Happy New Year and no new flare!

Happy 2018 peeps. I am already so thankful to this new year. It hasn’t brought me a flare. nor an unexpected guest IN TO MY BED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.  about this time last year, life was a big fat WTF!!! [read all about it]

but aside from that crappy January, looking back at 2017… it was a super great year:

  • I went through a terrible flare but then that. was. it. no other flares for 2017!!!
  • I received an incredible gift to take care of an unexpected financial burden. THANK YOU. (I need to write a post about what life’s like to have a chronic disease + own a home + be on my own. I should give myself way more credit than I do.)
  • I celebrated the big 3-0- ! ‘Bring it, THIRTY. I am ready.‘ (well, not at first I wasn’t. for a while I was dwelling on my original life plan that didn’t pan out. according to the path I was on…by 30 I was ‘married to my #illinoisboy, tag-teaming our own design/construction company together, with a couple of munchkins alongside.’ but then life throws a curveball and we must figure out how to readjust our sails. but I digress. )
  • my mom and I crashed a bachelor party in Duluth, Minnesota. LOL omg what a night!!!  we were in town for a wedding and after the wedding we googled ‘country bar’ and then there we were! we (mom and I and this group of guys) had the bar to ourselves and we shut the place down! I have the coolest mom ever.

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  • I finally completed the residential design and decorating certificate I’ve been working towards for the last 3 years,  √
  • I travelled across the country (O’ Canada) to work THE greatest country music festival. incredibly grateful for the opportunity and fun that was had. the amazing people I met. xo
  • I  learned that you can’t be everyone’s cup of tea. a healthy dose of heartache is probably needed every once in a while. right?… it made me hate myself but taught me to love myself.
  • I travelled to Mesa, travelled to Mesa and then travelled to Mesa ONCE MORE. (!!!) I love that place <3 Arizona is my second home. trying to figure out how I too can be a snowbird.
  • I gave ‘online dating’ a try for the first time. more specifically, Tinder (LOL. good god.)
  • I came to be good friends with VSL#3 (think I went through a total of 4 or 5 boxes) This has been my first year trying to use it as a preventative measure..  I start taking it as soon as I start feeling like a flare could be close.
  • my brother and I got in a lot of bro / sis time. (probably because of breakups and a bad shoulder injury. #silverlinings) family times = best of times.

 

 

  • I got my first corporate office design project. thank you ♥ Fort Rouge Glass ♥ for taking a chance on me.  so so so so grateful. exciting + scary + rewarding
  • I volunteered to take on the role of lead events manager for the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Gutsy and Glamour fund-raising gala. (Manitoba Chapter)
  • and the last chunk of 2017 was hard. I went through a solid 2 month run of testing times at work.  which forced me to make some changes, set some boundaries, and learn to take care of me first.
  • most importantly, embraced the tough times and heartache and LEARNED from it.

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living the #goodlife. YES, it is still possible with a chronic disease.

at work and i’m ready to go! it’s my #clientsweddingday

I’ve got a long evening ahead of me but i’m excited to be a part of another special day.

*** fast forward thru all the chaos **** I finally have a moment to sit down.

I have a million thoughts going on in my brain right now. trying to weed through them and pick the most interesting ones to share with all of you. well, wait. are ‘all of you’ still out there? or did you stop following me since I’ve kinda been MIA for the last little while!! crazy how I go in to these bouts of ‘just not feeling it.’ [writing/bloggin]

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THIRTY. you feel GOOD. Let’s do this!!!

Holy WOW I have THE best family and friends.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who took the time to make me feel extra special yesterday. You guys are what make my world go round. YOU are all what make this life so crazy good.

I appreciate the well birthday wishes… texts, fb posts/messages, emails, the meaningful cards. all THE LOVE.
y’all sure make me feel special. Happy happy girl over here. Each and every bday wish I received means so much to me. Continue reading “THIRTY. you feel GOOD. Let’s do this!!!”

HELLO! just checkin’ in. #colitislife

so the last time I sat down to write this blog post, this is where I was.

