Christmas Eve 2009

Good morning and merry Christmas Eve!

I just spent the last thirty minutes looking back over some old posts from this past year and all I have to say is dang. This has officially been the weirdest year of my life. If you have been following the blog for awhile you know that in 2009:

Yep, strange year. Definitely had the worst times of my life and then the best times of my life…..who knows what 2010 will bring. I was talking to my mom about this the other day—never in a MILLION YEARS would I have even for a split second thought my life would take me this direction last year at this time. If you were to tell me last Christmas that by now I would be living in California all on my own and writing a book, I would have laughed in your face. Just goes to show that God has much bigger plans for us than we have for us sometimes. πŸ™‚

This morning as I reflected, I ate some overnight oats:

Combination of 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 Fage, banana, almond butter and pom seeds.
I’m about to go pick up my parents from the winery and take them to the goat for coffee before we are heading out to the Coast. So, you know the movie The Holiday? Well, it’s sort of my life. My parents swapped houses with some friends of ours and they will be spending Christmas in our home in sunny Tampa and we will be spending it at their house out on the cold, foggy Pacific coast. I think it will be good. Very quiet…..lots of yoga, long walks, reading and writing. I need a little retreat and am really excited about this. I do plan on blogging (bringing my aircard for internet service) so check back for updates!

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  • theemptynutjar
    December 24, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I was going to say I am so jealous…but I am tired of being jealous and envious πŸ™‚
    Great for you and have a safe holiday.

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    December 24, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Hope you have a great Christmas with your family!!

  • Ameena
    December 24, 2009 at 8:15 am

    What a year of challenges for you…you definitely handled everything SO much better than me or probably most people could. I hope 2010 is a happy, fabulous year for you!

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    December 24, 2009 at 8:25 am

    I haven’t been following the blog for that long, but I have gone back and read a bunch of your archives. A think you’re so strong for going through so much this year and coming out on top. … And it really cracks me up that Chez Panisse makes your list of highlights. πŸ™‚

  • ShutupandRun
    December 24, 2009 at 8:26 am

    You have had a huge year with lots of ups and downs. As you said, we never know what’s in store for us. Our job is to sit in the boat and let God take the oars.

  • Michelle
    December 24, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Boy it has been a crazy year…You’ve had so many milestones and achievements all in a matter of 12 months, it’s really incredible and inspiring.
    Jenna, I have been eating your overnight oats EVERY morning now and I totally understand why you do it!! Thank you for introducing me to them. I mix it a little differently though – I add a full container of vanilla greek yogurt with the oats and splash of almond milk. In the morning I nuke it for a full minute and it’s YUMMAH! It’s like sticky regular oats with a ton of protein. ? I hope you have the BEST rockin’ christmas ever Jenna!!!

  • heather
    December 24, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I think you meant to say you did all that in 09 not 08 πŸ™‚ but regardless congratulations!!!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    December 24, 2009 at 8:32 am

    It’s crazy how things turn out sometimes. I have a feeling ’10 will be a good one. And I LOVE that movie!

  • katherine
    December 24, 2009 at 8:34 am

    You’ve had quite the full year and I know 2010 will be even more eventful and hopefully even more wonderful than 2009 was. Enjoy your getaway and have a very merry Christmas!

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    December 24, 2009 at 8:40 am

    And to think that you have come out if it on the other side with such a positive outlook and a smile on your face! Merry Christmas Jenna!

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot)
    December 24, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Tis indeed one crazy year. 2010 will be a fantastic year for you πŸ™‚
    Have a fantastic Christmas!

  • beerab
    December 24, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I started reading your blog one week before your brother passed- I was so sorry to hear the news. I read your blog daily even though I don’t comment and just wanted to say I admire your strength and determination and wonderful attitude. You inspire me daily to eat, live, and run πŸ™‚ Okay the running I’m not that good at yet but I’m working on it πŸ˜‰

  • Tiffany S.
    December 24, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I’m pretty sure you meant “2009” but it would have taken most people two years to accomplish half that! (Sorry, I’m such a proofreader)

    CONGRATULATIONS on such a fabulous year! There are so many people who go with the flow, stick in a rut…you are truly an inspiration. Follow your heart!

