Welcome Baby Luna!


We have some exciting news in my family -- my sister and her husband welcomed a baby girl this December! We are over the moon to welcome baby Luna Mae Alexandra!

She was about a month early and spent a few weeks in the NICU but is now home and growing like crazy. Isn't she gorgeous!? That hair!

2017 Goals for Jenny

I've had this list done for awhile and haven't posted it b/c I hadn't managed to take a photo to go with it! This is the type of thing I do all the time! I put off things for one reason or another, and then even something that's supposed to be fun and not stressful like blogging becomes another thing on the endless to do list in my head that keeps me up at night. Arg. So you get this makeup free selfie of me and the GIANT pile of stuff waiting to be donated. Another thing I'd been putting off for SO long and have no idea why because it feels SO GOOD to have an organized house! So, in honor of all of this we are adding....

Do things ASAP instead of stressing about them. 

Whether it's posting a post with a less than perfect photo or not putting off a boring work task, just getting things done makes life so much easier. As you'll see below, this will tie in nicely with the last goal on the list. :) 

And without further adieu, the rest of the list that I made weeks ago...

Go on an actual vacation. 

Not just a "I was here in this cool place for work and happened to get an afternoon off to do something fun but instead fell asleep on the beach and got this terrible sunburn" but actually go somewhere with the sole purpose of hanging out with Jason and maybe some friends and relaxing and not working!

Be good at yoga! 

This means I'll actually have to go regularly, or practice on my own when I can't get to a class and keep it up longer than just a month here or there. I. WILL. DO. YOGA. REGULARLY. ALL. YEAR.

Cook more and continue eating healthy. 

Sunbasket has been super helpful with inspiring me to try cooking new things, now to branch out a little from that...

FINISH a writing project. 

I've started scripts and other projects by myself and with friends. But I want to actually finish something and do something with it.

Better educate myself on the world around me. 

Specifically, I want know more about systemic racism in the U.S. and the situation in Syria.

Learn to better handle stress.  

This has been my biggest issue of 2016. I'd say I've made big strides in the right direction in 2016. But most of that has been in choosing to avoid stress. The reality is, life is stressful, and I won't always be able to choose to walk away from stressful projects, people, situations, etc. So now the goal is to better equip myself to handle those things.

New Year Inspiration

I spent the first two days of 2017 drinking tea on the couch trying to kick the end of a cold. I'm finally attempting life beyond that today.

Surrounded by used tissue and the remains of Christmas decorations I couldn't manage to carry down to the basement isn't the way I saw myself ushering in the new year, that's for sure. But I've been trying to change my perspective to enjoy a couple of days of much needed rest rather than feeling guilty that I didn't hit the ground running in 2017. Because, really, what's the rush?

Teresa sent me this, great perspective on NOT having resolutions.

It's pretty silly that somehow, between ads to join gyms, articles across the internet on all the things I SHOULD be doing and other people's resolutions on social media, I feel lazy for not jumping out of bed at 6am on the first, hitting three yoga classes and then madly cleaning my entire home. That's never been me, but somehow every January I feel like I should be. I think in part, that's why I like to have looser goals for the year- which I'll post later this week.

For now, her are a few things I've seen around the web that have intrigued me as little ways to make positive changes, regardless of your resolutions or lack there of :)

2017 Reading List, a creative checklist that ranges from "a book you read in school" to "a book with a character with your name"!

Apartment Therapy's "January Cure" gives you one thing to do each day for a cleaner more organized life. I like that they are very up front about saying sign up and give it a try (they email you a task a day) but feel free to quit at any time!

Instead of a juice cleanse, try soup! I'm actually in the process of making the carrot one as I type :)

I've been trying Wunderlist on my phone and computer to better keep things organized. Theres something about checking things off a list that makes me more likely to actually do them, sometimes the items on my to do list are as simple as "Take a shower".

Also, I just posted this book on my Instagram story...Teresa got it for me as a birthday present. I LOVE IT. Super inspirational to see other creative and entrepreneurial women doing their thing.

2016 for Jenny

Well, it's been a few weeks! We ended the year with a last minute project that I'm super excited to share once it's done. And then Christmas was here and I looked back and realized I hadn't managed to blog for a minute. Oops. And now I'll make up for my lack of blogging with one super long post as I'm reflecting on the year and thinking forward to 2017.

