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We've got it good.

joyI may be an endless summer kind of girl, but the holidays are definitely my favorite time of year.  I love, love, love seeing people recognizing and acknowledging how awesome their lives actually are.  Legit joy, happiness and peace.  And nobody apologizes about it!   Happy facebook posts, pictures of the beautiful things we appreciate, family time, lots of hugging, warm and fuzzies all over the place.  It’s like we all finally start to remember we’re human and we need each other.  We finally start to realize that people need us and that our contribution does make a difference.  We’ve got it good and we’re grateful.

I’m pretty sure this is actually what life is supposed to be like all the time.  We’re supposed to help each other, love each other, make meaningful contributions.  We’re designed and destine to recognize the good that we’ve got.  We’re allowed and supposed to dwell in bliss, joy, and peace.  We’re supposed to give away what we’ve got... because what’s the point in keeping it?

What if we collectively decided to make it a practice to live in thanks-giving? What if we took the time daily to recognize how amazing our lives actually are, and all the good we get to experience every day?

Yeah... let’s hug each other more.

If we really took the time to do this, what would it actually look like? We’d probably slow down a little bit.  We’d probably see more sunsets. (Maybe a few sunrises)  We’d probably linger a little longer with friends.  We’d be more expressive and share our love with the people we actually love.  We’d probably feel a lot more sane.  Ladies...we’d probably feel so much prettier, and much less stressed.

We’ve got it good.  Regardless of the crap we’re dealing with, we’ve got it really good.  And when we take as much time, if not more, to think about the good stuff as we do about the crappy stuff...well we’ll start to see more of the good stuff.  Whatever you dwell on, you get more of that in your life.

Be grateful for what you have--the beautiful things, the people in your life-- not just now, not just during the holidays.  Daily.  365 days a year.

Yeah. I love you! Now and every day.  Happiest Thanksgiving and endless joy to you and your loved ones.

xo

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What's your next move?

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If you're anything like me, you probably have this bright, beautiful vision for your life down the road, in the future, somewhere in the distant yonder.  Most days, I’m  just dying be there!  I want to take a big jump from A to Z…and skip all that in between stuff.

The thing with setting a beautiful vision for your life is that sometimes it is easy to spend all day daydreaming and planning and pinning your future (wedding on pinterest before you even have that cutie boyfriend).

But after all is said and done, we must take action today to get to our beautiful dreams of tomorrow.

In my bright beautiful future, I'm vloggin and bloggin all the time! So i'm taking action today to set my future self up for vloggin success.  Check out my latest video and tell me: What is one thing you can do today to set yourself up for success tomorrow?

 

How do you change the world?

You are extraordinary and you have so much to offer this world with your talents.  I have no doubt you can achieve anything you desire.  You can cross off any goal.  You can climb any mountain, run any marathon, win any award.  With enough determination and focus, you literally can do anything you dream of doing. But what does it matter?

matters of the heart If your goals are just mere achievements and are just being done to be done, it doesn’t matter.  If your goals aren’t synced with what matters most to your heart and your soul, achieving them won’t matter much.

How do you make them matter? Better yet, how do you make them even more powerful and more fulfilling?

You link them with your soul.  You link them to the things that make your soul come alive and heart burst into action.  You set a “why” behind them.  You set an intention.

If you know what matters to your heart, you know what matters to the world.  And if you know what brings peace to your heart, you know what brings peace to the world.  If you know what changes your heart, you know what changes the world.

What matters most to your heart? What matters most to your soul? Melt and blend and infuse your goals with all that matters most.

So tell me, how will you change the world? Leave a comment below and get into conversation about what matters most to you.

In love,

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Get to your goals quicker

I know you want to get to accomplishing your goals quicker. Who doesn't?

There is one super simple thing that you can start doing right now to propel yourself in the direction of your goal.

 

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Get that goal out of your subconscious mind and out into the world!   It amazes me how many people I meet who do not take the time to simply write their goal or goals down on paper.

You see, we've gotta train our minds to be on the look out for opportunities to help move our goals along.

So right now, grab a piece of paper and write down just one of your goals.  Hang it on your fridge or somewhere you can see it every day.   If you keep a journal, try writing your goal down 5 times before your go to sleep and 5 times when you wake up in the morning.

