Got the Joy in my Heart

by jenna on May 30, 2010

Mornin’ Mornin’ to ya

I’m in a very thankful mood this morning.

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I’m thankful for: my friends and family, Dexter the beast, delicious food, sunshine, books, the ability to be able to run, bike and play, laughing so hard my abs get a workout, vegan chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, fragrant tea in the morning, the three states closest to my heart (California, South Carolina and Georgia), planes so I can fly around and hug people, cornbread with honey, music to dance and sing to, goofy jokes, Laura Ingalls Wilder, t-shirts so worn and loved that the cotton has worn thin, my stuffed rabbit, the ability to travel to amazing places, fresh fruits and veggies……
and Trader Joe’s waffles!

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With maple syrup, egg whites and soy sausage.
What are YOU thankful for?

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Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 30, 2010 at 8:31 am

Good post! I’m thankful for my two beautiful cats, my wonderful mum for being so supportive the past few years, the sweet potato in my fridge (I’m going to LOVE eating that munchkin later), the dark clouds in the sky – they look beautiful – green tea cos my horse likes it, and the fact that my exams will be over wednesday :D oh, and spinach. Just cos :)

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 30, 2010 at 8:34 am

My upcoming trips with my husband and family, my beautiful new niece, good books, a break from school, and SUMMER!!!!!

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Bethany @ More Fruit Please May 30, 2010 at 8:34 am

Awww, seeing your ‘thankful for’ list just put me in a better mood! Thanks!

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brianna May 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

I’m thankful for this post! Love, love, love it! I’m thankful for my supportive mom and dad, my two wonderful sisters, my boyfriend, the vacation he and I are planning to Vegas, coffee!, beautiful summer weather (and finally being able to run outside), peanut butter (almond butter, cashew butter!), my daily bowl of oatmeal, the positive quotes I’ve posted around my desk area, books, my two jobs, and my wonderful evening of wine and pizza planned with my best friend this evening!

have a wonderful day, everyone!

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Ameena May 30, 2010 at 8:41 am

I love your enthusiasm this morning!! I am grateful that today is not a work day, that my daughter is at her grandparents place, and that my husband isn’t asking me to make him pancakes. :)

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 30, 2010 at 8:46 am

I love this post! I am thankful for my friends and family, being strong and fit, the sunshine and weather today, finding Bikram yoga and the peace of mind it gives me, good food. I could go on!

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A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) May 30, 2010 at 8:46 am

Jenna, I wanted to let you know that you’ve inspired another blog! I started my own because I love visiting yours, Kath’s, and a few more so often. If you get a chance, I’d really appreciate a view. :) I’ve made your peanut butter steal cut oats a few times– they’re totally awesome. Thank you!

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Camille May 30, 2010 at 8:48 am

I’m thankful for so many things everyday… topping today’s list is how thankful I am that my body is forgiving me for drinking an obscene amount of beers last night :)

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jassy May 30, 2010 at 9:15 am

i love the tulips=)

enticing waffles=)

have a great morning!=)

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Sarah @ cocoanutshakes May 30, 2010 at 9:27 am

I’m thankful for the fact that I’m about to make a PB banana smoothie! And that I just talked to a friend on the phone for 2 hours. Life is excellent today =)

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Michal May 30, 2010 at 9:28 am

What a great post to get us in the right attitude :-)
I am grateful for a phone call from an old friend, amazingly delicious (and cheap) veggies, and that my “weekend” begins tonight! :-)

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Nora@LiveLifeEatRight May 30, 2010 at 9:29 am

I’m thankful for my family, they have inspired me and loved me unconditionally over the years. I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without them. I am also thankful for nice weather, good food and wine!

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Sarah @ cocoanutshakes May 30, 2010 at 9:29 am

I’m thankful for the fact that I’m about to make a PB banana smoothie! And that I just talked to a friend on the phone for 2 hours. Life is excellent today =)

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Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ May 30, 2010 at 9:32 am

I’m thankful also for a fantastic husband, family, friends, my little baby (my cat), and for a healthy life, and healthy food.

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ShutupandRun May 30, 2010 at 9:34 am

Listening to my kids outside laughing and soaking up summer.

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Sandy May 30, 2010 at 9:38 am

Three awesome kids and one fabulous daughter-in-law and the wonderful new daughter-in-law who is joining our family next Saturday! :)

I want you to know that I have kept the post of fitting back into your Anthropologie dress to motivate me as I have tried to make sure that I fit into all of the dresses I am wearing for the wedding festivities.

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Kellie May 30, 2010 at 9:38 am

That reminds me of the church kids song, I got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in me heart. I am thankful for being able to move. The warm weather (at last!) living in Southern California, my husband and all the military men and women we are remembering this weekend.

