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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Wendy April 26, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Thank you Jenna! I’ve read your posts over the years, and have loved your earnest heart, and the adventures and heart aches, that you have shared with raw pain and joy and hope! Thank you for letting me journey along with you! May God continue to bless the road!

His Peace,

Wendy

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Laura @ Raise Your Garden April 28, 2015 at 4:11 am

Oh my! I’m kind of shocked right now but God has richly blessed you with a new career and that’s something to celebrate! May He continue to bless. And how fortunate you find your way and the right path for you! Best of luck always!

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Bri | Bites of Bri April 26, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Wow! I am so happy for you. Once you lose the passion, it’s hard to get it back. I wish you the best and so much happiness!

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Jen April 26, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Congrats! Do you have a new fitness coach website then?

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Averie @ Averie Cooks April 26, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Jenna I am happy for you that you’re doing what you feel like is the right thing for you, for your family, and for where you are at in your life right now!! I wish you the best!!

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Emilee April 26, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Jenna, this might be one of the only times I’ve ever commented on your blog, but I’ve been a reader for years, about since you started. I wanted to wish you the best with everything and may you continue to seek God for every decision. I’m so, so sad but wish you the best on the next chapter! Thank you for your unique writing, recipes, and sharing your life through this wonderful blog you created.
-Emilee

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Lauren April 26, 2015 at 3:41 pm

I began reading your blog last year shortly after finding out I was pregnant with my first baby, a little boy. I can honestly say that the stories in your early posts helped give me perspective on some of the tough issues I was dealing with then. As my little one, now 6 months old, has grown I’ve so enjoyed keeping up with your journey with little Greyson! I’m so very happy for you to have found something that you can grow in and be passionate about again! Truly if being a mama has taught us anything it has to be that every moment in life is worth being present in and enjoying to the fullest!!

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Marian April 26, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Thanks Jenna for all you have done. I’ve loved your blog, your recipes, your book and I hate to see you go but all good things must come to an end. One of my daughters followed your blog and turned me onto it. I will miss you. You are like a breath of fresh air in my life! I understand though and am thankful that you will keep your blog up for your delicious recipes. I hope you do start a fitness blog. I love how you love your mom and how you love being a mom. It’s the greatest thing ever! I wish you the best always. Thank you so much <3

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Sarah April 26, 2015 at 3:44 pm

You will be missed but good for you for following your passion and heart! I’ll keep following via facebook and instagram:))

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Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner April 26, 2015 at 3:45 pm

It’s been a pleasure getting to know you through your blog. Congratulations on your next big adventure!

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Laura W April 26, 2015 at 3:46 pm

I will definitely continue to follow you on Instagram and Facebook. While I’m so sad to see you go, I’m glad you were able to find your next thing to be passionate about. I wish you all the best!!

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Anne April 26, 2015 at 3:47 pm

jenna, it was your blog, at your cousins recommendation back into thousand and seven that got me into blogging to begin with!I thought time I thought it was kind of weird until I found your blog.

Thank you so much for all of your posts over the past few years, especially your chocolate cake with chocolate icing (I was literally talking to my mom about that this morning:))

Best wishes to you in the future!

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megan April 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Good luck, Jenna! Motherhood is such a blessing and I think that following your heart is the best choice! I love your blog but miss your recipes! It’s been so fun watching you grow and learn, thank you for sharing your life here. Really, from my heart, good luck!

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Wendy April 26, 2015 at 3:52 pm

God Bless Jenna!
Selfishly i will miss you, as i have been reading-or trolling- from the beginning. The best job is not a job at all and good for you!
Best of luck!

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Rachel J April 26, 2015 at 3:53 pm

I will miss your posts, but I will continue to follow along via instagram! Congratulations and good luck with your new venture!

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Kristin April 26, 2015 at 4:01 pm

Thanks for all your AMAZING recipes over the years – EVERY. SINGLE. RECIPE. I’ve made of yours has been a HOME RUN – SO GOOD, real, easy, healthy … I am going to REALLY MISS your new recipe posts, but thank you for keeping them in the archives. I make so many of them on a regular basis. In fact, I just got back from the grocery store picking up ingredients to make your Creamy White Chicken Chili that is a regular favorite in our home. I have shared the recipe with many friends/family and they all love it too. I LOVE ALL YOUR SOUPS! Your Chicken tortellini kale soup I make often too and have made for several people recovering from surgery since it has such great protein in it and tastes amazing. Your Chickpea Feel Better soup is another one that I make all the time – sometimes weekly for my lunches. So glad we can still follow your adventures on Insta & FB. Are you ever going to go back teaching yoga? You seemed so passionate about that before baby arrived. I love your style and I have dear friends who live in Savannah, GA. Take care!

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Ingunn April 26, 2015 at 4:01 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for a long time, and while I’m sad to see you go, I’m happy you’ve found something new that makes you feel inspired! Thanks for sharing so much all these years and good luck in the future.

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Krista April 26, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Yours was the first blog I ever read and I have anxiously awaited your blog posts for years! I am so sad that you will no longer be blogging. I have loved your writing, your experiences, your courage to move across the country, your recipes, your lovely relationships with your family and I loved your book! I wish you much success with your new endeavors. Just know you will be very, very missed in blogland.

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AshleyL April 26, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Oh I will miss hearing all about you and your wonderful family! I’ve followed you since very beginning. Best of luck to you and your family!

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Sara April 26, 2015 at 4:16 pm

I’ve been following since 2009! Right out of college…I used your recipes to try new things.
I’m happy the recipes will still be available!

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Aggie April 26, 2015 at 4:18 pm

jenna, so happy for you and proud of you for following your heart! Wishing you all the best and of course I will always stay in touch πŸ™‚ xoxo

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Debbie Barbarich April 26, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Jenna, I’m also a reader for years, and I am sad to see you go, however, I’m so happy you have become my fitness coach! You’re truly inspiring and I’m excited to see what you have planned for your future! Xoxo

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Brandi April 26, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Wow, Jenna. Your blog posts will be missed but congrats on your next adventure. I started reading your blog years ago, when you were blogging about your days and working as a baker at a local store. My son is about 4 months older than yours so reading about a fussy baby and sleep training was refreshing to me, as I related so much. I will continue to follow you on Instagram and good luck.

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Alyssa April 26, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Jenna, I discovered your blog when I was going through a very hard time. I noticed how driven, and honest you were. I admired you from speaking out about your Christianity (and I still admire that you never ceased even though the comments were telling you to stop) I wrote you on a whim because I tried out yor egg sandwich recipe. Simple, and unbelievably good I had to compliment you. To my suprise you wrote me back. I was impressed you would takes your time to respond back to a simple compliment. It spoke volumes of your character. Sad to see you go, but very happy for your future. I know you will succeed. Best of luck to you and your family!!! I will still keep in touch via Instagram because after all you are an inspiration! Much love from Texas, Alyssa

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Anna April 26, 2015 at 4:23 pm

I think I just shed a tear, felt like when you watch the last episode of your favourite show and feel that strange void. But good luck to you Jenna in your life and career. All the best to your family and that little sweetheart Grayson!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 26, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Thank you for sharing your life with us for so long! You are an amazing woman my friend! Your book is still right there on my shelf too πŸ˜‰ XOXO

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Rachel April 26, 2015 at 4:34 pm

I’m one of those readers that have been following you since the start! Thank you for all your sharing, your beautiful, honest insights and inspirations and tasty recipes. Will certainly continue to follow you on other channels. Best of luck in your new journey, and all your other journeys after that. God bless you and your family.

