Seasonal

HAPPY SPRING!

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Happy Monday! Yesterday was the first day of spring, and I found myself really thinking about the change from winter to spring (or summer to fall depending on where you live), but also the metaphor behind us merging into a new season.

Spring is a time of intention and new beginnings.  It's a time where we plant seeds into the earth, and after a while seedlings start to rise and whatever we planted begins to mature.  With time, love, care, and essential elements like water and sunshine, towards the end of the season we have the fruits of our labor.

This is a season of new growth and change, a time where the light shines a little brighter and stays a little longer.  A time where we birth new ideas, take action, and achieve goals.

I sat down with a cup of coffee yesterday morning and really thought about the growth that I wanted to set in place for this coming season.  Here were a few of my intentions:

  • Spend more time outdoors.  With the extra sunshine comes more time that can be spent in nature.  Whether that means taking a hike, going on walks, or even having dinner on the patio.
  • Less Netflix in the evening, more reading.  HA!  This made me laugh when I typed it out.  I am certainly not judging myself, however I did notice this last winter we spent more time in the evening watching Netflix.  Partially because it was dark, and partially because it was relaxing.  Moving into spring I'd like to substitute reading, if I feel like it.
  • Smoothies!  Mmm...I'm so excited for this!  I choose to eat as seasonally as possible, and for me, smoothies taste and feel so much better in the spring and summer.  Cool, light, and refreshing!
  • Move through my fears.  This is specifically related to my business.  There are a few things I have been wanting to do, but in the past fear has stopped me.  I feel ready and excited for what's ahead!

What is your intention this season?  What ideas would you like to plant and see grow?

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I encourage you to dig deep into your heart and ask yourself those questions, and any more that you may have.  If you have any further questions, I am here for additional support.

xo.  Jen

KEEP CALM AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Good morning, friends!  Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and while I it can bring up a lot of feelings of gratitude, I know (from experience) that it can bring up a lot of stress, too.  Particularly around all of the decadent food!  Today I am here today to share some helpful tips on how to have a calm, joyous, and happy Thanksgiving. keep-calm-and-happy-thanksgiving--29

START WITH A GRATEFUL HEART

Gratitude is what Thanksgiving is all about, right?  When you wake up in the morning, before you do anything else, try placing your hand on your heart and simply close your eyes and breathe.  Imagine what your are thankful for.  If you can't think of anything in particular, that's totally okay.  Just  acknowledging your heartbeat and breath is glorious enough!  This is a great way to start any day, and can definitely set the tone for the holiday.

HYDRATE

Before your coffee or festive mimosa, drinks lots of water.  Think of it as a bath for your insides.  Start nice and clean for the day, and continue to drink water throughout.

MOVE YOUR BODY

I'm so excited to start Thanksgiving day with a morning walk!  Just like any other day, moving your body (whichever way feels comfortable to you) is great!  This can look like dancing in the kitchen while you're cooking, doing some gentle yoga, going for a run, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or even a leisurely stroll with your pup.

Side note: This is NOT to make up for food you will be consuming later.  In fact if you don't feel like exercising, and you'd rather do something else, do that.  Honor your body however it feels comfortable to YOU.  This is simply an extra way to show your body that you are grateful for her.  :)

DON'T DEPRIVE YOURSELF

Do you want mashed potatoes and gravy or your Grandma's famous dessert?  Have some!  Place a portion on you plate, eat slowly, savor it, and know that you can always have more if you're still hungry.  Plus, HELLO LEFTOVERS!  Yum!

ENJOY 

The holidays are about being with those your love and care about.  Enjoy the laughter of children, and the silly banter between adult siblings.  Cherish the stories your grandfather has told you 9,284,832 times because someday you may miss hearing them, and tell your family you love them, because that's what matters most.  And sometimes, being with those you want to spend time with isn't always possible.  So, for those of you that have to work or live far away, know that you are missed, and are in the hearts of many!

I hope these tips are helpful, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

With so much love and gratitude, Happy Thanksgiving!

xo.  Jen

P.S. I will be taking Friday off from posting to spend time with family.  See you Monday!

WEEKEND RECAP #33

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Did you celebrate Halloween?  My weekend was very full, but really fun, too.  I have LOTS of photos, so I'm jumping right into it! photo 1

photo 1After work on Friday we jumped in the car and headed to Ventura!  My Dad's birthday was earlier in the week, so we went out for sushi that evening to celebrate.  My rainbow roll was delicious!

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photo 3Saturday morning, Greg, Charlie, and I went down to the beach.  It was a STUNNING day! The water was super glassy, and the sun was shining beautifully!  Greg decided to take a bunch of photos, and I am SO glad that he did!  He got some really great shots!  After our walk, we went and had a breakfast burrito on the pier (which ended up holding me over for the majority of the day).

photo 3Saturday afternoon I met up with some friends.  Starla and I have been best friends for 18 years (CRAZY how time flies), and I have know her cousin Jo for just as long, and we're all great friends!

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photo 1Saturday evening we went to a Halloween party.  Greg was a priest, I was a nun, and Charlie was a dinosaur.  My mom was the cutest kitten ever, and my dad was a USC coach.  :)

photo 2Sunday was church, lunch at Spencer Makenzie's (I got the ahi burger, and shared my fries with everyone), visiting with more friends, then heading home.  We spent the rest of the evening snuggling on the couch, and going to bed early (time change got me all mixed up, haha).

All in all, another fantastic weekend!  Tell me about yours!

xo.  Jen

FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN + INTENTIONS

leaf-blur-leaves-ground-mediumHappy first day of autumn, friends!  Don't laugh, but the first day of autumn is definitely in my top 5 favorite days of the year (and that says a lot, because celebration is important to me).  I don't know what it is exactly, but the beginning of autumn brings me SO MUCH HAPPINESS! It feels like a fresh start, not to mention PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING.  The other evening, in typical Jen fashion, I lit candles, put on French jazz, poured myself a glass of wine, and decorated for the season like I was channeling Martha Stewart.  So much fun!  Charlie followed me from room to room, wondering what his crazy mother was doing (Greg has become accustomed to my behavior, HA!). bench-forest-trees-path-mediumAnyway, last year I wrote a fun post about my love for Laura Ingalls Wilder, and this year I thought I would share my autumn intentions.  At the beginning of each year, season, and month I write down a list of intentions.  This is meant to be super simple and fun, yet intentional. Hence: intentions.  Take a peek below at my autumn intentions!

AUTUMNThe funny thing about my intentions, was that after I wrote them out, I realized they were all very different, and fell into different primary food categories (primary food being what fuels us, and secondary food being what what we eat).  I thought it was really interesting.  I highlighted in bold what popped out to me.  Do you think you'll write some autumn intentions?  If so, I would love, love, LOVE for you to share a few!

May you all have a beautiful day, followed by a beautiful season!

xo.  Jen

P.S. I'll definitely be posting some autumn-inspired recipes this season!