Program your mind for what you want, and watch it fly into your life!

 

There is going to be some really juicy stuff headed your way in the next few weeks. Get excited!

In love,

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How do you want to feel?

Picture your dream life. 

In that life, how do you want to feel?

When your eyes flutter open every morning-- how do you want to feel?

As you go throughout your day-- how do you want to feel?

When your working, doing your job-- how do you want to feel?

In your community-- how do you want to feel?

When you step into your home-- how do you want to feel?

In your relationships-- how do you want to feel?

As your day winds down and you crawl into bed-- how  do you want to feel?

What does it feel like to live your dream life?

 

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The things you continuously dwell on rush rapidly into your life.  The more your desires and dreams are fueled by positive emotions, the faster you bring them into your life.  Spend your thoughtful energy on the good things you truly want. Create a map for yourself.  Let yourself be inspired.  Declare to yourself, to the universe, to God what it is you wish for and desire.

Focus on the beauty.  Focus on the positive.  Focus on feelings of love and joy and peace.  All those good things you want-- want you too.

Let them in.

 

 

In love,

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Love Notes

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Hey Girls-- I’ve been trying to find a way to reach you, because I have a lot of things I want to tell you.

I’ve been realizing, over the course of my twenties, that we are all meant to do something extraordinary in our lifetime.  YOU are meant to do something extraordinary.  Do you know that? I have this feeling that it’s a secret and nobody clued you in.  I’m gonna clue you in.

This summer, I did a lot of reading and dreaming and enjoying the sweetness.  I would leave myself little notes around my house with phrases that inspired me, or quotes I wanted to remember.  They would catch my eye at funny moments.  Perfect moments.  And the little burst of positivity would alter my attitude and outlook on the day.  These were some of my original love notes to myself:

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Since I can’t sprinkle your house with love notes, I can sprinkle your news feed in hopes that a note catches your eye and changes your day.  If I can change your day for the better, pretty soon we’ll all be changing the world for the better.  And that’s what I hope to see.

You can find love notes on Facebook or Instagram.

So, dear girl, keep your eyes peeled for little love notes to encourage you in the pursuit of your beautiful dreams.  Love notes to fan the flame of creative inspiration.  Love notes to help you dwell in possibility.  And love notes to help you realize how incredible you are.

Love,

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#Summerofyes

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“But then I wonder: doesn’t anything worthwhile involve risk?”

It’s been a summer of yes.  My friends and I have been hashtagging it and declaring it all summer.    This week, I sat in a favorite Hampton’s spot pondering all the adventure of this summer that has come from our simple statement.  The risks, adventures, new friendships and relationships of the summer.  A lifetime of magic condensed into 3 short months and I let the memories flood my mind.

I thought about what it meant to have a summer of yes.  Saying yes is all about taking risks.  Diving in when there is a moment of hesitation and uncertainty.  Not being sure, maybe not feeling ready.  Just jumping.

It’s been a summer of opening and declaring new possibilities.  Opening hearts, moving to new towns, challenging old relationships to make space for new ones.  Chasing scary goals and allowing yourself to dream audacious dreams.

It’s been a summer of magic.  Beautiful, unexpected magic.  The magical moments in life happen when you’re fully open and fully present.  They happen when you shift from a fearful perspective to love.  That’s where the miracles lie.  Being open to your dreams, your wishes and your goals becoming your daily reality---and realizing that they may not look like what you expected and planned. Good. That’s even more of a clue they’re meant for you.

As life transitions this fall, realize you have a choice every day in how magical, how adventurous, how incredible your life can be.  Do not settle.  Do not close off.  Choose to live in infinite possibility.  Choose to be curious.  Choose to say yes more often than no.  Choose to say yes when it scares you. Choose to say yes when you’re not quite sure how it will turn out.  Choose to continue to live in the limitless blue skies of summer.

Be passionately curious.  About life.  About love. About your possibilities and your potential.  Be curious about anything that makes you slightly nervous...or excited.  What would you explore if you couldn’t fail.  What if you didn’t know any better? If nothing could go wrong, what would you attempt?

