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Last Breakfast of 2008

Good morning and happy last day of 2008! I cannot even believe the year is just about over. This seems like it was just yesterday….I sort of like that a year ago right now I was getting ready for a yoga class and here I am a whole year later and I’m doing the same exact same thing. 🙂

This morning I slept in until 8 and then made my dad and I a poached egg breakfast on sourdough toast. The bread tasted better when combined with salty egg yolk I guess!


With very tart kiwi and clementine pieces!

Like I said before, I’m getting ready to do some yoga. No class for me today—the only class at my studio is at noon and I won’t be able to make that since I have to pick up Ryan from Best Buy at 1 (he’s finally getting the xm radio I got him for xmas installed in his car). Instead, I’m doing another Yoga to the People via my laptop in the living room. I think the main reason I love these online classes so much is that they are SO challenging!!! Yall who live in NYC are so lucky because I would KILL to go to this studio! Maybe someday…. 🙁 As for now, I settle for second best at my own house!

Plan for today is: yoga, go to bikeshop and try to find a lock and a basket (!!), run errands with Ryan and go grocery shopping for dinner ingredients. The original plan for dinner is for me to make a homemade caesar salad with sourdough garlic croutons and spinach ricotta gnocchi out of the Bon Appetit cookbook. Sound good?

And finally….here are MY goals for the upcoming year. Usually I would keep this sort of thing personal but I feel like this is a very personal blog and I’m making it all open so that I can hold myself accountable and motivate yall to do the same!

  • Be more patient and accepting to God’s word in my life
  • ride my bike whenever and wherever possible to cut down on gas and energy and get more exercise!
  • go deeper with my yoga practice and know that it is a perfectly acceptable form of exercise
  • Eat for pleasure!
  • get involved with a Church in Tampa and volunteer with youth group
  • start and stick to a savings account
  • expand blog and really work to make a living by writing
  • finish first draft of my book
  • check out more books at the library
  • get involved with Junior League in Tampa
  • Join a women’s bible study and make more Christian girlfriends to pray with

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  • Kelly Turner
    December 31, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Good luck with your goals! Happy new Year!

    Kelly Turner

  • Amy
    December 31, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Those sound like very good and realisitc goals-do you have a bell for your bike? I find my very handy when encountering people on walking/biking paths-give it a ding and they know you are coming 🙂

    Happy New Year!!

  • Jenna 2
    December 31, 2008 at 8:36 am

    These are great goals to make for the new year Jenna! I hope you have a great 2009! 🙂

  • Amanda
    December 31, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Thanks for sharing your resolutions! You just inspired me to write down a few that I have been thinking about – it’ll be good to have it on paper and check in a few times over the year!

    Your dinner sounds great – have a fun night with Ryan 🙂

  • Kelly L.
    December 31, 2008 at 8:45 am


    I love the resolutions. I share many of the same ones. I wish we lived closer!!


  • Sarah (now in FL)
    December 31, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Jenna, I think these are amazing resolutions. I particularly understand your addition of “knowing that [yoga] is a perfectly acceptable form of exercise” to your yoga goal. I don’t know if I have told you this before, but I used to run competitively and LOVED it as I have loved no other activity until I began to experience sharp pain and basically dehabilitating stiffness every time I ran as a result of arthritis that was worsening. My doctor basically said, “there is no way or reason you should run again.” I have really never been the same, because I feel like something I loved so much–my love, hobby, stress relief, and in some ways, my identity–was taken from me. I have tried really hard to find activities that make me feel the same joy that running did, and I can get excited about some things but never as fulfilled as I was with running. I admire your efforts and determination to find peace with your body’s limitations and find joy in the wide range of other things you were designed to do and are very successful at doing. I hope you can be successful with this in the new year!

    Also, I agree that riding your bike on Bayshore is a wonderful activity–I do it at least once a week. I have found that continuing on southbound after Bayshore ends into the Ballast Point neighborhood past the park and the yacht club and going across Interbay basically up to the Air Force Base is a really pretty ride–there is a road (it’s pretty obvious where-I just haven’t observed the name) where you can be next to the water almost the whole time (houses are in your way but you can still see it sparkling.) Northbound I’ve also gone on the riverwalk down by the UT campus and that’s a pretty ride too. I hope you have a great New Years!

  • Anna
    December 31, 2008 at 8:59 am

    I can enthusiastically recommend these Wald bike baskets. I ordered mine from Amazon, since you get a set of two for much cheaper than I found in any bricks and mortar store. They fold down to almost nothing while still staying attached to your bike, and they’re the perfect size for (reusable!) grocery bags. Love ’em!

