transition

ADAPT, OVERCOME, AND IMPROVISE

Hi friends!  First of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of the love!  The past week I have received so many loving and kind emails, texts, comments, etc. about our upcoming move, and also about my feature on The Couragemakers podcast (if you missed it, you can listen here).  You are all so kind, and I feel super loved, so THANK YOU again!

With the move happening this weekend, and all the packing that is going on, the house is currently in complete disarray.  For example, I made coffee this morning (because, DUH Jen, the coffee pot is the last thing that's going to be packed), but I forgot that I had packed all of my mugs.  So, I am currently drinking my coffee out of Mason jar with no handle (hot, hot, hot).  Adapt, overcome, and improvise, right?

Also, our sweet Charlie just doesn't know what the heck is going on.  He has just been wandering around aimlessly trying to figure out what all the boxes mean, and looking at me with these sad eyes that are screaming "Mama, what the heck is going on, and if you're going somewhere please take me with you!"  We've tried to do our best at reassuring him that he is loved and definitely coming with us, but I don't think he quite understands.  Poor baby.  If you have any suggestions on how to deal with animals during the moving process, please share!  I'm all ears!

Lastly, seeing as how we will be starting to load a 15' U Haul on Friday, unloading on Saturday, nesting on Sunday and Monday (4th of July), I will be back next Wednesday for an update (fingers crossed).

Send us your good vibes and lots of energy!  We're living off love and adrenaline right now, HA!

xo.  Jen

 

 

 

 

WHEN IT JUST FEELS RIGHT

Hi friends!  I've missed you the last few weeks!  I shared on Instagram the other day that I had taken a little time away from blogging as part of deep self-care.  We have an exciting change coming up in our life, and it felt best for me to take a little down time before all of the change occurs.  With that being said...

WE'RE MOVING BACK TO VENTURA!!!

YAY!  You have no idea how happy I am to share that news with you all, and how thrilled I am to be moving back to our sweet little town on the beach.  SO EXCITED!  

A little over a year ago, Greg and I made the decision to move to Pasadena.  It was mainly so he could be closer to work and not have to commute as much, but it was also about stepping out of our comfort zone and embarking on a new adventure together.  And an adventure it has been!  While in Pasadena we adopted Charlie (greatest blessing ever) and explored a new city, but most importantly, stretched and deepened our relationship with one another.  While we are very happy to be moving back to Ventura, we are also grateful for the opportunities in growth and love that the past year has brought us.  

There is a laundry list of reasons why we are moving back to Ventura, but the main thing it boiled down to for us was: It just felt right.  For me (and I can probably guess for Greg, too), when I closed my eyes and put my hand on my heart, the answer was clear.   

Much more will be shared, but for now I am just super excited that we're finally able to fully spill the beans!

Thank you for all the love and support!

xo.  Jen

I'M NOT A PRETTY CRIER

Good morning, friends.  Can I be real with you?  I mean, I'm always real with you, but there is usually a topic involved.  A recipe, a treatment, a spiritual practice, etc.  Today, I just need to be. A lot of the time the material posted by bloggers is happy.  Everything is photographed in an eye catching manner, our IG profiles have fun photos, and the way we write is in a perky, positive manner.  Now, speaking for myself only, my life is really great.  98% of the time I am happy.  My life is fun, and I am genuinely a really positive person.

But today, not so much.   winnie the pooh

This past weekend I attended and was of service at not one, but two memorial services.  Both services were beautiful, heart centered, and completely honored the lives of each person.  I feel proud to have known each of them, and even more so, glad to have developed rich, meaningful relationships with them.  However, if I'm being completely honest, I had no idea I would be so emotionally vulnerable.  I have not shed that many tears, and felt such heart-wrenching emotion in quite some time.

My vulnerability was obvious.  A friend came up to me after the second service once I stopped crying (for like 2 seconds) and said, "Are you okay?"  (she was being sincere, and meant it on a physical level of getting me water or a tissue).  My response was, "Yes, I'll be okay.  I'm not a pretty crier."  This made her, and myself laugh.  Seriously though, I'm envious of those people that can cry, and then once done, look like nothing happened.  Me?  Not so much.  I look like I've been watching Beaches and chopping onions simultaneously for 12 hours.

friefMourning is something that is so different for people.  Whether it is a loss of a person or animal through death, the loss of a relationship, the loss of a job, or even the loss of a physical possession that was beloved.  Loss can be difficult, and it often comes with a strong emotional response.  People grieve in unique ways, but the common ground is almost always love.  For the hardest part of loving, is letting go.