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Helen May 30, 2010 at 9:45 am

I am thankful for my wonderful parents, the fun we have together, my boyfriend, my health, my job, the sunshine, my friends, coffee and good cake…my life!

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Me-Linh @ Sweets and Sweat May 30, 2010 at 9:50 am

I am thankful for having teeeth! How else would I be able to eat?!?

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Annie D. from Annie's Simple Life May 30, 2010 at 10:08 am

I’m thankful for SO much.

My family, my friends, my house, my health, my husband, my safety, my bloggie friends, being able to go on vacations, the beauty of the world and that I can see it, the sounds of the ocean and birds and that I can hear them, the sun, the rain, comfy beds…. wow and I’m not even close to being done!

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Katherine May 30, 2010 at 10:23 am

I love this! I’m going to be off to be joyful now; thanks for passing on the encouragement

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eatmovelove May 30, 2010 at 10:42 am

That’s the important thing. To find the things you DO have in life and be grateful for them.
Not just dwelling on the negative things or what you don’t have or the jealously over what someone else has.
Be thankful for what you have and then work on what you want in your future.
Acknowledge others and those blessings and move on.

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Suzanne de Cornelia May 30, 2010 at 10:54 am

Extremely grateful for my son who born when I was 17, for my mother, and being athletic and artistic by nature. For living in Carmel-by the-Sea, and eventually in Aix-en-Provence since my son is a French citizen and lives in Europe. Grateful for flowers and beautiful trees, for being insanely in love with California and France, Golden Retrievers and cats, for Farmer’s Markets, Whole Foods & TJs as love to cook, and BOOKs. For UCLA, the travel have done, for great film, music, and well-designed things like my Apple laptop, and for girly stuff like charm bracelets and Coco Chanel perfume. And as Jackie Kennedy said am grateful that ‘Above all I am first a woman.’

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tasha - the clean eating mama May 30, 2010 at 11:17 am

Awwww great post! =)

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Lori May 30, 2010 at 11:22 am

Pics of the “stuffed rabbit” ?

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Cynthia (It All Changes) May 30, 2010 at 11:38 am

I love this post!

I’m thankful for the opportunity to do a job I love, two dogs to cheer me up when I’m sad, a wonderful Hunni and my mother who is my biggest support.

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Rachel @ Balance and Blueberries May 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I’m thankful for summer, for Michigan, for my family, for new friends, and the SUNSHINE!

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I am thankful for my amazing family, friends and my incredible fiance. I am thankful for the amazing weather we are having here in Toronto. I am thankful my injury is healing, so I can take long walks along the river, bask in the glory of the warm spring day and take pictures of the beauty. I am thankful for the happiness I have found so far this year, which has far surpassed my expectations.

xo
K

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Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope May 30, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Dude, what about Florida? C’mon, gotta represent!!:)

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Lauren @ Eater not a runner May 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm

The three day weekend and the weather!

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 30, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Ahhh, I love your list. I think it’s a good thing to write out what we’re thankful for on ‘paper’ from time to time – just as a simple reminder. Thanks for the positive morning post. It made me smile. I’m thankful for this beautiful sunny weekend in Sonoma County with my family : )

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Amanda@Thegrainsofparadise May 30, 2010 at 1:34 pm

My Passport and Homeport ( Maui )
Aloha!
A

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Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches May 30, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I am thankful for my health, my family and friends, my boyfriend, and all the love that exists in this world. I am thankful for the beauty of this world, my 5 senses which I get to experience it through, and mountains! I’m always thankful for mountains. :)

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Nicole May 30, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Awww! I’m thankful for happy blog posts like this one, vegetarian cousine, my family, my Savior, and life!

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Katie May 30, 2010 at 2:26 pm

So refreshing to hear what you are thankful for, it’s so important to reflect on that often!

I am thankful for – my amazing boyfriend and all of the other veterans like him on Memorial Day weekend, my dogs, my family, Colorado, Summer, the gorgeous mountain view today, swimming, and that I feel happy today!

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Melanie May 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I am thankful for the beautiful weather (finally!). I know the song that is the title of your post and it reminds me of my childhood!

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm

What gorgeous pictures! I am so thankful that I am home after a huge weekend away!!!

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Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly May 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm

My husband who always puts up with me no matter how my mood changes….

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I’m thankful to just be alive! And for my amazing family :)

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Leah May 30, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I love this!!

Im thankful that I can randomly show up at my parents house whenever I want, and that every visit includes wine :) Im thankful for my boyfriend that will drive me all over the city because I just get lost. And Im extra thankful that tomorrow is payday and I’m able to pay my rent.

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Jennifer May 30, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I am thankful for my son, husband (which makes coffee for me every morning), my family and they are all healthy!!

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Laura May 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I am thankful for my amazing husband, who supports me in everything I do and is there for me no matter what.

