Back in Action


Guess who’s back?!

Photo on 2010-04-09 at 09.25 #2
ME! Excuse the morning-sans-any-makeup-at-all face. I was going to wait and see if anyone noticed in group pictures but my mom and Christie really wanted to see so I just thought I would share.
I did miss my blond hair….as much as I loved being a brunette I sort of felt like I was playing dress up every day and since I am a natural blond, my roots were growing back way lighter than my hair and the upkeep was annoying and expensive. Unfortunately its going to be a process to get back the blond I used to have but hopefully by the end of the summer I will be as light as I once was. Right now it just looks like I have some lowlights from the previous brown. However, I do have the best hair girl on the planet and she puts up with my impulsive shenanigans. πŸ˜‰
Breakfast was a big bowl of oats since I’m about to go ride for a few hours…needed all the carbs I could get!

1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup water, 1 banana, almond butter and raspberry preserves. + coffee!
Other random life updates:

Preface: So often I feel like y’all think my life is, errr, perfect or something. Well let me be the first to tell you: it’s NOT. It’s messy and weird and I can be spontaneous, stubborn, impulsive and far fetched sometimes (hehe). Just because I live in a gorgeous place and eat good food and wine doesn’t mean I have it all. There are always struggles and, really, you only see one side of everything on the blog.
That being said it looks like I miscalculated my budget and I won’t be going to Europe this summer anymore. I’ve been super bummed about it. I hate to feel like I let you down because it would have been a really cool story but, alas, we are putting off the trip till maybe the Fall. I can promise you though that will be many adventures this summer….they just won’t be in Paris, unfortunately.
Also, I’ve decided to stay put in Northern California for awhile longer. I miss the South, my family and my friends but I really haven’t given it too much of a chance here. I need to be here for at least a year to give the California lifestyle a fair assessment, methinks. Going back home last week brought a lot of clarity and I was able to have some great in depth conversations with my mom and dad about it all. I feel like I’ve just really started to make some good friends here and have a sense of community…plus, the food and wine are really, really, really good. There’s a lot of California left to explore and I must forge on!
I think that’s enough ground to cover this morning. I’m unpacking and then packing again because I’m going to Sea Ranch with the boy this weekend to paint and write poetry. We know how to have a good time….clearly. πŸ˜‰

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  • Jenn @ Livewellfit
    April 9, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Clarity is everything, isn’t it? I think everyone in this world can relate to feeling one way one week, then speaking with people you love and value and suddenly having a very unexpected but wonderful new view of things!

    Live your life girl, adventure by adventure whether it be Northern Cal, Europe or something entirely different! πŸ™‚

  • Melissa
    April 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I just recently went back to blonde from brown too. I loved my hair brown but the upkeep was crazy expensive. I love yours both ways. Could the stay in Calfornia be because of the boy? I hope so Have a great day

  • Evan Thomas
    April 9, 2010 at 9:51 am

    It’s always helpful to remember a blog is only one side of someone’s life and if it looks picture perfect it’s because they pick the perfect pictures. This is such a good, grounding post, and of course you have support wherever your life takes you, even if that’s just where you are.

  • Ann @ Appalachian Appetites
    April 9, 2010 at 9:53 am

    maybe the boyfriend has something to do with you staying?!! πŸ™‚

  • Jen
    April 9, 2010 at 9:55 am

    You look beautiful as a blonde and as a brunette.

    I think people who are imagining your life is perfect are a little delusional. You have gone through a lot of change in the last year or so that I have been reading your blog. Your adventures all sound fun, but you have done a lot of moving around, and that would be stressful. I love seeing your pictures of beautiful food and gorgeous scenery, but I know that is only part of the story. It’s fun to hear about all your adventures, so I hope you won’t let the negative comments get you down.

  • Carrie
    April 9, 2010 at 9:55 am

    It takes seven years, they say, for a place to become “home.” I can vouch for this; it took us seven years to start feeling like Toledo, OH, was our home, and wouldn’t you know it, we left it at 7.5. That was gut-wrenching. Now we’re facing a move from our current town in Wisconsin, and it feels sort of okay, since we’ve only been here 6 years, but I can tell it’ll be a little harder than it would have been even as recent as last year.

    It may take a lot of time for California to feel like home, but I agree that a year, at the least, will give you a bit more of a grounding for decision-making. πŸ™‚

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    April 9, 2010 at 9:56 am

    May I sigh romantically at your weekend plans . . . hhhhaaaaaah!

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    April 9, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Sorry to hear you have to post-pone your trip πŸ™ Sometimes reality kicks-in and takes over and it can be hard. But at least it will give you a chance to enjoy a Californian summer. I’m so happy to hear you’re giving yourself more time over there. I can definitely relate to the hardships of being away from your family (I moved away from Toronto to Montreal three years ago). The first year was really tough, but once I found my friends (and boyfriend) I was able to create a sort of family here that keeps me from getting homesick and allows me to enjoy this truly beautiful city. I’m so glad you can say the same πŸ™‚
    P.S your weekend sounds so fun- can’t wait to hear about it!

  • Emma
    April 9, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Aww Jenna, sorry about the Europe trip! I think it may be a good thing for you to stick around in California. Your life is moving so fast as is, and going to Europe would be incredible, but also stressful. You still need time to settle into California and enjoy your life as it is right now.
    Best of luck!

  • Liz
    April 9, 2010 at 9:57 am

    You’re not letting us down at all! Your blog is always fun to read regardless of where you are.

  • BethT
    April 9, 2010 at 9:57 am

    You were my dark hair inspiration! WTF Jenna, how am I going to take the plunge myself if you’re back in blonde?


  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    April 9, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Yay for the the return of the blonde!! I loved it dark but I’m a blonde myself so I gotta show the love..
    And thank you for being so open and honest. It does seem like your life is picture perfect but in reality, I know that is not so. No one’s life is. And I think it’s great that you are giving Cali more of a shot! I am like you, I make super impulsive decisions without sometimes thinking things through. But you live, you learn!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    April 9, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I’m actually really glad you’re giving it a year. All of my friends that have moved here to California always waver at first. I always say give it a year. I’ve been here 3 and I LOVE it.

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness
    April 9, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I like you as a brunette and a blonde, but the blonde seems more natural! Either way you’re gorgeous!

    I’ve moved around my entire life, and I always say that you need to live in a place at least a year before you can make full judgement on it. Of course we all miss our friends and family and old lives when we move somewhere new. It takes about a year to fully get settled and stop missing home so much. (You’ll never stop completely… it just gets easier.) It sounds like you are making the right decision for YOU. Aren’t parents great the way they help us see things clearly and they help guide us, without telling us what to do?

