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Soulful Liberation

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The seen is the nature of the gunas (qualities of nature): illumination, activity, and inertia; and consists of the elements and sense organs, who purpose is to provide both experiences and liberation to the Purusa (soul).

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This winter was the hardest and longest winter I’ve ever experienced. I went from cursing the sleet and snow, to deep sadness and longing for warmth.  Then I would switch from frustration, to anger until finally--after the blustering winds wouldn’t stop...I became content, even happy!  I made a conscious choice to lift my focus higher--to the soul level.

All that is around us is there to help us towards our soulful liberation--our soul’s union with God and with love.

So in the dark of winter, I made the choice that I was tired of feeling the way I was feeling.  I was tired of cursing my conditions.  I began to meditate and pray every morning...not even for a long time! Just a few minutes to get my mind in the right place.  I started a gratitude journal.  I focused on positive mantras throughout my day and my yoga practice. Every time a negative thought came to mind, I would switch it instantly with a blessing.

And now, I hardly even notice that it’s the first day of spring and I’m still wearing my down, long black winter coat.  (I mean... I definitely notice... but I’m not upset by it;))

Our experiences--good and seemingly negative-- help to liberate our soul.  Our soul only feels free when it is light and full of love.  This happens when we perceive all that is around us with gratitude and joy.  Yes, even the experiences that scratch and claw at our hearts leaving us sore and hurt. Those heart wrenching, utterly painful experiences exist to strengthen your soul.  In fact, they are doing the dirty work to make your soul even more beautiful, even more aligned with God and with pure love.

Nothing lasts forever.  Things are constantly changing, constantly bringing to our attention new experiences, new trials, new joys.  True freedom comes when we are able to live through those experiences without despair.  In fact, peace comes when despair is replaced with gratitude because we know that all of it--the pain, the heartache, the tears, the bitter cold--it’s all for our own growth, our highest good, and the elevation of our souls to a shining, bright place.

And that is my wish for you. True freedom in knowing that all the terrible things will get better and that YOU will shine brighter because of it.

May your soul shine brighter every day:)

xoxo

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Meet Dani!

dani I'm so excited to introduce to you my friend, Dani! She is such an inspiring runner and her passion for it exudes into all areas of her life.  She uses her beautiful gift and passion to truly make a difference in her own community, and that makes her presence so bright.  When are you doing what you love and letting that shape your community, it truly shines from your soul and people can't help but notice.

 Her Story:

Dani was born in Manhattan and has been chasing her dreams in NYC for the last 10 years! She is a second grade teacher at a public school on the upper west side, a Pilates instructor at Power Pilates in midtown east, an AADP certified holistic health coach/nutrition counselor, and a runner on the Central Park Track Club. As if she wasn't busy enough, she also is a Girls on the Run coach, a volunteer for Back on My Feet NYC (an organization that uses running as a tool to motivate people experiencing homelessness), and an essential community leader at lululemon athletica, 75th and Broadway.

 

What makes you shine? When do you glow?

Inspiring others to live a healthy, active lifestyle makes me shine. I glow when I hear stories from people who have bettered their lives exercise and eating healthy. I also glow when I make people laugh or smile. It feels so good to help other people realize their potential.

What do you LOVE to do? What is your passion?

I LOVE to run, it is my passion! There is nothing better then lacing up my sneakers and heading out for a solo run to clear my head or to meet running buddies for some miles and socializing. I love how running can be an individual and group sport at the same time. The best part about running is that it doesn't discriminate. Anyone can do it! I am also passionate about eating healthy, whole foods. Food is fuel. It is so important to put nutritious, real food into your body so it can thrive! I also love to dance because it is such a freedom of expression and it makes me feel free.

When are you the happiest?

I am happiest when I am taking care of my body by exercising, eating well, and getting enough sleep. I am also happiest when my friends and family are happy! Happiness is contagious :)

What inspires you?

My dreams inspire me! They keep me motivated and focused. My friends and family and friends also inspire me to work even harder because they are so amazing.

 

What is your big goal? Or one goal you would like to highlight?

I have many goals so it's hard to just pinpoint one, but for now I'd have to say that my big goal is to break 3:20 in the marathon distance (hopefully in 7 weeks at the Boston Marathon, ahh)! I have been chasing this goal for a few years and I WILL get there!

Who is your biggest influence?