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and then I was too distracted by the beauty (and the +16 degree WEATHER IN NOVEMBER) so taking this picture was as far as I got.

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but even right now I can’t find my words for this post cause my thoughts are lost in an unorganized mess that is my head. i’m feeling a tad overwhelmed with SO MUCH INFORMATION that I want to share with you. so I think for now instead of words we’ll just do pictures!

this is what i’ve been up to since my last post...  [and I’ll be back when I’m ready.]

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home sweet home. and holy, life is full.

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well here I am peeps. finally.  [just read kate’s reply post. tee hee. she makes me smile.]

it’s Easter Monday and I am thankful for having the day off work. well, ‘work work’.. the work that pays my bills. I am also on a three-week break from the interior design and decorating program i’m enrolled in. i’ve been working towards this certificate, part-time, since sept 2013. I have one more class to go and i’m GRADUATED this june. which feels very cool.

[in 2011 my first-love aka #illinoisboy and I bought an older home (from my dad..he’s a flipper-upper) – I think it was built in the 1930s – and we tackled a lot of cool reno projects to make it a really perfect place. I say ‘we’ but he did all the work while I told him how to do it  I wanted it ;-) !except! .painting. I did/do all the painting. and it’s never ending. anyway, there’s always still ‘the next project’, so for the last couple years i’ve been able to count on my dad and brother to help me with the latest. i’d really love to share all the before and after pics with you all some day. more about the design part of my life, later.]

okay, so thinking about my post before the last one, takes me back to my new favourite state >> !!hello AriZonA!!<<
the night I wrote the ‘colitis sidelined me’ post was the eve of a really cool day to come. some really awesome peeps from home//Winnipeg// were actually in Arizona at the same time as me, little did I know, so I was surprise+excited when they messaged me the night before to see if I wanted to go for lunch. and that they would pick me up ON.THEIR.MOTORCYLES. (!!!!!!!!!!). this was SUPER cool and I was bleepin’ excited. i’ve always wondered when I would get to go on my first motorcycle ride in this lifetime of mine. (!!!!!) and to top it off, we rode through the mountains. (!!) don’t think I could top that as a first ride.

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later that afternoon/evening it was back to the mountains!!  I got to go 4x4ing with my local bestie. in her Jeep. what a freakin blast we had.  [all the bouncing around did make my #colitistummy upset at times tho.]

the next day was home time. sad face. and thank goodness my mom taught me how to pack. when I first piled up all my crap I wondered if I had maybe done a little too much shopping?!? I honestly didn’t think I was gonna be able to take all of it home. shockingly I made it work. roll your clothes my friends, roll roll roll. I even had an extra 4 pairs of shoes and my larger toiletry bag to add to the mix.

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my first week back home was busy with work and fun and schoolwork. on vacay I missed 3 classes and I was a little worried. my final project was due only 4 days after I got home. stupid planning on my part. yes. but i’m pretty happy with the project results.

I did have to forfeit one day of #projecttime for a family affair [which is always at the top of my priority list anyway. (spending time with family)] kate’s sis-in-law had her Young Living launch. I hadn’t heard of Young Living before… it’s an essential oil company. kate and I got excited and both bought the premier starter kit which includes 11 different pure essential oils and the diffuser. one thing I did not know about essential oils is that they are not regulated in the US and Canada. so an oil we buy from the health store, or wherever, can be labeled as a pure oil but that may not actually be true or at least we don’t know how concentrated it is. it could be diluted. Young Living has a seed-to-seal promise – their oils are as potent and pure as they can come. I was really impressed and even more so when they finally got delivered last week – I’ve been putting them to the test for all kinds of things. and katelyn, you are going to be super excited about one of them. think: answer to your question. [!!!!]