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    April 9, 2010 at 9:59 am

    You never let us down, girl. It’s nice to know how ‘real’ you are. πŸ™‚

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    April 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I am sorry you won’t be able to go to Europe this summer, Jenna! But here’s hoping it works out in the fall. I am also glad you are going to stick around CA for a while longer! Good for you for forging on with self exploration. πŸ™‚

  • Steph-exercise physiologist and artist
    April 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Hi Jenna!
    I hope that you never ever feel as if anything you put out here (out of the kindness of your heart) could cause us (just visitors in your life) any hard feelings. We are along on this ride with you. The ups and downs are what make it fun! Plans sometimes change and other times we wish they would have changed!! No matter what, you are amazingly “imperfect” and that is what makes you (and everyone else!) interesting and beautiful!
    I do envy your painting and poetry writing trip with your BF!! I would LOVE to take a trip like that. I of course would want to be the one painting πŸ™‚
    Oh and just as an aside…. the food is SOOOO much better there. I went to the big farmers market in SF and was amazed by how much FLAVOR all the veggies had raw.

  • Lizz (Leading the Good Life)
    April 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Good for you! Decisions like that are sooooo hard. I’m usually super-secretive about big decisions because I’m so afraid people will judge me if things change – like I ‘failed’ or something. But really, you need support every step of the way! Thanks for being open with us! I love your blog and wish all the best for you and your future. πŸ™‚

  • melissa
    April 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Every year I was in NY I considered moving home…and every year I stayed I was happy I did. Home is always going to be there. And maybe its worth it for you to make trips home more often just to feel grounded again? I know that helped me. Sorry to hear about your Paris trip, but if I *know* you at all (through reading your blog haha), if you want something enough, you’ll make it happen. Btw blond looks great once again!!!

  • Julie
    April 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I miss the brown hair. : ( I’m glad you’re happy with the change back to blonde.

    No, I don’t think your life is perfect. Your brother died for pete’s sake. I also think you are too flighty and change your mind/ dive off into new adventures far more often than I would personally feel comfortable with. But I still like you and I still enjoy your blog. I’m glad you are giving California more of a chance and I *really* hope you get to go back to Paris soon.

    Ps. When can we buy your book?

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 9, 2010 at 10:03 am

    i really appreciate your honesty, and you’re so right…we only see one side of things on here! your hair looks fabulous (I think i like you better blond) and it sounds like y’all are going to have a great time this weekend πŸ™‚

  • Danielle
    April 9, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Ah yes, this is life, my dear. Of course, I’m often jealous of your fabulous day-to-day happenings, but I also know that nobody’s life is perfect. What I think is so admirable about you and yours, is that you take those chances. Your past year has been completely inspiring, not only because of all the good things that have happened to you, but because of the way you’ve been able to handle the bad things as well. I’m glad you’re holding out in Cali for a bit, and holding off but not giving up on your European adventure. I hope that you find your community and your passions no matter where you end up πŸ™‚

  • Angharad
    April 9, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I think that it’s super awesome you have decided to stay in California. I agree – you need to give a place a chance before moving on. It took me 18 months (18 months!!) to settle into where I live now after moving from England but I am finally able to feel like this is my home and am truly happy here. Adventures are fun but the real side of them is that they are hard too. Good for you for giving it a longer chance.

  • Tay
    April 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

    So sorry about Europe, girl!! Things will work out πŸ™‚ And you seem to have the right attitude about everything!

  • Lizzie
    April 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Funny (weird funny) – I’m going through something similar too with regards to moving and figuring out where I need to be (or want to be). Days like today are the ones where I wish the world was closer together (motion of hands being squeezed together). Urgh. But plenty to be grateful for, including the fact that we even have options!! You have a heap more courage than myself. I keep saying I’m going to go darker, but the blonde in me (have been since I was a child) continues to win over. Nothing wrong with a change! Also, your haircut is fabulous!!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    April 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I am sorry to hear that you are going to have to postpone your trip, but am happy that you are staying in Northern California a bit longer – that you are giving it more of a chance. It took me a little while to adjust to where I’m currently living, and I didn’t even move out of my home state. I can only imagine how adjusting to a whole new part of the country must be like.

  • Brooke
    April 9, 2010 at 10:09 am


  • Midgetkeeper
    April 9, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Sorry about your Europe trip πŸ™
    You are not letting us down just living life and I love that I get to read about it.

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    April 9, 2010 at 10:11 am

    The first year I lived in NYC I really didn’t like it – too crowded, too expensive, too dirty! But after being hear for nearly 3 years, I’ve come to love it. I don’t want to leave. It definitely takes awhile for a place to feel like “home” and a cute boyfriend doesn’t hurt πŸ™‚

  • Mama Pea
    April 9, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Hey Blondie! You can pull off any shade of hair. The fun thing about being young, and this is in regards to hair color and LIFE, is that you have nothing saying you HAVE to be a brunette, you HAVE to go to Paris, you HAVE to share to the world who your mystery boyfriend is. Just stay true to your heart and to yourself and you’ll be fine!!!

  • Jenny
    April 9, 2010 at 10:11 am

    SOmetimes it takes big changes to get you back to where you want to be!

  • Carly
    April 9, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Ok…you have NO makeup on at all in that pic? Your eyes and lips can’t be naturally like that?

    Paris, Scmaris! You have already been anyway right? ;D

  • M
    April 9, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I don’t think any of us feel about about no Paris this summer for you because
    1) you have been to Paris(and will go many a time more!)
    2) you have a BOOK coming out soon(when?!!)about your 1st Paris adventures where we can read all about it πŸ™‚
    3)I think your first summer in California will be a lovely read in itself and many would love that experience too!
    4) many of us are romantics at heart and are wistfully hoping romance played a teeeeeny part in staying awhile!Vive la romance!

    You were a gorgeous brunette and of course you are a pretty blonde.How long are you growing your locks?

    Lucky Healdsburg to get to enjoy more rays of Jenna’s sunny personality πŸ™‚

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    April 9, 2010 at 10:13 am

    You look gorge! I think you look great either way- brunette or blonde =D

    None of us are perfect, I understand completely that life doesn’t work out the way you plan sometimes… you just need to make the best of what you have! And I’m glad you decided to give NoCal a chance, Paris or no Paris, I can’t wait to hear all of your adventures!!