January: Snowed in in Richmond on the M&RL tour. 

I just read my post of 2016 goals, I couldn't have been more right on when I wrote about how I thought the theme for 2016 was going to be making plans for one thing and then doing something else entirely. That pretty much sums up the year. I never would have guessed all that we managed to pack into this year and how many things happened spur of the moment. And as I go into another year where I'm not entirely sure what it holds for us, I need to continue to trust that when one thing doesn't work out, it wasn't meant to be and that's ok.

February: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I heart sunshine. This was a work trip, to shoot a beautiful beach wedding, but thankfully there was a day or two of relaxing in there as well. 

One way to put it, thanks to my continual watching of The Sound of Music as a child, "When the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window."  Thanks Julie Andrews. 

One big project fell through for the spring and I was super bummed about it for approximately 10 minutes, then  I realized it meant I was free for my sister's birthday and a week later I was on a plane to surprise her in Korea. It couldn't have been more perfect.

March: Jeju Island, Korea for Stephanie's Birthday! 

At the beginning of 2016, we didn't have a ton of things planned, but somehow we've done more than I ever could have imagined being packed into 1 year. I went to Korea, India, Nepal and Ireland, New York, Hawaii, North Carolina, spent a month on a tour bus roaming around the U.S. Worked on a variety of commercial projects and music videos and so many other random things. I'm tired just thinking back on it all. Because, the reality of it is, it sounds super exciting when I write it now, but most of it was exhausting and super stressful. I can't even count the number of hours and sleepless nights I put in on projects that never came to fruition.

April: India, and then we went to Nepal in a whirlwind two weeks. 

May: Shower for T & Baby Fiona! 

As we move more and more into the world of commercials, music video and film, I'm continually reminded NOTHING is a sure thing until it's happening and even then things still might not go the way you want. I'm getting used do disappointment, and realizing, most of the time things don't work out, something better comes along anyway and then I'm thankful that first thing didn't happen, because if it had, we wouldn't have been available for the second thing! I refer you back to the afore mentioned quote from The Sound of Music. Really, I'm writing all of this down so I can reread this post half way through 2017 when I'm panicked that things aren't going the way I expected and remember this very valuable lesson.

June: The type of picture I usually don't share...here I am posing for Jason for photos for a pitch deck for a commercial job we didn't end up getting. So many hours went into this!!! Arg. 

July: I could post a cute photo from our 10 year anniversary shoot, but this one is more real. Here we are in a small town in Ireland after being awake for 24 hours getting there. We'd just rented a car and had spent the last couple of hours being passed by giant trucks on tiny country roads, arguing over which of us sucked less at driving on the other side of the road. Because this is my blog, I get to say that I was the best. HA! 

August: Music Video shoot in Hawaii. Super fun, super stressful, no sleep. 

I did pretty well with my actual list of goals, minus the flossing. Looking back on what I wrote, it was almost prophetic in the parts about self-care. I guess even back then, I knew I needed to make changes, I had no idea it would actually take being diagnosed w/food allergies and having a doctor tell me my stress level was through the roof and I needed to make changes for my own health.  But I'm thankful all of that happened and forced me to actually get serious and start to see the benefits of regularly getting enough sleep, going to yoga and eating healthy.  It's insane how much better I feel when I'm doing those things. But it's crazy how hard it is to keep up good habits in the chaos that is my normal life.

September: Malibu, Canada with friends! FINALLY taking a weekend away from work and craziness. The best and totally needed. Days earlier I was half way up Mt. Rainier producing this. 

My other goals included writing more, which I have been doing more of on projects we've been working on, even on the ones that nothing comes of them, if nothing else, I'm getting better and faster at writing up ideas and treatments for music videos and commercials and I JUST started working on a new project which I'm really excited about!!!

October: Like so much of the rest of the year, we were in LA. But this is the point in the year in which I actually started carving out time for fun things instead of just constantly working. This was Disneyland with Gracie, who was too busy admiring the carousel to pose in my selfie. 

November: The first month of 2016 in which I did not get on an airplane! But then we all voted and realized the country wasn't the place we thought it was. Overall, it was a good month to stay home and be cozy. 

I'm thankful that for me,  despite the usual ups and downs, 2016 was a good year. I know it hasn't been for a lot of people. I feel like I'm leaving this year very aware of my privilege. I come out of 2016 inspired to do more, to love others better, to help more people, to learn more about the world and what's really going on. And you can read all about that later this week in my goals for 2017 post.

