Anchor Away!

This is really fun for me to post. Turns out, I’m horrible at keeping secrets! So with that being said, want to know why I won’t be in attendance at The Healthy Living Summit?

Cause I’m moving this party to Europe. That’s right, on June 15th my friend Rea and I will be traveling to Paris and staying there all summer long, writing. We both begged all our family members to let us have their skymiles and thus found flights that were pretty much free. Rea and I studied abroad together in Paris back in 2007 and she’s an author as well. We both decided that we are way more inspired there than here and have different projects we will be working on while we are abroad.
Other fun plans include trips to Italy, Spain and Greece…..maybe a little Provence thrown in there with some nutella and red wine.
What can I say? Adventures are what makes the world go round.
On a much more boring note, here’s my breakfast:
And, I finally gave in and signed up for a Formspring account after receiving about a million emails asking me for an “ask me anything” column. Warning: be nice or I’ll take it down. Seriously.

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  • Lauren Watson
    March 2, 2010 at 8:13 am

    That’s so exciting that you’re headed back to Europe this summer. I looked forward to being inspired from afar by all your adventures!

  • Heather @ (The Single Dish)
    March 2, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Wow that is awesome! Congrats on your time! Nothing like a summer in Paris, that is for sure.

  • maren
    March 2, 2010 at 8:16 am

    that sounds so exciting! i love paris as well. my boyfriend is finishing culinary school here in ny, and we have plans to move there in the future! i also happened to have breakfast in the exact same nut butter jar as you today!

  • Whitney @ whitinspired
    March 2, 2010 at 8:17 am’re going to have so much fun! A summer in Europe, amazing.

  • Lizzie
    March 2, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Awesome! I love Paris – one of my fave cities! I’m sure you must have, but have you been to Nice? I could have stayed there for months!! We’re thinking about meeting a friend in Bosnia – interested? πŸ™‚

    You have the most amazing life Jenna!!

  • Sarah
    March 2, 2010 at 8:21 am

    That’s SO exciting!! I am terribly jealous!

  • Diana
    March 2, 2010 at 8:22 am

    WOW! So exciting! You’re going to have a blast!

  • Cara
    March 2, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Wow that is so amazing. I am so jealous! I love it!! I can’t wait to read your posts while in Europe!

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full
    March 2, 2010 at 8:23 am

    How amazing! Paris is one of my favorite cities. So, so, so jealous πŸ™‚

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit
    March 2, 2010 at 8:23 am

    I LOVE adventures!!! That is incredible Jenna. Well done!

    It’s so fantastic when you find something that you love and that inspires you! I feel very lucky to have found a passion that drives me to adventures as well!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    March 2, 2010 at 8:25 am

    You go girl! I’m inspired just reading about your upcoming summercation in Europe. Traveling through that continent is most certainly on my bucket list.

  • Brittany
    March 2, 2010 at 8:27 am

    THAT IS SO AWESOME. Paris again! You go girl

  • Sara
    March 2, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Congrats woman! You guys will have an amazing time & I know we’ll all love reading about your adventures. Thanks for providing us so much insipiration to follow our dreams!

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    March 2, 2010 at 8:29 am

    How exciting! This is huge news! We’re all stoked for your trip, can’t wait to read about your adventures!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    March 2, 2010 at 8:30 am


  • Ellie Lawrence (marathonrunningrd)
    March 2, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Sounds like so much fun! Really amazing!

  • Corinne
    March 2, 2010 at 8:35 am

    aldjfasdklfjasdklfjakldfjasdf (thats what i write when i’m so excited i dont have words) YAYY jenna. good for you!

  • Erin
    March 2, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Can I say I am so jealous of your life!

  • jen trinque
    March 2, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Yay!! The adventures just keep on coming!

  • justrun
    March 2, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Go Jenna!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    March 2, 2010 at 8:39 am

    How exciting!! I could definitely see how Paris would release your inner creativity! How amazing πŸ™‚

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    March 2, 2010 at 8:40 am

    How wonderful! You will have an amazing, memorable time. πŸ™‚

  • Krissy - Single Serving
    March 2, 2010 at 8:40 am

    What an exciting life you lead. Seriously. I would love to live in wine country and now Paris??? Unbelievable. Safe travels to you!!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    March 2, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Are you kidding!??! Jenna! That is so awesome. Your life is crazy/amazing/I’m-so-jealous!

    Do you remember the language??

    Have 1 or 50 banana nutella crepes for me please!