  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    April 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I love the new hair! Sorry about the change in plans. Maybe a summer in CA will be even better than Paris!?!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    April 9, 2010 at 10:17 am

    That’s a bummer about the Europe trip, though I’m betting a California summer will have it’s own amazing adventures in store! I totally agree with you that less than a year is quick to adjust to somewhere new… I struggled being in CO for my first year, missing all my best friends and family on the east coast. Although it’s great here, it was a hard adjustment! Finally, about 1.5 years into moving, I finally feel like I have great, close friends here and that helps soooo much in feeling more at home. I still miss friends and family of course but that year mark makes a world of a difference!

  • Sarah
    April 9, 2010 at 10:18 am

    You look beautiful!
    I honestly, I never expect that ALL of your life shows up on this blog. I enjoy reading about the food you eat, your aspirations, your workouts, and anything else you want to share. But as far as having a messy life, being stubborn and spontaneous, ME TOO. Don’t worry, I think it makes for a better story:).

  • Andrea
    April 9, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Following your heart is always beautiful and worthwhile. I’ve been here since the beginning, and I’ll keep reading on your journey wherever it takes you!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    April 9, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Love the hair! I swear, you look great in any color! =)
    I am glad you were able to have some clarity with your parents. I can imagine it being very hard to have such a huge fan base and only sharing what you want. I can imagine the emails and comments you receive about your life style. Even though you are EAT LIVE RUN you are Jenna first and fore most. =)

  • Lara (Thinspired)
    April 9, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Your hair looks fabulous with the new lowlights! As much as I (obviously) love brunettes, blond hair really does suit you, Jenna!

    I’m sorry your Europe trip is on hold for now, but three cheers for Northern California πŸ™‚

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    April 9, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Oh I’m sorry about the Europe thing, that must be so disapointing πŸ™
    But I think you’re doing the right thing by trying to stick out California a bit longer; it’s amazing what a secure base can do when you develop one.
    On the plus side -Every hair colour seems to suit you! You’re so lucky πŸ˜›

  • Kelly
    April 9, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Sorry about the Europe trip, but you look fabulous with the new highlights/lowlights, whatevs you want to call it. HAve a good weekend!

  • theemptynutjar
    April 9, 2010 at 10:23 am

    girl, i am SO GLAD u said all this….finally i see u as more “real”…i was starting to wonder if u were trapped in some cinderella zone that none of us could enter πŸ™‚
    trust me: your life is still TONS more wonderful than someone like me…look at where u live, what u do for a living, what your body is physically able to do….you are so successful, its amazing! You should be so proud.
    I am here having to move and get a job within 2 weeks….not sure how the hell to do it…all the jobs are crap…yet i have 2 weeks to land a job…and then 5 days to move to a new place and pack up all my crap…how the hell i can do this i dont know…its impossible…and worse is that all the jobs make me want to cry, but i have to just grab something anyway just to survive and time-pressured…life is the craps.
    u still have a fantaboulous life!!! and i like the blond hair alot…and i eat way more carbs than that…and no exercise, so u are good to go πŸ™‚

  • Deanna
    April 9, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Good for you, Jenna! No matter what, you are doing things in your life that are most practical to you, but you still follow your heart. Too bad about Paris but you’ll get there soon enough. I’m just bummed we have to wait another year to read your book!

    P.S. Your hair looks great πŸ™‚

  • Missy
    April 9, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I was just wondering about both things! Hadn’t heard about Paris or moving south for awhile. Sometimes it’s just not in the cards, right? Hopefully it’ll work out for the fall!!

  • Staci
    April 9, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I love the new hair! Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  • kelly
    April 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Life is day to day, Jenna! Don’t ever feel guilty for doing what is best for you! I’m rooting for you!

  • Allie
    April 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

    your hair looks beautiful- i actually like it with the brown low lights. i really understand what you said about making decisions and your choice to stay put for a while. i went through some huge life changes a few years ago (HUGE) and i was lost and i kept wanting to move to find what i was missing. i moved a lot for a while…and i finally realized that i was never going to get back what i lost by moving. i needed to find it in myself and to do that i needed to stay put so the variablity that comes with moving around so much was gone and i could focus on me.

  • Karen
    April 9, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Love the blonde, but I think somehow you could have green hair and still look cute. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    April 9, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I think the boy has something to do with it as well!

  • Mary (Food & Fun)
    April 9, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Jenna! It’s good to see your blonde hair back! Also, I’m happy to hear that you are giving California some time. I look forward to hearing about all of your adventures this summer!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    April 9, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Thanks so much for opening yourself up even more then normal. I’m sorry you won’t make it to Paris this summer. I feel the same way about Italy. I would give anything to go live there for a year right now but it’s not going to happen right now. It takes a lot to realize things aren’t going to pan out like you planned but it happens and we’ll keep reading no matter where you are! You’re awesome. Enjoy some more time in Napa. πŸ™‚

  • Beth
    April 9, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Sad you can’t go, but smart decisions all around! When I moved to OR from NC it was very different. The West is VERY different than the East, but you are right in that you have to give it a real try! Also, you look much better as a blonde πŸ˜‰

  • Jenna
    April 9, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I am sorry to hear that your trip is being postponed! As someone who moved to California and absolutely hated it (moved away as fast as I could and then eventually moved back to California) I have to say it is an amazing place to live. I am so glad you are giving it more time! Beside…Summer in California is SO MUCH FUN! πŸ™‚

  • Christie {Honoring Health}
    April 9, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Sorry you can’t go to Paris! I am sure you must be bummed!

    As far as thinking your life is perfect, I have never thought that and have written about this very topic on my blog before. It makes me sad when people think our lives are a certain way because of what is on our blogs. You are one of the few that always keeps it real, secret boyfriends and all ;), and I totally respect you for that. You don’t pretend to be perfect and I love that about you!

  • Amanda
    April 9, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Yay for ‘Classic Jenna’, lol! You’d look lovely with green hair : )

    Your life looks busy not perfect. But I am sorry you can’t go to Paris. Maybe it’s better that you figured that out now as opposed to later? At least now you can spend more time exploring Cali with your boyfriend, how awesome!

  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats
    April 9, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I don’t comment often (rarely ever?) but I always read, just never have the time to comment! Just wanted to say, love the blonde hair and so glad you’ve found some clarity. πŸ™‚ Life is an adventure day by day, even in the little things, and whether you go to Pairs in the summer, fall or 10 years from now, it’ll be. πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      April 9, 2010 at 10:54 am


      I just feel the need to tell you that actually I am NOT wearing any makeup at all and I actually AM a natural blond, thank you very much!

  • Jo
    April 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

    “ME! Excuse the morning-sans-any-makeup-at-all face.”

    Okay, bless your heart, but why oh why would you write that? Your readers are women who wear makeup… we know what it looks like. Clearly you have AT LEAST eyeliner on in that pic. And I think brows, maybe lips. Why lie? You’re pretty! And unless you draw your black brows on, there is NO WAY you are a natural blonde. Just sayin’.

