Behind The Butter

Virtual Coffee Date


How are ya? I started this series last month after loving Casey’s virtual coffee date posts that she writes on her blog. As much as I love reading food blogs and finding new, fun recipes to grace my dinner table, sometimes it’s nice for a straight talk check-in. So that’s what this is!

Do you have your coffee in your hand? If not, grab some now! Or tea…or hot chocolate…or white wine. Except not really white wine if it’s, like, 6am where you are. That would be weird and I would just have to assume you had either a really good Friday night or a really, really bad one.

Moving on.

If we were having coffee together, I would share with you about the overwhelmingly powerful team and leadership building workshop I attended all last weekend. From Friday night to Sunday night, I pretty much sat in a circle on the yoga studio floor surrounded by fellow staff and teacher apprentices (what I am!), sharing our hearts to each other. It was real, raw and deep. Lots of tears, hugs and stiff backs from sitting cross legged for so long. It took me a little bit to warm up to the whole “sharing everything in the deepest part of my soul” sort of thing but by Sunday morning I was totally drinking the kool-aid. And guess what? I totally confronted my fear of speaking in front of a large group! On Sunday morning, I was “forced” (and I say “forced” in the best way possible) to get up and teach a twelve minute segment of a power yoga class with 40 students! Real students, too! Students that actually pay to come to the studio…not just my friends looking for a free practice. I was BEYOND nervous getting up there, projecting my voice to fill the room and teach the triangle series, but you know what? I survived and it.was.AWESOME. Probably one of the more awesome things that I’ve ever done, to be honest.

If we were having coffee together, I would share with you that I am moved to the point of big, fat tears on your responses to far to my book! Seriously. Many of you have taken the time to email me after you finished reading, telling me you loved it and couldn’t put it down…..and I really can’t even put into words what that really means. Just know that it means a lot. A whole lot.

If we were having coffee together, I would share with you that I’m {still!} so pumped about the Influence conference coming up…soon! There are still tickets available for sale and I would love to see you in Indianapolis in October! It’s going to be such a fabulous weekend with inspiring women. I can’t wait.

If we were having coffee together, I would share with you that you might start to see some funky changes happening here on ELR. Please bear with me. We are working around the clock all weekend on this siteย  {wahoo! holiday weekend!} and there might be some weird stuff that pops up. I don’t know! I just appreciate you guys bearing with me during this transitional stage.

{yummy homemade pain au levain!}


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  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    September 1, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Can’t wait to see the new site!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!

  • Em (Wine and Butter)
    September 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Your life is so inspirationally varied and full – wonderful! I cant wait to read your book! (I also love that I am reading your coffee date with the first pumpkin latte of the year… SO excited! )

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    September 1, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Beautiful post Jenna…the perfect pairing to my morning tea. Thinking of you and your web team as you launch the new site design. I’m so thrilled for the new look and for your book release on Tuesday. I can’t wait to read it. xo

  • Jen W
    September 1, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I enjoyed our coffee date, good luck with your changes. I enjoy your site!

  • Erin
    September 1, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Loved this post. Way to go on the book. I am so happy for you that things seem to be unfolding in such an expansive, wonderful way!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    September 1, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Jenna congrats on your book and I’m sure hearing from blog and BOOK readers now too has been amazing for you! And what a great weekend of yoga and good calm happy zen vibes it sounds like for you, too!

  • Katherine
    September 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I love these shoes!

    Wanted to let you know about this upcoming 7-day green smoothie challenge ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Margarita
    September 1, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I woke up and was greeted by this post. You are an inspiration to women of all ages… Can’t wait to read your book!

  • Therese
    September 1, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I’m so looking forward to Influence as well. Hope I get to meet you and have a real coffee date with so many of the wonderful bloggers I’ve been following. Good luck with moving the site this weekend!

  • jessica
    September 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Well, in that case…

  • Anne Weber-Falk
    September 1, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Did you make that bread in your oven? If you did, how did you get it to turn out so right? I have not mastered this yet and could use some advice.

  • kim@hungryhealthygirl
    September 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Congrats on your yoga experience and of course on the book…can’t wait to get my hands on it! Looking forward to seeing the new site; I’m sure it will be wonderful!