    Here’s to an amazing holiday season and 2010!

  • Allie
    December 24, 2009 at 9:17 am

    you are an inspirational and real person. thank you for sharing your journey- the highs and lows- with us.

  • Jil
    December 24, 2009 at 9:20 am

    The house swap sounds amazing!! I love “The Holiday” — Jude Law is very yummy in it (even if he’s an adulterous jerk in real life)…and I just love Kate Winslet in anything. Merry Christmas Eve! Enjoy time with family!!

  • Katie
    December 24, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Enjoy your holiday, Jenna! The house swap sounds like the perfect, cozy way to spend down-time with your family.

  • Kristin
    December 24, 2009 at 9:29 am

    So inspired by your amazing journey. May 2010 bring you even more success, happiness, and adventure!

  • BethT
    December 24, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I for one am happy you’re here! πŸ™‚

  • rebecca lustig
    December 24, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Have a safe trip!!

    p.s. love the movie The Holiday hah

  • More is Better
    December 24, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I read a day or two ago that you were looking for the Celestial Seasonings Holiday Tea – Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. I immediately went out to my local Vons Food & Drug in San Diego and couldn’t find any of the holiday teas even though the Celestial Seasoning’s website said I could find them there. Then, the very friendly checkout man said I should try the holiday food specialty sections. YEAH!!! I found two of the teas, Candy Cane Lane and Gingerbread. Both came in a gift box with a bottle of Lotion by Jason that had the same sent as the tea. I was soooooo excited. I am checking another Vons today to see if I can gather all the flavors.

    The Candy Cane lotion is even better than the tea. Good luck and happy hunting. I am going to try the Jason web site next to see if I can hunt down more stores.

  • Jamie
    December 24, 2009 at 9:52 am

    It has been so much fun to follow your life over the last year. Your life has been really interesting and it seems like you have just totally stepped out of our comfort zone and followed your heart. Props to you!!

  • Sarah
    December 24, 2009 at 9:52 am

    it is always crazy to look back on a year and think of all you went through…i was just thinking about that too. i hope you have a wonderful holiday jenna and next year brings you wonderful things!

  • Jolene (
    December 24, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Wow – a lot has happened! I wish you a wonderful 2010 and hope that you have a very Merry Christmas. God bless.

    Jolene xoxo

  • Allison K.
    December 24, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Merry Christmas. Thanks for taking us along on the ride of your crazy year.

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    December 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I am really proud of you, Jenna. I may not know you in real life..yet.. πŸ™‚ but in a situation where most people just want to curl into a ball and give up, you decided to live life to it’s utmost fullest. You are living an incredible life with it’s ups and downs, but you always seem to keep as positive an attitude as possible. Thank you for sharing your lives with us and being such an inspiration! Praying for an incredibly blessed and happy 2010!


  • Rosey Rebecca
    December 24, 2009 at 10:08 am

    You’ve accomplished SO much. You are an inspiration! Merry Christmas eve!

  • Jessica
    December 24, 2009 at 10:11 am

    MMM… sounds beautiful and fun! Have a Merry Christmas!

  • Babycakes
    December 24, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Jenna I have been reading your blog from the very beginning and I must agree that this year has been the craziest. You have a beautiful spirit and a wealth of inner strength, and I wish nothing but the very best for you in 2010. Much love <3

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    December 24, 2009 at 10:36 am

    What a year you’ve had (did you mean to write 2009 though?)! You HAVE to be proud of all our accomplishments, bravery, and perseverance. Have a MERRY Christmas, Jenna =)

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    December 24, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Merry Christmas Jenna!! πŸ™‚

  • Kelly B.
    December 24, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Wow…you have had quite a year! I hope you have a good holiday and that 2010 is all that you want! πŸ™‚

  • Kristen @ Change of Pace
    December 24, 2009 at 10:51 am

    What a crazy year for you… Lots of ups and down. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Jenna!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    December 24, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I did the sameeeee thingggg this morning. Even started a post about it!!

