Behind The Butter

Virtual Coffee Date

My friend, Casey, writes these beautiful blog posts straight from the heart every once in awhile and simply calls them “coffee dates”. Like, what would I say to you if we were sitting at a little cafe somewhere sipping our coffees and catching up on life. I just love the idea so I decided to borrow it! If you guys like this post, let me know and it can become a regular thing over here.

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you how in love I am with teaching yoga! It’s such a surprise, since I never thought I ever wanted to teach, but now that I’ve started teaching I can’t imagine not teaching. It’s such an unexpected joy. I love just connecting with my students and watching them light up in class as they open themselves up to new possibilities that they never thought possible. I think I actually get more out of my classes than my students do! Imagine that.

I’d tell you that I am so blessed and excited by the upcoming Influence Conference this October! I just found out that I’ll be teaching a workshop on the process of getting a book published, and am so excited to be leading alongside a team of such fabulous women, most of whom I have never met but feel like I’ve known my entire life. Tickets are still available and I’d love to see you in Indianapolis in a few months!

I’d tell you that, for as much as I cook, I still somehow ended up eating Greek yogurt and graham crackers the other night for dinner after meeting a friend for happy hour.

I’d tell you that I am so excited and so READY to launch the new ELR redesign! It feels like we have been working on the redesign forever (and by forever I mean eight months) but I promise it’s coming soon. We have a tentative launch date right before book day—September 4th! It feels like I am moving into a whole new house—I cant wait for you guys to see it! It’s killing me to keep the new site a secret like this.

I’d tell you that I am so anxious about my book tour! Of course I am excited, too, but I get keeping hounded by anxious thoughts like….what if no one shows up and it’s just my mom and I?! What if I open my mouth to say something profound but instead something totally ridiculous comes out instead like, “cats have nipples, greg!” It could happen. That would be weird.

I’d tell you that every day I just feel luckier to be dating such an awesome guy. Seriously girls, I don’t know what I ever did to deserve him—I totally lucked out. He totally gets me for “me” and lets me watch all the gymnastics YouTube videos that I want without trying to control the remote control. He builds me fires in July, feeds me tiramisu and always tells me I look pretty even when I feel like a mess. He’s a keeper.


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  • Holli
    August 4, 2012 at 8:18 am

    YES! YES! YES!!! Pleeeeeeeze make this a regular post, I Love it!!

    You are absolutely gorgeous…. just sayin πŸ™‚

  • Alex
    August 4, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Hi Jenna! I have a question/idea for an upcoming post: what kind of clothes do you wear on an average day? You dress really beautifully in your pictures and for events, but what do you wear when you’re not going out? The kind of days when you’re just checking email or sitting outside or reading waiting for the tea to steep? Would love to know. I have a terrible sense of fashion.

    • jenna
      August 4, 2012 at 8:20 am

      I pretty much just wear yoga class all day…unless I’m going out!

  • Katy
    August 4, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I loved this πŸ™‚

  • Gabby (Quest for Delicious)
    August 4, 2012 at 8:29 am

    This is so cute. Love this idea.

  • Becky
    August 4, 2012 at 8:30 am

    This is great, Jenna, as I generally read your posts in the morning over my first cup of coffee.

  • Jenn
    August 4, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Thanks for sharing your heart, Jenna! That’s what makes your blog and You so special<3

  • Amanda
    August 4, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Love this post! Would enjoy reading more of these! And I’m sure people will show up for your book tour, I’m going to try my best to go!

  • Kristen
    August 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Do you have any recommendations on how to find a good yoga studio? I’ve recently gotten more into yoga and would love to join an actual studio. Since they are more expensive than a gym, I would love some input from a yoga pro πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    • Jen
      August 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Try them πŸ™‚ Most studios will offer discounts or a cheap rate for your first time there. Some offer a week or even a month pass for a low rate. The only way you’ll know if it “fits you” is to try it out and see. (usually you can get a good ‘feel’ just from walking in, looking around, introducing yourself and asking questions too).

  • Danielle
    August 4, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Love the concept of this post! What a cute idea, and so fitting for a Saturday morning πŸ™‚ glad to hear you have so many wonderful things going on in your life right now.

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    August 4, 2012 at 9:05 am

    You’ve got some amazing stuff going on! That’s awesome.

    And the picture of you and Adam is beautiful!!!

  • Mary K.
    August 4, 2012 at 9:22 am

    You are such a beautiful person, inside and out. And it shines through in posts like these. Love it!

  • Rachel
    August 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

    PLEASE come to Oklahoma. We don’t live in teepees or ride horses to work. We have cities I promise. Plus Ree lives here…you could totally make a pitstop to the ranch. Think about it!

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    August 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Can’t wait to see the new site design!! I’m sure it will look gorgeous!

