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FEELING FULL OF FEELINGS

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Good morning!  Do you ever have those weekends where you do so much, but really nothing at all?  That was the type of weekend I had.  As I am reflecting over the past few days, I feel so full. So full of gratitude and joy, so full of compassion and empathy, so full I could actually burst into tears, and have a few times. I don't really feel the want to do a complete weekend recap, but simply to express how full I feel.  I am definitely one of those people that "feel all the feelings," and while in the past I tried to hide my sensitivity and emotions, I now embrace them.  It feels so much more authentic that way.

Anyway, my weekend was spent with family and friends, some of whom I haven't seen in years. It felt wonderful to connect and have conversations that we normally may not have had if certain circumstances hadn't come up.  It was great to be of support to one another, and know that love is a bond that we all have in common.

It was joyous and fun to frolic at the beach with the dogs, and realize that nothing but the present moment matters.  Any stress dissipated, and all that I felt was joy.  Dogs and the ocean do it for me every time!

While at church on Sunday, I felt an immense amount of gratitude and connection.  The community at our center is less like group of people that comes together on Sunday, and more like a giant family that connects with one another throughout the week and on Sunday. The music was beautiful, the message was phenomenal, and the connection was so loving. Really grateful for our church!

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend doing whatever it is that brings you happiness!  Leaving you with the affirmation above for the week, and sending you all lots of love!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #39

Hi friends! Before I jump into my weekend recap, I wanted to let you all know that I currently have two coaching spaces available for the month of March.  If health and/or spiritual coaching is something that you're interested in, or simply have curiosity about, now is a perfect time to reach out.  Learn more about my services here, and find out what working together looks like here.  Looking forward to having a conversation with you! :)

This post is dedicated to Greg.  He constantly tells me how much he loves my Weekend Recaps, because it reminds him of what we did and our time together.  So sweet!

Friday afternoon started with me getting a new laptop and playing with it for the majority of the evening.  Love it!  We also watched a few episodes of the new season of House of Cards.  Did anyone else start it?  I'm excited for this season!

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Saturday morning I made us breakfast burritos before we headed out of the house for errands. We dropped off a bunch of stuff at Goodwill, went to TJ's for groceries, and stopped at T-Pumps for tea with boba (Greg's current obsession, HA).

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Later that afternoon Emma came down to visit, and requested my Tikka Masala.  I made that, and we had it with naan.  SO good!  As you can see, we sipped champagne too!  We ended the evening getting cozy on the couch watching Straight Outta Compton (soooo good that I'm bummed I didn't see it earlier).

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Sunday morning we all walked to Urth Caffé for a delicious breakfast!  I had a tea latté and poached eggs with veggies on greens.  It was amazing!  My mouth is actually salivating now thinking about it.  HA!

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That afternoon Greg and I went shopping, and I saw this on a wall.  Not condoning writing on a public wall, but I do love what it says.  #JustTheWayYouAre

My Mom was passing through on Sunday afternoon, so she stopped by for a few minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee with us.  Loved that surprise!

The rest of our Sunday was spent watching more movies (The Martian and Trainwreck, which were also great), and relaxing.  The weather has been chilly and rainy, which is my favorite time to hang inside with movies and a cozy blanket.

I would say that the majority of our weekend was relaxing, and filled with quality time.  My favorite!  How was your weekend?  Did you have a full to-do list, or was it spent relaxing? Maybe a mix of both?

See you Wednesday!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #38 + POLL

Happy Monday, friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I spent time with my mom and aunt (and of course Greg, too), and we had a such a nice visit.  I love family-time! Before I jump into photos, I wanted to ask you all a very specific question....I love writing here M/W/F, and would appreciate any suggestions, as I love to keep the content inspirational and interesting.  I have a few ideas for the coming weeks, but would love your ideas, too!  Take a peek at the poll below, and give me your thoughts.  Thank you!  :)

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FullSizeRenderFriday evening Greg and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in Pasadena, Yahaira's.  They have the yummiest food.  Neither of us were too hungry, so we split an appetizer (their chips, salsa, and guac are sooooo good), and split an entree.  Perfect!

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FullSizeRender_2Saturday my mom and aunt arrived, and the four of us headed to the USC Pacific Asian Museum.  It was free museum day in LA County on Saturday, so it was a great time to visit. They have the prettiest courtyard and koi pond, too.

After the museum we walked across the street for lunch, where I had a delish warm roasted veggie salad.  Isn't their courtyard pretty, too?  So many lovely spots in Pasadena.

Saturday afternoon was spent sipping coffee and shopping with the girls (we dropped Greg off at home, HA!).  That evening we munched on apps and chatted.  Perfect day!

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IMG_0430One of my purchases from Saturday was the mug above.  I absolutely LOVE it!  We had zucchini burgers and cauliflower tots (both in the archives) for dinner, and afterwards I spent the evening reading in bed.  Perfect way to end the weekend!

What did you do over the weekend?  Give me deets!

xo.  Jen

 

WEEKEND RECAP #37

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Happy Monday, friends!  How was your weekend?  Mine was full of quality time with Greg, relaxation, and lots of little to-do's around the house.  Also, I finallyyyyy got a new phone! YAY! It was really fun taking photos with it over the weekend, so I have a bunch for you today.  Take a peek below! Friday night we lounged at home, watched Netflix, had a yummy salad for dinner, then baked cookies for dessert.  SO good!

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Saturday morning was breakfast at home, followed by a nice relaxing walk (with a coffee stop, of course).  Isn't Charlie the cutest?  I can't get over how sweet his little face is!

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Saturday night we had a special date night.  For Christmas I gave Greg tickets to a play about Groucho Marx, so we made it into a special evening!  Before the play we had the yummiest cocktails and dinner at Green Street Restaurant, followed by an evening at the Pasadena Playhouse.  It's been so much fun exploring our new town, and trying new places!  As much as I enjoyed dinner and the play, the best part was being with Greg.  That may sound cheesy, but I just feel really grateful to have such an amazing partner.  He's a keeper for sure.

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Sunday morning was quiet time, list making with my new journal/book, coconut milk lattes, followed by several errands.  Later in the day Emma came down, and we had dinner, watched critiqued the Golden Globes (YAY Leo!!), then booked a trip in June.  We are soooo excited! More about that later...

How was your weekend?  I hope you did (or didn't do) exactly what you wanted!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #36

Good morning!  I hope you all had a nice weekend!  Mine was spent relaxing, running errands, decorating, and soaking up the holiday cheer.  I absolutely love this time of year!  It feels so crisp and magical to me, like everything is sparkly and filled with wonder.  Plus, a little decorating never hurt anyone, right?  Today is short and sweet, so I hope you enjoy! photoOur pretty, sparkly, simple tree.  We love it!

charlieThe cutest pup in the entire world, AKA Charlie!  Seriously, how sweet is his face?  And no, I did not have him pose.  He is just naturally that adorable!  HA!

main-desire-bookAlso, a reminder that my holiday giveaway of Danielle LaPorte's book, The Desire Map, ends tomorrow at 12pm PST.  Enter here!

Okay, one last thing: with the holidays here, I will be sharing different traditions, recipes, as well as ways to stay calm around food, while still enjoying yourself (HELLO holiday parties).  If there is anything in particular you would like me to write and share about, please let me know!

xo.  Jen