Light and Zest

was born out of a need to make things…

beautiful things

and things with meaning.


Light and Zest is created and curated by Jessie Courson, hoping to encourage women to claim their God-given beauty: body & soul, enjoy the life they’ve been given, and embrace the God who made them.


Jessie is a trained painter who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors. She is a graphic and website designer by profession. She plays delightful and often imperfect roles, such as: wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, Christian, American who has lived overseas, white woman, and most specifically: middle aged human being.


She wonders how our lives would be different if we applied the truths of Scripture in small practical steps. She attempts to do this herself, knowing she could never do it perfectly, but that should never stop her from trying. She has come to the same conclusion time-and-time again: clarifying who she is and what she thinks on paper is challenging yet also fulfilling. While sharing can be scary, it is also somehow a sacred act of being human. So, she continues to enjoy experimentation in art and writing while making her tiny way.


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Why the name Light and Zest?

Here is the quote that inspired the name:


“Light, space, zest—that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.”

– Psalm 27:1 MSG