Jenna: Good Morning Travel

Happy Friday! Since its a holiday weekend, I bet a lot of people are traveling to see family and friends. This is probably a topic that has been beaten to death on blogs, but I always feel like it’s good to “talk” through my thoughts on things like this to make them easier to navigate.

I have a 7am flight, so that meant a cab around 5am. I HATE waking up that early so cooking (or a smoothie) at home was not an option. I literally woke up about ten minutes before I had to be out the door.

Once I got to the airport, the choices began. Sure, I could eat the bacon, egg, cheese croissant. But I would suffer for it all day. A restaurant that’s known for crappy options actually has some ok ones if you look: Dunkin Donuts.

I got a Egg and Cheese Wake Up wrap with an iced coffee with a dash of cream.


I hope you can read that image, it’s from my phone. Anyway, I try to watch sodium in fast food and this has about 420mgs (not awful) and 150 calories. And the coffee is delicious.


I also packed some snacks cause I am sure I will be hungry in an hour or so.

I’m off to buy a bottle of water! Have a great day!

Here’s hoping I can balance this weekend!


Rose: A typical day

I really enjoyed reading Jenna’s recent post on a typical day-in-the-life. So, I decided to document a typical Wednesday (though that’s about to change when I move!).

7 a.m. Wake up, feed the meowing cat.

7:10 a.m. Make my morning booster: a cup of green tea with a few slices of lemon. I also grind some coffee beans and boil water in the kettle for my morning french press.

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7:20 a.m. Shower. Get ready while watching a show on Netflix. It’s a guilty pleasure, and doing my hair seems to take forever.

8 a.m. Make my morning shake. My combination is simple but delicious: 1 scoop of Vegan Chocolate Shakeology, 10 ice cubes, 2 tsp. of PB2, and about a cup of almond milk. I drink this while I sit in terrible Pittsburgh traffic.

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8:30-9 a.m. Arrive at work. Write. Write. Write. Yesterday, I wrote about predator-prey systems in the wild. Spiders and crickets, in particular. About 8 ounces of coffee is also consumed during these hours.

11 a.m. Eat my first mini-meal: a handful of almonds.

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12:30-1 p.m. Lunch. I am such a creature of habit. I have eaten the same thing every day for lunch for months. “Quick-as-Lightning Chili,” a recipe from the Vegan Planet. But I add ground turkey to mine.


1:30-2:30 I have a staff meeting at work. Followed by more writing, media calls, and helping the intern.

3:30 p.m. Snack time again! I pretty much live my life around mealtimes. I eat carrots and hummus most afternoons.


5-5:30 p.m. My favorite time of the day: T25 workout! Yesterday I tackled Speed 2.0. I had meant to bring my resistance band so I could also get Upper Focus in, but I forgot. I do this workout in my office now, which is weird but I actually perform better and get home earlier.

5:30-6ish p.m. Sit in traffic on the way home. This takes up more of my day then I’d like. I’m always ready to be home.

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6:30 p.m. Take care of house chores, do the dishes, check the mail. Start making dinner. Lately I’ve been eating pasta with broccoli on the regular. I’ve been too lazy to cook.

7:30-9:30 p.m. Porch chat with friends. My friend Nick came over, and we drank a bit of vino on Cat’s porch (note: I don’t drink wine on a typical day; this is just birthday week). If I’m not being social, I’m usually binding books, reading, or gardening. Maybe petting the cat. On Thursdays I take a hip hop class, my favorite.

photo (6)10-11 p.m. Get into bed. Phone chat with the boyfriend.

11:30 p.m. Lights out! Goodnight.


What’s your typical day look like?

Jenna: A typical day

A few people have asked me recently what a normal day looks like for me. I think this stems from wondering how I “fit things in”, what I eat, etc. Here’s about what it looks like, give or take.

6:30am: Wake up and walk my dog.

7:00am: Hop in the shower, get ready for work.

7:30am: Make a lunch and a smoothie. The smoothie usually consists of Vanilla Shakeology, banana and almond milk.

7:45am: Walk to work while drinking said smoothie.

shakeology8:00am: Get a much needed ICED COFFEE (I’ve successfully cut sweetener out of these! woot!)

coffee8:15am: Arrive at work.

