A Week of Thanksgivings

Goood morning!

Welcome to the start of Thanksgiving week! What are you thankful for? I’m thankful for:

  • my amazing parents, who are also my best friends
  • my faith that keeps me grounded
  • my wonderful friends
  • laughter
  • good food (an understatement)
  • waking up every morning in such a breathtakingly beautiful place
  • big, big trees and windy California roads

And, last but not least, you! I’m so thankful for this blog and your support every day. Thank you for reading πŸ™‚


Oh yeah, and obviously I’m thankful for big bowls of oatmeal too ’cause my tummy reallyyyyyy likes them πŸ™‚


I’m still in bed drinking coffee (thankful for that too…check check) but I’m about to hit the gym before work. It’s my last day of work before the holiday….I know several of you have asked if I’m going home and the answer is no…unfortunately I won’t be going home to Florida for Thanksgiving. I’m actually spending the holiday with a really old friend and her family a little south of San Francisco. Daisy and I met almost seven years ago when we volunteered at FOCUS camp together. She just recently moved back out west to go to grad school and I can’t wait to see her!

Here we are circa 2003!


Have a great day!

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  • amanda
    November 23, 2009 at 7:56 am

    wow you look so young in that photo!! Anyway, what am I thankful for? I am thankful for internet so I can find websites devoted to healthy eats and living like yours. Thanks!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 23, 2009 at 8:07 am

    I’m thankful for my wonderful family! πŸ™‚

  • katherine
    November 23, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Enjoy your last day of work!

  • Lizzy
    November 23, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I’m so thankful for my family as well!!!

    I would for sure be so thankful for oats that looked as good as yours! πŸ™‚

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    November 23, 2009 at 8:12 am

    I’m thankful for my family and my health!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    November 23, 2009 at 8:29 am

    I’m thankful for blogs like yours too that show awesome fun food and the life that goes with them.

    Thanks for sharing your life with us πŸ™‚

  • eatmovelove
    November 23, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Now that is my type of a bowl of oatmeal πŸ™‚ I love this – I’m thankful for so much really despite how unhappy I am in my life. I try to find at least 3-4 things (or one…) every night to be thankful for in my day no matter how rough and keep a Gratitude journal – I was putting it on my blog to be accountable πŸ™‚
    I am thankful I am sticking it out with the yoga training and there is so much I want to tell and share with everyone through my blog πŸ™‚

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    November 23, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I was wondering where you would be spending the holidays, what a huge blessing to have a close friend in the area. I hope you have a fun, safe and awesome holiday! Can’t wait to read all about it. πŸ™‚

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    November 23, 2009 at 8:34 am

    That’s great that you get to spend Thanksgiving with an old friend…if you can’t spend it with family, old friends are definitely almost as good! πŸ™‚

  • Erin
    November 23, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I’m thankful for oatmeal, too … and, you know, friends and family and all that stuff. πŸ˜‰

  • Kelly
    November 23, 2009 at 8:38 am

    What a cute picture! You look so young. Sorry you won’t be going home to Florida, maybe for Christmas?

  • Christie @ Honoring Health
    November 23, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Wow, you are so tan in the picture!!

  • Chrissy
    November 23, 2009 at 8:56 am

    AHHHH!!! The Coral cabin!!!!!! (now it looks like a faded orange though!!!) haha I am LOVING that this pic made it onto your blog. How I miss “The Palace!”. Have so much fun with Daisy and tell her I said HI!!! I actually was going though old pics and put some FOCUS ones aside for you from the year that we met!!! I’ll have to send them to you when I get a chance! πŸ™‚

    Miss you girl!

    C πŸ™‚

  • Ameena
    November 23, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I am also thankful for my family and friends…and my 4 year old with whom I have a love-hate relationship. πŸ™‚

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    November 23, 2009 at 9:15 am

    I’m thankful for being able to run again! Being injured was so frustrating. I’m also thankful for my health and love of vegetables (can’t take that one for granted!). What a lovely bowl of oatmeal πŸ™‚

  • Evan Thomas
    November 23, 2009 at 9:26 am

    You have a great list of things to be thankful for. Number one will always be family in my heart

  • Mom
    November 23, 2009 at 9:34 am

    YOU, Jenna, are what we are most thankful for! Love you!

  • Mom
    November 23, 2009 at 9:34 am

    YOU, Jenna, are what we are most thankful for! Love you!

  • lindsay
    November 23, 2009 at 9:47 am

    aww what a cute old picture πŸ™‚
    Have a great Thanksgiving week!!