  • swimsutra
    March 2, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Wow!! Congrats on such an exciting summer plan! Hm, I think I need some more exciting summer plans involving travel now! Cheers! πŸ™‚

  • MMiller
    March 2, 2010 at 8:45 am

    So excited for you Jenna! Love the fact that you can drop everything and go! You will make much better progress on your writing there! And to have a friend to to it with and both writing! I would love to go to Paris! My sister lived there while attending a semester in college! (She majored in French)! It was her favorite place! She had been there a few times! I can never see a picture of the Eiffel Tower without thinking of her! Enjoy! I can’t wait to read about your living and adventures while there!

  • gina (fitnessista)
    March 2, 2010 at 8:46 am

    that is AWESOME!
    i’m going for the first time in may with the hubs. i’m so stoked πŸ™‚
    hope you have a great day <3

  • ida
    March 2, 2010 at 8:46 am

    wow, your trip sounds great!

    I think your going to get a lot of questions about boys…

  • Tiffany
    March 2, 2010 at 8:47 am

    um WOW. that’s freaking awesome! i love that you just go wherever your desires take you, to california, to paris, etc. go live your life, girl, and do it in style. πŸ™‚ i wish i had your guts and/opportunities!

  • Ally (Exercise and Pies)
    March 2, 2010 at 8:48 am

    oh my gosh!!! thats such exciting news!!! You are going to have a blast!!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    March 2, 2010 at 8:49 am

    WOw! That sounds like an amazing trip! I’ve always wanted to travel to Europe! I hope you have a blast!!!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    March 2, 2010 at 8:49 am

    WOw! That sounds like an amazing trip! I’ve always wanted to travel to Europe! I hope you have a blast!!!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health
    March 2, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Sounds awesome! I can’t wait to see Paris through your eyes!!

    March 2, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Oh my god, Jenna! That is SO SO SO exciting! You have no idea how much I envy you–and how much I relate! I studied in Spain–and I honestly haven’t been able to muster up with zest and inspiration that came so effortlessly while I lived there. I’d love to go back at some point to work on writing–oh, and EATING!! Let me know if you need foodie suggestions for anywhere in Espana! If you’re in Madrid, me and my host-mom are still BFF and I will ask her to make you a ridiculous meal!

  • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
    March 2, 2010 at 8:55 am

    that is SO exciting and I’m so jealous! πŸ™‚

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    March 2, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Oh my GOSH!!! Awesome!!!! What a writer’s dream come true!

  • Evan Thomas
    March 2, 2010 at 8:56 am

    That is so exciting! International blogger, here you come!

  • Ameena
    March 2, 2010 at 8:57 am

    How exciting! Paris is my favorite city…I could easily move there too. One day? Hopefully??

  • Jacquie
    March 2, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Have a blast! I miss Paris so much and would go back in a heartbeat as well. Be careful when you’re packing… you might find me in your suitcase πŸ˜‰

  • Devon @Fastfoodiecooks
    March 2, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Looks you can re-up on the comparative study of baked goods from Tartine vs. baked goods in France. That will be a super fun trip, I am headed to Annecy next week! Have a blast!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    March 2, 2010 at 8:59 am

    ohmigosh i am SO jealous! i gotta say, being married is a BLAST and I LOVE my sweet husband more than anything, but being a single gal definitely has it’s advantages! enjoy your time there while we all jealously watch on πŸ™‚

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    March 2, 2010 at 9:00 am

    You are the true definition of “living your life to its fullest!!”

    I’m so happy for you!

  • Ariffa
    March 2, 2010 at 9:01 am

    this is so exciting jenna your life is like a reality show =)

  • Rachel (suburban yogini)
    March 2, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Y’know, it’s not until I read posts like this that I remember how lucky I am to have places like Paris and Rome practically on my doorstep.

    Great stuff Jenna, although I think you should come to London too πŸ˜‰

  • M.
    March 2, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I LOVE Europe as you obviously do too!That’s such fun news(and what I guessed-tee hee!)
    It’s always a little bizarre how Paris “shuts down” in the summer and all head off to their country holidays and it’s mostly tourists wandering around huh?But I have no doubt you and your friend will find lovely spots to write in and explore!
    Good for you,cause I found living in Europe soooo expensive with euros and all.Luckily flights around Europe are dirt cheap at least πŸ™‚
    I will enjoy seeing croissants and of course espresso and gelato in italy and…..etc etc!
    Watch out for those handsome European men….let alone cute backpacking travel dudes-hee hee!
    Anyways Europe is so darn romantic just BEING there.
    A bientot!
    You deserve a lovely summer escape and to kick up your feet and soak it all in.Yup, you do! πŸ˜‰

  • jenna
    March 2, 2010 at 9:03 am


  • anne
    March 2, 2010 at 9:04 am

    How exciting! Can’t wait to read your blog posts from Europe.

  • Paige
    March 2, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Congratulations on your new adventure! I hope Paris is inspiring for you. πŸ˜€ I seriously need to get on the Jenna plan because your life is wayyyy more interesting than mine!