Just say yes...and dive into your next adventure.  Trust you are here in this moment for beautiful reason.  Be present.  Be positive. Be open.

Say yes.

xoxo

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The Luckiest

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"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from."

Seth Godin

 

Alert the East Hampton Star! I have left my five mile radius of East Hampton!

I am currently sitting in the JetBlue terminal at JFK feeling like the luckiest because I get to enjoy the gorgeousness of the Turks & Caicos with my amazing family in just a few short hours.   As bizarre and dumb as it sounds, I was actually a little sad to leave the sweet little home I’ve found in the Hamptons...especially in the middle of summer when one week feels like an entire season.

My journey here this morning reminded me how lucky I am to have a ridiculously balanced life.  I was on the LIRR into Queens at 6am and was immediately reminded of why I left the city. Every one is rushing. Every one seems stressed.  Every one seems anxious.  And there I was, moseying along with my yoga mat and orange juice without a care in the world.

My most recent sappy beach read (yes... a beach read that I learned something from) really made me think about balance in life.  It’s more than just feeling like you’re on vacation in the Hamptons every day (though there is nothing better).  It’s about realizing what’s important. What will bounce back...and what won’t.

Here is the story the author tells...

“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls--family, health, friends, and integrity-- are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.  And once you truly understand the lesson of the five balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life.”

-James Patterson, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

I love how he says, “ the beginnings of balance in your life”.  Understanding the lesson is not enough.  It’s a process.  It’s a continuous choice.  It takes constant awareness.  It takes checking back in.

So I’ve checked in with how my juggling act is going, and while I may think I’ve had an amazingly balanced life--- My life in the Hamptons has actually made me focus less on my family.  I have a tendency to get very caught up in the people here in front of me, and picking up the phone to call and check in is sometimes an after thought.  So this week away is less about relaxation, and more about family. No...it's all about my family.  Unplugging.  Being present with them.  Enjoying every moment with them.  Reconnecting and making amazing memories.

Check in on your juggling act.  Make sure it’s a good one and that you're not letting anything slip.

All my love,

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Six Questions

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Be the change you wish to see in the world.

-Ghandi

Those late summer nights, as I've mentioned before, they get me every time.  Late one night this week, my friend and I sat around our kitchen table, wine in hand, pondering six questions.  Six questions that could make all the difference in life, love and true happiness.

Who do I love and what am I doing about it?

Am I pursuing my dream or is fear holding me back?

Am I doing something that matters?

What am I doing to help others?

Am I as good a person as I want to be?

What am I doing to live life with passion, health, and energy?

 

Some responses stopped us dead in our tracks, others left us inspired into action and change.  I won't get into the details of my own answers, but am offering you the opportunity to ponder them with me.  What if we all asked ourselves these questions?  What if we all lived from a place of love and passion? Health and energy?  Dreams fulfilled and help given?

And how does one change the world to create this? How does one create a movement of passion, health, and love?  I've realized in my short time on the earth, that maybe the only sure fire way to change the world is to step into what we want to see happen--literally being the change we hope to see.

Ain't nothin to it but to do it, right?

So, to start a movement of dreams coming true and fear pushed aside, we have to first step out boldly and courageously towards our own dreams and visions.

To live in a world of passion and purpose, we must first live every day with passion and a sense of bigger purpose.

To see people living life filled with health and energy, we must embody health and energy ourselves.

To create a world of good people helping each other, it begins with helping ourselves and helping the people we encounter daily.

To surround ourselves with love and joy, we have to do something about the people we love.  Tell them. Show them. Share it.

To fill this world with good people, it takes stepping into our own integrity and not sacrificing it for anything.

 

I guess it comes down to getting really responsible about what you wish to see.  I love wishing, and day dreaming, and wondering...but I've found that owning up to my daydreams about my life and this world-- and working to make them real-- is way more fun.  Action towards what you want is more of a thrill than creating a wish list.

So these six questions are my gift to you this week--- Ponder away my friends! Get clear about what makes you come alive, what you want to see different about this world, and then get out there and get to it.

I am excited to see the world with you in action.

All my love,

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Weird, Ugly Paintings

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“Any honest will tell you that possibility is far more frightening than impossibility, that freedom is more terrifying than any prison.”