My biggest influence is my mother. She is driven, hard working, intelligent, and goes after what she wants. She has always inspired me to be the best version of myself and to go after my dreams. My mom is my biggest supporter and has always been in my corner. I am so grateful and lucky to have her in my life.

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Are YOU doing what you love? Does your soul shine?

Tell me what makes you glow in the comments!  Every week, I will be featuring a new soulshine[r] and telling their story.

Do you know someone who’s soul shines? Nominate them by leaving a comment below!

 

 

Glowing hearts and shiny souls:)

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I’m gonna be real for a second.

There is a woman out there in the world, about my age, who is living and breathing and working my dream career.  She is funny and cool and creative and people just love her!  I have thought to myself many a times, “Well if she’s doing it, what’s the point of me even trying? Does the world really need two of us doing the same thing?  Can we even both shine and be extraordinary at this?”  In the back of my mind, she is always there and in those secret, sneaky corners of my brain, I compare my every action to what she’s doing and what she’s done.  Whether or not it's true, I always think she’s doing a better job!!

Do you ever feel like this?!

Call me out if I’m crazy, but I think we have tendency to constantly compare, beat ourselves down, and stop all the magic from happening for us!

Friday night, I had the lucky opportunity to attend Crazy Sexy Miracles with Gabby Bernstein and Kris Carr right here in New York City.  It was an extraordinarily beautiful night of healing, laughter, “ah-ha” and “Mmmhmmmm!” moments.  I sat there in awe of these two beautiful, passionate, strong women who were able to share a stage and both shine so brightly.

At one point, someone even directly asked them a question about how to deal with comparing and competition. Kris Carr, calmly and serenely answered:

“Stars don’t compare themselves to other stars.  Look to nature.  How do the stars do it?”

Ok let’s look to the stars for a moment.  How do they do it!?  Well, what comes to mind is how nice it is to see just one star shining on a dark night in between buildings in New York.  Then I imagine being way far out in the country side where it is pitch black, and quiet and still and I finally look up!  How incredibly breathtaking is it to see thousands and thousands of stars lighting up the night sky?!   You stand in awe.  You can hardly take it all in.  Then there are shooting stars, and dancing stars, and glowing stars-- The entire landscape is just gorgeous.

We’re not meant to compare our gifts.

Our gifts, our talents, our passions--they’re special and perfect and needed--needed to create this gorgeous landscape of glowing hearts and shiny souls.  When we are all able to shine, and dance, and gleam and glow without comparison, side by side... wow!! It’s going to be such a beautiful sight.:)

Are you with me?! How are you going to shine brighter this week and stop that nasty habit of comparing?

To glowing hearts and shiny souls:)

xoxo

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Celebration time!

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Woo! It’s time to celebrate! A new year is on it’s way! Every one I talk to has a good feeling about 2014.  It’s going to be an incredible year...and so I’ve put together a little exercise to get you thinking about your new year now and to fully set yourself up for success in 2014.

Take ten minutes to quickly answer the next series of questions.  Set a time limit and do not spend more than 30 seconds on each.  Your first reaction is the right one. Here we gooo! 

 

What was your greatest joy in 2013? 

 

What unexpected pleasures and people came into your life?

 

What was your greatest disappointment?

 

What are you bummed you didn’t accomplish? 

 

 

 Who did you hurt over the past year?

 

 

What would you do if you won a million dollars?

 

 

What is your most important goal right now?

 

 

What would you do if you knew this was your last year to live?

 

 

What have you always wanted to try but never have?

  As we move into a new year, it is important to recognize the good and the bad from the year before.  A fresh start involves a whole lot of forgiveness and letting go.  So look those bruises and blisters from 2013 in the eye.   Forgive yourself.  Forgive the people who did you wrong.  Take a deep breath and let it all go. Leave 2013 where it belongs.

Stepping into 2014, how can you bring your goals to the forefront of your mind and your life?  How will you take action to make them happen? Set up a game plan.  Create a schedule.  Register for that big race.  Don’t wait.  Do it now.

What have you been waiting and waiting to do? What has been a dream of yours for a long time?  Where do you desperately want to go?  And how can you make that happen this year?

Time is all you’ve got.  One year is all you’ve got.  What will you make happen for yourself in the next 365 days?

If you need a kick in the butt getting it together, I’m totally here for you!   We can sit down and create an awesome, inspiring, gorgeous action plan to make 2014 the BEST year of your life.  That’s all I want for you.