  • britt
    March 2, 2010 at 9:06 am

    that is so exciting! i’ve always wanted to do something like that but now being married and having a baby on the way, looks like that kind of life might have to wait a few years. you’re going to have so much fun!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    March 2, 2010 at 9:07 am

    this is so exciting!!! i cannot wait to live vicariously through you in your adventures!

  • Paige
    March 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Jenna, you constantly amaze me. If there was ever anyone that followed their dreams, it is you! I admire you SO much!

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair
    March 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

    That is SO COOL! You lead a very exciting life πŸ™‚

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    March 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Um…AWESOME!!!!! That is soooo exciting!

  • Sharon
    March 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

    GAH! Paris! so exciting….my boyfriend and I have a fantasy of spending a summer in Provence one day…actually I think he’d like to live there but my french isn’t so good. I can’t wait to read your blog from Paris….so many amazing places to eat! Two years ago we rented an apartment in Paris for about 10 days-it was so fun. We loved the area (Le Marais) and would love to stay again.

  • Emily
    March 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Wow I am SO jealous!! I was born in Paris, moved here when I was little, and have only been back once. I can’t wait to see all your pictures and read about your summer (AKA live vicariously through you). So excited for you!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    March 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

    That is amazingggg!! You’re so brave to just make it happen and DO IT!

  • julia
    March 2, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Congrats Jenna! You are going to have the best time!

  • Pie @ Life of Oats
    March 2, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Wow, I’m SO jealous!
    It sounds absolutely fantastic, I hope you enjoy yourself there!
    Wish I could have a change of scenery.
    Oh and I see you are already wearing french attire with that stripey top haha. πŸ˜‰

  • Erin
    March 2, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I’m inspired by your willingness to make your life happen. keep it up, Jenna

  • diana(mymarblerye)
    March 2, 2010 at 9:13 am

    do you ever pinch yourself? This is AMAZING. I didn’t read your blog while you were in Paris and I can’t wait to see what you are up to while there! You only live once and you are definitely living YOUR life to the max!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    March 2, 2010 at 9:15 am

    :O WOW what an amazing opportunity!! Gosh, writing in France – it sounds so romantic haha! You’ll have an amazing time πŸ™‚

  • Ashley
    March 2, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Congrats!! What an exciting move! I’m moving to London in Sept so I can relate to the excitement! I can’t wait to read about your adventures abroad.

  • eatmovelove
    March 2, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I’m not going to say I’m jealous – I’m going to say that I’m INSPIRED instead…I must focus and try to get to a point where you are one day – happy and living your dreams.
    Bless you.

  • Linda
    March 2, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Jenna, what an inspiration you are!! I love love love your adventuresome spirit. . .you go girl! I’ll also admit that I’m a tad jealous, ok a lot jealous πŸ™‚ But mostly I’m happy for you! I LOVE Paris and I agree that you and your friend will be very inspired while living abroad. Way to go!!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    March 2, 2010 at 9:21 am

    That is so exciting!!!!

  • Elisa
    March 2, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Aw man… is the formspring page already gone?? πŸ™

    Have fun in Paris! That’s incredible!

    • jenna
      March 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

      Sorry guys!!!! I deleted the formspring page after about an hour because I was getting about 500 questions and it became a little overwhelming…I couldn’t focus on writing the book because I kept refreshing the formspring page. Sorryyyyy!

  • M.
    March 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

    PS Formspring is a bit invasive I find!

  • Kendel
    March 2, 2010 at 9:25 am

    What fantastic news! I am so excited for you! The creative juices will certainly flow. Maybe we could have a bloggie meet-up. I could come to Paris or your guys could venture to Germany?!?!? You would certainly be welcome here!

  • ellen eats beets
    March 2, 2010 at 9:28 am

    That is wonderful!! Paris seems absolutely amazing and its so nice you get to go back!!

  • Sarah
    March 2, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Fantastic! That is going to make for some very exciting blog (and book) content. I live my life in a similar way that you do- always pursuing adventure and saying why not? instead of worrying about the how/what next/can I, etc. factors. Can’t wait to read all about it!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    March 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

    You took that down pretty fast! πŸ˜‰ SO excited for you Jenna! I lived in Italy for almost 6 weeks a couple summers ago and we hope to go back this summer, so maybe I will see you in Italia?! πŸ˜‰ You’re life is so fun! Love it. SO happy for you!

  • grace b
    March 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Congrats Jenna! That is exactly what I want to do this summer–GO somewhere! I bet you’re gonna have a blast! And looks like you got some not so nice questions πŸ™

  • Karen
    March 2, 2010 at 9:38 am

    how exciting to be writing and living in Paris, can’t get much better than that. …sequels to come for a long time πŸ™‚

  • Following Julie
    March 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

    J’adore Paris! It’s my favorite vacation destination. Have fun!