Julia Cameron

There are three of us. We’re in NYC, San Diego, and East Hampton and we’re studying and recovering our creativity. We are working through our own blocks in a self discovery, self motivated course in creativity.

While I will own up to the fact that I haven’t been as diligent as I could be (I’m a sucker for late summer nights), I am still learning, growing, and dislodging some nasty blocks.

In art (and in life, I’m finding), our past has a way of freezing us up. We think:

This is the way it’s been, so this is the way it always will be.

I’ve never learned to play the violin as kid, so I never will learn.

I’ve never painted. It’s too late to start.

I have never had any luck or success. Tomorrow will be the same.

I always screw up relationships. This one is no different.

We allow our past to create our future. We give it permission to continue because we don’t choose to act any differently. We let what has already happen in our life dictate what will happen tomorrow.

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I did not grow up painting. I mean, yes I had water colors and finger paints, but legit painting? Never did it. But I always admired it. I have been marveling at Monet’s paintings since I was seven. The first time I went to the Met in NYC, I stood there staring and wondering how he did it. Even now, when I’m there I get lost thinking about how he did it...and how I could never do it.

One day this winter, I decided I was tired of wondering how he did. I wanted to try. I walked 2 miles to a craft store and bought myself some paints, an easel and brushes. I remembering setting it all up in my little apartment and thinking, “Now what?!”

I didn’t have a clue!  I just started. I played and painted and it didn’t look good. An hour later, I put it all in a box under my bed. Almost once a week, I would get the box out and play the part of a painter. I would put the box back under my bed after a million mistakes and weird results.

After seven months of playing, making mistakes, and making weird, ugly paintings--I finally, finally have created something that I like.  Yeah... I really do like it. And instead of putting it in a box under my bed, I actually showed it to someone.

I had a big, messy past of not being a painter. I made a choice to not let that dictate my future. In the same way, I continued to not let my fresh new past of being a terrible painter get in the way of creating and trying and working to make something new and better.

All those weird, ugly creations were just stepping stones to get me to my real work. The type of thing I think is kinda neat, and kinda beautiful, and I kinda like it.

I love my weird, ugly paintings now because they opened me up to continue moving forward. Sitting with them, making the mistakes, playing, trying new ideas---all these things pushed me to that moment. That beautiful moment on a quiet summer night, where I sat daydreaming--brush in hand, paint in hair, music in the air, and something real on canvas-- and was finally interrupted by the thought, “Wait a second... I think I’m a painter now.”

What things, situations, non-actions are dictating your future? How will you own what you really want for yourself? And how will you take responsibility for your own desires, dreams, and loves for your future?

Your future lies in your actions today. Go make lots of weird, ugly paintings--in all areas of your precious life.

All my love,

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Brushin Elbows with the Rich and Famous

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My summer in the Hamptons has been nothing but a dream thus far.  Late nights on the beach, hot afternoons on the beach, early yoga on the beach... basically any activity on the beach.  I don’t have car this summer, so I spend my days biking around on my little cruiser, staring in awe of these grand homes of the rich and famous.  I watch Lady Gaga saunter down main street, hear rumors of Beyonce and Jay-Z relaxing on the beach down the road, and sell Alec Baldwin yoga pants.  What a wild lifestyle. It gets me pondering: how are these extraordinary people different than me?  How did they get to be where they are? For the most part, they weren't born with anything more special than what I was born with.

Often times we view ourselves as extremely different than them.  They are put on a pedestal, and we think we couldn’t ever get to where they are.  We often deem ourselves powerless when it comes to our future or level of success and influence.  Unable to change the cards we’ve been dealt.  Not connected enough to get where we really want to be.

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In reality, each of us has within us the power to create an extraordinary life for ourselves.  On my  sky blue cruiser, I think about Alec Baldwin and Stephen Spielberg.  Martha Stewart and Renee Zellweger.  Who are they really? They’re just people.  People with big dreams, and the confidence to see them through.

They are just people. Just like you.  Just like me.  Each of them has a unique set of talents, desires, passions---and they choose to let the world see them.

