welcome to 2015



I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season filled with love, laughter, and lots of good food. I’ll be back next week, but for now I leave you with my so called “resolutions” for 2015. I prefer to think of them as little reminders to myself.



2014 resolutions : checking in

Happy Friday!!

Also, happy last day of January! Thank baby Jesus, am I right? January is probably my least favorite month of the year. I really made an attempt to like it at the beginning, but by the middle of the month I was just about done. I will not be sad to see it go.  A couple days before the New Year I shared my goals/resolutions/ whatever on Instagram . I figured, since it is the last day of January, I would go back over my list and see how I am doing so far! Tryin’ to keep myself accountable and all that good stuff!

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset – be more organized : well, I’d say that I am doing pretty well with this so far. I bought/have been using a planner, so that basically means i’m the most organized person on the planet, right? I’ve also made an effort to keep my room clean, and I even cleaned off my desk so I have an area to do my schoolwork in next week. Yep, patting myself on the back for this one.

– read 1 book a month // 100 movies in 2014 : done! I actually read two – Are All My Friends Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling and The Boook Thief by Markus Zusak. Hopefully I can keep this up despite starting school next week. Usually school = reading for pleasure goes out the window. I’m doing great on the movies front as well, i’ve been keeping a list and I have  already watched 13 movies!

– write a bucket list : nope. not yet. completely forgot about it actually, until I look at that picture again. Maybe i’ll make this my goal for february? we will see.

– cook real meals more : check! Killin’ it  in this category as well. I’ve discovered that I feel great satisfaction after eating a meal i’ve actually made an effort to prepare. Dare I say that cooking is kind of fun? Sometimes. Other times I’m completely satisfied with cereal for dinner.

– hug more, smile more, laugh more : I’ve kind of been in a funk for a large chunk of the month. I’m blaming it mainly on anxiety & the fact i haven’t seen the sun in forever. I seriously think I have SAD. Gotta work on this in February.

– less social media, more articles & blogs : while I am still fairly addicted to social media, I’ve discovered so many new blogs as of late that I loooove, and I’m basically reading everything  I can get my hands on. Combined with blogging so much, I’ve been feeling super inspired lately!

– don’t be so afraid – less worry, more risks : hahaha nope. worry central over here. work in progress.

– work on balance, not perfection : I feel like this is starting to work itself out. Slowing starting to let go of my perfectionist tendencies. Easier said than done.

– take more photos & write more :  Done! I’ve been on a major writing kick lately, which is unheard of for me, so I’m going with it. As I mentioned, I went out yesterday a took a bunch of photos.

– more adventures, more exploring : Yep! While winter makes this fairly difficult, any time there is even a hint of sunshine, I’ve found someway to be outside. I cannot wait for hiking weather!

– less negative self talk : ehhhh, up until this week, this wasn’t going so well. This week has been a pretty good week, but old habits are hard to break. Especially one that has been a habit for so many years!

– be present : kind of? There have been moments when i’ve consciously stepped back for a moment and really soaked in what was happening at that moment. And other times? Days have passed in complete blurs.

Going through these, and thinking hard about the past month, and writing everything down has made me realize i’m doing much better than I thought I did. Obviously, I still have a lot of work to do, but I made these goals for a year, and I didn’t really expect to accomplish everything within one month. I think I might do a monthly check in like this, just to keep myself on the right track.

** I apologize if there are any spelling errors/things that don’t make sense. I wrote this late last night and didn’t have the time today to edit it! 🙂

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone!

resolutions..or whatever

be more organized – aka get my shit together. read one book per month ( for pleasure). watch 100 movies in 2014 ( currently at 3/100 ). write and post my bucket list, and work on getting shit done. start cooking more, less smoothies for dinner and more actual meals. hug more, smile more, laugh more, be more patient, loving and understanding – aka there is always room to improve yourself. less time spent on social media, and more time spent reading articles & blogs that inspire me, also REAL BOOKS. don’t let fear & anxiety run my life, take more risks and worry less ( i am the QUEEN of worry, so this is easier said than done. Take more photos, write more blogs, listen to more music. more adventures, more exploring – even when it is cold as balls outside. LESS NEGATIVE SELF TALK – you are beautiful, ok? Be present in the moment – the future is never concrete, it’s always changing and there is nothing you can do to stop it.

My #1 resolution/goal/whatever ? Work on BALANCE not PERFECTION. As a self proclaimed perfectionist, this is my biggest struggle.

Here’s to 2014!
{ i just wrote 2013, old habits die hard…}

– Jenna

Hello, 2014.


” Fresh starts. Thanks to the calendar, they happen every year. Just set your watch to January. Our reward for surviving the holiday season, is a new year. Bringing on the great tradition of New Year’s resolutions. Put your past behind you, and start over. It’s hard to resist the chance at a new beginning. A chance to put the problems of last year to bed.

Who gets to determine when the old ends, and the new begins? It’s not a day on a calendar, not a birthday, not a new year. It’s an event. Big or small. Something that changes us. Ideally, it gives us hope.

A new way of living and looking at the world. Letting go of old habits, old memories. What’s important is that we never stop believing we can have a new beginning.

But it’s also important to remember that amid all the crap are a few things really worth holding on to. ” – Grey’s Anatomy

I think it is extremely important to remember that we do not need the start of a New Year in order to make resolutions, set goals, or to change ourselves for the better. It can happen at anytime, any place, due to any one occurrence. I love resolutions, don’t get me wrong. The beginning of the New Year has always been that time of year I found myself most easily resolving to a,b, or c. Perhaps one of my resolutions for this year will be to realize I don’t need the date January 1st to make resolutions.

2013 had both bad and good times, as all years tend to. However, it was the first year I both broke someone’s heart and had my own heart broken. It was the first of my bachelors degree, and the year in which I learned to balance school, working/running my own business, and a social life. I met a lot of new people, did a lot of things that scared the shit out of me, and came out alive despite what I may have thought at the time. Overall I’d say 2013 was pretty damn good to me, considering I still have a roof over my head, food to eat, and friends and family to hug.

I want to return to blogging in 2014, I miss it. Since I got back from Florida I let myself get consumed by finals and the holidays and my insane work schedule. Blogging is challenging for me in some ways, I’ve always struggled with writing. However, as with all things, I found it becomes easier the more often I do it. Plus, I’d love to have blog posts to look back on in a years time, so many little moments are forgotten by the end of the year!

This is short & sweet, as I’m off to one last celebration with my friends before they head back to school. I hope everyone had wonderful holidays, filled with food and drink, surrounded by those they love.

Here’s to 2014!!