  • Mel
    August 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

    This is wonderful Jenna! I think this series of post is an excellant idea. Positivity is contagious!

  • Tracey Evans
    August 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Love the coffee date idea! Lovin that red lipstick too! Cute picture!!! πŸ™‚

  • Em (Wine and Butter)
    August 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I love it Jenna! I really loved your old sort of daily journal blog – as well as your food one – and this post reminds me of that. Positivity and optimism are so contagious.. you’d be a great coffee date for sure. :).

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    August 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I like this a lot.
    And I am still waiting on the propsal post.

  • Anne
    August 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

    This just put a smile on my face πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for your book tour stop in NC!

  • Silke
    August 4, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Oh yes please! Such a lovely idea! I enjoy following your Blog from far-away-Berlin! I would like to have coffee with you πŸ™‚ Silke

  • Sharona
    August 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

    This is such a cute post, I loved it. Wish you were making a book tour stop in Los Angeles!!

  • Jessie @ ...y'all.
    August 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I loved this post, Jenna, and would love to keep reading more like them! Maybe you can ask us questions, too?

    Can’t wait to see the redesign, and to meet you on your book tour stop in Birmingham!

  • JulieD
    August 4, 2012 at 10:18 am

    What a great idea, Jenna!

    If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I love that you’re a yoga teacher and that I wish I was brave enough to finally go to my first yoga class. I hope you have a lot of fun at the Influence Conference in October! I’m so ready to see the ELR in full too. So exciting!!

    I’d tell you not to worry about your book tour, it’s going to be so fun and there will be plenty of people in attendance, you’re loved and I can easily say that I love your book. I can’t put it down!! xoxo

    And I’d also agree with you that Adam is awesome! I’m so glad I got to meet him last month.

    I’d then tell you how excited and scared I am about my new life. How wonderful it is to have so many people support me and believe in me but also feel the burden & fear of failure.

    And then I’d go on to tell you how much I love my puppy and how hilarious she is and show you tons of pictures of her.

    And then I’d remind you how much I would really love love it if you came to Florida on your book tour! πŸ˜€

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    August 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Such a cute post idea! I’m definitely all for making it a regular thing.

    You and Adam are so adorable. πŸ™‚

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    August 4, 2012 at 10:24 am

    What you did to deserve a great guy? Just being YOU!! We all deserve to have a great partner – and we all need to EXPECT that, and never settle. I married mine 11+ years ago and thank God every day for him! Glad you found yours πŸ™‚

    Congrats on the speaking engagement at that conference – so many conferences, so little time!

    • mom
      August 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      I married Jennifer’s father over 30 years ago, ad still thank God every day for my best friend!

  • Jennifer
    August 4, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Yes, keep writing posts like this. You two are such a cute couple too!

  • Margarita
    August 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

    If we were having coffee… I would ask you for some fashion advice and beg you to teach me how to put make up on my face! I would also ask you to give me some advice on how to not get frustrated with the more difficult yoga poses (i.e. arm balances).

    Then, we will talk about our boyfriends… exchange recipes… and our jobs.

    Do keep this post syle coming. It’s always nice to see a glimpse of Jenna behind all her food. πŸ™‚

  • Natalie
    August 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

    This was very sweet! Thank you!!

  • Susan
    August 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Love it! Definitely keep it up!

  • Stephanie
    August 4, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I loved it! Every day I love to read your blog, try your recipes and look at the array of photos you include. Sometimes, though, I think you need to sit back and have a nice long chat with people and I feel like that’s what you did with your readers this morning. My opinion is that it would be great to do this every once in awhile. πŸ™‚

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    August 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    It’s always nice to dish about your loves over coffee. I say YES! Coffee dates every week!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    August 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Beautiful post. Yes to Coffee Day posts. Keep em’ coming Jenna. Happy Saturday to you : )

  • Adrienne
    August 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Love this post! I will be at your book tour and will bring friends!

  • Katie (Life Discombobulated)
    August 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Yes! Love it!!! πŸ™‚

  • Grace (My Spare Oom)
    August 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssss! I love this post – definitely do more, Jenna! I love hearing about the “behind the butter” parts of your life. I think that’s awesome that you’re teaching at Influence (wish I could go!), that you’re finding teaching yoga so fulfilling, and that you’ve got Adam. Y’all are so adorable together!

    And I’m so exited about your book tour!! You need to come to Houston or New Orleans so I can come see you! πŸ˜€

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    August 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    honey, i LOVE this post – i love the way you write when you’re really just sharing from your beautiful heart πŸ™‚

  • Madi
    August 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Oh I love this idea! Please continue! It’s sound like you have a lot of really exciting things happening in your life and I can’t wait to see the new design as well πŸ™‚
    Hope you don’t mind if I copy your coffee date idea for my own blog .. it’s genius!