  • kirsten
    March 2, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Congrats girl! are you keeping your place in California? or are you going back to FL after Paris? I can’t wait to see all the amazing pictures from Europe!! πŸ™‚

  • Allison
    March 2, 2010 at 9:41 am

    WOW! So exciting.

    Don’t worry about the formspring… I think sometimes people can be too nosey and start asking about things that just aren’t their business. I can’t imagine having so many people wanting to know about the details of my life. I give you props for even being able to handle the daily comments and emails!

  • Betsy
    March 2, 2010 at 9:42 am

    You must have a lot of money or something lol

    • jenna
      March 2, 2010 at 9:47 am


      I actually do NOT have “a lot of money or something”. I have one credit card and it is currently frozen in a bag of water in my freezer. I have student loans, car payments and bills…but I figure life is too short to play it safe all the time. If you want something bad enough you can make it happen.

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething
    March 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

    what an amazing adventure awaits! how wonderful……

  • Adam
    March 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

    So when is the movie based on your life due out? You are so lucky! I can’t wait until i graduate so i can travel wherever i wish, write, and eat amazing food. Too bad my family members hold onto their skymiles like they are attached to their body. But that is what credit cards are for, right?

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    March 2, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Yay! How exciting girl!!!!! I’m actually going to be going to Ireland around June 15th too!

  • Daisy
    March 2, 2010 at 9:46 am One of the most beautiful cities in all the world. As you well know since you studied there. i cant wait to hear more about this adventure!!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises
    March 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

    What an amazing trip! Do you already have plans for what your next book is going to be?

  • Hallie
    March 2, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Oh wow that is so amazing! You know my first instinct (as I would LOVE to go back to Europe) was to think, “wow she’s so lucky” but then I thought to myself, “actually, Jenna has been through a lot of difficult things these past few years and she works tremendously hard for everything she does have.” I love your blog for that! Can’t wait to live vicariously through you this summer πŸ™‚

  • Still Life in Southeast Asia
    March 2, 2010 at 9:53 am

    That’s true, Jenna. It’s better to travel now when you’re young than waiting until retirement and feeling too tired to do anything.

    I love Paris and can’t wait to read your stories. You’d better share some recipes while you’re there! πŸ™‚

  • Mary
    March 2, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Awesome!! What an exciting trip! I cannot wait to see your pics and read about this adventure!! πŸ™‚

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    March 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Oh my gosh that’s frickin awesome! I’m so jealous of your lifestyle- even more motivation for me to figure out a way to work for me, myself, and I. You are going to have such an amazing adventure!! I can’t wait to read about it!

  • Anne P
    March 2, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Glad to see the cat’s out of the bag πŸ˜‰ I’m still mad at you for not being in Europe when I was there last year!!! And mad at myself that I have to take classes this summer and can’t come with you! Buuutttt I’m still thinking the end of June for my visit!! We are going to TEAR up Paris. Slash Greece. Slash everywhere.

  • Kelly
    March 2, 2010 at 10:18 am

    That’s so exciting. I want to travel Europe so badly!

  • Allison K
    March 2, 2010 at 10:19 am

    What an amazing adventure! I’m so excited to visit all those places through your blog!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    March 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Oh girl… This is why it’s such a powerful and important thing for a young woman to be single for a few years. lol… The ability to just go anywhere is one I envy. LOVE it. Enjoy!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    March 2, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Ack!!! jealous! That sounds so awesome. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    March 2, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Quel suprise! What an excellent plan – I live vicariously through you!
    I love France in the summertime. Be sure to travel down to the Loire valley! Eat lots of macarons, croissants, fromage… mon dieu, je suis tres jalouse!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    March 2, 2010 at 10:36 am

    And you look like za French gurl in za photo! I am moving to Aix-en-Provence Nov 11. And yesterday did a post on Saignon…a little town 45 min from Aix off the tourist route:

    The croissants at Christines in Saignon are in the realm of ‘ok, I can die now’. Am SOOOOO thrilled for you!!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    March 2, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Congrats! That is so amazing and I am so jealous and inspired all at the same time πŸ˜‰ I’ll actually be there myself in July for 10-12 days, hopefully a few weeks in 2011, we’ll see.

  • alexis
    March 2, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Wow – have a great time! I look forward to readin about your adventures having never been to Paris.

    Congrats on keeping the credit card in ice!

    Sorry it appears you took the formspring down.

  • Nic
    March 2, 2010 at 10:38 am

    So happy for you, Jenna…But what about Dexter?! Ha-Ha
    My kitties are my biggest hang up.