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Jessica @ MyHealthyPassion April 26, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Jenna! Your blog is the reason I felt encouraged to start my own blog!!!! Best of luck to you! We will all miss you! PS.. Your book is still on my shelf!

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Lily O'Dare April 26, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Thank you for all the amazing recipes, inspiration, and wonderful posts! I’ve always loved reading and following, and will continue to do so on your other channels! Maybe we will run into each other one day in Vero.

Good luck with everything ahead!!! Your son is ADORABLE.

xo
Lily

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Heather April 26, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Wow, what a journey! Thanks for everything, it has been an amazing, wonderful, happy place to visit over the years πŸ™‚ Take care!

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) April 26, 2015 at 4:58 pm

I think I’ve been reading your blog since late 2009. It’s definitely been one of my favorite food blogs over the years. I have to say, I will totally miss your blog posts but I’m glad I’ll still be able to follow you on insta. πŸ™‚ Good luck on your new adventures, Jenna. Wishing you the best.

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kath April 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm

I will miss you!

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Casey April 26, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Man… I feel like I just got punched in the gut or broken up with. ..I’ve followed you from the beginning. I totally respect you and your decision. Life is short. Time with your baby will only make it seem more fleeting. Soak it up. Don’t blink. ….

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Caroline Leigh April 26, 2015 at 5:09 pm

I’m so sad to see you go but I’m so happy for you for pursuing what truly makes you happy. I’ve been following along since about 2010 and my husband and I make your recipes very often. I wish you and your family well and will most definitely keep following you along your journey on fbook and Instagram!
much love!

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Tracy April 26, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Jenna,

I am so happy you are excited about your work again! I have enjoyed and tried many of your recipes since 2011. Thank you for all that you have shared with us over the years, best of luck in your new journey.

Tracy

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Katelyn April 26, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Congratulations and thank you for welcoming us into your life for so long. Best of luck in your new endeavors and following your passions! Can’t wait to follow along on Instagram.

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Desiree April 26, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Hi Jenna. I have been reading your blog for a few years now and I enjoy making your recipes. We actually met when you where on your book tour in Atlanta. I grew up in the Bay Area but currently live in GA. I understand how life takes you down different paths. Doing the best for you and your family is #1. I wish the best for you and will continue to follow you on Instagram. Your fitness health coaching plan inspires me. Best wishes to you and your adorable family.

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Maria April 26, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Jenna,

Thank you so much for your blog! I’ve read it for years, since you were waking up at 3am to bake bread in the morning. I’m similar in age to you, so I’ve been growing up as you have and have seen the milestones that shape my life, and all the changes that come with it, reflected in your journey, too. Every so often I go back to your archives to see the old “what I eat and do for exercise in a day” posts for inspiration when I need to decide what’s for lunch or dinner, or how I could push myself to work out today. I’m so glad you’re leaving them up! I wish you and your family the best, and will absolutely be keeping up with you on Instagram.

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Val April 26, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Longtime reader here, just wanted to say I will miss your blog immensely! Thank you for your years of recipes, stories and inspiration, and I wish you and your family all the best!!

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Sarah Alves April 26, 2015 at 6:14 pm

You are a class-act, Jenna. I have so enjoyed following your Eat, Live, Run journey and I am very excited to keep up with you on Instagram. Thank you for reminding us all that we can always dream new dreams!

Sarah <3

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Susan M April 26, 2015 at 6:16 pm

I’ve always loved your blog, both the recipes and personal posts. Wish you all the best in your future endeavors! You will be missed!

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Betsey April 26, 2015 at 6:32 pm

Jenna, I am going to miss your blog so much! I have loved reading it and making your recipes. Whenever I make a new recipe my husband asks (with hope in his voice) “is it from that blog that’s so good?”….meaning yours of course! Every single one I have ever made from your blog has been amazing, and I am so glad you are keeping the archives up – thank you for that! I will miss reading new updates, but I have to admit I will probably still come back often to read old posts from before I started following and whenever I need a recipe. Thanks again for everything for sharing your life with us!

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Aimee April 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm

I wish you nothing but an immense amount of happiness and continued success. Thank you so much for sharing your heart, your recipes and your life with us!

P.S. that little man of yours is ADORABLE!

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Jessica April 26, 2015 at 6:41 pm

I’m so sad for myself, but happy for you. I’ve been reading since the very, very beginning and it almost feels like losing a friend. Good luck to you and your family, and your precious Grayson.
XOXO

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Kate April 26, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Jenna, I’ve been reading from the start. Thanks for sharing your life with us. Many blessings to you and your family. Xxoo

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Mom April 26, 2015 at 6:49 pm

I love this post, mainly because of the love and honesty you show. You, my daughter, are amazing and I love and support all you choose to do. Xbox ~ mom

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Mom April 26, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Xxox

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Annie April 26, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Jenna,
I have read your blog from the beginning and never commented (for all these years!), but now I want to thank you and say goodbye! Thank you for sharing your life, your wisdom, and your passions. I have read and loved this blog for so long that I almost feel that I know you. Good luck with your new job and with everything else. You are an inspiration.
Annie

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Tiffany April 26, 2015 at 6:56 pm

Congrats! Life is a beautiful journey and God has opened up the next chapter for you and your family. Good luck and thank you for sharing your life over the years.

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Leslie Means April 26, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Oh my goodness! You will be so missed on here! But life is too precious and short and beautiful to live without loving every moment. Good for you – sticking with your gut and making the right move for you and your family. You have touched so many across the globe with your words (including me!).

I didn’t read for the recipes – I read because of your honest and real approach on life. Know that you did this blog thing pretty darn great. And I would love to chat about fitness goals anytime!

Best wishes to you!

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JennyBC April 26, 2015 at 7:01 pm

Blessings on your new journey. It takes wisdom to know when to move on and trust in the new things ahead. Have so much fun!! Thank you for sharing over the years. I have enjoyed the recipes and other tips (I am a faithful Barre 3 at home exerciser because of you!) Soak in those moments with your sweet boys (little and not so little!)

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Urban Wife April 26, 2015 at 7:04 pm

I’m echoing the sentiments of so many others and saying that your blog has been such a blessing in my life the past 5 years I’ve been reading along. Thank you for so generously sharing your life with us and also for your honesty and bravery in listening to your heart. May God continue blessing you and I’ll be sure to keep following along on Instagram. Best wishes!!
xo

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Tracy April 26, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Oh, Jenna! I have loved following you on here. And there is certainly a season for everything! Thank you for making my meals at home much less boring. My hubby was really sick of “Chicken and rice” or “Sausage and rice” until I stumbled upon your blog. I just made your Spinach and Cheese Quinoa casserole last night (again). And it’s a favorite in our home, now. πŸ˜‰ Many blessings to you and your family!

XOXO

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Erica April 26, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Thank you, thank you for leaving the recipes up! I just started having a mini panick attack myself until I read that… Omg I love your recipes. Thank you for all of them!

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Chris Therrien April 26, 2015 at 7:26 pm

I’ve been reading for a long time and I’ve enjoyed your journey through life. You will be greatly missed!

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Frannie April 26, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Tears!!! Your blog was the very first one that I started following – it’s the end of an Era seeing your blog come to a close. I’ve learned so much and truly enjoyed following your life journey on this blog. Of course, I will continue to follow you on Instagram ? All the best to you, Jenna!