  • em @ simplypresent
    August 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    It sounds like your life is full of many blessings at the moment. I hope things continue to move forward for you. I’m excited to following your journey via blog!

    p.s. What a lovely couple you two are!

  • Sarah N
    August 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I loved this idea! Might have to borrow it myself! =)

    It’s good to hear how much you’re enjoying teaching yoga! Teacher training is definitely on my list of future goals so I love reading about other people’s experiences with it.

  • Emma Ruth
    August 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    i love these types of post too!

    i am looking forward to seeing you in Charleston this fall at your book signing!

  • ash
    August 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    great idea Jenna! beautiful pic!

  • Sarah
    August 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Such a good idea! I might steal it:-).

  • Kristen R.
    August 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Love yoga and would love to take one of your classes. If you end up teaching in a bay area studio, let us know!

  • Emily
    August 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Totttttally love this! Please continue!

  • Laura
    August 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Such a lovely post Jenna! I’m just a bit younger then you were when you first started this blog and I relate to you so much! I love reading about some of your experiences because I feel like that could be me in a few years.
    Also, I reaalllyyyy wish you were coming to Toronto for your book tour! But I can’t wait to buy a copy no matter what!
    Have a great weekend πŸ˜€

  • Tracy
    August 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Loved this post! Keep it coming.

    Excited to see the new ELR. I’ve followed your blog since the beginning and it’s fun to see the changes and what’s to come.

    And if your book tour comes to Kansas City, I’ll be the first one there πŸ™‚

  • DessertForTwo
    August 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Love the idea of coffee dates with ya πŸ™‚

    p.s. That sweet comment from your mama just made my day πŸ™‚

  • Casey
    August 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Me likey.

  • Elisabeth
    August 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Love this!! Oh, and you certainly won’t be the only person at your book tour stops! I’ll definitely be there if it stops near me πŸ™‚

  • Bekah
    August 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Jenna! I love opening everyday and reading your thoughts! It’s so neat to see someone who is so passionate about life and has a healthy relationship with food! And I love how you are so open about your love for Jesus!! Let’s continue to stand for Him and His Truth! Question for you, where did you get your glasses? Also, I think it;d be neat if you did a post with pictures as if you were teaching us a yoga workout! Music and everything! πŸ™‚ Just some ideas! Love to hear back from you!

  • Stephie
    August 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Love this. Keep it going! You’re so lovely, I’d love to sit down and have a real coffee date! But I suppose this will have to do πŸ˜‰

  • Dianne R
    August 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I think the virtual coffee date is a great idea!

  • Heather
    August 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I love this post! Such a cute idea :-). I say keep them coming

  • Kim
    August 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Love it! What about a happy hour talk post?? πŸ˜‰

    • jenna
      August 5, 2012 at 7:19 am

      GOOD IDEA! πŸ˜‰

  • April
    August 4, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Love this so very much!! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    August 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Yep, love it. πŸ™‚

  • Kara
    August 4, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I saw your instagram about teaching yoga by the pool and thought, “I would be so scared to teach yoga!” I feel like I would run out of ideas. And just start asking people for suggestions. ha!

  • Mo
    August 5, 2012 at 1:09 am

    How appropriate, my day finally ends at midnight, I get a sudden desire for a decaf coffee and log on to your page to find this! Loved it.

    You really did luck out on your beau…does he have any siblings? ;p just kidding…

    Would love to see more of these posts! So touching.

  • Laura
    August 5, 2012 at 3:53 am

    jenna. i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again – i adore hearing more from you than less. please continue these posts.

  • polly
    August 5, 2012 at 4:46 am

    hi love!
    YES… i can imagine that. (loving teaching yoga so much and getting more from it than my students do… a JOY!!)

    and i cannot wait to see ya. πŸ™‚

  • Karen
    August 5, 2012 at 5:10 am

    I miss these sorts of real, soulful posts from you, Jenna…your writing shines in a whole different way when you speak from the heart. They are a refreshing throwback to the olden days of your blog. On another note, I hope you and your mama will be stopping in the Chicago northern suburbs on your book tour – I’d love to greet you with a long overdue big ol’ hug! πŸ™‚

  • Molly
    August 5, 2012 at 5:37 am

    I love this!!! You are stunning, and I’m already planning to come to your book tour stop in Atlanta, I can’t wait!!!

  • britt
    August 5, 2012 at 6:22 am

    first off, i love casey’s coffee dates and i am so excited you are trying them out also. i would LOVE to have coffee with you two awesome ladies.
    second, you will do awesome on your book tour. people will show up. i totally would if you were coming to texas!
    oh, and i do think your guy sounds like a keeper πŸ˜‰

  • Shannon
    August 5, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Great post Jenna!!
    and no worries about the book tour I have a feeling you will be surprised at just how many ppl are waiting to meet you! If they were closer to me in PA I would be there!