  • Renee
    April 9, 2010 at 10:54 am

    So glad to hear your’e stayin in Cali for a while! we have a trip to Napa/Sonoma planned for October so I am definitely going to hit you up for some restaurants/wineries to visit! Does this mean you are coming to Healthy Living Summit??!! would love to finally meet you in person after following your blog for years:) and maybe we could come visit the Shlumberger winery in October:)

  • Lauren
    April 9, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I know the feeling. I was wanting to do the same thing but the prices this year are so outrageous and I can’t be stupid with money. Good decision

  • Shelly
    April 9, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Yay!! Blonditude!!
    You are beautiful regardless of hair color, but I am a big fan of blond hair. (I’m a bottle blond and while I do darken my hair occasionally, I love being blond way more than I love being a brunette!)
    I’m glad you’re staying in California- when you said you were going to France, I was excited for you, but definitely though “Oh but you just got to California!”
    Transitions are hard and I do agree that it takes about a year for everything to fall into place. You’ll get there!

  • jenna
    April 9, 2010 at 10:58 am

    You’ve been to Paris once. When the time is right you will go back. Don’t stress over it.

    I’m honestly super glad you’re staying in CA your food and wine adventures keep me coming back πŸ™‚

  • Laura Georgina
    April 9, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I loved the brown but now I love the blond + lowlight even more! You are so lucky to have lighter hair for experimenting purposes πŸ™‚

    Not going to Paris is disappointing, but you’ll still have a blast in Cali. And, as trite as it sounds, everything happens (or doesn’t) for a reason–it’s just up to us to find out what it is.

  • Tara
    April 9, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I have a feeling this summer will provide plenty of adventures for you!

    Oh, and Jo, I’m a natural blonde too. My eyebrows are darker but natural blondes do sometimes have darker brows. Just FYI. Body hair and head hair are often different shades.

  • Liz
    April 9, 2010 at 11:02 am

    K, the BOY neeeeeeds to come out from hiding! We are all curious!!

  • Liz
    April 9, 2010 at 11:02 am

    K, the BOY neeeeeeds to come out from hiding! We are all curious!!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    April 9, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I think it is great that you are taking a little more time with such big decisions! Sorry your summer plans have changed but when you do go to Europe, I know it will be great and we will all be excited to see what you do there πŸ™‚

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    April 9, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Aw, Jenna, sorry about Paris. I hope it works out for you in the fall. I totally get what you mean about not putting your entire life on your blog. From here it looks like you’re living the dream, but I’m sure you just don’t show us the days when you want to punch a wall or sit alone and cry and eat ice cream. So yay for you for being so honest. And here’s to hopping you’ll be blogging about The Great Fall Paris Adventure come September ’10.

  • Christie
    April 9, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I’m a long time reader and I just want to say that we know that your life isn’t perfect. You are so brave to do try some many different things but I know that there must be stress involved in that. I’m sorry for you that you won’t be able to go to Paris (so close!) but I’m sure you’ll have a great time in CA anyway!

  • Whitney
    April 9, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I’m so proud of you, Jenna!

    I think that realizing you should stay put for a while BEFORE you regret moving back is an awesome sign that you are really thinking all of your options through. It’s true, I don’t think anybody feels comfortable anywhere within the first year. I’ve moved several times, and to be honest it typically takes 1-2 years to feel settled and more to feel like home. I’ve stoked you’re giving it a chance, and that you will be here this summer. Come visit the Pacific NW!

    As for thinking your life is perfect, I think people get that impression from blogs typically because most bloggers want to be positive and optimistic and steer away from negativity. That of course, makes it sound like life is constantly great! I think this makes tons of sense, plus not all bloggers really want the public in on the challenges life is always throwing them…privacy is nice!!

    Anyway, to wrap up, Europe is always there, enjoy your time, and don’t stress!!

  • elliebelle
    April 9, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I appreciate your honesty about the other parts of your life. I think it is hard for us (the readers) to understand that there are many aspects of your life we have no idea about – yet it feels like we know you because of how much you do share.
    I too know how hard it is to move away and have to TRY to make the new place your home. It took me a year and half or so to make my new town my home. I commend you for sticking it out in California!

  • Becky
    April 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Wow, I had no idea that after you dye your hair dark, it takes several goes to get it back light again. How long will it be before it’s truly all blonde again? I’d imagine you need to let your hair “rest” between treatments so that it doesn’t get totally dried out and brittle.

    What’s Sea Ranch?

  • Anne @ Food Loving Polar Beara
    April 9, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Love your hair!

    Too bad because of Paris, but luckily there are also so many other places where you can have adventures too. I bet California is a very good place for that too (or so I’ve heard!) πŸ™‚

  • Orianna
    April 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Hi, I’ve been reading your blog for a couple years now but never commented. Reading your posts has helped me recover from anorexia and gain 10 pounds over the last couple years… When I feel bad about myself I think about your attitude toward gaining 10 pounds and it helps me immensely! Don’t let anyone bring you down, there are people who read for more than judging your life choices.

  • Anne P
    April 9, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Blondes have more fun. Duh.


  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    April 9, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Jenna, I thoroughly believe that NO one is perfect. Life happens, and not everything can be preplanned or anticipated. I love reading your blog because you are inspirational. You are strong, independent and beautiful both inside and out. I think you have such a fresh and healthy perspective on life; one that I do not find many others have. You remind me to be myself, achieve MY goals, love my family/friends and LIVE my life to the fullest. I find not a day goes by that I can’t relate to you in one way or another. I am finishing up college, and it can be hard sometimes surrounded by people who do not have similar interests/ negative perceptions on my life’s ambitions and I find such comfort in knowing that you went after yours and the support of the people around you. Don’t be hard on yourself. You are an incredible person! I think the number of comments to this post alone show how many people support you!

    Take care, and I look forward to seeing more CALI adventures! Hoping that I will one day be out there soaking up the rays, tasting great wine, eating fresh food, shopping at the farmers markets and balancing it all out with some yoga and refreshing runs!!

  • Lara
    April 9, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Blonde looks so much better on you!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    April 9, 2010 at 11:28 am

    It’s definitely hard with blogging to balance the desire to share with the audience with the need to keep some things private. You don’t want to always be complaining and I like that you keep a bright side on situations. Bummer about Paris but hopefully that works out for the fall — autumn in France is absolutely gorgeous! Or, what about going to Montreal for a while and getting the French feeling on a Canadian budget?