  • beth
    March 2, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Nothing is better than sitting in a cafe in Paris with your thoughts and a croissant!

  • Exa
    March 2, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Congratulations! How exciting! You must be thrilled to have the opportunity to live and write in that city again! I agree–life is short! That’s why my best friend and I begged our parents to help us go to Paris for two weeks this spring–but we leave right before you get there!

  • Maureen
    March 2, 2010 at 10:40 am

    What an adventurous life you lead! I can’t wait to read all about it!

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward
    March 2, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Congrats, that is so exciting! I’m glad we’ll get to read about more of your crazy adventures! πŸ™‚

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
    March 2, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I am so jealous!!! I want to go back to Paris so badly. Ugh, I guess I will have to live through your adventures for now!!! Can’t wait to see what you do there!

  • Priscilla
    March 2, 2010 at 10:43 am

    How exciting! You deserve it and I admire how passionate you are about following your dreams. I know you don’t know me, but if you need help planning any of your side trips, feel free to send me an email. I spent 3 weeks in the southern part of Spain last summer and went to Morocco as well (which is a trip I highly recommend…’s just a ferry ride away!).

  • Deanna
    March 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Great news, Jenna! Can’t wait to follow your adventure πŸ™‚

  • marisa @ vinyasa mama
    March 2, 2010 at 10:49 am

    that’s so exciting!! So happy for you!! Can’t wait to read all about your adventures traveling and eating yummy food all over europe!

    btw – definitely add Lugano, Switzerland to your list of places to check out. i lived there for a year in college and LOOOOOVED it. So much italian influence (esp in the food) but everything is run with swiss efficiency – can’t beat that!! oh…and there are palm trees!

  • Lauren
    March 2, 2010 at 10:51 am

    You are living my dream life!!

  • laura dishes
    March 2, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Umm… fantastic! The fact that you follow your dreams & are so brave is very inspiring!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    March 2, 2010 at 10:57 am

    OMG!!!! That is ridiculously amazing! I cannot wait for your summer! Lol. It’s going to be fabulous to be able to experience it through your blog!

  • Allison
    March 2, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Can I just say you are my idol??? Seriously, writing + traveling = my dream life!!! I studied abroad sailing around the world last year and I absolutely fell in love with the world and have the travel bug badddd!!! I’m graduating this summer and I hope to be able to do exactly what you are doing someday soon. I can’t wait to read about it all summer, soooo exciting:)

    P.S. When you go to Greece you MUST visit the islands!! Especially Mykonos and Santorini, they are absolutely amazing!!!

  • Sarah R
    March 2, 2010 at 11:02 am

    What an amazing life you lead! What better place to be inspired?! Very very cool.

  • nic
    March 2, 2010 at 11:05 am

    If you’re in Europe you NEED to come to Switzerland!!!!
    I sure can hold two awesome bloggers for a few days in my home!!! πŸ˜‰ Just email me, if you’re interested!! Would definitely be fun! πŸ˜€
    At least to meet up! I’m so excited for you!!

  • Carolyn
    March 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Woohoo!! Since your deadline is coming up soon I have to assume you’ve got another book rattling around in your head for this trip. Maybe a cookbook? πŸ˜‰

  • The Paris Food Blague
    March 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

    bon courage for this summer!

    if you need any help getting adjusted to parigi, want some good addresses, or heck even french friends let me know…..

    a bientot!
    The Paris Food Blague

  • MaryCatherine
    March 2, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I am so happy for you, Jenna! You are SUCH an inspiration to me πŸ™‚ And you’re right – life is WAY too short to play it safe all of the time! Can’t wait to follow your journey to Paris!!

  • Danielle
    March 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

    So cool you’re visiting Europe! If you have the time and all, you should really visit Amsterdam. That’s where I live and it’s such a great city! You would love riding your bike on the canals!!! In Amsterdam you can REALLY practice cycling… πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to read all of it…. ! Have fun!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Passion
    March 2, 2010 at 11:24 am

    You are amazing!

  • Jean
    March 2, 2010 at 11:33 am

    My life is SO boring compared to yours. πŸ™‚ I AM going to Oberammergau (Germany) for the Passion Play in August, and may take in Paris for a few days, too, so I’ll be reading your blog with even greater interest once you move. I am glad that you are taking advantage of all of the opportunities that have been presented to you – carpe diem! I hope you have a great time.

  • Katie
    March 2, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Wow! How exciting! I am sooo jealous! I’m just dying to go to Europe! Have fun!

  • LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils
    March 2, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Jenna, you’re going to HAVE to do a post on how you manage to do such fun things in your life! For instance – do you plan, make goals, save up $, etc? Would love to get a glimpse into how you make it all work.

