing the Bright Side can certainly become a best friend and companion for anyone looking for a practical toolbox about where and how to start.I received an Advanced Reader Copy of the book.This book is packed with information for anyone with even the smallest idea and desire to make an impact and inspire change. I’m not saying that these individuals are the only ones who will benefit from this book, because I believe that we can use a little...
  • Robyn Gobbel
    I've been following Jess Ekstrom since I heard her on a podcast earlier this year. When I saw she was publishing a book, I immediately pre-ordered. This is a delightful, easy read which seems to embody Jess's spirit of hope and optimism. I appreciated that she did not overly emphasize positivity- as a therapist, I actually see this as toxic and leads to people shaming themselves for not always being 'happy.' ALL emotions are important. Jess speak...
  • Rebecca
    I read a lot of “you can do it!”, fru fru motivational books. They mostly say the same stuff but I do believe motivation is like showering— ya gotta participate in it consistently. So I embrace it, skim through the text, and move on.I expected similar when getting Jess’s book (which isn’t a bad thing!)Welp. I finished the book yesterday. And let me say— it wasn’t anything like those fru fru books. Jess anchors the optimism she speak...
  • Casie Shimansky
    From the founder of Headbands of Hope, Jess Ekstrom's personal journey unfolds in Chasing the Bright Side - this book is loaded with optimism, actionable takeaways, and even a few surprises. I love how she wrote in a conversational tone, and it was like sitting down with Jess herself over a cup of coffee and having her tell me her life's story. It was a FUN, enjoyable, quick read and I didn't feel at all burdened by it - in fact, I never wanted i...
  • Sasha Blake
    This book has been a game changer for me. Six years ago I thought I lost everything due to a debilitating illness. Currently I suffer from this chronic illness that has reduced my mobility and stricken me with severe chronic pain. I’m not going to lie, I was having a pity party for one more often than not lately. One day I saw my mentor reading this book and I thought the cover was so pretty. I am a book junkie and it drew me inside the pages. ...
  • Kristie
    I thought I’d be reading a feel-good book from a young woman whose company mission impacted me...I had no idea I would be struck by her tenacity and insights, and encouraged in my journey as a mom. There’s nothing in the book that’s focused on parenting. I’m pretty sure Jess Ekstrom wasn’t thinking about how a working mom with tweens could use her book to think differently about parenting. I do hope she comes back to this book someday i...
  • Samantha Leahon
    Jess Ekstrom is the founder of Headbands of Hope (HOH), an organization that aims to make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer. In doing this, one headband is donated to a child with cancer for every headband that’s sold through the organization. I began volunteering as a Headband Hero with HOH one year ago, and have been following Jess ever since. Inspired from the start, I was excited to hear she was releasing a book. Let me ...
  • Beth Collier
    Chasing the Bright Side is a fun book of life lessons told by Jess Ekstrom. The stories of her own life are relatable in every way- especially if you are a child of the 90s who appreciates subtle sarcasm. Jess' stories of ambition and overcoming obstacles highlights the power of positivity and resilience. Each chapter concludes with real-life lessons learned without the over-Disney-fication of many other books with similar themes (although she ac...
  • Katie
    This is not a self help book. This is not a book that will walk you step by step on how to become happy with a new life. In fact, this book will force you to look at your life directly in the face and understand that there is good in all of it. That’s the point of this book. Optimism. Something Jess, the author, explains we all have as children and then learn to give up as we grow older. But we don’t have to! Jess writes in an honest and funn...
  • Linda Mitchell
    I love the whole fresh vibe of this book. Jess really draws you in with her backstory having Bernie Madoff as an uncle and yet retaining her optimism. In this story we find you can lose it all, but if you still have you and the ones you love, that's everything. We learn to replace limiting beliefs with optimism. I also took Improv to begin speaking, so I love where Jess talks about getting rid of our buts and excuses and saying yes and..... which...
  • Heather
    “We can’t always control our experiences but we can always write our stories.” Jess Ekstrom, founder of Headbands of Hope, writes about optimism. I saw Jess speak at an event for my son’s Student Leadership Program and I found myself dialed in to every word she spoke. Jess is honest, funny, determined, smart and spunky. And this book tells her incredible story of creating her own company while still in college and all the bumps (and there...
  • Lynsyrenay
    This book is hilarious and full of optimism. Whether you're considering starting your own business, contemplating a major milestone in your life, overcoming something difficult, or just needing a shot of positivity this is the book for you. It will give you the extra bit of confidence, the extra bit of good vibes you need to push through and just do it!Jess is hilarious and reading this book feels like sitting down and talking to a friend. She's ...
  • Guida Brown
    I saw the author Jess Ekstrom speak, and she was so engaging that I ordered her book — which hadn’t been released yet — before I left the conference. I wish I’d’ve saved my money and time. The book was not for me — a 50+ woman who’s worked in the nonprofit sector her entire adult life. To me, the book was a redundant slog written by someone who has no idea how most people live and achieve their goals. It’s sad that the $10,000 gif...
  • Kate LaCroix
    This is hands down one of my favorite books of all time. I finished it this morning, and enjoyed tons of laughter, a-ha like insights, and a few tears. Jess truly brings you into her experiences in a way that you can relate to - I had several moments of “I hear ya girl”, as I devoured the pages. The Take it or Leave it sections at the end of each chapter really help us to reflect on our own lives, and inspire us to take action. I will be gift...