  • kayla@wholesome
    April 9, 2010 at 11:28 am


    Girl, #1, you are freakin’ gorgeous sans makeup!! So you better watch your mouth πŸ˜‰
    #2, if I had a dollar for every time I got my hopes high about something, then had to reassess the situation, I’d be a millionaire! It’s incredibly mature and wise of you to see things how you are seeing them right now, and Paris or California, I love reading your blog πŸ™‚
    Keep up the amazing work!

  • foodandfarm
    April 9, 2010 at 11:29 am

    THERE she is! it is unfair to judge anyone based on the appearances of the internet… ive been following your blog since you moved into your own domain, and ill say it doesnt matter where you live, eat, or drink… you are one strong woman and that inspiration is what keeps me reading!

  • Run Sarah
    April 9, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Your new hair looks great! Sorry to hear about the Europe trip but I think California will be so much in the summertime!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    April 9, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Aww, sorry you won’t be able to go until fall! But hey, that’s something! Everything works out for a reason and your summer is of course going to be amazing.

    Your hair looks adorable of course:P

  • Andrea
    April 9, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I adore your blonde hair. It’s the Jenna I’ve always been used to. Life takes it turns and most us are here to follow and support you wherever you choose to go. πŸ™‚

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    April 9, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Well, California’s glad you’re staying & your hair looks FANTASTIC! I’ve lived in the Golden State my entire life and there is just too much to see and do. You and thee BF might consider attending the California Wine Festival either April 22-24 in Laguna or July 15-17 in Santa Barbara…so much to do in both those areas. And the festivals themselves include 100s or wines, gourmet foods, thousands of peeps, music, and the beach settings. Have info on my site.

    Have a terrific weekend. Sea Ranch photos, yeah! Love it.

  • Cinthia
    April 9, 2010 at 11:39 am


    I’m SO happy you’re staying in Callie-fornia. You look happier and more grounded in your CA photos. Don’t get me wrong–you looked happy back home too. But you shine more in your CA shots.
    Love your hair, and good luck with your book, the boy and the obstinate northern climate.

  • Kait
    April 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Those weekend plans sound perfect, have a great time!

  • Jayci
    April 9, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Okay, so you were cute as a brunette, but your just so gorgeous as a blonde! I’m glad the blonde is back! I’m sorry to here Paris is a no go. But I’m super excited to see you staying in Cali a little bit longer. When we said you were outta there, I was like? What? NO! You just got there! Northern Cal in the summer is awesome and I know you’ll enjoy it.

  • Shayla
    April 9, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Yay I’m so glad you’re staying in California!! I live in San Mateo and I really wanted to get a chance to meet you at your winery this spring/summer when I go wine tasting – will you still be working at the winery?! I would love to hear your schedule so that I could experience a wine tasting from you and your team! Btw, love the blonde! πŸ™‚

  • Erinn
    April 9, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I could say what I was really thinking about your decisions and situation, but I think I would probably be attacked by the loyal fans. Instead, I think I know where you’re coming from. Like you, I’m young, trying to figure out what I want from life, have traveled a lot, moved away from parents, and am trying to figure out the best path, but I also decided this year to hunker down and finally FINISH something I’ve started. Instead of floundering around, I am sticking with my living situation and finishing out school with a degree in nutritional sciences. I think by staying in California, you’re going to come to find out what is best for you.

  • Crunchy Granola Gal
    April 9, 2010 at 11:59 am

    dude. i never thought you were perfect and that your life was sunshine and rainbows – these ideas are far from anybody’s reality. it’s your genuine qualities that shine through that keep people reading.. and anyone who says they’re “jealous” of anything you do is silly. we all have little pleasures and miracles and wonderful things happening for us, especially if we work to make things good. rock on chica! πŸ™‚

    PS blondes really do have more fun. back in bla-er, blonde!

  • Courtney
    April 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I’m glad you are staying in California. I’ll be moving to San Francisco in July and would love to meet up. The blond hair looks great!

  • Liesl
    April 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I guess I wouldn’t say that I thought your life was perfect…actually since you broke off your ties to Florida, and moved out west your life has seemed a little crazy…at times. Glad you are giving it a few more months though to see how things go. And you do have a boyfriend out there now, so that has to count for something, no?!

  • Sarah R
    April 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I have to say I love the blond. The brown was cute, but this just seems more like you. You’re readers love you for who you are and are happy to follow you from one adventure to the next–whether thats California, the Carolinas or across the ocean! Love hearing about all of your wonderful adventures!

  • ida
    April 9, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Sorry about Paris:( I’m sure you’ll have plenty of great stories to share even without Europe this summer.

    I loved the brown hair, but the blond does seem more you.
    does this mean you’ll be at the HLS?

  • Kelly
    April 9, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I think its funny that everyone always makes comments about your life being perfect. It seems fun, but it seems like a life most of us COULD get if we were willing to put in the effort (and give up the comforts and safety). I think people are more just jealous that they don’t go out and get your life πŸ™‚
    I’m happy to continue to read about your California adventures!

  • Carly
    April 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Ok… so to be clear, you have nothing on your lips in that picture?

    You have naturally lipsticked lips!

  • Britt
    April 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I’m glad that you have decided to stay in Northern California for a while! Sometimes it takes going away (and being with family and friends) to see your life more clearly. Even though I’ve been MIA from the yoga studio, I would still love to have lunch one day. We need more cool people like you in Sonoma County πŸ™‚

  • Angela (Oh She Glows
    April 9, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about yrou trip being post-poned!!! Is it sad that I was already planning a trip to come visit you (and what a perfect excuse to go to Paris!!)…now I will just have to come to California like I have been wanting to do in 2010 anyways. πŸ˜‰ You will get to where you need to be…everything will fall into place. No one really knows what the next day holds as much as we like to think we do, right? Personally I love your carefree approach to life and I love seeing someone embrace the moment and live life to the fullest.

  • Carrie (Love Healthy Living)
    April 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Truthfully, I like the blond better! It’s so pretty!!! I spend tons of $$$ to be blond so enjoy it. πŸ™‚ California is a wonderful place and there’s so much to see and do. You never know, it might feel like home to you soon and you’ll never want to leave (like me!).

  • anne
    April 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Blonds have more fun!! Looks good!!

  • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
    April 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I’m sure many commenters asked…but does the boyf have anything to do with staying? πŸ™‚

    you look gorgeous blonde or brunette!

    sorry for the dose of finance reality with europe, but i’m sure you’ll have a great summer regardless!

  • Karen
    April 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I just had to comment about the girls can’t believing that Jenna is not wearing makeup, I always tell my daughter that I Iove the way she’s done her makeup, she’ll always tell me that she’s not wearing any…just natural beauty……

  • Michele
    April 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I can’t understand why anyone is inspecting your beautiful picture and questioning whether or not you have make-up on. The world is full of jealous people I guess. I enjoy your blog and hope you have a great summer.