    Congratulations. Cali will miss you.

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat.
    March 2, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Exciting! Way to be bold and make traveling (and living) abroad happen.

  • Zenfreckle
    March 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    WOW!! You go girl! I love how you are taking charge of your life and following your dreams. Such an inspiration for me!

  • lola
    March 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Congratulations Jenna! πŸ˜€

  • Jessica
    March 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    That is going to be such an amazing experience Jenna! Can’t wait to follow you and see how you live….and eat, in PARIS!!! πŸ™‚
    I may also be studying abroad in Spain next Spring, so i can’t wait to see what you think of it! XOXO

  • Lauren
    March 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    gahhh I so want to live in Paris again! There is, in my mind, no better place in the world to write. (Not that I’ve written in every corner of the world, but still). So exciting!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    March 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    You have such a fun life. I’d love to pick up and go somewhere. And Paris? Doesn’t get better than that. So, were you a little nervous about just leaving? Or do you not feel tied down enough to stay in CA? I’m also curious: will you be doing odd jobs there or is it strictly a new place to write?

  • Amy
    March 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Damn, were people mean? I tried to ask a Q and it says ‘page cannot be found”

    Booo to mean people!

  • Katie P
    March 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    jealousy doesn’t begin to describe how i feel! congrats though, how fun that will be!!

  • Jennifer M
    March 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Gah, what terrible timing! I’ll be moving back to Canada at the end of May. Too bad, it would have been a great excuse to come to Paris again (since I live in the Netherlands at the moment). I’m sure you’ll have an awesome time πŸ™‚

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year)
    March 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    How exciting! I’m jealous. πŸ™‚ I do agree, though – you’ll be very motivated to write in such a beautiful place!


  • lucie
    March 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Ahhh I’m so excited for you!!
    I’m an avid reader of your blog and I’m from … Paris!! haha
    Maybe I’ll run into you in a bakery in the Marais or somewhere in the Capital.
    Have fun!


  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    March 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I am super jealous but I can’t wait to read about your travels. You inspire me so much! Good luck with everything πŸ™‚

  • Jessie
    March 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Yay, that’s so exciting! Congrats!

  • Karla
    March 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Congratulations! Must be nice to have a job that allows you to do that!
    Have fun! Can’t wait to follow your travels!

  • Sammi
    March 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    How exciting and fun!!! You must work a lot to fund all the stuff you do!

    Are you no longer participating in your 100 mile bike race now?

  • Bonnie
    March 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Ooooh take me with you!

  • Lauren
    March 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    AHHH that is so exciting and I’m JEALOUS. Can’t wait to see what kind of adventures and eats you experience over there.

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    March 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Oh my gosh, how amazing! Can’t wait to hear all about it!!!!


  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Yayyyyyyyyyy for Paris! It’s where all the cool people live πŸ˜‰

  • Angharad
    March 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Absolutely awesome and completely inspiring me to take a new adventure soon! You are going to have an amazing time! Side note: do you read David Lebovtiz’s blog? I’m guessing you do…inspiration, right?!

  • Jenn
    March 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    That is so exciting. I love your zest for life and how you just go for it. You’re inspiring.

  • Tracey
    March 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Wow, how exciting! Paris is one of the places I still need to travel to. I hope you will keep us updated with pictures of your new surroundings!

  • Megan
    March 2, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    That’s AMAZING. Also, please please can you most the most awk/freak/ridic/offensive formspring comments!!!!? I just am reading this now and assume you took it down b/c things got a little cray-zay. Share share!! We can laugh and judge the meanies!!

  • ShutupandRun
    March 2, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Amazing! Where will you live? I used to live on the Left Bank (Latin Quarter). You are going to be so inspired. No better place to write a book about food, right???

  • Kaitlin
    March 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I’m so jealous you’re going to Paris! I love that you just go for things and can move away like that, so inspiring!

  • Sarah @ Daily Nibbles
    March 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Awesome! Can I come? I’m eager to know how you arranged everything. I’m new to your blog and love your posts:) I’ve been enjoying Vermont’s snow adventures too.

  • Soraya
    March 2, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    AMAZING! Congrats!!!

  • Laura
    March 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Lets hope we have better weather this summer for you! If you do go down to Greece, Santorini is so, so worth a trip, the sunsets are amazing… island hopping was one of the best summers I’ve had! Your sense of adventure, strength, sense of justice and grace no matter the situation in hand is brilliant to see, and if there is such a thing as ‘deserving’, you definitely deserve such an experience. Next on my list is Carcassonne, and I STILL haven’t activated my credit card, money burns a hole in my pocket πŸ˜‰

  • Eileen
    March 2, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    So jealous, but so happy for you and thankful that I can experience it through your blog.