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barb April 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm

as others have said Jenna we have been reading you for several years. I wish you nothing but happy days from this time forward.

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Lauren @ sassy molassy April 26, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Ah, you will be missed Jenna, but I totally understand. I have been following from nearly the beginning and have really appreciated your honesty, heartfelt words, and amazing recipes. And now being preggo, I have been going back to read your cloth diapering and baby posts. πŸ™‚ Wishing you all the best!

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Danielle April 26, 2015 at 8:27 pm

As one of your first readers and a forever-fan, I’m proud of you for your honesty. Congratulations on such a great (blog) run. Best wishes with all to come! See you on Insta πŸ™‚ <3

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Molly April 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm

First we lose McDreamy and now you. Ouch.
I would say 4 out of 7 nights I make elr dinners! I am going to have to print out all your recipes in fear of the archives ever disappearing.
Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us. You were the first blog that I actually looked forward to reading. And then your blog turned into a breath of fresh air regarding life and eating.
Cheers to your new endeavors!

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Kim April 26, 2015 at 8:36 pm

So odd that I pulled up your blog today. Haven’t been on in months. I just wanted to share and say thanks. Your Mediterranean orzo Mac and cheese is now a staple in my house and my husband and 2 year old daughter’s absolute favorite. So you have impacted us here in Chicago. πŸ™‚ Best wishes on your new adventure!

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lena April 26, 2015 at 8:39 pm

So happy for you and your boys!! I am going to miss you!! I have enjoyed your blog so much. Thanks for sharing your journey, you feel like family. I have so loved recipes,adventures, so many wonderful things i have learned, but most of all how you have grown into such a beautiful person inside and out. You have an adorable little guy a wonderful husband/friend and lovely family and friends, but at the end of the day, it’s what God wants to do with your life. It seems He has opened a new door and I know as long as you listen to Him your journey will be filled with joy and peace. Thanks again for allowing us all to share your life.

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Pam April 26, 2015 at 9:01 pm

So happy for you! I’ve loved your blog for years and will miss it!! You have been a blessing.

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jennak April 26, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Jenna, I just teared up reading this.

I don’t even remember how I found your blog (maybe around 2008 or 2009?), but it introduced me to blogs, and all the things I have learned from them since. You introduced me to healthy eating, which I have now learned so much about and cultivated knowledge on my own. You’re just a couple years older than me, so I feel like you taught me a lot about following your dreams, blazing your own path, and making your way through life as a young woman. And you taught me my favorite recipe (your jambayala!!!). πŸ˜‰

Your blog means the world to me, but I’m glad you’re following your heart and doing what’s make YOU happy. Much love, and I hope you’ll keep your same Instagram account for we who follow you there!

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Michelle April 26, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Hi Jenna!
I’m a first time commenter, long-time reader (you were one of the first blogs I ever read!). Thank you for all the posts, for all the recipes, and for all your wonderful words over the years. Of course you’ll be dearly missed as a “food blogger”, but I’m so happy you’ve found the next right step in your life and I wish you all the very best in years to come πŸ™‚ Much love to you and your family.

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Laurin April 26, 2015 at 9:54 pm

I’m glad you’re doing what’s right for you, Jenna! I’ve loved reading your blog over the past few years and am excited for your journey ahead. You’re awesome!

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India April 26, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Best of luck! I’ve enjoyed your blog and am so thankful for all you’ve shared. Have fun!

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Ashley April 27, 2015 at 12:13 am

Long time reader here… You rock. You always have and you always will. Wherever life takes you! Many blessings in all you do going forward!! Thanks for being such a positive force in the world πŸ™‚

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Kathryn April 27, 2015 at 1:06 am

I wish you all the best with your new endeavours in life. Thank you for the recipes you’ve shared — I’ve appreciated them.
Since you’re going, I thought I’d share one thing that always really bothered me. It was this line: “Nothing like not sleeping and having a broken out face to make you feel really great about life, right?!” In the post: http://www.eatliverun.com/skincare-favorites-revised/. I read that post shortly after I had been on a trip to a developing country where I saw a woman get beaten by her family. … I think you can imagine how I felt. In our daily well-off lives in a developed country it’s easy to get caught up by these kinds of non-issues, but I hope you’ll keep this in mind next time you feel “not great about life” and with how you present things that really shouldn’t be something to feel unhappy about to the internet community at large.
Hope you have a wonderful new career and with it greater appreciation for all the gifts you have in life.

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eliza April 27, 2015 at 10:40 am

seriously…??

People are so brutally honest and weird online.

Good luck with everything Jenna!!

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Kimberly April 27, 2015 at 1:28 pm

I can’t be the only on who finds it bizarre that you were “very bothered” by and have nursed a grudge about a sentence Jenna posted over 6 months ago.

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Amanda M. April 27, 2015 at 2:56 am

Thanks for sharing. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog since 2009.

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carol April 27, 2015 at 4:18 am

God has opened this door for you and although I will miss you and sweet Grayson’s face – am happy for your new endeavor . I have read your blog from day 1 and feel like you’re “family!” Best of luck to you , my friend !

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DessertForTwo April 27, 2015 at 4:22 am

I’m not going to lie, I’m heart broken. I hope we can stay in touch.

I support your decision, and wish you the best, though!

Much love,
Christina

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Whitney April 27, 2015 at 4:38 am

Best of luck Jenna! I’ve read your blog from the beginning and excited for your new endeavors! Loved reading your book, too! I’ll think of you every time I make lightened up cajun chicken pasta πŸ™‚

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Cara's Healthy Cravings April 27, 2015 at 4:42 am

Cheers to new passions and opportunities, seize them and enjoy every bit of it!!

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Alison (Fueling for Fitness) April 27, 2015 at 5:37 am

Sorry to see you go, but it sounds like it’s where you need to be. I’m glad you’re keeping the site up for reference… and who knows – you can always get the urge to come back from time to time. Many of your readers will always be here in case you do. Good luck with the next stage in your life!

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laura April 27, 2015 at 5:39 am

I’m going to miss your posts Jenna!! Best of luck in your new adventures!

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Louise April 27, 2015 at 5:41 am

Jenna, please give us your Instagram address.

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Louise April 27, 2015 at 5:42 am

Thank you for the years of sharing, Jenna. Going to miss you! Louise

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Kay @ goaloflosing.com April 28, 2015 at 4:43 am

Her instagram name is also eatliverun. I have been following for years. Can’t get enough of those cute Grayson pictures!! πŸ™‚

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Laura @ Vegetarianesque.com April 27, 2015 at 5:55 am

Another teary-eyed long-time reader here! Truly, thank you for all the recipes, tips, techniques, and fun you have shared in this space over the years. In a way, you taught me how to cook! Today, cooking is one of my greatest passions and many of your recipes are in regular rotation at our house. You’ve inspired me to be adventurous in the kitchen, and reminded me that a dish doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated to be absolutely delicious. I wish you all the best in your new adventure!

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Lisa April 27, 2015 at 5:55 am

I am so, so sad to see you go. I truly feel like I’m losing a friend, even though we’ve never met. Your blog has been my favorite since I started reading. I have loved your honesty about life and parenting, and every recipe I have made as been fresh and delicious. I had my second baby shortly after you had Grayson and enjoyed reading about parenting from another perspective. Thank you for sharing life with us for so long. While I’m sad, I am happy that you have found something new that excites you! I will miss this space but am excited to keep following on Instagram. Would love to hear more about your new endeavor!
Ps: fellow cofc alum here!!