I am also holding a Vision and Goals Workshop during Hamptons Wellness Week! Check out all the details at www.hamptonswellnessweek.com.  It's going to be an amazing week and I'd love to see you there!

You’re incredible! Have a beautiful New Year’s Eve! I’ll toast to your dreams at mid-night;)

xoxo

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All Adventures are Possible

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The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.

~Joseph Campbell

Adventure is out there.  And you can make your adventure a possibility and a reality.  I am so blessed because I have so many adventure seekers in my life-- pushing me, inspiring me, helping me make everything happen.  Mary Joe is my fearless friend who not only encourages me, but also goes after every adventure she can conjure up.

My latest adventure began yesterday as I moved into my new apartment in East Hampton.  Mary Joe joined me for a few days to help me get settled. I am so excited to have her on my blog this week speaking to the newest adventures in her life and all the adventure that is absolutely possible for you and yours.

Dreaming of adventure and amazing experiences is such a wonderful thing.  An even more wonderful thing is jumping into them and making them a reality.  Mary Joe and I are proof that adventures are possible.  I will be as so bold to say all adventures are possible.  If you want something or you want to be somewhere else, you have the power to make it happen.  Don't second guess it. Don't doubt yourself.  Don't make excuses. Just get out there and do it.  Plan it.  Make it real, and make the adventure happen.

I'm so excited to be living my newest adventure and it will be a joy to be blogging from the Hamptons this summer! I am also so excited to see all the amazing experiences Mary Joe has in San Diego, and beyond.

Mostly, I wish for you adventure... adventure in whatever form you dream.  If you desire a new experience, a new location, a new joy-- my challenge to you is to do something today to get you one step closer to your dream. Set a date. Buy that plane ticket.  Make it more real and go for it.  You will not regret it.

Enjoy every sweet spring moment this week!

All my joy,

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PS~ See our cutie pic above?! Mary Joe and I had an amazing photoshoot in New York City with Amy Coady.  I am so excited to continue to share with you more of her beautiful photos.  Until then, check out her website and gorgeous photographs!

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“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

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Possibility is perhaps the most thrilling concept I have ever grasped.  Possibility is what sets our world into motion, and makes the miraculous come to life.  It's that "I wonder if...", that mystery of the unknown, the creativity.

Jacki Carr and I met at a goal setting workshop in the Meatpacking district.  Jacki is an adventure seeker, a goalspirational speaker, and a life tweeter.   I was so inspired by her, I asked Jacki to share her thoughts on possibility.  I am so grateful to her for making this post possible--all the way from sunny California!

Find Jacki on twitter and also check out her blog.

This weekend, I created a possibility that inspires me beyond words!  I'm not going to tell you what it is just yet, BUT I can't wait to clue you in next week. So be sure to check back on Monday!

Until then--dwell in possibility!

All my joy,

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Comedy and Life

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"Perfect is boring."  ~Tina Fey

I love to try to new things.  When I first moved to New York City, I tried Improv at the UCB theatre.  As I was in class, I learned so much more about myself and life than one would expect.  Improvisors are fearless risk takers, who aren't afraid to look stupid.  They will agree with you, but challenge you, and they start fresh every day.

I met up with musical improvisor, Hannah Solow, to delve into this a little bit more.  Hannah performs with her team, Fancy Mantelpiece, all over New York City, and studies at the Upright Citizen's Brigade.  What's she learned from her experiences?

Don't be a bystander in your own life.  If you want something, make it happen.

Are you standing back and not taking charge of your life?

You won't want to miss my interview with Hannah.  Leave a comment and then, of course, we have a lot of outtakes which you will want to see.

Thank you and enjoy your week!

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PS-- Check out Hannah on twitter! So. Funny. @HamsterTalk

Giving Thanks Continuously

 

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“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Emerson

Gratitude got me through the More/Fitness Half Marathon yesterday.  When I was on my "runner's high", I made a running list of everything little thing I was grateful for that helped make running the race possible.

My health, my good knees, my feet, my toes, my strong heart, my eye sight, my brain, my stomach....all the weird little things we rarely acknowledge.  I guess when you're running really far, you start to pay attention to everything in your body...everything little ache, pain, every little muscle.