  • Kelly (Foodie Fresh)
    March 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    How exciting! I’ll be visiting Europe for the first time ever in August with my honeymoon in Italy. I’m soooo excited! Maybe I’ll see ya there! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    March 2, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I am SO SO excited for you!!! How awesome!!!!!!!

  • Megan
    March 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Wow! Yay! I’m so excited for you! I’ve always wanted to visit Europe.

  • Kerry
    March 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    yay!!!!!!!!!! That is SO awesome! πŸ™‚ I’m so excited to see and read ALL about it! Congrats!
    And that link doesnt work… or has it been deleted!? πŸ™

  • melissa
    March 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    wow jenna! what an amazing adventure! I’m sure you’ll get SO much writing done there. It’s so clear how much your first experience there influenced your way of thinking in a positive way. You’re such an amazing role model and I look up to you so much for following your dreams and taking chances (on top of being a hard worker). The people in your life are lucky to have you. I cant wait to “go” on this adventure with you and see all the amazing food pics you’ll have in paris! (oh and some historic things too, haha) πŸ™‚ AND I cant wait to buy this book!

  • Becky
    March 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    A great adventure! It’s so inspiring to hear of someone who is truly living out their dreams! Go for it, Jenna!

  • Emily
    March 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Quelle chance!! Jenna, you will have the best time en France. Enjoy it, soak it up and good luck with your writing. Inspirations abound over there! And the food….mmmm.

  • Pam (@ TotalHealthCounseling)
    March 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Congratulations on your decision to go to Paris for the summer!! What an awesome adventure and no doubt you’ll produce plenty of inspired writing while you are there.
    I love that you go out and get something when you really want it. What a true inspiration you are, thank you πŸ™‚

  • Brigid Bauer
    March 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    sounds like fun! you might as well enjoy life!

  • Stacey
    March 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Europe that sounds amazing I’m so jealous. Can’t wait for the exciting posts.

  • Lauren
    March 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Jenna, so excited/jealous of your adventure in Europe. If you want any places to check out in Rome/Greece let me know… I wanted to ask you though, I am heading to Charleston this weekend and was wondering if you could share some must places to eat/shop.


  • Jil
    March 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Oh.My.Gosh. AMAZING! and so jealous!!!! πŸ™‚ That will be such an amazing experience!!!

  • Rachel S
    March 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Wow, that is SO exciting! I visited Paris for a school trip in the fall of 2008, and fell head over heels in love with the city! I’m dying to go back….sounds like you’re in for a fabulous summer. Can’t wait to follow your adventures on the blog!

  • Laughter-Loving Stacy
    March 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm



    Ooooh I want to go to France! And write! And be inspired and learn about another culture and so many things!

    Very exciting! πŸ˜€

  • Sarah (Shep)
    March 2, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    you are living the DREAM!

  • Katie
    March 2, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Oh wow!! I’m so jealous!!!

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    March 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    My Jealous level is through the roof right now I always “want” to travel and just pick up and move but never actually take the initiative to do it. I’m going to start living a bit more in the moment. We only live once right? Go big or go home!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    March 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    How fantastic — can’t wait to read all about it! πŸ˜€ Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world. Totally agree about being more inspired there than anywhere else. Cafe culture does that.

  • Jesse
    March 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Jenna are you fluent in French? Just curious…your trip sounds lovely! πŸ™‚

  • Michelle
    March 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Yay for you Jenna! Now is the time…travel, LIVE your life, and have FUN! I can’t wait to go on this adventure with you…reading about what you’re doing and seeing pictures of the places you are visiting! You will take us all with you, won’t ya?

    Go check out the Sonia Rykiel line for H&M. Very “French”! πŸ™‚


  • theemptynutjar
    March 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I will be honest…I am jealous. But being jealous and competitive is such an unflattering trait of mine. Rather, I want to take your positivity and life zest and take away a bit of positivity myself.
    Unfortunately, I am kind of stuck in my career and location, no matter what others say that one is never stuck. Literally, If I moved or took a “lesser job” the government will hunt me down and jail me πŸ™‚
    But, whatever, its your life. Do what u wish with it. And no one can every deny you are living it. That is all I take from it. Not that u have this or that or are so lucky to have these blessings…instead just that u are living life…the details mean very little, the life means a lot !
    Great oats in a jar too πŸ™‚

  • Emilee
    March 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while. You actually inspired me to start my own. You are a lucky girl headed to Paris! I spent the summer of 2000 there. It was THE BEST TIME of my life! I hope you don’t mind, I made your best ever pizza dough tonight and referenced your link in my blog post. It turned out awesome! Keep living the dream!!!!!!