  • Sarah Lynn
    September 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I love this! Do you mind if I “borrow” it? I just moved 1200 miles away and so wish I could have a coffee date with so many dear friends back home. I think they would love this!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    September 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

    If we were having coffee, I’d tell you your shoes are adorable and I need them! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Can’t wait for the new look of ELR!

  • Mel
    September 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Happiness breeds happiness- thanks for spreading the joy Jenna! (I read this while eating an ice cream bar. I promised myself that if I walked the 1 1/2 mile to my grand taxi stand instead of taking a petit taxi, I could have ice cream for dinner! I promised myself this cause I bought a 5 kilo bag of flour! Can’t wait to utilize some more of your recipes now that I’m fully stocked!)

  • Jenn
    September 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    It seems like yoga has played a huge part in your personal and professional growth lately – yes?

  • Ally
    September 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    JENNA! Where did you get those shoes?! I’ve been dying for a pair just like that! I love them!

  • Melise
    September 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    This post made me want a coffee so badly yet I have no milk in the house and black coffee, yuck, no thanks. So I opened a can of coconut and here we go, we are on a virtual coffee date except I am trying to not look inside my cup as the milk is all separated. Thanks for the post x

  • Jessica
    September 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Grabbing my white wine now and catching up on your blog. Congrats on the successful yoga session! It’s always hard to push past our fears, but that’s awesome you did it and everything went well. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lookin’ forward to seeing the new changes on the site. Have a great weekend! BTW I hate speaking in front of large groups too so I feel your pain. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    September 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Usually order books off Amazon, but ordered your book locally from River House books in Carmel so have to wait till Wednesday to read. But have cleared the calendar to read in one day. Very much looking forward to it–am sure it is awesome! At some point will have a give-away of a copy on my blog.

    Re: public speaking. I only took a one-day public speaking class as was required to speak so much in my career. The teacher was impressive but pretty brutal when it came to critiques.

    After 3-hours of lecture she had the entire class get up one-by-one to give an extemporaneous 5-min speech. Every single person she stopped repeatedly and beat-up. I was last. The #1 thing she’d said in 3-hours that made a dent in my psyche was that “…being self-conscious is rather self-absorbed. Forget yourself.” So I did. And just let go with the thought. ‘They like it or don’t. Whatever.’ She didn’t interrupt me, and even asked me to give another 5-minutes. But the lesson learned was be self-forgetting. If it registers, great. If not, no biggie. We each have a 400,000 trillion chance of even being born. Am not going to concern myself about what other’s think. Hope they like me…but if not…my son and cat do. And that’s enough for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Lily O' Dare @ Candied-Life
    September 2, 2012 at 6:15 am

    I’m trying to get through three different reading assignments for school (Creative Writing major). Once I’m done I will be devouring your book!! SO excited!! I’m literally enjoying some coffee reading this. Lovely.

  • jen
    September 2, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Can you please give us an updated book tour schedule Jenna? Will you make it to NYC?! Pretty please?

  • Tami
    September 2, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I just finished your book last night ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s funny because I starting to follow your blog right at the time you started the Wine 101 segments and then went to California. As I was reading the book I pictured you in that light blue dress before you even said you had the blue dress on, and I remembered you eating the granola every morning at the hotel. Do you still have that video one of the boys made with “Airplanes” as the song? It was an excellent book, you are such an inspiration!

  • Sonal
    September 2, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I love these virtual coffee dates! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Victoria
    September 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Love your shoes! where can I find them? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jenna
      September 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      I got them last year from Zappos — they are Born brand!

  • Jordyn
    September 3, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Love the coffee date idea! What fun! I have girlfriends all over the world and this reminds me of the fond memories I have of sitting in cafes with them, sharing our lives. Cue the nostalgia! Thanks for triggering a trip down memory lane ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    September 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Ilve this series of posts! Can’t wait to read your book too.:)

  • Stacey
    September 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I don’t consider my day complete until I’ve checked your blog. You are a beautiful, inspiring woman, and I just ordered your book! I’m beyond excited for it to get here. I’m so happy for you!

  • Kiran @
    September 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Love your virtual coffee date series, can’t wait to read your book with a pumpkin spiced latte ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama
    September 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Love this series! Great idea.

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