well, it’s lunch time as I write this is so I think I’ll share what i’m having cause it’s one of my favourite dishes. it’s so good.
organic quinoa on a bed of organic spinach with avocado and cucumbers. after the quinoa is cooked I sprinkle on pink himalayan salt (healthiest kind of salt), extra virgin olive oil, and freshly squeezed lemon.
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it has been one of my favs since kate introduced it to me – they make a similar quinoa salad at her restaurant. if I hadn’t just come out of a flare-up, i’d have a ‘cheat’ and add feta goat cheese… YUM. and it’s in my fridge too so it’s stupid tempting. adding the goat cheese would also kill the alkaline boost I’m getting right now from everything that’s in it. come to think of it, I was eating this salad with the goat cheese and hard boiled eggs (both mega acidity) a lot before I wound up in this last flare [I am still weaning off from stupid prednisone. down to 5mg today. woo hoo.] and dairy is usually a big no-no for peeps with digestive issues and for sure for my loves with an inflammatory bowel disease. mind you. i’d argue that diary is good for no one. but I’m not looking to piss anyone off so i’ll stay away from that one, ha ha.

since we’re on the topic of food [one of my colitis ‘cures’], the first thing I had to do when I got back from Mesa was whip up another batch of bone broth. and i’ve already cooked my second batch.. it finished this morning. actually it’s on my counter waiting to be strained so i’m going to do that right now..it’s been sitting for too long.

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bone broth has been a new staple in my diet for the last 13 months. I have it every day. I have so much to say about bone broth that it will take a separate post. but for now, in a nutshell, it’s a miracle worker. bone broth heals leaky gut. what is leaky gut? I learned about leaky gut and bone broth from my new naturopath. [up until last year I hadn’t seen a naturopath since I think 2006. the onset of colitis for me, with bad bad symptoms, was in 2004 – the beginning of the suffering part of my life. little did I know that I would not always suffer from ulcerative colitis. and the naturopath was the one who helped me get out of my very first flare.]
so leaky gut. this happens when the lining of our digestive track gets damaged and toxins leak in to our bloodstream. I’ll explain…
we all have tiny tiny holes in the lining of our intestines. like a net. that’s how we get nutrients into our bloodstream. it’s like our body’s filtration system. over time this filtration system (that’s supposed to let the good stuff in, and keep the bad stuff out) can get damaged from all the the crap we eat and the poison we put into our bodies. > . > unnatural lab-created fake and processed foods, full of chemicals and additives. artificial sweeteners. pesticides, preservatives. gluten. prescription drugs. !!antibiotics!!! alcohol + more. so damage happens and now these tiny holes are too big and nows toxins and undigested food particles can escape in to the bloodstream and wreak havoc. our immune system reacts. it starts attacking our good cells. our bodies are engulfed with inflammation.

anyway, here’s the ‘in a nut shell’ >>  bone broth helps to heal leaky gut << AND. leaky gut is not just a colitis thing. it could be the root of other digestive issues and autoimmune diseases. I encourage you to go visit our friend google.

my first week back to work after my holiday was tough. daylight savings kicked my butt. I wasn’t quite out out of the woods with my flare and making sure I was getting adequate REST was (and is) still a priority. rest, when I am not well, is crucial. actually. rest is important all the time to help avoid being ‘not well’ in the first place. and that goes for all humans.

with being on the prednisone, my sleep pattern was a little messed up. so add the hour timezone difference plus the hour we lost from daylight savings (which of course happened the moment I stepped off the plane). it took me a full week to be able to get back to my regular routine without doing any damage.

it has been go-go-go since the first day I got home….. [and I love it but i’m needing a week now of just vegging now.]

after all the project cramming was done, first thing was first: Costco. and the Ninja!! I ruined my sissy NutriBullet 600 (which was a decent blender for my smoothies. but i filled it one too many times passed the MAX line and now it smells like fire). So now I have the Ninja which has double the power of the NutriBullet. and I got the deluxe set which includes the food processor as well.

what else did I get up to..

>>> I went to check in with my naturopath (hadn’t seen him for a year). I did a little bragging about how I made it *almost* a full year in remission [for the first time ever!]. he was proud of me.