  • Emilee
    March 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while. You actually inspired me to start my own. You are a lucky girl headed to Paris! I spent the summer of 2000 there. It was THE BEST TIME of my life! I hope you don’t mind, I made your best ever pizza dough tonight and referenced your link in my blog post. It turned out awesome! Keep living the dream!!!!!!


  • Cyndi
    March 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    That is GREAT news!

    We’ll all be going with you, I hope you know! Take lots of pictures!

  • Veronique Barretto
    March 2, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Congrats! If you feel like visiting Dijon/Burgundy and going for some wine tastings, Vinously Speaking can meet Eat Live Run!!! You both are welcome here in Dijon! (I have a pullout sofa bed, so you can cut your hotel costs =D)!!

  • Amy
    March 2, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    You’re inspiring me to put dreams into action and just do ittt – bon voyage, girl!

  • jenna
    March 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    omg so lucky jenna!

  • Angie
    March 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Oh my gosh!! How exciting!! I’m super jealous. πŸ™‚ You completely inspire me, Jenna. You seem to have such a positive attitude and an amazing zest for life. I don’t comment much, but I absolutely love your blog. Can’t wait to read about your Paris adventures! πŸ™‚

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    March 2, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    So fun! I would give anything to go back to Europe and just enjoy it. I miss it so much.

  • Ellen
    March 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    A summer in Paris?! Wow. Yeah…jealousy is not a good look on me, but I just can’t help it! Have a blast!

  • Tyler
    March 2, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    i am unbelievably jealous. have an amazing time!

  • Kelly B (at Local Foodie Fight)
    March 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    hey now! That’s so so weird! I JUST asked this morning if you ever thought about going back to paris (on your formspring, which is down at the moment…hm) — I’m gonna go with I’m a psychic.. πŸ˜‰ congrats girl! x

  • Freya
    March 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I’m so excited for you! I studied abroad in Spain and dream about living there again pretty much every day. What a fabulous experience! Can’t wait to hear more.

  • Lola
    March 3, 2010 at 12:25 am

    That’s pretty freakin’ awesome, Jenna!! You are SOOO right in that this is the perfect time for you to do something like this…well, the truth is, it’s ALWAYS the perfect time to do what you really want and live your life to the fullest….the hard part is just taking that first step off the trusty, worn-in, safe “path” that so many people just get stuck on their whole lives!

    I’m doing something similar-ish in that I’m living in Madrid and working as an au pair. I’ve been here over 9 months and am sticking around until at least September. I’d LOVE to meet up with you if you come to Spain this summer…and if not….please email me if you want any tips or anything!! I just had the most incredible meal at the most to-die-for, authentic, tiny, hole-in-the-wall, family-run, smokey restaurant here in Madrid that’s apparently famous (I had walked by it a hundred times and never even noticed it!) for their mushrooms. Okay sorry I’m blabbing but I really am excited for you and hope you make it to EspaΓ±a some time!!! Ciao, besossss πŸ™‚

  • Maria
    March 3, 2010 at 5:13 am

    That’s very exciting for you!

    Would you consider a post on budgeting and how you are swinging this (which I’m sure is a *big* unasked question in many of our polite minds)! I don’t have student loans or own a car, and have pretty good savings for someone my age thanks to a good job, but I still don’t think I could swing it! Paris is so expensive.

    Also: will you be living there on a Visa? I’ve heard French bureaucracy is near-impossible and non-EU nationals pretty much can’t get jobs unless they’re in key industries.

    Any thoughts or tips to share on either point?

    Γ€ BientΓ΄t et merci!

  • Stephanie
    March 3, 2010 at 5:35 am

    I, too, would love to see a post on budgeting!

  • Amanda
    March 3, 2010 at 5:55 am

    I just have to say how much I admire you for taking risks/making sacrifices and going after what you want– I think its amazing!! I can’t wait to read about your travels : )

  • Mary (Food & Fun)
    March 3, 2010 at 5:56 am

    wow that is crazy!! How long are you staying there in France? I am jealous!

  • Kristina @MendonPondMusings
    March 3, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Amazing! It will be such an amazing time – you only live once!

  • Carrie
    March 3, 2010 at 8:30 am

    You’re an inspiration to other women. Keep on following your dreams!

  • Nadia
    March 3, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Omg i love your blog and read it very often but i have never posted before because i usually don’t post on blogs..I’m parisian and i love that you spent some time in Paris and that you’re coming again!!Anyway if you want to hang out aha let me know i know my way around Paris!A bientot

  • Andrea
    March 4, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Paris sounds sooo wonderful! I’m excited for you! I admire you so much for chasing after your dreams even if it means making sacrifices to make it happen. You really are very inspirational. πŸ™‚