So when the runners high was over around mile 10 and I was feeling nauseous, I just couldn't think about my body any more.  I could barely tell myself to put one foot in front of the other.  So I took the focus off my physical body, and started to think of all the people in my life who have impacted me, supported me, and believed in me.  The people who surprise me and come through for me when I need them the most.  The people who want me to succeed and want me to keep going (in life and in running).

I thought that last 5K would never end.  I thought at one point I was probably going to have to give up.  But gratitude got me through.

That's my challenge this week.  When the going is great and you feel wonderful--make a list of the things you're grateful for.  The stupid little things you never acknowledge, but actually make your life easier.  When the going is rough and you feel like giving up, stopping, dropping out--make a list of the people you're grateful for.  The people who carry you through, believe in you, and want you to keep going. Crazy me decided to film a video after the race! I only had my iPhone, so please forgive the terrible sound quality.  Check it out, and leave a comment with something your grateful for.

Have an amazing week and enjoy the spring weather!

xo

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How badly do you want it?

 

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I hit a brick wall this week.  I wanted to quit.  You see, my friends and I have our half marathon coming up on Sunday.  On Friday, we went out for our last long run... a tough 12 miles around Central Park.  Around mile 10, I was starting to feel like quitting.  I was hungry, tired, and just sick of running up those treacherous hills in the park.

As my feet pounded the pavement, a quote popped into my head from my favorite book, The Last Lecture.

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

-Randy Pausch

So there I was, running up that crazy, nonstop hill at 110th street, thinking to myself:

"Ok, Jenna...How badly do you want this? How badly do you want to complete your training strong and do this race?  How badly do you want to make it up this insane hill and feel proud, strong, and confident?"  I wanted it.  I want it badly enough to keep going, even though it hurt.

You can have it.  BUT, you have to want it.  And you have to want it bad.  From a relationship, to a job, to finally getting that Micheal Kors purse you've been salivating over--when you want something bad enough, you will find a way. 

I guess the question then is, how badly do you want it?

Check out this week's video for more insight and leave me a comment with your brick wall stories.

Have a great week!

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How to Set Audacious Goals

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Sometimes when we are setting goals, it is really easy to go for something we absolutely, 100% know we can achieve.  We LIKE being successful, and we like being able to check things off our list.

Lauralea joined me (on the top of a  skyscraper) in the Flatiron District to show you how being audacious will change your life.

 

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This year, Lauralea set a goal of registering 250 voters before the election. She became a volunteer deputy voter registrar in Houston and went to events and created her own run event called "Run for President 2012."

She didn't meet her goal, but ended up registering voters in TX, NY, NJ, and Pennsylvania. She ended up getting different amazing experiences than what she had originally planned, and met some great people along the way!

(UPDATE: Lauralea has decided to re-tackle the goal again for the 2014 elections!)

 

 

 

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When I think back to all the goals I have set for myself, the ones that really impacted my life were the ones I wasn't sure I could actually accomplish.  In fact, they terrified me and I was almost certain it would be near impossible to accomplish.  I had the goal of becoming Miss Pennsylvania and then Miss America.  I wasn't sure I would ever make that a reality.  I never did become Miss Pennsylvania, but I came close and the experience changed my life forever.

Now I have Miss Pennsylvania and Miss America on my resume of failures... which is pretty awesome if you ask me. :)

 

 

 

What goals do you have set for yourself? Are they big enough?  Scary enough?

Leave a comment below, especially if you need some help getting your goal from "do-able" to "audacious" !

 

Get after those goals,

Jenna

PS~ Did someone say bloopers on a skyscraper?!  Make sure to watch to the end of the video!

 

 

How to Create a Vision for Your Life

 

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My friend Micky is one of those people that always has something inspiring to say, and is always pushing me (without realizing!) to step into the life I really want to be living.  I wanted you to get some of her awesome advice!

I asked Micky to joined me in Union Square to talk about what it looks to like to create a powerful vision for your life.  Creating a vision for your life comes down to getting clear about what it is you want in life.   In this video, she walks you through an exercise she learned at lululemon that will help you get super crystal clear about what you want in your life.  I created a visual worksheet to help you walk through the exercise.

 

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Deepest gratitude to Micky for being willing to share this with you! I hope it helps you to take action.  And also thanks for Micky for being a positive influence on me and all those she meets every day!