  • amy
    April 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    there’s nothing wrong with staying in california for your boyfriend- it’s usually a relationship that alters plans in life. having someone there takes the sting out of missing home. i hope he’s serious. you have demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice and alter your life for your boyfriends (moving in with the last one, now staying in california despite missing home)- these are good experiences to have in the learning process. when you do finally find the right guy, hopefully the sacrifices and adjustments will be made by him. i did very similar things that you have done (all for the wrong guys). when i met my husband, it was so nice that he pursued and adjusted for me. i didn’t have to make it work by changing my plans. hopefully the same will happen for you~ p.s. you are smart to keep him anonymous.

  • Steph
    April 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I think sticking it out in NorCal is a great decision. You can always visit the south, too!

  • Jil
    April 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    We are all so much more than our blogs – and what we write about. I mean, I find it impossible to really capture everything that occurs during a day…and of course, at the end of it all – you want to remember the good times, and that’s what goes into a blog on most occasions! (Other than the random rant πŸ™‚ ) I hope you never feel like we’re judging your or you’ve let us down.

  • Jordan
    April 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Sorry about Paris! And to those that think you are flighty/indecisive/whatever, I think it’s awesome that you took the plunge to move away from family and have your own adventures! Some of us don’t have those opportunities because of work, money, spouses that wouldn’t be too happy if we left… πŸ™‚ Keep doing what you’re doing. I’ll support a fellow Southern girl no questions asked.

    And I’m selfishly looking forward to reading about a summer of romance!

  • JoyLuck
    April 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    The only things that make us REALLY stick to a place are relationships. Not weather, food or anything else. So I’d really hoped with how honest you are that you’d have made that distinction. But ofcourse, you’ve made a decision that reflects that πŸ™‚ so, Good Luck!

  • Mom
    April 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Beautiful picture and your words are amazing, honey. So so proud of you. And to everyone who may doubt your eyebrow/hair color ~ both Jennifer and her brother have always had dark full eyebrows and surf blond hair!

  • Annie
    April 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Happy Friday hon!

    I feel your pain. I miss my family a whole lot. πŸ™
    Hopefully nothing but positive things come out of staying put and that you get to visit home a whole bunch!


  • Mom
    April 9, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Oh, and long dark lashes and perfectly shaped lips… All natural!

  • ida
    April 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    wow- i can’t believe people are making snide comments after you were just so open and honest.
    ps- i do hope a picture of you and boy sneaks into the blog this weekend:)

  • Tracey
    April 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Oh Jenna, as lovely as your hair looked as a brunette, whenever I see you with your natural color I think, “she’s possibly the prettiest girl I have ever seen.” Honestly, it suits you so well! And Paris isn’t going anywhere – it will be amazing in the fall. πŸ™‚

  • April
    April 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    I am a lurker:=
    I wanted to comment because i moved from Cali to the East Coast (Boston to be exact) and it took me an ENTIRE year to start feeling like i belonged and to feel a real bond with my new friends….fast forward to 7 years later and i am still in Boston and loving it.
    I met my husband here, so there ya go! Best of luck; and as a dear friend told me once – “Bloom Where You are Planted”, which you do beautifully! I love your Blog and Good Luck girl!

  • becky
    April 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    This is the smartest move you’ve made. Nothing is easy, and if we keep flitting around, changing things we’ll never ACCOMPLISH anything. It’s time to hunker down and really deal with whatever comes your way. Staying in Cali is a great thing.

  • jewels
    April 9, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    love hearing from mom πŸ™‚

    have a good weekend!

  • Shawna
    April 9, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    LOVE the hair!!

  • Johanna B
    April 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    It’s no wonder your life is changing backwards and forwards and upside down. It’s been nearly a year since you went through something EXTREMELY traumatic and anniversaries are difficult enough without being away from your family. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers this next month. One breath at a time.

  • Kath
    April 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Ahhhhh Jenna.

    I am so happy to see your blonde hair back! I liked the brunette look a lot (wish I were one!) but I love the blonde on you πŸ™‚

  • Anne
    April 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Hi, I dyed my hair, right before you did. My mom is ready for my to go back to blond. She said that she heard on O’Reilly Factor that blonds make 7% more than other hair colors and they marry wealthier men… I haven’t dyed mine back, but I’m thinking about it! πŸ™‚ Have a beautiful day!

  • Holly
    April 9, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    okay, i think the color your hair is now is FABULOUS! i actually think it looks perfect on you!

    as for the other thangs…join the club on the far-fetched ideas thing! story of my life. i pretty much have a new idea every week of where i am going to go, what i am going to do, etc. etc. – liz gilbert (from eat pray love) called it the monkey mind i believe. sometimes us monkeys need to miss a branch, hit the ground and get some sense knocked into us. i think giving california a chance is a great thing, and you get to hang out with a cute boy for longer πŸ™‚

  • Holly
    April 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    okay, i think the color your hair is now is FABULOUS! i actually think it looks perfect on you!

    as for the other thangs…join the club on the far-fetched ideas thing! story of my life. i pretty much have a new idea every week of where i am going to go, what i am going to do, etc. etc. – liz gilbert (from eat pray love) called it the monkey mind i believe. sometimes us monkeys need to miss a branch, hit the ground and get some sense knocked into us. i think giving california a chance is a great thing, and you get to hang out with a cute boy for longer πŸ™‚

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara
    April 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I think that by not going to Paris you are opening yourself up for many other amazing opportunities πŸ™‚ Don’t be bummed – what is meant to be will be. That’s my opinion. Also, as someone who has left home before for a big bad city (DC), hated it at first, and then grew to love it, I think you’re making the right decision in giving Cali another shot. It takes awhile sometimes to build that community πŸ™‚ Good luck to you and I’ll be reading along.

  • Rika
    April 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I think you look more sophisticated and mature as a blonde πŸ˜€

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    April 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I’m sorry to hear your not going to Paris. That would have been a great story to follow you along and live vicariously through you, however I’ve been to Sonoma, and you’re living in a pretty fabulous place right about now! I think it’s definitely a good thing to give California a bigger chance. When I first moved to Vegas (for work, NOT for fun) I was extremely home sick. I had moved from the east coast, Richmond, VA, from living in a city in 100 year old homes where I could walk everywhere and there were tons of great shopping and places to dine, to living in a stucco home in the suburbs and shopping in strip malls and eating in chain restaurants. With my job keeping me so busy it took me a long time to make friends and establish connections. For the first year and a half, I missed the east coast SO bad! Ironically, my family all lives on the west coast, I just love the east! So now I’ve been in Vegas for a little over 2 years and while it is not the most ideal place I would like to end up, I have made some amazing friends and I will be very sad when I leave them behind. But not the Vegas Strip. I won’t be missing that. at. all.