December: Christmas on Hood Canal. I feel like an entirely different person than January 2016 Jenny, and I kind of like that thanks to changing up my hair, I look like an entirely different version of me too :) 

Friday Roundup

Happy Friday! This has been a long and exhausting but very exciting week for me. My baby niece, Luna, was born yesterday a month early! She is small but healthy and will spend some time in the NICU. I'll post some pictures next week. :) We are so excited she's here.

Tomorrow is Patrick's birthday and the holidays are upon us so it's going to be a busy and festive weekend. What are you up to?

Here are some links to get us started:

What do you think of the new Pantone color of the year? I dig it (but green is my second favorite color and spring is my favorite season so there's that...)

These gifs made me smile.

Why some people get burned out and others don't.

Meaningful holiday gifts and guide to book gifting.

What a great idea.  

Loved this interview (Spokane represent.)

Table dressing rules and why to follow them.

Jenny sent me this and it's perfect.

(Image & Dried Citrus DIY)

Our Favorite Christmas Album

My all time favorite Christmas album is TEN years old. Wow. Over the past 10 years, Jason and I have spent Christmas in airports, at our house, my parents, his parents, driving between places, with friends, etc. Some years we've had trees, some years we haven't, yet this album has been the soundtrack of all of our Christmases. In fact, Sufjan might be the only contestant Christmas tradition we've had since we got married.

It's one of the last CDs I purchased, and even though I no longer own a CD player I keep the little box of five CDs that came with with posters and stickers with my Christmas decorations and every year take it out none the less. If nothing else, it serves as a reminder that it's time to turn on the Christmas music :)

It's also Teresa's favorite Christmas album, her favorite song, hands down is "Sister Winter", that's definitely one of my favorites, but I love so many others as well! I feel like it changes depending on my mood.

It's already proving to be a Christmas classic, Rolling Stone includes it on it's all time best Christmas Album list. 

Here's a ranking of all 100 songs from both of Sufjan's Christmas albums (which I don't entirely agree with, but nonetheless appreciate)

Pitchfork's original review says it best, explaining that the orchestration "may be sufficient for the box to sneak into the parents' Christmas music rotation, allowing Stevens to give the greatest gift of all: momentary relief from Mannheim Steamroller."

Allergen Free Eating

So, it's been over a month now since I found out I have a bunch of food allergies and for the time being decided to cut gluten, dairy, soy, eggs and cane sugar from my diet. In the beginning, that list was daunting. I mean, what doesn't include at least ONE of those things!

People keep asking me what I'm eating. So here are a few things that have really helped me and actually made me excited about how many wonderful things out there that I can still eat.

I signed up for Sun Basket, a meal delivery service uses all organic foods with a farm to table model. Sun Basket didn't pay me to write this, but if you click here and use my referral code, you get three free meals and I get $25 :) I feel like enough bloggers have posted about meal delivery services, so I'll spare you the details about how great it is in general and say that Sun Basket specifically has been awesome for me because many of their meals are paleo and/or gluten, dairy, soy free. So for someone who's been overwhelmed with the idea of what to eat, it's been great to see a large variety of meals that not only fit with my diet, but are fairly healthy and amazing regardless of how you eat. Also, since I'm cooking it myself, if there's a recipe that almost works within my diet, it's worked for me to switch out a small amount of butter for olive oil, etc.

Heather Christo has also been a great source of amazing meal ideas as well. I made this salad for a party and had everyone asking for the recipe! And that's what really makes me happy, when I can make healthier options that are still amazing to feed to other people and not have anyone be sad that it's lacking cheese or sugar or, well you get the idea. A few other recipes of hers that I've loved...

One Pot Pumpkin Pasta 

Lamb Chickpea and Apricot Stew

Gingerbread Sweet Potato Doughnuts 

The best part about all of this is that it's really pushed me in the direction of making my lifestyle healthier all around (and yes, I realize this sentence is somewhat ironically located just after a link to a doughnut recipe). I'm back into a routine of going to yoga and am actively trying out other things, taking vitamins, meditation, etc. to continue to make things better and I can feel the difference. I have more energy, this is helping me deal with my stress and am feeling less seasonally depressed.

Image above is one of my favorite meals from Sun Basket