  • megan
    November 23, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I’m thankful for my husband. so very very thankful πŸ™‚

  • Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers)
    November 23, 2009 at 10:11 am

    That photo is too cute! I’m thankful for my puppy, my family, and my new (to me) car that I don’t have to share with my boyfriend! πŸ˜›

  • katie
    November 23, 2009 at 10:17 am

    that old picture looks so fun! were you a camp counsler all of your college summers? im trying to decide if i want to do that this summer or not!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    November 23, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Love the thought of starting the gratitude early and making it a week long endeavor.

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    November 23, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I hope you have a great Thanksgiving with your friend! I am also grateful for oatmeal!!!

  • Leah
    November 23, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I was thinking about this the other day after watching Food Inc. Im thankful to be fortunate enough that I have the ability to buy organic, and whole foods. Its something you dont always think about, but there are so many people that just cant afford to buy healthy foods.
    And of course like everyone else said, Im very thankful for my friends and family!! Im one lucky girl!

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    November 23, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I am thankful for YOUR BLOG which opened the door for me to the wonderful world of food/healthy living blogs. Thank you!

  • Jenna
    November 23, 2009 at 11:31 am

    those are great things to be thankful for!

  • Claire
    November 23, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Man that oatmeal looks delicious! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I think my favorite of your list of thanks is laughter–it really does make everything else in life feel more enjoyable and helps you appreciate all the good that surrounds us. πŸ™‚

  • Light Delight with TouTou
    November 23, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Oh it’s really fun listing all the things that to be thankful!
    I almost can not recognize you in the picture – so tan at that time πŸ™‚
    hope you have a great thanksgiving week:p

  • Lisa at GethealthyHq
    November 23, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    It sounds like you have so much to be thankful for! And drinking coffee in bed sounds amazing…

  • Marissa
    November 23, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I’m thankful for everything you named, too! Especially my faith, family, and friends. With oatmeal running a close fourth. πŸ™‚

  • MMiller
    November 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Wow, I could write a book on what I am thankful for! Mostly my husband and my family! I couldn’t have survived my cancer without them or my awesome doctor! And I thank the Lord for the grace to get me through!

    I bought the Chocolate Amazing Grass today! Not bad! I will make sure I drink a serving every day!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    November 23, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Cute photo. Sounds like a fun Thanksgiving. Maybe since in South Bay will get down to Stanford Mall–amazing place. Memorial Church on campus is truly awesome, too, as is University Avenue downtown.

    Among so many other things am thankful for…like living at the beach, my son, laptop/Internet, my novel, healthy lifestyle, creative endeavors, etc. are friends who post things like this very inspiring and truly charming vid on my FB page:

  • Gab*
    November 23, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I think it’s really important to be thankful for what we do have. Whenever I hear myself being whinge-y and feeling sorry for myself I try to stop and think about what’s great in my life. But at the same time I don’t think it’s healthy to be the martyr and never complain about anything!

    Hope you have a fabulous time with your friend over thanksgiving!

  • Lauren
    November 23, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Mhm..what about being thankful for God?

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    November 23, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I’m thankful for having all my basic needs covered, and then some. I’m thankful that I have a job which relies on enriching childhoods and contributing something positive to the future. I’m thankful for my wonderful, hilarious, and supportive friends and family. I’m thankful to be alive and healthy. Also, I’m thankful for your wonderful blog that inspired me to reach higher, eat better, and write more!

  • candice
    November 23, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Family, friends, laughter, life. Food and writing. πŸ™‚ And wonderful blogs to keep me entertained!

  • Jil
    November 23, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    We are thankful for you, too! I am most thankful for my family — friends — and the opportunities I’ve been given.

  • Erin
    November 23, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Aw, I love this. I think I want to do a thankful post too! I love that your Mom commented as well. So great πŸ™‚

  • Jolene (
    November 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    That is one GIANT bowl of oats – they look amazing!

  • Katie
    November 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I am thankful for family, great workouts and great movies πŸ™‚

    I know it’s tough being away from family on Thanksgiving, but Christmas will be here before you know it!

  • Paige@ RunningAroundNormal
    November 23, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Aw, that’s great you’ll be able to spend the holiday with a friend since you can’t go home. That’ll be lots of fun!

  • rebecca lustig
    November 23, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Looks like you are thankful for many, wonderful things– including trees. I think it’s awesome you can appreciate the trees.
    I am particularly thankful for my friends and family who have stood by me throughout my recovery process.

    Good luck with that reunion, girl! πŸ™‚
    tons of love,
    bec xo

  • skinnyrunner
    November 23, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    love the thankful list! hope you have a fabulous thanksgiving out here on the west coast!!

  • cyndi
    November 23, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    So glad you are grateful for TREES! They are amazing for so many reasons. And I’m glad to know your parents are so special to you. Trees and parents are both rooted connections.

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