Thank you for visiting Gems & Joy! My name is Polly and I live in Seattle where I am a wife and mom to my toddler son, Gabriel. I love expressing my creativity through writing, cooking, and just about anything that challenges me. Writing has always been something I have truly enjoyed, however, it was a struggle for me to balance what I love with my daily responsibilities and routine. Now I realize the importance of carving out time to do what makes me happy and writing is definitely something I am passionate about.

My background is in healthcare administration and I also continued working in the corporate world before switching gears and becoming a stay at home mom. Do I miss the corporate lifestyle? Sometimes. However, staying at home allows me to have the best job in the world, which is being able to raise my son. This also allows me to dedicate more time to writing and that’s how Gems & Joy came about. Here you will find posts that range from topics about beauty, healthy living, career topics, my adventures as a first time mom, and just life in general. Other than being able to express myself creatively, the purpose of my blog is to show others that I’m an everyday woman who is relatable and faces challenges just like everyone else. If you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions for my blog, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Photography info: All original photos are taken by me and my husband, unless otherwise noted. We shoot with a Sony Alpha a6300 and a 50 mm and 55-210mm lens. Some of my instagram photos are taken with my iPhone 7.

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