>>> went for a massage // and I should also be getting my butt to my chiropractor to get a good tune-up. my spine deserves better.

>>> finally mastered making a loaf of gluten free bread. third time’s a charm. but also bombed a pan of gluten free biscuits -the tallow from the bone broth *in theory* was a good idea as a substitute for shortening. however, the taste was not good. at all. I threw all 12 biscuits out. had I’d been making a meat pie tho.. it probably would have worked well.
[side note I learned about fat: lard is not the word for ‘fat’ from meat in general. lard means the fat from pork. whereas tallow is the fat from beef.]

>>> mom, my aunty (kate’s mom/my other mom/my mom’s twin) and me hit up the parade of homes. it’s our semi-annual thing we do. we go in the spring and in the fall. and we can’t. get. enough. and now i’m in love with the idea of getting a new couch. when we bought our house it came with fairly decent leather couches. I didn’t love them cause they’re not my style but I would have felt guilty getting rid of something that I should be grateful for having… I saved money not needing to buy new couches when we moved in.   anyway. let’s just say I settled. but now it’s been four years. soooooo…

oh and I guess another big reason I kept them is because they had to come in through the front window. so to get them out… yep. thru my front 5′ x 4′ picture window. so if I want them gone, the window has to come out. my dad says it’s a 4 beer job for him and my brother. sounds like a plan to me!

>>> I made some more of my homemade body butter – can’t wait to use my new oils next time.

>>> family dinners, my niece’s first birthday party, Easter festivities

>>> then a small group of us went to my brother’s friend’s wedding social. goodness I hadn’t been to one in quite some time. I LOVE wedding socials so I was excited to go.
for those of our followers from different places / other countries (#supercool btw), you may not know what a wedding social is, so here goes:
we here in Manitoba (it’s not a Canadian thing either)  have a party – usually hosted in a community centre – to raise money to offset some costs of our wedding. the wedding party is hugely involved in the planning of the event and selling of tickets, which are typically $10 each. money is raised by ticket sales, alcohol sales, 50/50 draw and silent auction sales. you can end up raising a shit ton of cash – i’d say under or above 10K – all depends on the venue capacity, how awesome your peeps are at ticket sales, how great your silent auction prizes are and the time of year / date you pick (you don’t have a wedding social during the summer, because no one will come, because everyone’s at the lake).
it’s like a huge private party with family and friends. and new friends. and cheap drinks, sometimes really awesome prizes, good music, lots of fun dancing (obviously), late night ‘social food’ + more. anyway, #colitisgirl still can’t have alcohol so I was the designated driver for the evening. story of my life. *buuut* guess what? fun can still ensue ;-) …  like two-stepping with my brother!!

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moments like this is what life is all about.

the next day spring cleaning happened and I purged (woo hoo) stuff that i’m proud of myself for getting rid of. that i was just holding on to. for no reason. cause I’m a hoarder. ha. not. though #illinoisboy and my mother would say that about me.
the thing is, I LOVE thrift shopping and garage-sale-ing. and I find a lot of good deals. and a lot of vintage and old which I love. and I’m a DIY-er. so sometimes the things I collect for future projects get mistaken for stuff that is useless and will just collect dust. but this is just not so :)

what else…

CAA got to know me well this past week. (booooo cause that means vehicle troubles). thank goodness I decided to sign-up with them – only just in January too.
so I still drive the same truck I’ve had since I was 17 years old. and it’s been really really good to me. but, be careful what you wish for, jenna. or what you say around your vehicle. cause apparently they have ears and feelings…
after our jeeping escapades in the mountains, I was HOOKED and in love and decided I was getting a jeep. and for the first week back home, that’s all I talked about. that I was getting a jeep. thankfully the practical part of my brain talked myself out of it cause I can’t comfortably afford a car payment right now.
and then…

my truck broke down.