  • eatmovelove
    April 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I don’t think you need to explain yourself at all!! This makes you SO VERY REAL AND HUMAN!!! We all change our minds, our hearts…even if you don’t go in the fall – so what!??! It’s your life, things change. Your still so young, not that that matters. We all have impulses and inclinations…I did the Yoga Teacher Training and people think oh I’m lucky and oh I can be a teacher now…etc etc…well I DON’T EVEN WANT TO TEACH ! NO! I don’t want to be in front of people or do early mornings or late p.m or travel all around for a few measly bucks…I’d rather just be able to learn it on my own as I want a few times a week – barely doing that now :(….
    and what do I get??! Told off by it by an owner that wanted me to do it twice per week – told I was unprofessional…yes – I did say I would do it and changed my mind last minute….but I was upfront and honest and just couldn’t go through with it…am i stupid?? am i just afraid?? yeah, probably…but i don’t think it’s fair that anyone has the right to shoot someone else down and make them feel like a failure for changing their minds or whatever….I still like a piece of crap though…if you have any advice for me please do help…i keep hearing her awful words in my ears….

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    April 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I’m constantly flip-flopping on major life decisions. After moving to NYC, I swore up and down I’d never return to the West Coast and that I was going to live here forever. Now, 4 years later…I’m ACHING to move back home to California this summer. A selfish part of me is so glad you’re staying because I’d love to spin by the winery and say hello sometime!

    I hope your Europe plans work out in the Fall, I totally understand the budget reality.

    PS: Your would look gorgeous with blonde, brown, or purple hair.

  • alicia
    April 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    What makes your life so wonderful is that you do take chances, and you are spontaneous. You will never learn anything by sitting around and doing what others think you should be doing. I’m 36, and did not allow myself to do what you’re doing. I’m extremely jealous. You’re in your 20’s, and doing exactly what you should be doing in your 20’s- living and learning. You won’t look back with regret, trust me.

  • Teens Eat
    April 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    your hair is so perdy! And just from looking at all of you blog California looks great! I want to live there someday πŸ™‚

  • Amanda
    April 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    You’re a mover and a shaker! πŸ™‚ I moved out to San Diego a few years ago and knew noone. After the first few months I was homesick, had a hard time making friends, and wanted to go home. I stuck it out and it really took about a year for me to get pretty comfortable. Unfortunately I left after 2 years (I do love Cali) but I say give it a shot! You KNOW you love the south, so why not try something else out for awhile!

  • Shannon
    April 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Love you hair. Looks beautiful. You are so lucky cause you can pull off blonde and brown.

  • Rebecca
    April 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    although i liked the darker hair phase, i still love you with blonde hair, i think it suits you best…maybe it’s also because that’s how your hair was when i first “met” you (AKA started reading your blog haha)

  • andrenna
    April 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Summer in Northern California is soooo much fun that I doubt you will have an ounce of regret! I’m from the South and I live in Northern California now and although I miss it dearly, NorCal amenities are hard to beat!

  • Ella
    April 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I agree, you look amazing sans make-up – one of my best friends has your same coloring and she looks beautiful with OR without. Frankly, I think all us gals should consider lightening up on the make up, we often look best with less!

  • Diana (mymarblerye)
    April 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Life is about figuring yourself out on a daily basis. Don’t make apologies to us about anything! You are young and we are just bystanders watching your journey. I support you no matter what! Plus I think it’s a good idea if you stay in Cali, especially since you have a bf now! πŸ™‚ gorgeous without makeup! And yes I do trust you are a natural blonde! Haters can stop reading your blog!

  • Jen
    April 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    You’re beautiful! I love your hair, and I love your blog!

  • Rachel
    April 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Hey Jenna – just gotta say, it’s posts like these that make me love your blog even more than when I first started following over a yr ago. While I was psyched to follow you on your adventures to Paris, your decision to stay in Cali and make it work is, to be honest, a lot easy to relate to! (Not that you should be anybody in particular but yourself on your own blog πŸ˜› duh). Moving/staying/new friends/old friends, adventure and sticking it out – those are tough decisions, I know. I wish you all the best and am happy to follow along for the ride!

    p.s. You could rock the brunette, but I really do think you look great with your natural colour! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend.

  • Stacey
    April 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    You will have plenty of adventures in the future. It could be in California, Savannah, or Europe in the future. You have plenty of time. We love reading what you are doing no matter where you are.

  • AmyJoGo
    April 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    LOL I love that your mom jumped in to defend your natural appearance. I wish she and your dad would do a guest post…they both seem to be such interesting and kind people.

  • Teresa
    April 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    So nice to see you blond again! I think it suits you much better!
    Jenna, you are gorgeous and truly an inspiration!

  • Jenna
    April 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Lovin the blonde again!
    I am sure you will have a great summer in Cali πŸ™‚

  • MMiller
    April 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Must admit…I like the blond better! The brunette was a nice change I guess, but Yea for the return of the blond! And so sorry you won’t be able to go to Europe this summer! I’m sure you will go sometime later! And I’m sure “the boy” is secretly happy about it too! We do love your life, but it is more of an escape for us…You are the one who actually has to LIVE IT! I’m sure it is not always easy! Enjoy Cali for the extra time!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    April 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you for being so up front and honest about the idea that we only see one side of your life. I hope you enjoy the trip when you do get to go.

    And I love your hair either way. Its just important that you enjoy it.

  • Still Life in Southeast Asia
    April 9, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Can I just say I love your mom’s comments! It makes me smile when moms interject.

    Thanks for your honesty, Jenna. While I was pumped about Paris, one of the things I like most about your blog is your adventurous side. I’m sure that you will keep well occupied this summer. Also, I absolutely love seeing Sonoma through your eyes, so I’m selfishly happy to see it some more.

    You are beautiful blonde or brunette. Have a great weekend!

  • td
    April 9, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Sorry that Paris didn’t work out for this summer. The Euro is going down against the dollar right now and maybe by the time you get the funds for the Paris trip, the exchange rate will be even more in your favor.

    As a long time CA resident (both SoCal and NorCal), I agree that it is a really expensive place to live and since you have family & friends outside of CA, it’s only natural that you’ll think seriously about moving out of CA. I’ve seen many people my age (mid 30’s) move out of CA to start families, afford a house, live a more balanced life, etc., so I don’t think your previous plan of moving back South was out of left field or about giving CA a fair chance. I’m glad that you have friends and relationships who are making it worth your while to give CA a longer shake.

