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Optional Optimism

Jacki Carr

A writing space with Jacki Carr sharing stories, haiku and journal prompts that make you feel then think.

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Latest Issues

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Audit & Ask: June

I made the trek to Whole Foods in Portland today and by the time I got there this morning, like five minutes to pulling into the parking lot, my youngest fell asleep in the car. We took one of the walls off her crib and well, the sleep tran...

16 days ago

Journal Prompts #22: Designing the Future

I was vision boarding a couple years ago and I found a beautiful image of a woman herding sheep. It was definitely an avant-garde image with this gorgeous Black woman wearing pink satin with the wooly sheep all snuggled up behind her.

a month ago

Haiku Collection Vol. #7

On the plane recently, an older woman in my row started saying, ‘are you okay? are you okay?’

a month ago

Self trust in a distracted world.

A curiosity has been rumbling in me for a while now about our lives online. As an elder millennial, I was not born into a digital landscape and I think that places me in a unique position to somewhat see and feel the before and after.

2 months ago


The writers behind this newsletter.

  • Jacki Carr

    Jacki Carr writes stories that connect dots and reflect us back to one another so that we remember we are not perfect and that's the most relatable thing about us. She speaks on stages, writes haikus and also loves dark chocolate and vulnerability.

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