Check out the vid, leave a comment, and take action today towards the life you want to live!

xoxo

Jenna

How to Conquer Your Fears

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Fear is one of those things that has the power to stop you dead in your tracks and keep you from trying out new dreams and new goals.

Starting a Vlog was a fun, new dream of mine... that I started last year!! I only did two videos because it scared me so much! Now I'm BACK and conquering that fear because my dream is more important to me than my fear.

What fears do you have around a dream or a goal?  And what ACTION are you taking to stop that fear dead in its tracks before it stops you from getting what you want?

Keep moving forward, keep taking action, and you'll find yourself living your dream before you know it.

xxoo

Jenna

PS~ I have a whole video series scheduled for the next 2 months! So...I'd love it if you kept watching and subscribe;)

Creating a Balanced Life You Love

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Do you ever feel like everything is falling apart? Me too!

Chances are, it's probably not everything. It is probably just one area of your life that you are unhappy with or is not where you know it can be.  In this week's video, I talk about how we have been holistic beings since we were kids.  When one area is out of whack, everything feels it!

Your career, relationships, health, creative life, social life, spiritual life--all of these factor into your overall happiness.  Are you neglecting one or more of them in your life now?

In the same way, when we're setting our goals and creating our future, we have to remember to find balance in them and to set goals in every area of our life.

The key to getting what you want is taking action.  What action are you going to take TODAY to make your life more balanced?  Are you setting goals in every area of your life?

You deserve to live the full, inspired life you want.  So don't wait-- take action now!

xxoo

Jenna

 

A Love Letter and A Love Story.

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Inspired by a true evening.

 

Dear you,

What a lovely evening I had tonight!  Let me paint you the picture.   It was an unusually warm winter evening in New York and fog and mist seemed to be everywhere. My parents and my goddaughter.  My brother, his wife.  Family in from Sydney and Rome.  Laughing, squealing babies. So many of us gathered for my goddaughter’s baptism.

Early in the evening, my parents and I hopped out of our cab and walked into the Church of Our Savior in midtown.  Just as we walked through the doors and peered around, a funny, spunky woman was on her way out the door. She talked to us.

Beautiful church, isn’t it? I was married here and had my reception just across the street on the rooftop.

She pointed at a gorgeous building across Park Avenue. She continued on.

It was a beautiful day.  75 people. Just the people I love the most. That’s all you need.  Nobody needs a date you’re never going to see again.  Remember that. Just the people you love.  I waited a long time to get married.  But I wanted to marry the right person.  I watched all my friends get married to people they weren’t quite right for and they either ended up divorced or I watch them now,  just going through the motions.... and what I have is passion.  Real love.  And my husband is amazing.  I sometimes wake up and look at him and wonder how I found him and how he found me.  I couldn’t have asked for a better man.

She pointed right at me.

Wait for the right one.  It will be so worth it.

And with that she dipped her hands in holy water, crossed herself, and marched out the door.  Her words haunted me the rest of the evening, and I wondered about you.

As I held my goddaughter during her baptism, I wondered about us and our first little peanut.  What would it be like with you standing there with me?  I wondered about your faith, your optimism, your hope.  I wondered how we would encourage each other, and encourage that precious peanut when (s)he arrives.

At dinner, I looked around and saw candles, flowers, white French cabinet doors; my dad holding my pea of a niece and my cheeks warm from the Pinot noir.  I sat there, full from the deliciousness of the night and hoping it could last forever.

I thought of you then. I imagined you smiling at me smiling at the beauty of the event.

A cab ride later, I'm walking to down Broadway to Park Bar just off Union Square.  My friends have all gathered to wish a dear friend Bon voyage on her new life in Spain. So much warmth, noise and laughter.

You cross my mind again.  I imagine what your laugh must sound like, certain it will soon be my favorite noise.

I steal away from the crowds and the wine and start to walk home.  It is late in the evening and 5th avenue is so still and so quiet. The sidewalks glisten from rain, and steam rises up from the pavement. I look up and see misty clouds encircling the tip of the bright Empire State Building. Fairy lights drape over the trees that line the avenue.

I reflect on the gorgeous moment, the gorgeous New York evening.  Every breath was beautiful. Every second so precious and suspended in time.

I think of you one more time.  You were the only one missing.  Your hand squeezing my shoulder at dinner.  Your laughter filling the bar.  Your hand in mine strolling the avenues at midnight.  You would have been perfection.