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Andi B April 27, 2015 at 6:02 am

Thanks for your blog. You will be missed. Blessings in your new venture.

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Christy April 27, 2015 at 6:05 am

I found your blog years ago when Jessica from Howsweeteats posted a link to your white chicken chili. It quickly came to be one of my favorite blogs. A lot of times I read recipe posts from other bloggers and skip through the text, but not yours. I think I’ve commented on this before, but seriously, your writing style is fantastic. I have loved reading about your life…the recipes you’ve made, the trips you’ve taken, the book recs, the fashion posts…all of it.

All that to say…thank you for sharing your life and inspiring me in so many ways all these years. I am happy that you’ve found something new to make you feel passionate again–I totally get that, because everyday life without passion becomes stale and mundane. Thank you for not putting on a front and doing something just because you feel like you should. I wish you the best and I will miss this blog so, so much.

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Rainie April 27, 2015 at 6:05 am

Hi Jenna! Your blog was the first I ever followed when I started blogging myself. Your chocolate chip cookie recipe will always be my go-to, and I’ll forever search this site and your book for more good recipes. You seem so warm and friendly and my friends and I were impressed with your charm and personality when we met you at a book signing in Birmingham, Alabama. I will miss your blog but wanted you to know how admired you are! May God bless you in your new (and every other) journey! I’m looking forward to keeping up with you on Instagram. Thanks for sharing your life with the world! Blogging is no easy feat and you did it so well!

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Murphy April 27, 2015 at 6:14 am

You will be missed, Jenna! Thanks for sharing life with us and all of the great recipes. I continue to cook atleast one on a weekly basis. Good luck with your next adventure!

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Jen April 27, 2015 at 6:18 am

Jenna, I just wanted to say your blog has been so fun to follow over the past few years, thank you for sharing your life and recipes with us – your BBQ pulled chicken recipe is a family favorite of ours, and I can’t tell you how many people I have passed it on to with high praises from all. Having just had a baby 6 months ago myself, I really don’t know how you’ve even had the time to blog as you have the past year with Grayson. Babies are a TON of work!! I took a lot of your advice on here, from Moms on Call, to the Merlin suit, to your carrier recommendations – these things SAVED us in the early months of parenthood. So thank you for that. Best of luck with your future endeavor, I will miss seeing your Grayson posts!!

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Sarah April 27, 2015 at 6:29 am

Oh so sad…. since I have made tons of your recipes and read a few of your book suggestions πŸ™‚ but so thankful you are keeping the archives online. And who’s to say that you won’t come back in say — 2-,5- or 10 years right?

glad you’re still on IG. I follow you there. Good luck!

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) April 27, 2015 at 6:31 am

Jenna-I know we’ll all miss you but I think you 100% made the right decision. If blogging isn’t what you want anymore, you shouldn’t force yourself to do it! We’ve all loved reading your posts and I know I’m so happy for you and your family with your new phase of life. So much love and good hopes for the future <3 <3 <3

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Pam April 27, 2015 at 6:32 am

Jenna,

I’m so sad to read you are no longer going to blog on this wonderful website. I’ve been reading since nearly the beginning so it’s been amazing to see you go thru many changes and grow up. You have always followed your heart so I’m happy for you!

Thank you for sharing so much with us, it was fun to silently cheer you along and comment sometimes too.

Wishing you blessings all the best!!
xoxo, Pam

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Kelly April 27, 2015 at 6:46 am

I’m so sad. Your blog was my favorite! I’ve read it from start to finish and have really enjoyed it. I’ll definitely miss it. Thanks for all the years of posts! Best wishes for you and your new fitness adventure.

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Aundra @ Fit with Aundra April 27, 2015 at 6:49 am

Jenna, good for you. It’s so hard to say goodbye to something you love and cherish. It’s a GREAT reminder to us all that it’s ok to end something if it’s no longer providing the fulfillment or purpose you need. Good luck to you on the next chapter! It’s been an awesome 6 years reading your blog.

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Meagan April 27, 2015 at 6:59 am

Congratulations on your new journey and having the courage to follow your heart. I have been reading your blog for a handful of years and enjoyed every post. You have been an inspiration and will continue to be one. Best Wishes! And thank you for keeping your recipes up.

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SarahD April 27, 2015 at 7:06 am

Best of luck to you, Jenna! Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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Allyson April 27, 2015 at 7:17 am

Congratulations you new opportunity and best of luck to you. Thank you for sharing your recipes, and most of all your self and family. You have provided inspiration and perspectives that have made a difference in my life and I am sure many others. Thank you.

btw – I have to say I am soooo disappointed that I won’t get to experience all of your grandmothers recipes. πŸ˜‰

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Elizabeth April 27, 2015 at 7:32 am

Jenna,
I actually cried a little bit reading this. So sad to see you go…yours has been my favorite blog to follow for a long time. I’ve loved seeing your life as it’s changed over time and I know you’re making the right decision. Thank you for all the inspiration over the years. πŸ™‚

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sillygirl April 27, 2015 at 7:51 am

Congratulations for graduating to the next stage of your life – and best wishes!

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Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork April 27, 2015 at 7:54 am

I’m so sorry to see you go from the blog, but happy that you are happy and are changing your path to one that honors you. Will keep up via Insta! All the best!

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Sarah April 27, 2015 at 7:55 am

Noooooooo!!!! Not going to lie I am upset. I was looking forward to more canning recipes haha and what you do for your 30th birthday!

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Ali O April 27, 2015 at 7:59 am

Even though this makes me sad in a way….I want to say GOOD FOR YOU JENNA! Life does change and this is a new chapter for you. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. I wish you well on your journey and look forward to seeing your next step. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing so much of yourself for so many years.

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Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} April 27, 2015 at 8:17 am

Congrats on taking the next step! Yours was the first blog I started reading, the one that got me into food blogs. I love your recipes! But I also know there’s a time to move on, and I’m so happy for you that you’ve found something your passionate about. We’ll miss you!

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Kelly April 27, 2015 at 8:38 am

Great post, Jenna. I will definitely miss reading your blog but I’m glad you are making the right decision for you! And I’ll definitely look forward to seeing your Instagram updates! Best of luck!

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Charley Swann April 27, 2015 at 8:43 am

Good for you, Jenna. Priorities shift and life carries on. Do what makes you happy, gives you fulfillment, and is best for your beautiful family. You have left a solid legacy here and I am glad that you are leaving it all up so we can continue to enjoy your recipes. Your blog is (and has been for years) the first that I look at each morning when I enjoy me “me time” and coffee. Thank you! You are a beautiful soul.

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Laurel April 27, 2015 at 8:55 am

I’m sad to see you go, but understand that you must do what is best for you and your family. Changes in life must happen even when it is hard to say goodbye.
I’ve been following since the beginning and have always looked forward to your posts. Hopefully, someday, I’ll have the occasion to meet you IRL! πŸ˜‰

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Stacey April 27, 2015 at 8:58 am

Congrats to you Jenna for making the decision to let go and move on in your life! I have enjoyed your blog over the years and I wish you the best of luck in your next adventure and a lifetime of taking chances and knowing when it’s time to say goodbye:)

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Lena April 27, 2015 at 9:14 am

congrats on a new chapter in your life, Jenna. Been following your blog for few years now but hardly commented. Thank you for sharing your life and recipes and all with us. Truly enjoyed reading everyone but I understand, there’s a time when we all have to close a chapter to open a new chapter and am really excited for your new venture. Here’s wishing you all the best and God bless you and your family!