ha. which happened probably only within 12 hours of me deciding that I should be very grateful to still have a great vehicle that’s paid for. lol. shit balls. I totally jinxed myself. or my truck heard me talk about getting a jeep and thought I deserved a lesson!
I called CAA and got it towed to my cousin-in-law’s shop and he took good care of us (me and black beauty and my wallet). I had to get a new fuel pump.
when I called CAA I learned that the 4 service calls I can make within the year are for ANY service. here I thought I was limited on how many times I could get a tow. both my vehicle and my moms vehicle are old and tows are expensive so I was so excited to learn that I could get 4 tows if I needed!! right then and there I decided that I would never call CAA for something petty. like a flat. cause that’s what brothers are for. [actually baby bro did teach me how to change a flat. good little brother he is. but i’d still call him anyway]
and then ONLY 4 days later it’s Easter Sunday. we go to church, I’m driving us in moms car. church is awesome. we get back to the car. doors are locked and bleepin fricken bleep bleep keys are still in the ignition!!!!
cause I am a doorknob :)
my first thought out loud was, HECK if I’m wasting a CAA call only for them to come unlock the bloody door!!! and then we just started to laugh.
OMGoodness.
but we really had no choice but to call. Easter Brunch with our family + kate’s fam was at my moms place in 30 mins.
boy did we LAUGH. mainly about the irony. and my stupidity of course. and then we laughed some more when the biggest CAA truck in the city showed up. a flatbed semi. to unlock a door. ha ha.
so awesome. and more laughs.

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okay well it’s no longer Easter Monday. I had a feeling my brain would get distracted. in the midst of this post I went to Design Manitoba to look at a sectional that i’m in love with. then all of a sudden today’s Friday.

where did this week go? I spent most of it fighting a wicked bug, probably the flu. and I say fighting because I’m taking it’s ass down. I will share how I did it, next time. [providing I don’t die from it this weekend]. it involves my new concoction I made up in Mesa. and now I call it my mesa concoction. it also involves my new oils that I forgot I had. and maybe some silver. and i don’t get the flu shot either. I’m one of those people, yes. and because I have colitis i’m in the ‘high risk’ category and according to the experts I should be getting the flu shot. but I believe otherwise. I also don’t do antibiotics. since almost forever.

on Tuesday my very own vitamin dispensary showed up. backstory: I wouldn’t shut up about my ‘happy pill’ that I’m obsessed with, so a couple friends [and mom and bro] are like, alright, alright, just order me some already, jenna. he he he. success.
its an advanced B complex and it is magical.
i’ve never ordered from the Canadian Vitamin Shop before but they are cheaper than where I used to get them. and shipping was free (if you spend $70) and super fast. I got this nice note too. I will be shopping there again.
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tomorrow my mom and I are going to the Winnipeg Home and Garden Show. I love learning about new products and getting design ideas and inspiration. not going to lie tho, I am MOST EXCITED to see Jillian Harris from Love It or List It Vancouver. Todd’s pretty cool too I guess. [her counterpart].

kay, psych. it’s not Friday anymore.

*>!*poof*!<*  it’s Monday. and now I can tell you how much more I LOVE Jillian Harris. small #girlcrush going on over here. haha. but she is seriously probably my most favourite tv personality. i’ve always been a big fan of hers ever since Love It or List It.  her and Todd were so funny. and funny just like they are on tv. makes their show feel that much more authentic and not staged. they are the exact same people in person as they are on tv. unedited realness. their bickering is hilarious. she’s pretty quick and witty. and she has no filter which is awesome. they killed it.
she also has the cutest little baby bump. and a great blog. thanks for being awesome, Jillian Harris.<3
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something we learned today: wrinkle-free fabrics are made with formaldehyde
and formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. so yeeaahhhh. how bout that iron?

alright, I think that’s about it for now. three weeks have passed since i’ve return from my mesa vacay and certainly life is full! full of outings and events. full of work. full of learning. full of doing. full of prep and cooking. full of appointments. full of fun. full of family. full of love. full of healing. full of gratitude.

speaking of gratitude. the url for our blog is kinda long and lame. and it will be that way until we decide what we want our domain to be. in the meantime, feel free to use gratefulheart.ca if you talk with someone who you think may be interested in following us.

until next time, loves. xo

tag, you’re it, kate.