Hurry up and get here.  I don't want you missing another moment so perfect, so beautiful, so breathtaking.  My secret prayer is that we will have a million more nights like this one... just together.  Except the picture will change a little.  I’ll be like the spunky lady at the church, telling a random young girl and her parents about the once in a lifetime love I’ve found in you. But until then, I’ll  just wait.  And it will be worth it.

All my love, Jenna

 

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Hey Girl... Keep Running.

 

What are you training for this year?  I am SO excited to be running the 2013 MORE|Fitness Magazine Women's Half Marathon with some of my girlfriends!  I had a lot of fun playing with our training schedule and I thought I would share it with you!  If you click on the photo above it will enlarge and you can save it to your desktop.  Train along with us!

The training is taken from Hal Higdon's novice 1 marathon training program.  We are just stopping at 8 weeks:) This was the training schedule my friends and I used last fall to train for Grete's Great Gallop.  Here is a link to see the full training program!

Happy running!

xxoo

Jenna

PS~  Do you have any fun inspiration I can add to our training schedule??  Although... I don't think it can get any more inspiring than imagining Gosling at the finish line. ;)

Day Twenty Four---Christmas Eve!

Day Twenty Four–December Twenty Four--Christmas Eve!! #25DaysofChristmas #SweetSweatCountdown

Activity du jour: RUN to and through Penn Station!

I had such a busy Christmas Eve! I worked until 2pm and had to hurry to get a train at 2:40.  I changed into my Christmas Eve party outfit...and I felt like I was in a movie as I ran down Broadway in heels, lugging my suitcase, waving goodbye to friends and yelling "Merry Christmas!"

Then tried to navigate the subways with my suitcase. Have you ever tried to lug a suitcase through the NYC Subway system?? It is a workout like no other!! Finally made it to Penn Station... which is a war zone on Christmas Eve!

I was RUNNING to catch my train...in heels... with my suitcase....dodging dozens of grandma's carrying tubes of wrapping paper and presents, kids wheeling suitcases, and no one looking where they're going.

I made it just in the nick of time! Collapsed into my seat and fell asleep.  When I woke up, snow had softly started to fall.

When we pulled up to the Lancaster station stop, the platform was covered in snow.  It was dark, quiet, and still... snow falling softly around me.  Just breath taking.  I couldn't help but squeal when I saw my little brother waiting for me.  It was one of those moments you wish you could freeze in time.

There's something so magical about Christmas Eve.  You believe in impossibilities, magic and miracles.  Your heart makes wishes and secret prayers you never knew you longed for.

This Christmas, I hope all of your secret wishes and dreams come true.

Enjoy the beauty.  Enjoy the magic. Believe in miracles.

xoxo, Jenna

 

Day Twenty Three, December Twenty Three

Day Twenty Three–December Twenty Three #25DaysofChristmas #SweetSweatCountdown

Activity du jour: LOVE NYC, run:)

I have an extreme love/hate relationship with this city.  One minute I'm yelling (talking sternly?) to an extremely pushy old Asian lady on the train (true story), and the next minute I'm in awe of people's kindness (thanks for not stealing my iPhone when I left it on the counter at my bank everyone).

Today, a friend at work said he has found a new relationship with gratitude.  And I thought that was beautifully profound.  As I ran along the Hudson this evening,  I decided I'd dedicate this run (the last in NYC til after Christmas) to just loving and being grateful for this incredible place I've found myself in.  There truly is no place like it.  It's the city where dreams come true, and also the city where new dreams are born.  It's a city of hope, of courage, and of community like none other. The people here constantly astound me...and are more kind than the movies let on (Word to travelers: get out of Times Square and in general, just walk a little faster...and I promise we will like you more and actually help you find your way:)).

Thanks for an amazing year, New York! I look forward to 2013 with you.

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve!

xoxo, Jenna

PS~ So I know you're dying to hear the story about me yelling at an old asian lady. So here goes... there are about 100 old asian ladies who get on my train during my commute to work.  One morning, this lady was pushing and pushing and pushing to squeeze everyone into the train. There was no more room. Not an inch...and I didn't appreciate the rather large man next to me being smushed into me.   I simply said quite sternly (yelled?), "We are NOT preschoolers! So please just STOP pushing!! There isn't any more room!".  And whatya know... she stopped...and I could drink my coffee in peace (smashed up against the window, of course).