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Em April 27, 2015 at 9:19 am

I’ve been a reader since the start, Jenna. And I’m so thankful for the journey you have shared with us all. Thanks for sharing this final post. I will continue to hold you and your family in my prayers as you transition into a new direction. You are a light. And I trust that wherever life leads, God will continue to shine through you!

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Brindi April 27, 2015 at 9:33 am

Thank you, Jenna, for sharing. I followed you over the years, and read your book, and adore many of your recipes. Thank you so much for keeping them available, and good luck on your next chapter!!!!

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Leslie April 27, 2015 at 9:34 am

Jenna,
I am a beach body member and would love to have you as my coach! How can I change? I don’t do Facebook … which has been an issue with my current coach.
Thanks,
Leslie

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Amy April 27, 2015 at 9:42 am

Gosh I am so sad, but so happy for you!! The good thing is we can all still follow you on instagram and facebook. Good luck & God bless in this next step!

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Kristin April 27, 2015 at 9:47 am

Just wanted to say that your chicken tortilla soup recipe got me through 2 pregnancies and a recent cross country move. Love, love, love that recipe and so many more. Thank you for sharing your life and much love to you and your family.

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Nancy R. April 27, 2015 at 10:10 am

Will definitely miss your blog, recipes, and hearing about your family! Best wishes!

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Nic G April 27, 2015 at 10:12 am

Congrats on your new endeavor!

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Lori April 27, 2015 at 10:20 am

I understand, but MAN am I bummed. A lot of my most fave bloggers are tossing in the towel. I’ll miss it. Have a wonderful new journey!

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Meg Bollenback April 27, 2015 at 10:28 am

Congratulations to you and your family on your new endeavor. I have followed for almost the entirety of your blog and it’s always been a highlight of mine to read and make food from. I loved your book and seeing you through that process, too. Just know that you have touched many lives through this little blog! I’m very happy for you that you’re going to continue making a difference in a new way that makes you happy. Congrats again – I’ll miss you, but I’ll be back for the recipes. πŸ™‚

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Kira April 27, 2015 at 10:31 am

You are amazing! It has enriched my life just reading about you. I feel as if I know you! Thank you for inspiring me! Have a great journey!

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Colleen April 27, 2015 at 10:33 am

No one should ever have illness or anxiety about their job…this was your body telling you to move on. Good luck to you Jenna! Whatever you are doing, it is right for you.

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Sarah April 27, 2015 at 10:38 am

Fantastic choice, friend! Follow your heart. I will miss your writing here, as I felt it allowed me a glimpse into your heart all these miles away. But I think it’s wonderful that you are leaning into what matters most (your little family) and what you feel passionate about right now. It is so important as a mom to be able to have outlets for your passions, and to guard them fiercely! I thought this was a beautiful and humble conclusion to this part of your life. Now onto the new! Thrilled for you. XOXO

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Shannon April 27, 2015 at 10:43 am

I just want to say thank you, Jenna. Thank you for always being true to yourself and to us as readers. Through you, I was introduced to kabocha squash (my favorite vegetable), She Reads Truth (my go to daily devotional), crock pot pulled chicken (I make it twice a month at least), Nepenthe (my husband and I live in Florida, but road tripped the PCH last summer spurred on in part to pictures you posted of Big Sur years agoβ€”it stuck with me!), and so many recipes and inspiration along the way. You are and always have been my favorite blogger, but I’m more happy than sad to see you end the blog. I can tell this is what’s best for you and your family. Plus, I follow you on Instagram so I know I’ll still get to see little updates. πŸ™‚

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Julianne April 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

Happy for you! I am always sad to see bloggers “leave” but I get it. I tried blogging and after a few months would always trail off. I am in awe of people who can keep it up for years! Good luck to you πŸ™‚

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Susan M. April 27, 2015 at 11:53 am

Wishing you nothing but positivity and even more personal & professional growth in your next chapter, Jenna. I’ve been following your blog for many years and have learned a lot from your fun recipes and narratives (I still have the beef tenderloin with olives/spinach/apricot in my dinner rotation – my husband loves it. I will also think of you when I make that sinful buffalo chicken dip).

See ya on Instagram!

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Jessica April 27, 2015 at 11:56 am

I know many, many of your readers will miss you. But I so respect you making the hard decision that is best for your family. Best wishes on your new journey, and I’m glad we will still “see you around” on Instagram and FB πŸ™‚ Hope you keep sharing your favorite books!

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Teresa April 27, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Thank you for posting this goodbye. I have been following your blog for years and will miss it, but I admire your willingness to change paths. I work as a nutrition/lifestyle coach in Santa Cruz. Maybe we’ll cross paths someday.

P.S. I am so glad your recipes will stay!

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Kelsea April 27, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Jenna, thank you so much for brining light to so many (and will continue to do so in all of your endeavors). I became a part of this community 5 years ago and have immensely enjoyed following along and even meeting you in Atlanta at your book signing! May God bless you and yours.

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Kelly April 27, 2015 at 12:49 pm

As a long time reader, I am sad to see you go, but wish you much success and happiness!

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mrsblocko April 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm

I’ve enjoyed reading your blog through the years, and you will be missed, but I am excited for you. Much luck and success in the next phase of your life!!!

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Holly G April 27, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Jenna, I want to thank you for being so candid about the tough stuff: your book especially got me through the transition from college to the “real world.” Reading about someone else struggling to figure out their place in the world helped me immeasurably with my own struggle.

I’m sad to hear that you won’t be blogging anymore, but I wish you all the best with your new project!

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Nora April 27, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Thank you, Jenna, for your honesty and openness throughout all of your posts. I have loved your recipes, book reviews, and thoughts on life — throughout all its changes and challenges. Thanks for welcoming all of us into your life, and all the best on your next season and those to come!

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jillian April 27, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Jenna,
thanks for opening your life up to us. i’ve been a reader for many years, and I enjoyed your book too.

I’m at a similar cross roads in my life with my career, and i’m leaving my job after 8 years. I know the anxiety that comes with it, and i’m happy you are doing what is right for you, and i wish you nothing but happiness and FUN! If you are feeling like I am, I am relieved and really excited for the next chapter.

Thank you, and don’t be a stranger on social media please! πŸ™‚
-Jillian

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Libby April 27, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Thank you so much for sharing. I have been a reader for a few years and loved your blog so much that I was inspired to start my own (hazelandeverett.com). Congrats on your new job and I wish you all the best!

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Kimberly April 27, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Yours was the first blog I ever read and it got me hooked on healthy living blogs. I will miss your posts. As someone who is currently leaving a lucrative, flexible career and going back to school because my heart isn’t in it, I can definitely relate to moving away from something because the only reason you’re doing it is because you feel you should. Best of luck!

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Marie April 27, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Thank you for blogging, and best of luck on your new adventure! Congratulations! I’ll look forward to continue following your journey on Instagram. I love the pictures of Grayson! πŸ™‚

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Caitlin April 27, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Thank you for all you have shared, even when many responses were cruel. I have enjoyed reading your blog over the past few years. I started following you right around when Adam proposed! I’ll miss following along on this site, but it’s great you’ll still be in instagram and facebook. I wish you the very best in your new endeavor! It’s so important to feel passionate about what you’re doing.