YOU have a unique set of talents, desires, and passions--and that is not an accident. The question is how will you use them?

How will you use this one precious life?

What will you spend your time on?

All we are given is time, and we can create and enjoy what we choose.  It is my challenge to you to think about what’s important to you.  Think about what you love.  Think about the places you love. Focus on these things.  Work on bringing more of these things into your life.

You are unique and extraordinary.  You have so much to offer the world and you are a voice that the world needs to hear.  Let yourself be heard.  Let the world see you.  Be bold, confident and unashamed.

The world is just waiting.  Just waiting for you to make your next move.  Just holding it’s breath to see what you will create.  Frozen in anticipation of your extraordinary gifts.

Share what you’ve been given.  Share your passions.  Share your talents.  Share your desires.  Extraordinary things will begin to fall into place and the world will surprise you with it’s response to your vision and voice.

So tell me:

What’s your next move?

Beyond the Wall

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 “The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”

-Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

I’ll let you in on a little secret.

I have hit a wall.   A total writer's block.  A war on my creativity.  A ton of bricks plopped on my momentum. What gives?! I was on a roll! I was having a blast working on my blog and sharing it with you and with the world.  I was having a blast making these awesome little inspiring videos in the city, and I just knew once I got out to East Hampton, it would get even better.

The free time! The space! The beauty! I could just sense the magic and creation in the air.

Then something happened.  I had all this free, awesome, beautiful time on my hands...and I stopped working!   My creative system broke down.  I was no longer crunched for time to make things happen for myself.  I was no longer frustrated by the concrete view outside my apartment window and striving for something more beautiful.   I was finally in this gorgeous place, and I would sit down to write something...and just stop.  I’d stare out my window at the grass and flowers.  I would take deep breaths of the fresh air.  I would stare in awe of the ocean.  I was searching for the inspiration I thought was just waiting for me out here, away from the city.  And I couldn’t find it.

What?! The Hamptons are the home of so many creatives! I thought my soul would just begin to BURST with creativity and expression once it breathed in the salty, fresh air! I thought my blog posts would be brilliant! My book would write itself!  My art would just jump off the pages!

In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t posted a blog in a few weeks now.  Last week, I was suffering from “blogger’s shame” that I didn’t get a post up the week before.  Then, instead of just getting something up, I told myself it had to be epic to make up for the missed week! So I spent an entire day biking around East Hampton searching for inspiration and all I found was frustration! Nothing was good enough! Nothing I wrote down seemed inspiring enough. I recorded a video that was beyond incoherent!  Again, I froze and I continued my week in my state of blogger shame.

So what’d I do about it?

I started telling people. Instead of harboring my own shame, I started sharing my shame with people. I started acknowledging the elephant in my creative space.  I emailed my boss in the city and told her I hadn’t finished a project because I was coming up against some nasty resistance.  I told my friends I was stuck and I needed pushed.  Now, I’m telling you.

And look at that... an entire post is written. It’s out there.  And hopefully it will help you get passed your own resistance.

For some reason, we resist what we most need.  We resist the things that help us grow.  We resist the good things, the challenging things, the things meant for us.

Then I had another thought.  If I’m resisting my own art, writing and creative pursuits--the things I love most--what else am I resisting in life? Surely this one area is not the only thing that's good for me.  Surely, I must be pushing away other things I really need.  So I took a deeper dig into the last couple weeks.

I found that I have been resisting almost everything good for me.   I’ve been resisting running (one of my favorite things in the world!).   I’ve been resisting cooking and eating really healthy foods.  I’ve been resisting getting a good nights sleep (by catching up on The Bachelorette).  Sometimes, I've even been resisting my awesome friends by letting calls go to voice-mail.  I’ve been resisting so many things that are good for me, needed, and things that add value and joy to my life.

So I’m working through each of these places of resistance.  How?  By simply showing up.    Not expecting earth shattering results.  Releasing a bit of the self inflicted pressure.  Being present.  Being open.

Showing up at the page to write.  Showing up to run.  Putting away the computer, and closing my eyes to sleep.  Filling my fridge with fruits, even when all I want is pickles and french fries (my idea of junk food).  Setting my self up for (minimal) success, by just going through the motions to get myself where I truly want to be.