    It’s amazing where you are now…big adventures. It’s just so beautiful how everything works out as it should =)

    Much love, and Merry Christmas Eve, my friend!

  • Karla
    December 24, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Your year has had some ups and downs but I think overall it looks like you had a great year! I hope 2010 is even better for you!

    Merry Christmas!

  • Kelsa
    December 24, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Jenna…I have been following your blog for awhile now! I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and today I have just learned so much more about you from today’s post. Your strength and faith to do what you’ve done in the past year is amazing…especially with the loss of a family member! I am a strong believer in God and your story just confirms his greatness. Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS with your parents:)

  • Laura H.
    December 24, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Wow! What a wild ride it’s been for you this year. How fun that you have the blog to provide a way to go back and relive what you were thinking and feeling (and eating!) in those moments. Here’s to 2010!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    December 24, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Wow! It’s been an honor, inspiration and delight to be on the trip with you and all the other ELR fans. Can’t wait to see the pix of where you and your folks will be staying. What a special trip! All the best in 2010!

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    December 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I’m guessing you meant 2009?

  • Jenna
    December 24, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    have a great christmas eve πŸ™‚

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    December 24, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Merry Christmas!!!! You’ve accomplished alot this past year and definitely will next year too.

    Way to go! and I LOVE your blog.

  • Jenny
    December 24, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Merry Christmas Jenna! I hope you and your parents have a blessed and restful holiday πŸ™‚ I have no doubt that 2010 holds wonderful and exciting things for you!

  • MMiller
    December 24, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I caught the “2008/2009” error as well! I hope you have a very peaceful, restful and joyous Christmas! Enjoy the time with your parents! Looking forward to hearing what your dad thinks of CA!

    Your strength has amazed me this year as I went back and read what you had been through! I also have been introduce to some great food through your blog! The overnight oats are absolutely awesome! And I had never even heard of pumpkin butter! And CA is now on my top 10 list for places I would like to visit!

    Have a wonderful 2010! I know it will be awesome! You are one amazing young woman!

  • M
    December 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for awhile…I was surprised you didn’t mention your break-up from Ryan, and all the money you raised for Cancer! You’ve been through a lot this year…

    I hope you have a great Christmas and New Year!

  • eatmovelove
    December 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Love it. Your beautiful. I want to see that movie.

  • Stef
    December 24, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Such a year. I hope that the next one brings you happiness and success, I didn’t know about your book deal!

  • Kristin
    December 24, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    You are an inspiration. All the best in 2010!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    December 24, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    What a year of challenges, ups, and downs. Your ability to take everything in stride and handle the ups and downs with grace and strength has been admirable.

    Hope your holiday is full of grace and strength as well πŸ™‚

  • Melanie
    December 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I started reading your blog after it was mentioned in SELF magazine. I live in Sonoma county, too, so I love reading about your local adventures and learning things that I didn’t know about. Thanks for being inspiring! Looking forward to reading about your next year πŸ™‚

  • Michelle
    December 24, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    You soared, overcame, and enjoyed.

    Enjoy the remaining days. Like you 2009 has been full on. I am SO looking forward to 2010.

    Thanks for sharing your life with all of us. It’s been so much fun reading you.


  • Carolyn
    December 24, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Quite a year!! I think it’s been that kind of year for everyone. Hope your 2010 is even better.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    December 24, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    But if we knew what God had in store we’d never believe it anyway. God has so much bigger plans for us.

  • Rachel
    December 25, 2009 at 6:19 am

    What a year. I hope you have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas, you deserve it.