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Philippa April 27, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Oh Jenna! I totally get this – I brought my blogging chapter to a close last year, after nearly ten years and felt very similarly to you. I remember feeling so torn and it took me a good year to bite the bullet, as the blog and my readers had given me so much and meant a lot to me, but I was also desperate to evolve and start a new chapter. I totally get what it’s like to have your heart saying “you know what? This has been great, but I want to do something else now.” It’s a normal part of life, I’ve realised. We must evolve!
I’ve loved following your adventures – I began reading you around this time in 2009. You’ve given such a generous window into your world, especially as a new wife and mother. I know I’m not the only reader who’s grateful for that, and who will miss you, but I’m excited for you too! YAY for new adventures and for new chapters in life. If you’re being true to yourself, you’ll never go far wrong. Thank you for the recipes, your lovely writing and your truly generous spirit! See you on Instagram! xxx

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Joanna April 27, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Jenna,

I am so selfishly disappointed to hear this news, but totally respect and commend you for making this hard decision. I have been reading your blog for about a year and have enjoyed it so much. Yours is by far my favorite blog. Especially your pregnancy and baby related posts. Best wishes to you as you start a new chapter! Thank you for sharing your life and time with us!

-Joanna

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Casey April 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm

This post reminds me of the feeling I get when I finish a great book–like saying goodbye to a friend and not knowing if or when you’ll see them again. It’s bittersweet. I’m grateful to have known you through your blog. You are inspirational in so many ways, mainly in your ability to be honest, always. Your authenticity and openness on this site are, as others have described it, a breath of fresh air. While I’m sad that I won’t have any new ELR posts to look forward to, I’m so happy for you and wish you only the best in your future endeavors. You’ve touched so many lives–you’ll only continue to inspire those around you. Thank you for everything!

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Ashley April 27, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Thank you for such a fascinating and inspiring blog that I have read since 2009. All the best! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Katie April 27, 2015 at 3:10 pm

I will miss you in the blogiverse. Congratulations on your new journey and good luck! πŸ™‚

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Brittney April 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Jenna- you are a class act! Congratulations to you! I’ve enjoyed popping in to read your blog over the years. You are such an inspiring and positive young lady. Best of luck to you. I know you will be tremendously successful at whatever you put your mind to. I look forward to following along on Instagram!

Brittney

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Rebecca April 27, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Jenna,

Simply put, I love your blog. Your recipes have inspired me – and fed my family. It has been an honor to watch you mature into a wife and mother. I’m sad to see you end this blog but happy to see you passionate about a new venture. Best of luck with everything!

Rebecca

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Dominique April 27, 2015 at 3:48 pm

good luck and much success! I’ve been reading since the very beginning, I wish you the best. See you on Instagram and Facebook.

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Emily April 27, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Saddened by this but I understand. I was reading long before you moved to Cali, your blog was the first I ever followed. Thanks for sharing your live with us. And your pepperoni chicken recipe is sort of the best thing ever, thanks for keeping all that up!

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Seana April 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Thank you for sharing so much with us Jenna. You were one of the first food blogs that I really got into. I still remember back tracking the previous months of your posts when I first found out about your blog in 2008 – EatLiveRun was the equivalent of my Netflix binge, ha! I have sincerely enjoyed your voice and presence ever since then and will miss your posts. As a reader I have grown up, too, so my connection to the blog isn’t the same as it always has been but I know that your voice and ELR will live on like an old friend you don’t live near anymore or a really good character in a book πŸ™‚ Best wishes for your next endeavor and to you and your sweet family!

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Marianne April 27, 2015 at 4:16 pm

I have enjoyed following your adventures and watching your life unfold. May God bless you as you enter this new chapter of your life. Thank you for the many years of your wonderful writing.

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Shelley April 27, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Best of luck Jenna! You will be missed but there’s so much to be said for following your heart. I have been following your blog since you started and it has been such an honor to be along for the ride. Thank you for leaving the recipes – many are go-to’s of mine.
Love and light to you and your family.

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Kelly Miller April 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Sad for me… but more than anything happy for you! What a blessing to be able to follow your passion! May God bless you and your little family πŸ™‚

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Sarah April 27, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Oh, Jenna! Thank you for sharing your life with me and other readers for years. Reading your blog added inspiration and joy to my routine. While I’m sorry to see you go, I hope God will continue to bless you and your sweet family on your new journey!

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Claire April 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm

I discovered your blog while you were pregnant with Grayson. Not long after, I found out I was pregnant with my son. I’ve loved your stories on motherhood, delicious recipes, your complete honesty, and your beautiful faith. Best wishes in wherever God directs your life!

Claire

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Trisha April 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Sad to see your blog end but I’m very happy that you have found a new passion and another opportunity to use your wonderful gifts! Thanks so much for all the fun recipes. I’ve always loved the balance you use in your recipes- a lot of realness mixed with some health mindfulness. Thank you for sharing your adventures and life with us! Take Care and Blessings to you and your family!

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Amy April 27, 2015 at 5:36 pm

I rarely post comments on blogs…but I know sometimes it’s nice to know someone else is in the same boat. I found your blog through PBS and have enjoyed your recipes for a few years (crock pot maple dijon pork chops are a staple in our house). But throughout this past year, I connected with your blog even more as I also gave birth to a son, about a week before you did. It was really comforting to read another person’s honest perspective on the highs and lows of motherhood. And even this final post resonates in a big with me. I am currently in the process of walking away from my dream job (teaching AP history in a great district with unbelievable colleagues and generous). I also feel like a crazy person for walking away from a job that I love so much, and it has been the hardest decision of my life. But at the end of the day, I keep coming back to the fact that these early years with kids pass quickly, and there’s no getting them back. Best of luck to you as your life moves in a different direction, and thanks for the recipes and reflections!

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Abbie April 27, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Hi Jenna! I don’t think I’ve ever commented before, but I’ve been reading your blog since 2009, and I can’t sort of believe how long it’s been. I’m a 27 yr old (now) psychologist, from Australia, and I’m not even sure how I came across your blog! But I’m sure glad I did. While I don’t know you, I feel like I’ve been through some similar ups and downs over the years, and I’ve always found your humour and warmth encouraging. You made me feel more connected in times when I was feeling anything but, and I want to thank you for that. Best of luck with your new endeavours, I think you’ll be a wonderful health and fitness coach. Lots of love, Abbie xxx

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Ashley April 27, 2015 at 5:45 pm

This has been a favorite blog for years, and though I’ll miss looking forward to new posts, I know I’ll be perusing through the archives of delicious recipes on here for years to come! I’m so happy I stumbled upon this little blog years ago. Thank you for all the fun and creative posts over the years. I wish you and your family all the best!

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Sheri W. April 27, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Congratulations on your new adventure! You will be missed!

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Samantha April 27, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Bye Jenna !!! You’ve been and inspiration. I’ve really enjoyed following you over the years. You have the sweetest family, and I wish you all the very best !

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Erin April 27, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Have read you from the start…you will be missed!!!! Best of luck with everything you do! Sending much love

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Jen April 27, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Congrats on making this decision, Jenna. I’ve been reading for about 5 years, and have been inspired by your ability to be true to yourself, move with change, and maintain a very positive public attitude. This post is especially inspiring for me as I mull over my own self-chosen, “fun” career and if it holds enough meaning for me in this moment. Thank you for your candidness and warmth. Your posts will be missed!