  • Sarah
    April 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Just have to say it – the brunette was cute but you really are a blonde – so much better! Glad you’re giving Cali a chance it’s a great place and there are lots of fabulous people in wine country. Enjoy!

  • maria
    April 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    That’s the good and bad of blogging. Yes, it’s cool to see into someone else’s life… but you are only getting one part of it. Keep doing what you have to do for yourself!

  • aldr
    April 9, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    what is it they say..we’ll always have paris! lol. you will go, when the time is right. enjoy where you are – I dream of doing that one day for a year or so, and when it makes sense you will make a move. love the blonde, but I was sort of getting used to the brown…I wondered if it was a pain as the blonde was coming in though! good choice – low maintenance!!

  • Amber
    April 9, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Ugh, I can’t believe all the people questioning whether you’re sans-makeup or not. Clearly you are just awesome at taking self-portraits.

    Also, I really liked your brown hair but I like you as a blond better!

    I HATED the city that I live in for the first year, now after another eight months it’s really started to grow on me and finally feels like home!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    April 10, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Oh, Jenna…I am so glad to hear you’re giving CA a fair chance. It really does have lot more to show you. Europe isn’t going anywhere.

    Does this mean you’ll be going to HLS 2010 this summer?!?!

    I love you blonde. Jenna is back ; )

  • Courtney
    April 10, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Love the blonde Jenna!
    Looks like someone has a case of L-O-V-E! =)

  • Kathryn
    April 10, 2010 at 6:59 am

    You are gorgeous and amazing! Dont ever let any of these comments get you down..they are just jealous πŸ™‚

  • Kathleeen
    April 10, 2010 at 11:37 am

    You look so happy in your blonde photo…love it! Being a NorCal girl myself…glad we will have you in our part of the state a little while longer. It excites me to read about restaurants I can easily jump in the car to try…so selfishly, I’m happy that you are staying a wee bit longer. You will love your summer, I know the weather won’t disapoint.

  • bobbi
    April 10, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    This CALI girl needs to meet you before you leave for good πŸ˜‰

  • lucie
    April 10, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    I have a feeling great things await you in California! I’m french and I’ve been following your blog for a while now so hopefully one day you’ll be back to Paris! πŸ˜‰

  • Heather
    April 11, 2010 at 6:47 am

    It is IMPOSSIBLE for you to let us down! We all make mistakes…we all have issues…and you’re just like all of us. Maybe staying put in Northern California is God’s way of saying “Hey, lovely lady, give it more of a chance and you will learn even more about yourself.” You have so much going for you and SO much support from us bloggies.

  • shelly
    April 11, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Aw honey you look amazing and I heart ur blog. πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear about Paris, but I hope you have an absolutely amazing summer.

  • Carolyn @
    April 11, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I know you’re disappointed about not making it to Paris this summer, but maybe you get a chance to enjoy California during the summer with a little warmth you’ll enjoy it.
    Love the hair, BTW!

  • Lauren @ Running Examiner
    April 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Love the blonde hair! Ugh, I know intimately how annoying hair upkeep can be! I recently went from naturally blonde to auburn, and while I’m still loving the auburn, I’m so annoyed my how quickly my roots come in! Anyway, you look wonderful!

    As for letting your readers down…you’re not at all! It’s no one’s business but your own where you will or won’t be traveling! You’ll definitely be back in Paris again, even if not this summer. It’s great that you’ve decided to remain in CA bit longer…I’m sure you’ll be pleased with your choice! It can take quite awhile to adapt to any major move; good for you for recognizing that you may just need some time to acclimate. It looks absolutely gorgeous and inspiring where you live, not to mention fun. (I love reading about your biking adventures…I miss hills SO MUCH!)

    I find it absolutely silly and really impolite than anyone comments on your blog to say that your life seems too “perfect.” NO ONE has a perfect life–we are all beautifully complex and flawed people! You’re living your life with honesty and grace, and are sweet enough to share aspects of yourself with us. You’re awesome girl! πŸ™‚

  • Carla in Sydney
    April 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Hi! I have never commented before but I read your blog every day. You are just such a gorgeous person….inside and out. I live in Australia and I read quite a few American and Canadian blogs because I honestly find people over there to be such positive and amazing people (of course there are exceptions). I visited California in Oct last year and fell in LOVE! I would do anything to be able to live in your wonderful country….you really have it so good over there. I am returning in about 8 weeks and I CAN”T WAIT!!! I am upset at the comments on here making out you are lying about not having makeup on….I totally believe you my dear and I am envious of how awesome you look! Re. Europe, everything happens for a reason so I have no doubt fabulous opportunities will open up for you in place of this trip and, hey, you are still going later on anyway! PS: You really look beautiful with either blonde or brown hair but I love the blonde the best!
    Keep smiling! πŸ™‚

  • Anne
    April 11, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    If you’ll be exploring California more come down the coast to visit San Luis Obispo! It’s BEAUTIFUL, coastal, and there’s tons of great food here (and a huge farmer’s market!!).

  • Ingrid
    April 12, 2010 at 6:22 am

    i’m a natural blonde with dark eyebrows too. i lighten my locks too to match my two year old’s lighter blonde though :o) i wish i had such dark lashes! i can’t go without mascara EVER.

  • Cristin
    April 12, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Great post! Having adventures, changing your mind and having fun is what being young is for! Sorry you feel you have to explain yourself. I would be bummed about Paris too but Paris will be there for you later. I am sure summer in CA will be super fun! And, selfishly, I want you to stay there for a while so when I finally get the chance to visit the area, you can show me around! πŸ™‚

    Have a great week!

  • Emily Moseley
    April 12, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I love your hair! When the weather gets nicer, I always love having my blonde hair back too.

    I’m sorry about Paris, but California will be wonderful in the summer. Summertime is usually pretty great no matter where you spend it. I leave for a summer in Colorado in less than a week!

    Your blog is a nice break on stressful days like today! πŸ™‚

  • Jean
    April 12, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Bummer about Paris. But I know that you’ll have lots of fun adventures and make the best of wherever you are.
    I’m glad that the change of scenery gave you some clarity.
    I HAD been wondering how ‘the boy’ would fit into your plans of going to Paris & then moving back to Charleston – everything happens for a reason… πŸ˜‰

  • Lauren @ Lauren Loses It
    April 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    That really stinks but its good you’re finding this out now. I’m digging the blonde more than the brown. The lowlights look great, actually.
    I understand the feeling that everyone thinks your life is perfect. I have a weightloss blog and readers think I’m working out all the time. I wish!