Just.  Showing. Up.

And slowly, but surely the blocks are dislodging.  The runs are getting a little easier.  The writing, well... you’re seeing it.  I’m sleeping.  I’m loving my grapes and greens.  I’m working on a new video project.  I’m drawing.

It’s working.

So tell me... How do you deal with resistance? How do you work through your own blocks and brick walls? Leave me a comment and share your thoughts on the matter.  Let's blast through this wall together.

 

Choose Happiness

choose Daily routines are something we don't think much of, but when you really get down to it---they make all the difference.  Hating your schedule, hating your commute, hating the traffic, hating the line at your slower than necessary Starbucks.  All these little things add up to one big thing: your life.

What if I said you chose all of that?  The line, the commute, the schedule, the traffic.  You chose it.

Before you go getting mad at little 'ole Jenna, think about it with me.  If you are doing nothing to change it, you are choosing it.  You are accepting it.  You are agreeing with it.

The moment you decide it is not what you want, and you take action to change it, you will be one step closer to your ideal life.  A life you really love.  It is the same with the good in your life.  All the good, beautiful, lovely things in your life--you chose.  You desired them and brought them into your life.  You continue to keep them in your life until you choose something else.

I just made a HUGE change in my daily routine, which has already made all the difference in my daily happiness, peace, and pure joy.  Want to choose all that good stuff too?

Check out this week's video to get the full scoop. 

Choose happiness.  Choose to live in peace.  Choose to live a life you really love and really enjoy being a part of every day.  That could be the best choice you ever make.

Take action today by leaving a comment with one thing you desire to change. Then go and change it!! Your small (or big!) action will inspire change in others.

All my joy,

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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!

Ain't no mountain high enough

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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.”

Gandhi

 

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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My Interview with Amber Kane

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I met Amber a few months back through a course we are both taking online.  And wouldn't you know, we have a ridiculous amount of things in common. Not only are we from the same town, went to the same college, but are both super passionate about life and living a life you really love.  You know, finding your passion and your purpose and going after it with all you've got.

Amber wanted to chat more via Skype (oh technology), and we ending up chatting, brainstorming and laughing for 2 hours!  Amber's passion is designing scarves, and she also loves to see people doing what they love.  For sure check out her scarves and check out her blog!

It was so funny to me watching this video back because in the few weeks since this interview, my ideas seem to have exploded.   I've been honing in on some really specific goals (writing my book[s]), and have let others rest for the time being.  If I've learned anything, it's that in order to succeed you sometimes need to focus on less things in order to do a few things really well.

I'm super blessed because I have the opportunity to escape to East Hampton for the long summer.  It has been a goal of mine for a long time to be a published author, and as much as I love my city, it is crazy difficult to find the time and space (mental and physical space) to write anything coherent (congratulations for reading this far in my blog post). So my goal for the next 4 months is to write my brains out and have some beautiful things to show at the end of it.

Have you ever had to reassess your goals because you've had too much on your plate?  Don't let that stop you! Take a step back, prioritize, and continue taking action.  You're dreams can turn to goals, and your goals can be reached.

Enjoy this gorgeous spring weather we've had and have an amazing week!

xoxo,

 

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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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These are the amazing gals I trained with. I am beyond grateful for them and their presence in my life!! SO proud of you girls!!559562_4545689881756_1824653366_n

 

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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Do Dreams Come True?

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When I was a little kid, I would dream of being a country music star one day, a ballerina the next day, a princess every day, and a painter on Sundays.  As kids, we have unfathomable dreams and wishes.  We are told "anything is possible" and that the sky is the limit.

So when do our dreams actually begin to come true? DO they even come true?

When I was very young, I made a pact with myself that I would never have a "normal" life.  I realized I was given one life and I had so many things I wanted to do!  Ever since, I have been pursuing as many of my childhood dreams as possible and have gained immense value from the process.

In  this video, I dive into all the details.  I also give you a little exercise to get you unashamed and out there pursuing your childhood dreams.

Your dreams WILL come true if you take action towards them on a regular basis.  So take action now by leaving me comment letting me know what childhood dream you have left uncovered.

Keep dreaming,

Jenna