  • Caroline L.
    August 5, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Awesome post! Please keep them coming! πŸ™‚

  • PLSayrah
    August 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Absolutely love this post!

  • meghan@ struggle muffins
    August 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Love this! And can completely identify with the ‘being surprised at how much you love teaching yoga’ thing πŸ™‚

  • Emily
    August 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I absolutely love this. I initially fell in love with your blog for all the delicious recipes (yum!), but it’s your personality that shines through your writing which keeps me coming back to your blog! Seriously, I think we would be friends if we ever met. Keep up these lovely coffee dates! They brighten my day.

  • Marissa
    August 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I LOVED this post, its great to see the person behind the delicious food. I vote for more coffee dates!

  • Katina
    August 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Great stuff! Keep em comin!

  • Melissa
    August 5, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Aw, that’s a really sweet sentiment about your lovie. And YES, I’d love for this to be a series!!

  • Anne Wakefield
    August 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Love love love this!!

    What a blessing to hear/read you sharing your heart πŸ™‚ I’m so excited for all the excitement in your life!! I’m sure your students just adore you, your book tour will be ahhh-mazing (especially if you come to Texas πŸ˜‰ ), I know the redesign will be awesome and I’m so happy that you found such a wonderful man who clearly adores you!! God is so faithful πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait for the influence conference and your book, which comes out on my birthday, yay!!

  • Suz_connelly
    August 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I just finished White Jacket Required. I got it (autographed by you) at the ALA conference in Anahiem. Anyway, I LOVED IT! I finished it in two days. Now I’m going to start reading your blog. I’ve got to find out what happened with Adam!

  • Taylor @ Nuts for Apples
    August 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Great post! & you rock the red lipstick!!

  • Erin
    August 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Love the post! I’ve got a pretty great guy similar to that too and I feel like I should cont my blessings everyday! I can’t wait to get your book! You’ll do great on your book tour.

  • Jaime
    August 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I adore this post and hope that you will decide to make this a regular feature, Jenna! I would tell you I wish that you taught yoga near me- I am scared to death to go to an actual yoga class as I know about three positions. LOL

    You and Adam are adorable, and your book tour will be wildly successful!


  • Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life
    August 6, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Love this post! Jenna, you are just so real and so genuine when you blog. I love it!

    P.S. You and Adam are way too cute!

  • Tracey
    August 6, 2012 at 4:56 am

    I love this post, please continue the “coffee date” concept. I’ve been reading your blog since the very beginning years ago (really!) and while I appreciate how you’ve evolved from the “overly healthy living” of past years (remember the vegan stage and workout videos?), I also loved your prior candor that invited us into your daily life. Guess I’m just nosy, but these posts remind me of the good old days! Please keep them up!

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    August 6, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Such a fun idea for a post. Love personal stuff like this! Want to come to Michigan on your book tour? I’ll take you out for a real coffee date πŸ™‚

  • Rachel
    August 6, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I love this post and the whole concept of coffee dates!

    I had a similar epiphany when I started teaching piano lessons. I just did it to make extra money while in grad school. And then I changed careers. Once a student finally gets it (whatever “it” may be for that student and lesson) – it’s just such a joy to see.

  • Dana @Conscious Kitchen Blog
    August 6, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Congrats to you on all of the exciting adventures in your life. Your blog quickly went to the top of my must read list in the last month. I love your recipes and the candid voice you write with — you’ve been an inspiration to my own blog writing. Can’t wait to see the site re-design!

  • Cait's Plate
    August 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Love your dress and your red lips!

  • Aislinn @ Not Less Than Everything
    August 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Love this idea, Jenna. I can’t wait to see the ELR redesign. I’m sure it looks great!

  • casey wiegand
    August 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

    how sweet are you??? Just adore you so much πŸ™‚ xoxoxo

  • Kristen
    August 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

    The “Cats have nipples, greg” part literally made me laugh out loud for a good five minutes straight. Thank you!

  • Carissa
    August 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Love this series! Your honesty & love of life really shine through.

  • erin @WELLinLA
    August 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Congratulations on so many fronts! I love the idea of sharing over coffee and tea. It’s lovely to learn more about the people you follow online and such a great blog prompt.

  • Stacey
    August 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    You’re adorable. “Cats have nipples, Greg!” cracked me up. A lot. I can’t wait to get my grubby paws on your book, and you can bet that if your book tour were headed to south Texas that I would be there with bells and boots on.

  • Cindy Robinson
    August 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    You’re going to do great on your book tour!! And of course…”Oh, you can milk just about anything with nipples” πŸ™‚

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