Jess Butler


What’s your day job?
I teach sociology and a first year seminar course at Butler University.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Egg sandwiches. Every time I move to a new city I try to find the best egg sandwich in town. So far “The Gretchen” at Three Sisters is at the top of my Indy list.

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in indy?
During the school year, if I have a free afternoon you can find me either at the bar or at Breathing Space yoga. In the summer, I’ll add a hike with my dog to that rotation.

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
Creative Mornings! It was the end of the semester, so everyone was ready to be done and I was feeling kind of flat and uninspired about doing what I do, and listening to all these people talk about the magic of words, the power of language as a force for social change, hit me in just the right spot.

In the spirit of the theme, what risk has led you to great reward?
I’ve moved a lot since high school– started in Ohio, then Boston, Los Angeles, Colorado, now Indy. It’s hard to push the reset button every couple years– I miss the friends I’ve made, and getting plugged in to a new place takes time and a lot of emotional energy. The risk, and also the great reward, has been that I’ve had to make friends with myself and learn what it means to stay present in the middle of change and uncertainty. It’s not always fun, but it’s been worth it.