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Emma April 27, 2015 at 10:11 pm

I’ve enjoyed your posts over the last several years and thank you for ALWAYS having a positive and caring attitude, regardless of where you were on life’s journey. Best of luck on your new path, may it be a wonderful new adventure!

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gina (fitnessista) April 27, 2015 at 10:32 pm

you will definitely be missed, but i’m so happy you’re following your heart <3 we'll stay in touch in the real world πŸ˜‰
lots of love to you!!

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Liz April 28, 2015 at 3:35 am

So glad you are leaving up the recipes! When I have a recipe in mind that I want to try I always check your site first. Butternut Squash Red Curry, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Strawberry Cupcakes, are just a few of my favorites!

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bev @ bevcooks April 28, 2015 at 4:49 am

I am SO proud of you. It’s an insanely hard decision to come to, and I admire you for following your gut. I’ll miss you! But we can still text, so there’s that. xoxoxox.

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Emily @ Life on Food April 28, 2015 at 4:50 am

Thanks for sharing so much with us over the years. Sending you the best wishes for your future and that of your cute family.

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Kay @ goaloflosing.com April 28, 2015 at 4:53 am

Jenna,

Your posts about your pregnancy and life with an infant have really helped me get through my own pregnancy and the enormous change that comes along with having your first baby. For that, I will always be thankful.

Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us all. You’re an inspiration in many ways.

-Kalyn

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Lindsey April 28, 2015 at 6:15 am

So happy for you, but so sad to say goodbye! ELR was the first blog I read, and I’ve followed along ever since. Loved your recipes, stories, and positive thoughts on life.

Thank you for sharing your journey with us, and best wishes to you and your family!

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Lisa O April 28, 2015 at 6:53 am

Thank you for all the wonderful recipes, joy for life and wisdom you’ve shared over the years. I kept wondering when you’d return to the blog posts of old with the phenomenal recipes and pics but didn’t want to ask as being a new mum is a full time job!
I’m sad you won’t be posting anymore but wish you all the best, you seen like such a fabulous lady and I owe you many thanks for making me seem like a clever cook over the years with your delicious recipes.
Good luck, hope your next project goes just as well xx

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Rachel @ My Urban Oven April 28, 2015 at 8:53 am

I read this, and then got really sad. Had to walk away and think about posting. I have been reading your blog for 6 years, and I feel like I have experienced so many things with you, even though it was just virtually!

I am super excited you have decided to join Beachbody as a coach!! I have been a coach for a year now, and love the company! I always thought I would run into you at a blog conference or something, but glad I will have a chance to run into you at TBB Summit or on the SS Cruise next year πŸ™‚

Good luck lady!!

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Namrata April 28, 2015 at 9:16 am

Long time fan from Mumbai, India.. Going to miss your blog Jenna, and the adorable Grayson updates. I had my girls around the same time that you had G so I’ve loved comparing virtual notes! All the best for the future and see you on Instagram.

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Sara April 28, 2015 at 9:30 am

Thanks for everything Jenna. I’ve been a long time reader, almost since you first started, but rarely comment. Thank you for always being so positive and honest, it’s very liberating.. Good luck in the future, I’m sure you’ll have great success and happiness!!

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Katie April 28, 2015 at 10:51 am

If there’s one thing I understand, it is the need to do what’s right for you, no matter how great something seems or how much others want you to do it. I am sad that you’re no longer blogging, but wish you and your sweet family so much joy. I rarely comment on your posts, but I’ve been following your blog for about 5 years now and feel like I’m losing a friend. Best of luck to you.

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Beth April 28, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Jenna, thank you for sharing your life, recipes and musings over the years! I’ve loved following along for the last 7 or so. Good luck with your next chapters!

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Anna April 28, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Thank you for sharing your beautiful positive energy with us through your blog. You will be missed by so many. Best wishes and good luck with whatever comes next. xo

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Jessie April 28, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Hi Jenna,
Good luck with your new endeavor, but I just have to say how much I will miss your blog posts and your recipes! Maybe your new passion will lead into cooking with an emphasis on nutrition, and we’ll see more food from you again. I’ll keep hoping!

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Laura April 28, 2015 at 6:05 pm

You will be missed! Thanks for the years of reading materials and recipes specifically the on baby bars and cheddar chive biscuits that I make monthey. I’ve truly enjoyed reading your blog and book over the past 6 years. Good luck in your future. I will look forward to the Instagram posts! Thanks Jenna!

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HilJo April 28, 2015 at 8:02 pm

You were the first blog I ever read, and Ive stuck with your blog since. Thanks πŸ˜› You encouraged lots of cooking adventures, partially inspired my dream-trip (yet to happen) out west, and introduced me to Barre, in addition to being generally entertaining almost daily for years. Thanks. πŸ™‚ I hope the best for you and for your family.

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Colette April 28, 2015 at 8:52 pm

thank you for sharing your life and your recipes with us Jenna! Your blog has always been a favorite of mine and I loved hearing about your new adventures since getting married and having Grayson. I think it takes tons of courage to make the right choice for yourself and your family. Wishing you all the best!

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Flower Patch Farmgirl April 29, 2015 at 5:05 am

I love you, J. Wish I could hop in the van and gab with you again (minus the puke, haha) Proud of and excited for YOU.

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Pam April 29, 2015 at 5:05 am

Thank you for sharing your life so openly and honestly! I will miss your positive outlook on life and your reading suggestions as well as your recipes! My prayer is for you to prosper and be at peace. Much love. Pam

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Cassy @ Fed+Fit April 29, 2015 at 7:30 am

Jenna! I’m so incredibly thrilled for you and this new chapter. I want you to know that your legacy is miles beyond “food blogger.” If it weren’t for you suggesting that I start my own blog 5ish years ago (after that one year I spent Thanksgiving in CA), I never would’ve tried. I never would have worked to create my own version of a dream job centered around helping people. Thank you for your example and bravery! I will always credit you as my original inspiration. XO

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Barbara April 29, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Wow, Jenna! I’m sorry to hear that but I ‘m not all that surprised. Completely understandable! I’m SO glad you’re keeping up the archives etc. Thank you for that! I’ve told you this before but even though I read a bunch of blogs, I’ve realized that your recipes are the ones that I make the most – so I’m glad they’re not going away (and the old posts-yay!). You’ve inspired me so much over the years! Good luck with everything

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Barbara April 29, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Computer freaking out! I meant to say…Good luck with everything!! πŸ™‚

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Teri April 29, 2015 at 9:10 pm

I’m not surprised that something new has taken your attention. You’re growing and evolving. Good luck with your new career and much health to you!

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Deanna April 30, 2015 at 10:28 am

Jenna, like many others here, you were one of the first blogs I ever read. It was when you first moved to California and I loved it! You introduced me to a lot of great things like green monsters! And kept your readers inspired to live healthy. My favorite recipes will always be your chili and black bean burgers. Thank you for sharing your life!

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Stephanie April 30, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Jenna,

Thank you for your years of inspiring posts. You’ve encouraged me to savor not only foods but the simple pleasures in life that are too often overlooked. You taught me that I could not only enjoy food but be adventurous with it as well. Reading your posts reminded me that balance in life is so important. For so long I was one of those people who ate mindlessly and often. From you I’ve learned to be conscious of what I was eating for my health as well as for my overall enjoyment. Here’s to great things for you and your family in the future.