-j

It was worth it, take a break!

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Hola,

I’m still going through vacation withdrawal… Sorry everyone and to Jenna for being so M.I.A lately with the blog, I’ve been hectic lately, but that is no excuse. But I want to share with you something that I’ve recently realized.

So Ty and I went away to Mexico for my best friends wedding at the end of February. It was sooooooo beautiful, oh my goodness I can’t say enough good things about it. The day was so beautiful, she was absolutely stunning and everything just went so great (maybe too much tequila, who remembers anyway). Everyone was so welcoming to and friendly.

So to backtrack a little bit here I hadn’t been away from Mason yet over two nights. I went through a lot of emotions I must say before we left. I knew I was ready for a break, I think most parents can admit they are ready for a break too. I just felt so guilty though. I tried explaining to Mason everyday that he was going to have a lot of sleep overs with Meme, Pepe and Parker. I’m pretty sure he understood. The day we left I was full of mixed emotions. I was trying to understand how I can go an entire week without kissing him or hugging him. Going away for some reason felt wrong, because I was leaving him. Usually you are so excited for a trip. I think a lot of parents out there can relate to this feeling that I was feeling.

When we got off that plane though and I smelt the hot Mexico sun with a beer in my hand,  and a handsome stud(Tyler) beside me. I can truly say that my feelings suddenly changed. I realized holy cow I am on vacation, with Tyler ALONE and it’s hot here and we are ALONE!!!!!! This is something we haven’t had since before I was pregnant with Mase man. It felt like it had been eternity since we had that. Once we got to our resort everything felt pretty right, I mean how couldn’t it. The week went amazing out in Mexico, the wedding was perfect and my time alone with my man was so great. Listening to the waves hit the sand was the most relaxing sound for me. Plus we would FaceTime Mason and he was the most happy with my parents. He didn’t even seem to miss us actually!

I can’t believe that I was feeling so guilty about leaving Mason. For all the parents who’ve never taken a break from their baby I strongly recommend it, you sure do deserve it. We never stop working ever and I realized that it is SOOOO okay to ask someone for a helping hand and to take a break. It made me a better Mom. Everyday away from Mason we missed him so incredibly much but it was a good miss. We weren’t sad and plus FaceTime is the greatest! The best part was when we got home, he was waiting in the Airport with my AWESOME parents and when we saw him we both broke down. I think I maybe was hyper-ventilating. I only realized how much I missed him when I actually saw him and held him. It was the greatest feeling I had ever felt, my heart was so warm. Love was exploding out of me. Ty was in the exact same boat as I was in, we looked like ridiculous people in the airport but that is okay! Mason has been so great since we’ve been back. He is kinda all grown up too. He finally got rid of his “tootie” (soother) cause he tells us he is a big boy now. I think that we all needed a bit of a break including Mason, it was really good for him to be away from us and with his grandparents.

The meaning of my blog today is so that I never forget to take a break and ask for help because I have finally come to realization that I get tired, and I can’t do everything either. I deserve a break too. I know a lot of my friends who are parents forget to take time for themselves and I have been there too and it is so easy to get caught up in that same routine way of things always doing things for everyone else before yourself.  My motivation today is to take a break, and to keep doing things for myself!

Lots of Love,

Kate

going for it. i’m gonna start a blog?

okay, this is me. Jenna.

and this is my first blog post. well kind of. not completely true because I did attempt to write one with just believe World  and mymomissingle.com and then I learned that blogs are hard. because they take a lot of time and work. and you need to write some good ass shit.