  • VeggieGirl
    December 31, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Happy New Year’s Eve, dear Jenna!!

    Check email when you get a chance 😉

  • Moran
    December 31, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Happy New Year!

  • Matt
    December 31, 2008 at 9:24 am

    mmmm that breakfast looks delicious. good luck with achieving your goals! i’m sure you’ll stick to ’em!

    happy new years!

  • beck
    December 31, 2008 at 9:32 am

    That’s funny because I do live in NYC, and I find yoga to the people to be one of the EASIEST flows out there! I think it’s the insane NYC attitude! :0)

  • Shelby
    December 31, 2008 at 9:36 am

    It is so weird to read the title of your post, I was like what?! haha I guess this year has just gone by too fast!

    Your resolutions sound great, I am looking forward to more yoga as well =)

  • polly
    December 31, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Beautiful goals, Jenna. I share many of your goals! Hugs and know that you’ve got a Christian friend in Indiana who loves yoga and food as much as you do! woohoo!! XOXO

  • runjess
    December 31, 2008 at 10:17 am

    I really like your goals. I’m still working on mine, and you’ve reminded me to include some religiously oriented ones.

  • Erica
    December 31, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Love your goal list, girlie! Did you notice that God is at the beginning, middle, and end of your list? Beautiful and purposeful for sure. Your New Years Eve dinner sounds delish, we are having some form of take out at the hospital with friends in STL…hoping for something tasty! Here’s to a great 2009! God Bless.

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    December 31, 2008 at 10:35 am

    My roommate goes to Yoga to the People! She says it’s awesome and she’s not even a big yoga person. Good luck with your 2009 goals!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    December 31, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Great goals for 2009 Jenna – thanks for sharing. I’m looking for an online yoga class today, and I’m going to check out Yoga to the People. Happy New Year!

  • megan
    December 31, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Good luck with your goals, Jenna! Yours are very similar to mine, actually. I just posted them so I could feel more accountable too. How funny we both did the same 🙂
    Have fun today and tonight. And, that dinner sounds amazing! Can’t wait to hear how it turns out. Happy New Year!

  • Oh She Glows
    December 31, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Is that Yoga for the People free? The website seemed a bit confusing or maybe I am just technologically challenged! lol

    Happy New Year’s Eve!!!


  • Allison K.
    December 31, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Happy New Years Eve.
    Your dinner sounds amazing. As do your goals, I think your honesty is inspiring.

  • Sarah
    December 31, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Those are very admirable goals for the coming year (I share several of them)! I have no doubt you will achieve them, or at least enrich your life trying. Happy New Year!

  • Sharon
    December 31, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Sounds like great goals!

  • Katie
    December 31, 2008 at 11:55 am

    If you like chick lit, you might like the Yada Yada Prayer Group books by Neta Jackson. I’m part of a prayer group at church and we call ourselves Yada Yada Prayer Girls so our leader got us the first book for Christmas. I really liked it for a light, fluffy read that is Christian too.

  • Runeatrepeat
    December 31, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Good luck with your goals 🙂 Happy New Year!

  • Ashley H
    December 31, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    I am looking for a bible study group too. But I am having a hard time finding one since I have never been a church goer but I would love to become one. Anyone have any advice on how to find one?

  • K
    December 31, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Great list of goals, Jenna! Wishing you the best in ’09!!

  • HangryPants
    December 31, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I heard about that yoga on another blog and have been meaning to try the classes out. Good to hear they are challenging!

    Great goals – I am sure you will work very hard to meet each one! Have a great New Year, Jenna.

  • Andrea
    December 31, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    great goals! i didn’t know you were writing a book!?!?!?! that’s super cool – good luck 🙂

  • audrey
    December 31, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Wow you are so christian! I love it–I am also a christian girl who loves God very much. (but I happen to live in an area with very few church members…) It’s really refreshing to hear, especially in your goals, as I have some similar ones as well. Good luck with them, and have a fantastic new years eve! Keep up the great work and I cant wait for another year reading the blog.

  • Betherann
    January 1, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Thanks for sharing your goals. They sound very in line with my own, which are centered around trusting God, working on overall health and wholeness (as opposed to what the world says working out/health/beauty are), enjoy food for the sake of food, and finding peace and balance in knowing Christ. Because He is all that matters! (Col. 3:11) It’s nice to have a health-conscious, balanced, blogging, yoga-ing Jesus sister out there! 🙂