Luke’s Birth Story

by jenna on August 3, 2016

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I will start off this post (my first post in two years!) by saying this is just a reflection of my experience and there’s no right or wrong way to birth. The most important thing is healthy baby and healthy mama, and it doesn’t matter how you get there. C-section births and epidural births are just as beautiful as natural births. My first birth felt rather traumatic and it took me a long time to talk about it openly without crying. My goal for this birth was simply to feel empowered. I didn’t write a birth plan and was not totally held to the idea that “I had to have a natural birth”. I knew my options, felt very confident and aware (much more so than last time) and filled myself up with positive affirmations. Every night before bed for the final month of pregnancy, I read a positive birth story. I think that really helped. Anyway, I just wanted to preface this post with that because I am in no way trying to say that my way was the best way. All births are beautiful.

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A Time To Say Goodbye

by jenna on April 26, 2015

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Well, I’ve started and stopped writing this post like a million times now.

I think you all know where I am going with this, as it’s been pretty clear to everyone I haven’t been around here much these days. When I started writing this blog, back in 2007, I had NO IDEA it would become what it has over the years. I didn’t start this to make money, to write a book, to go on trips, to make friends, to become a better cook…all of those things came over time, sure, but in the beginning I just wrote to share my life. I didn’t think anyone really cared what I had to say or what I was doing, but it turned out they did! And slowly, slowly, slowly this blog became a force — a driving force — in my life. Over time, it became my full time job and I adored every second of it. Some of you have been reading my blog since I started and I want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for doing so. You guys have seen me through cross country moves, breakups, death, marriage, life…the list goes on. After my brother passed away, this blog was one of the only things that kept me going day after day. I owe you all a million thank yous for sticking with me through thick and thin.

But, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that life is ever changing. We are always a work in progress, never completed. And I’m just going to be real honest with you all right now and say that I haven’t been passionate about writing this blog for a long time now. I don’t know what turned the switch, to be honest. I just know that you guys deserve more than me writing mediocre blog posts every three weeks. I would rather write nothing at all, than write something without passion in it. I’m sorry, but that’s the honest to goodness truth.

But you know what? For so long, I felt incredibly guilty about not wanting to write this blog anymore. I felt like I owed it to the world to continue, even though I wasn’t into it anymore. I felt guilty because I’ve been very successful as a blogger and walking away from all that just seemed silly. Like, why would you walk away from a perfectly great job you created for yourself years ago? A job that’s brought you personal friendships, financial freedom, trips around the world and the ability to work from home. Doesn’t everyone want that? I had to be literally off my rocker to throw that away. So, I shoved the thought under the rug and deemed it to be a stage I was going through, yada yada yada. Months went by.

But then I started waking up in the middle night literally having panic attacks over writing blog posts….and then I sat down with myself, asked myself some brutally honest questions and took to my journal. I prayed and listened and confronted some deep truths and fears about myself. And I realized that as much as I enjoyed writing this blog in my twenties, it was time to move on to something new.

Just when I came to all those earth shattering conclusions was right when a brand spankin’ new opportunity was put in my lap. For the first time in a long time, I felt FIRED UP. I’ve launched my new business as an online health and fitness coach and I am crazy in love with it. It feels amazing and life giving for me to do something new like this. A clean slate, a new start, a new job I’m creating for myself that’s rooted in helping other people reach their goals. I’ve been “Jenna, the food blogger” for so long now that it’s weird to think of myself as anything but that. But, YES. This. I could feel deep down in my bones that this was the right move for me right now and I just took that opportunity and ran with it.

Don’t worry — the archives and all the recipes and old posts will still be here for you. I would never be so mean as to deprive you of my mom’s famous spaghetti sauce recipe or anything. I mean, come on. Comments in the future will, however, be disabled.

I also warmly invite you guys to continue following my journey on Facebook and Instagram! And I would love to talk personally with any one of you if you have health or fitness goals you’d like some help with attaining. It’s been a huge blessing in my life to get to “know” all of you on here. Thank you for reading every day, for your messages, your emails, your comments. I can’t thank you enough for your support over the past eight years. I love you guys and hope we all can stay in touch!

 

 

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My Favorite Diaper Bag {GIVEAWAY!}

April 16, 2015

Happy Thursday! Many of you have commented on my awesome diaper bag I’ve been toting lately in Instagram shots —- it’s the new LiveFashionable Sewunet Tote! It’s not a traditional diaper bag (it’s not even marketed as a diaper bag!) but that’s why I love it. It’s essentially a super cool leather and canvas beach […]

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Our Experience (so far) with T25 + Why I Became a Beachbody Coach

April 10, 2015

Okay guys, so I almost didn’t write this post today. Since I announced my husband and I were halfway done with the T25 exercise program and loving every day of it, I have gotten HUNDREDS of emails from you all wanting to know more. I’ve stayed up late every night this week working to respond […]

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What We’re Loving Lately

April 3, 2015

I’m sorry I haven’ t been around more this week! We’ve had a tough time with teething lately – Grayson’s bottom two teeth came in no problem in January but these top two…..whew. Night and day. Poor guy has every single teething symptom in the book (including cold-like symptoms, diaper rash, night wakings…) and it’s […]

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What We Snack On

March 25, 2015

I get asked pretty often what our meals and snacks look like these days so I thought this would be a fun post. Lately, I have been really trying to make an effort to keep healthier snack foods on hand (mainly for my own sake so I don’t binge on tortilla chips the second I […]

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Getting Active

March 19, 2015

If I had to summarize my early 20’s, I would say one big word: FITNESS. I was really into working out, ran all the races, did all the power yoga, loved spin classes, ate super duper clean all the time…yada yada yada. Looking back, I was in really great shape but I was also, like, […]

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Chickpea and Pasta Soup (Pasta e Ceci)

March 18, 2015

By the title, this soup might seem deceptively plain. Another chickpea soup recipe. Womp womp. However, I’m here today to tell you this is NOT just “another” chickpea soup recipe. This soup is special. I’m convinced it has magic powers, actually. The simple ingredients (that most likely already have in your pantry) combine to create […]

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