About Me

Classy McGraceful (aka Jill Gillespie)

Hi! I'm Jill Gillespie, and I'm a writer, comedian, yoga teacher, and visual artist based out of Kansas City, MO, originally from Aberdeen, SD.

When not posting all over this blog, I can be found volunteering, event planning, fundraising for organizations I support, performing improv and sketch comedy, practicing and teaching yoga, and just...feeling feelings, I guess. In 2016 I published my first book of comics and stories from the blog (and some new drawings, too). Learn more and/or purchase my book here!

The Drawings

I’m crazy. I’m Type-A to the max, and I strive for unrealistic amounts of perfection in myself. A few years back, a communication snafu sent me over the edge. I fell to the floor and sobbed and pulled my hair and screamed until all the feelings were gone. It was the worst I had felt about myself in a really long time. Yes, mostly because I misunderstood some plans.

I picked myself up and decided that I need to stop taking myself so seriously. Existence is crazy, people aren’t mind readers, I might be insane. OK. I turned to exploring my personality and the types of things that drive me ape-shit crazy, and I learned to laugh at myself. I opened a sketchbook and just started drawing. I set my perfectionist nature neatly aside and allowed myself to tell stories and just...suck at something. I explore how my brain makes me view myself sometimes, and how I then relate to others. It helps me laugh, and I think it helps the people I love understand me better. It turns out we’re all a little crazy. And that’s OK.

The Hats

[CW: The original intentions of hats was diet culture, and I write a little bit about IWL in the section below. It's now May 2022, and I'm horrified at how disordered the behaviors were, and how hard I was on myself. My current revisions are in brackets]. My perfectionism also makes me really impatient. I want a creative patient artist brain nownownow, and I just don’t have it. I’ll try something, but if I’m not immediately producing something awesome, I give up. In the midst of everything, I also went through a weight-loss journey. I lost over X lbs after I moved to Kansas City. While I had a new body [omg Jill, what was that], I kept my old brain [because my brain was trying to keep me alive from the starving I was doing]. I was always looking for things to do to keep me occupied to stay out of the kitchen at night [...instead of just nourishing myself with the food I needed.]

A couple years back, I received a gift card to a craft store and stumbled on these circle knitting looms. The packaging told me I could make stocking caps in a few easy steps, and I didn’t have to learn how to knit well. Whoa. I bought those looms and some yarn, and when I got home that night, I plopped in the middle of the hallway and just started ‘knitting’ until I had a hat. I pretty much haven’t stopped. [I did stop after hundreds and hundreds of hats. So many that they consumed my life and I didn't have any internal motivation to keep going].