So this is technically my first blog post I guess, here, on this site, and it could potentially be my last! and here’s why…

because of Kate. she’s my cousin. my friend. my mini me || my baby sister. (the sister I never had) and without her, this (blog) won’t happen. because she has to do it with me. cause she’s super and fearless. because I can’t do it without her. because we are a lot alike and we can fuel each other. support and motivate. because two is always better than one (something I only learned in the last year. hard to believe, yes.) Kate is an incredible person and she has a lot to offer. and we all love her. She’s beautiful, tough, smart, funny + more. a lot more.

so perhaps the next important tidbit: she really has no clue about this site!  I just whipped it up thinking that if I already had the site created and named after her, that it would make it harder for her to turn me down. clever, I know ;-)

and now you ask, well why the blog in the first place? well. aside from the obvious reason, (cause we do fun and happy really really well together) here’s a big part of my why, peeps:

In the 28 years of my pretty darn awesome life, I’ve learned so much. and even more in this last year and a half, i’ve learned a lot about myself and life. >>> life lessons about myself and others, our expectations and perspectives. I’ve learned about my health (in a huge way), about doing heartache and happiness at the same time, about vulnerability. I’ve learned about my failures, but more about my strengths. In the last 7 days I’ve been placed in four or five different powerful, meaningful, moments of inspiration and affirmation. I feel like these moments are PUSHING me. they are my sign. For those of you who know me (probably the only people reading this) you know that I’m a fairly passionate person and I have so many ideas always brewing and goals and big big VISONS. and I believe I am on the perfect path to achieve it all – whatever I set my heart out to do. and this blog could be part of my journey to get there.

Last Friday I was indulging in some red red wine – organic, of course- with two of my girlfriends/famfriends/besties and we got to talking about a very important topic near and dear to my entire being. and then wam-bam-crazy-ma’am, out comes that passionate heated person that you all know. (jenna/me).  we were having this discussion (or maybe I was more like preaching) about stupid medicine and powerful foods and *positivity* and healing and how I’ve been fighting this disease for 11 years now and have gained SO much insight and knowledge. and now have the tools to be WELL ||side note: When I start talking about something I care about and believe in deep down to my core, I get dramatic and loud and crazy. ((crazy in a fun way))|| I was very convincing to these two ladies that I did for sure know what I was talking about. and was for sure passionate about it. so naturally, they wondered if maybe I should consider a career change in that direction? but I’m perfectly happy with what I do now and I don’t have a desire to be in the healthcare industry. but. so what. that doesn’t mean I still won’t be able to share what I know. so then maybe that’s why I started thinking of this blog. (only yesterday morning while I was brushing my teeth, btw. so when I said, ‘whipped together’…) Anyway it’s been weighing on me for a while now- to know that from my experiences and trials+errors that I hold some powerful (possibly life-changing) information that could help and save others fighting the exact same battle. I know the pain. the exhaustion. the hopelessness. the hospital beds and morphine, the steroids, the fear.  for me it has been a blessing in disguise and I thank God for the hand I was dealt. but for some, they are still living that way. and that breaks my heart.

and all of this also really scares me. in order to help, I will have to put myself out there and talk about something that, for the most part, has been a fairly personal and private ‘issue’ matter in my life.

Anyway. that is an important piece to my why for this blog >  I want to help those who don’t know what they don’t know. I want to inspire people to live a great story, despite the battle they are fighting. and remember, my loves: for anything that has challenged you in life.. You’re not struggling or suffering through it. You’re fighting through it. and you’re kicking it’s ass. with that perspective, that mindset alone, you’re half way there (at ass-kicking).

Kate has fought some good battles herself and her strength is inspiring.

This blog could also be an outlet for us to share all things worth sharing. If only to make you laugh or smile. that will be worth it. sharing our creativity, business ideas, a way to connect with people. and of course it is DEFinitely for all things fun and silly. and crazy. (crazy in a fun way.)

…a place for us to inspire or to be inspired.

Who knows. At this point I am not certain where this blog will go but I do believe it has the potential to make an impact and that it will organically unfold to what it’s meant to be.

that is if Kate is with me! Please do me/us a favour and like this post if you don’t want it to be the last ;-).  Visit the ‘say hi’ page if you’d like to send us a quick email.

So, Kate. will you be my blogmate?

– love me (jenna)

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