Part of my mission here on The HHB is balance.  Balance for the mind, body, and spirit.  Part of balance is surrendering to the unknown, and letting things unfold.  As humans, our ego always wants an answer; an explanation.  But sometimes, there is no clear-cut answer.  Sometimes life is messy, and confusing, and painful.  And, that's okay too.  I'm not a minister or a psychiatrist, but I am someone that has dealt with much loss, specifically in the form of death.  And while yes, death isn't all sunshine and roses, it is beautiful.  For transformation, and surrendering to the unknown is divine.

kubler-ross quoteWhen I was going through my Spiritual Practitioner training, death and loss was something that we studied and spoke about frequently.  I read many books on the topic, and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross was was one my favorites.  I love the quote above because it touches me in such an honest way.  Of course I don't want to be the same, for if I was, I wouldn't have felt love so deeply.

Thanks for reading, and letting me share my heart.

xo.  Jen

 

 

WEEKEND RECAP #24

Good morning!  Wow, I have missed blogging!  I've missed my readers, too!  Hope you are all having a beautiful day!  We are fully moved in, unpacked (that happened in 2 days, ha!), and adjusting to our new adventure in Pasadena.  I will talk more about that in upcoming posts, but we are doing well! As for today, I have a simple Weekend Recap to ease back into the swing of things.  Stay tuned, because later this week I have some fun posts, including an AWESOME giveaway! Here's a peek into my weekend...

1Friday evening Greg and I walked around Pasadena, where I ended up getting this refreshing, light, and absolutely delicious cocktail.  It had fresh watermelon juice, jalapeño, sparkling water, and gin.  It was soooo good!

2Saturday morning we packed up the car, and headed to Ventura.  I had mock panels for my upcoming Practitioner license, and we were also visiting for Father's Day.  We stopped at Urth Caffe in Pasadena on our way out, where I got a yummy juice (beet, ginger, carrot, celery) and the most delicious bread-pudding muffin.  I ate about 1/2 of it in the car, and saved the rest.

3Saturday evening after my panels, we had family over (at my 'rents house), where we chatted, ate tapas, and sipped light cocktails.  I made this yummy, light, and refreshing grapefruit (fresh) and vodka drink.  It has been so warm lately, that this was perfect!

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photo 2Sunday morning I made a special Father's Day breakfast for my Dad and Greg (and everyone else).  I made two type of egg dishes (one vegetarian, and one with sausage), a big platter of fruit, and some foccacia bread (thank you TJ's).  The roses are from my parents' garden.  So pretty!  It was a delicious breakfast, filled with love.

photo 3In honor of Father's Day, my dad and I.  I was about three.  :)

After breakfast, we went to church, then out to lunch with Greg's son.  I didn't take any pictures, but I always love being around the two of them.  So much love!

photo 4Sunday afternoon before we left, mom and I planted a bunch of herbs (basil, peppermint, dill, cilantro, and chives), tomatoes, and re-planted a ficus tree that she and my dad bought Greg and I.  We also bought a hanging strawberry plant.  So excited!  Here is a peek at our patio after I put everything out there.  Minus the AstroTurf, isn't it cute?  Ha!

Really glad to be back at it!  Thanks so much for reading, and stay tuned this week for more fun/new stuff!

xo.  Jen

 

 

WE'RE MOVING!

Happy Friday!  Anyone have any fun plans for the weekend?  We're moving.  Yep, you read that correctly!  Many of you may already know, as I've posted it on social media, but I thought I would share a few more details here on the bloggy-blog. photo 2Greg and I are moving to Pasadena!  While Pasadena is only about an hour (withOUT traffic) from where we live now, it is a big change and transition for us.  While we are going to miss Ventura, the beach (!!!), our community, and most importantly family and friends, we are super excited for what is in store for us.

Why are we moving, you ask?  Well, Greg has been commuting for yearsss (mainly to the Los Angeles area), and the traffic has just been getting worse over time.  So, one day we made an decision to start actively looking for a place to live that was a shorter commute, and we chose Pasadena.  It is beautiful, up against the hills, and has the type of vibe we can groove to (did I just say that?!).  Plus, our new space is only a few short walking blocks to the downtown area.  Yay!

So, the main question that I have been getting is "What are you going to do?"  That is something that isn't set in stone (is anything, really?), but I will say that there will be lots of changes, and I'm really pumped about that.  PLUS, I'm so excited to decorate and design a new home!  EEEKK!

photo 1This is a big transition and change in our lives and relationship, and I am so, so, SO grateful for the support of family and friends.  It takes a village!

That's all for today, but I will definitely be sharing about our new home, decor ideas/DIY, and much more!  ALSO, if you live in Pasadena, or have any places/restaurants we should visit, PLEASE let me know!  Much love!

xo.  Jen