-Stephanie

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Lynn April 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Just like so many others, your blog was one of the first ones I ever read. I enjoyed reading about the many adventures and trying new recipes. Good luck to you in this new season of your life. Thank you!

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Meliss April 30, 2015 at 2:42 pm

This makes me so sad …but also happy that you’re following your dreams and your heart. This was the first blog I ever started reading (a longggg time ago) and I have loved experiencing your life with you – from delicious recipes to overcoming tough, heart breaking experiences to finding bliss in getting married and having an adorable baby. I am going to keep following you on Instagram but I will certainly miss your posts…

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Marisa April 30, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Hi Jenna,

I have been reading your blog for years and just want to say thank you! Thanks for all of your great recipes and for your honesty and humor. I will definitely take advantage of your archived recipes as I have many already in my regular dinner rotation. I wish you nothing but the best on this new adventure! -Marisa

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Jackie April 30, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Thank you Jenna for sharing your amazing recipes throughout the years! Your recipie collection has been my number one go-to site! Please consider doing books/ teaching cooking/ whatever your heart desires….. But point blank period you are an amazing all around great chef/cook/baker/photographer and I will dearly miss your new recipes!
We will all miss you , but I am happy that you are choosing what your own heart desires!

Ps…. You are welcome back anytime!
Jackie

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Maura May 1, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Congrats Jenna & bonne chance! ELR will be missed greatly but I’m happy you are pursuing your dreams πŸ™‚

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Helena Mouta May 1, 2015 at 1:53 pm

All I can say is I’ll miss you, but I wish you all the best. I’ll follow you on Facebook and keep up to date with whatever you choose to share and may even be talking to you about some fitness challenges of my own. Lots of love from my neck of the woods!

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Sarah May 1, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Congrats on the new and fresh start. I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning. I wish you nothing but happiness in your future! πŸ™‚

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Krystle May 1, 2015 at 4:47 pm

I have read your blog for years now and I am sad to see you go. Thank you for inviting us into your life and on your journeys. I hope you have an amazing life and enjoy that sweet boy of yours. P.s. My sweet 18 month old boy loves your green monsters; we have one daily.

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sandra May 2, 2015 at 5:16 am

Thank you. Best wishes and God bless.

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Lynn May 2, 2015 at 10:12 am

I have loved your honesty over the years. I eagerly waited for your posts, and although there won’t be any new ones….thank you for keeping the archives up!! It’s like a good book I will always revisit. Good luck to you. I admire your courage to to take this next step. Thank you Jenna!

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Sara May 3, 2015 at 11:00 am

Thanks for being so honest and brave with your feelings it’s really refreshing πŸ™‚ I have been reading your blog for awhile now and I’ve loved every minute of it! I have printed off so many of your recipes that have basically become staples for me and my family now. It’s sad to see you leave but I wish you luck in everything you do πŸ™‚

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Leah Gregory May 5, 2015 at 8:25 am

Hi Jenna! I have been following you for years too, and am happy that you are following your heart! That is the most important thing in the end. I am really interested in speaking with you about my current health and fitness goals and what you have done that has worked or not worked in regards to achieving them. Will you let us know your contact information or where/how we can speak to you about this?

Thank you!!

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Tedd May 5, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Best of luck. Not gonna lie- I’ll miss your blog! I’ve been reading since the beginning and Ive really enjoyed your recipes, fashion posts, book reviews, faith essays, and following your life through moves, dating, engagement, marriage, pregnancy and into motherhood. We all have our journeys- thAnks for sharing yours.

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Sue May 7, 2015 at 9:50 am

Things change and you have changed–that’s okay. You go be you, Jenna. πŸ™‚ Best of luck & thanks for all the great recipes!

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Katalina @ Peas and Peonies May 7, 2015 at 10:48 am

I am crying whole typing this, but I wish you all the best, I always looked forward to your posts, and I have been reading from the beginning, probably one of first readers, I wish you al the best to your family, I follow you on instagram as I love pictures of your little one, and will get in touch when I feel I have the time for some fitness goals and advice!

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Rita May 7, 2015 at 11:15 am

Jenna, I too have followed your blog since the month you came to Texas to marry Adam. loved reading your book and loved your chicken tikka masala. I also looked forward to following your life journeys, witnessing your enthusiasim for your christian faith, and possitively influenced by your your beautiful and inspiring blog ever since. i had hoped to meet you face to face some day on one of your travels to Houston Texas and get my copy of your book signed and maybe God will have our paths to cross in some time in the future. for now though I congradulate you on your decision to let go and yet again grow as a person on your own journey in life. So sad to see you go but wishing you the biggest of blessings on your new path and thank you for the wonderful memories youv’e left us with

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Laura May 7, 2015 at 10:41 pm

Thank you for all you’ve shared and good luck with your new adventure. Yours was the first and only blog I have followed. This blog will be greatly missed.

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Rachel May 14, 2015 at 6:42 pm

I rarely comment, but I am so sad to see you go! Like others have said, it almost feels like losing a friend. I’ve been reading since 2008 and your blog has always been one of my favorites. Your recipes are amazing (the guacamole recipe is the only one I’ll make), so I am glad you are leaving the archives up for us! Thank you so much for sharing your life with us and for your beautiful, honest writing. You will be missed!

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krista@pastryinparis May 24, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Jenna,

You inspired me on so many levels. Just to take risks….to make decisions even on impulse. In essence, to follow what feels good. Thank you for the years of inspiration. I have read since your very first post. I understand and admire your honesty.

All the best!

Krista

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Tina May 27, 2015 at 6:31 am

Thank you, Jenna! You have inspired us all and given US so much as well. We are equally as grateful to have followed your journey. Thanks for keeping the ARCHIVES up, I might have had a panic attack if I couldn’t get to a good read or a great recipe! : )
Good luck to you and your family and with being a health and wellness coach. You will be fantastic at it!

Thanks again for everything,
Tina

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Monika Mihalik June 1, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Hi Jenna,
Just another person who *never* comments but over the years in my spare moments, this is one voice I always looked forward to hearing from. I hope you appreciate this:

“And the day came when the pain it took to remain in a tight little bud became greater than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin

Thanks for being a light in this world. May it all come back to you and yours many times over.

Monika

p.s. I don’t write stuff on my site unless inspiration/opportunity/energy all collide at once, which isn’t often, for now πŸ™‚

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Tania June 28, 2015 at 8:52 pm

If we were having coffee together, I’d tell you…..
-How much I’m going to miss you
-how I’ve followed your blog all these years and loved every post
-how blessed you are to have such a wonderful family and an amazing new opportunity
-that even though you didn’t know me, I considered you my friend. Because you were a friend to us all.
-thank you for sharing your life. Good luck!

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kristen August 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Tania’s words are so nice! What a blessing these comments must be to Jenna.

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Lindsay August 13, 2015 at 6:46 pm

I have been reading your blog since the beginning. I think I have read every single post. When I was really struggling with my eating disorder I read your blog and realized that I could eat normally and still be beautiful. Your blog has changed a LOT in the last few years and I missed the daily posts, but I had a feeling it was due to the fact that your life had changed. You fell in love, got married, and had a baby your life in terribly different and that is totally okay. I think for me it shows me once again that it is possible!
Best of Luck! Your blogging will be missed!

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Kira September 9, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Jenna!
Congratulations. I can’t tell you how happy I was to see a new post. YOU are amazing! Thanks for sharing throughout all the years. You inspired me beyond belief! Thanks for your wonderful blog.
kp

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