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Melanie May 30, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Jenna,

I stumbled across your blog last January and I’ve been reading ever since! I spent the year studying abroad in Italy, where I learned to appreciate and LOVE great food, and your blog has reinforced and inspired me to try new foods, restaurants, recipes, and break out some of the pots and pans in the kitchen! (As well as incorporate some exercise in! I’ll be running my first half marathon in October with some friends!) I’m thankful to have discovered your blog, and I hope you continue to do what you’re doing, cause I think it’s (and you are) great! You’re inspiring more people then you probably know! :)

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Melanie May 30, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Jenna,

I stumbled across your blog last January and I’ve been reading ever since! I spent the year studying abroad in Italy, where I learned to appreciate and LOVE great food, and your blog has reinforced and inspired me to try new foods, restaurants, recipes, and break out some of the pots and pans in the kitchen! (As well as incorporate some exercise in! I’ll be running my first half marathon in October with some friends!) I’m thankful to have discovered your blog, and I hope you continue to do what you’re doing, cause I think it’s (and you are) great! You’re inspiring more people then you probably know! :)

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ruby May 30, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I’m grateful for my parents, my family, my health. And working from home tomorrow, wearing white pants for the first time ever, and hot hot summer days.

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runnerforever May 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I am so thankful for my parents and how they have continuously supported me in every way possible.

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Ellie May 30, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I attended a wedding this weekend- SO I have to say I’m thankful for great friends and LOVE!

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Sarah (OC2Seattle) May 30, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Those tulips are gorgeous! I’m thankful for my husband, my family and an awesome race today at the Indy 500! Hooray for Franchitti!

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Hayley @ Breath of Fire May 30, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I am thankful for my health, for living in a country where I know that I am (relatively) safe, for supportive friends and family. I’m thankful for people who encourage being thankful ;) Happy Sunday!

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Lindsay May 30, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I am greatful for my parents, memorial day tomorrow, the ability the enjoy food without freaking out about calories, the treatment facility that saved my life, and my new friends that are always there for me and dont judge me about my past struggles.
Quick Question Jenna, Are we ever going to meet the Boyfriend?? Also, are you going to give a full tour of the new apartment??

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Kerry Dyer May 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm

im thankful for being healthy and happy.

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Marieke May 31, 2010 at 3:44 am

I’m thankful for my husband, my dog, my lovely house, my family and friends, being able to travel and sunshine!

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) May 31, 2010 at 4:32 am

Oh how I love thankful posts. :mrgreen:

Right at this very moment, I’m thankful for the sunshine, family, and dark (very dark) roasted coffee beans.

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Erin May 31, 2010 at 4:39 am

I am thankful to have so many people around me that I love. I’ve been far away from home over the years, and although at first the idea of moving back home wasn’t appealing, I forgot that happiness is enjoyed best when shared.

……Oh, and living so close to fresh seafood at the Jersey coast!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 31, 2010 at 5:15 am

I am so thankful for my amazing family – they are incredible!

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Kelly May 31, 2010 at 7:39 am

I misread your thankful things and almost commented “Where, oh where do I get my own Laura Ingles Wilder tshirt?” I would totally rock that. Maybe we should get into t-shirt designing together. :)

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Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies May 31, 2010 at 7:52 am

My friends, family and the beach top my list!!! I loved your line “and planes so I can fly around and hug people” – haha love it!

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Chandra H May 31, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I love that line too, and second it! :D

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Chandra H May 31, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I love that line too, and second it! :D

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 31, 2010 at 9:20 am

Thanks for this Jenna. I am so pathetic that I as a depressed this morning that it was the last day of the long weekend and I’d have to go back to work. How lame is that!? Thanks for reminding me life is incredibly wonderful!! SO wonderful!

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kate May 31, 2010 at 9:22 am

Im thankful for the sunshine!

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amanda May 31, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I am thankful for many things but most thankful that I turned my life around on a healthy track. I need some more fine tuning but it is coming along nicely. Have a great holiday weekend!

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Kristin (Salty Tooth) May 31, 2010 at 1:36 pm

I’m thankful for a lazy holiday weekend spent cuddling on the couch with my little family!

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hemp jogger May 31, 2010 at 5:15 pm

my family! just spent a fantastic weekend celebrating my baby sis’ h.s. graduation. she was #5 in the class, won scholarships, and is just a rad chic. i’m so proud :)

ps–what about the boy?! hehe.

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Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby June 1, 2010 at 11:50 am

beautiful beautiful beautiful post, jenna! as usual :)

i’m definitely thankful for waking up every morning to a huge dog that sleeps on my yoga mat that i forget to roll up, a loving mother, a hilarious brother, living down the road from a library, and being able to use both of my legs to ride my bicycle (since i’m too stubborn to get my license and get a car! hahaha)

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