12:00pm: Eat lunch! Lunch is usually dinner from the night before, or a quick meal I can throw together in the morning. 98% of the time I eat at my desk. I don’t like to, but it is what it is. I try to make sure it has at least one serving of vegetables and a lot of protein. For a while my lunches were NOT big enough and I would be forced to buy an extra snack. (This still happens some times, especially when I work out hard the night before). This gets expensive, and let’s face it, snacks aren’t usually the BEST choices when you haven’t packed them. Some popular lunches I pack:

  • sliced turkey, veggies, crackers and string cheese
  • Stir frys
  • Salmon, quinoa, and vegetables
  • Leftovers from a restaurant I’ve visited for dinner during the week.
  • If I eat out for lunch, I try to grab a salad. I HATE packing salads. I find it to be way too much work so its a nice (healthy) splurge.


3:00pm: Snack time. Some popular snacks I take are:

I also try to drink a lot of water throughout the day! Depending on when I get home from work, is what my dinner plan will be. For example, tonight I didn’t get done with a 30 minute work out until 7pm and I had more work to do. Dinner was a super easy greek yogurt parfait so I didn’t have to cook. I usually try to cook so I have leftovers for the next day, so it just depends on my schedule.

After (or sometimes before depending on timing) I then fit in work out. Some nights this is a 15 minute strength circuit in my living room. Some nights its a quick run. Others its skipped completely. On extra special nights, I’ll get to a class like FlyWheel (which I LOVE).


After that, I usually shower and catch up on stuff around the house. I like to be in bed around 10pm.

There you have it! Like I said, there is a lot of variety mixed in there, but having a routine and schedule is pretty required for my sanity.

Rose: A New Job

Moving on. I’ve had to do it before, and now I’m doing it again.

Last week, I accepted the job offer of a lifetime. The position is still in my field – public relations – but is a whole new ballgame. In less than a month, I’ll be moving across the state of Pennsylvania. Life is about to change dramatically.

I have done something like this before. When I was 22, I moved to Washington, D.C., enrolled in graduate school, and got a job. A few years later (after a devastating and crushing breakup), I moved to Pittsburgh to be closer with my family. Now, I’ll be heading to New Jersey – but just 10 miles east of the Pennsylvania border.

I’d never anticipated another move. I thought I’d be comfortable growing in Pittsburgh, putting down roots and establishing myself. I’ve enjoyed the proximity to my family, even if I didn’t get to see them as much as I’d liked. In three years, this city was good to me.

But, at the same time, I began growing stagnant and complacent in this town. I know this happens throughout life, and so I tried filling those voids. I gave myself more assignments at work. I engaged with bookmaking more seriously. I even sought out a new dwelling, something that could better feel like mine. Some of those projects filled the holes, but not completely.

Add to that a long-distance relationship. I had never intended on falling in love with a man who lived across the state. But we don’t plan things, do we?

And so, I am welcoming a new journey. While I will miss this fine city, I know that this is the time for me to grow – both professionally and personally. Like any transition, things may be a little rocky at first, but I know I’ll land on my feet. I am blessed to have this unique opportunity.

I know a big and wonderful challenge is waiting on the other side, and I can’t wait to get there.

A new Nine to Five.

A new time to balance.

Jenna: A few reasons I love yoga

For a while, I was lucky enough to attend donation yoga classes that were pretty much private lessons. My teacher is currently studying in India, so I am no longer able to attend those.

However, thanks to Lululemon, I’ve been attending a free 1.5 hour community yoga class outside. They do these in most big cities where they have stores, so if you live near one I’d encourage you to ‘like’ their local store Facebook page for updates. These classes are Saturday mornings at 9am. It’s about 3 miles from my house so I’ve had the luxury of riding my bike to and from.


These classes have been amazing. I’ve really liked that there is a different teacher each time. They all have had different styles, which has allowed me to learn a lot more. Here’s just a few reasons I love yoga:

Strength: I have gotten  A LOT stronger. Yes, I work strength into my other workouts, but yoga gets you strong in different ways. Most importantly, it pushes you to do more. I can do asanas now that I couldn’t even get close to doing a few months ago. It’s really helped me realize how strong I am.

Encouragement: Each move has modifications. As much as yoga encourages you to push yourself and reach beyond your comfort zone, there is also the comfort of child’s pose always there. I feel like this has made me stick with it instead of getting overly frustrated.

Meditation: Most of the classes I’ve been to work some element of meditation in. Some more than others. I really enjoy this time to connect with myself, tune everything else out, and truly be in the moment.

Self Appreciation: This is something that yoga taught me, and I try to work it into all my work outs. I really value it. Self appreciation. Take some time to thank yourself-not the program, pinterest link, or magazine article-for doing the work. Every time you practice or work out you are doing something for yourself that is really important. Feel proud, and take time to appreciate you and the fact that you value yourself enough to spend the time taking care of yourself.


As the weather will turn too cold soon, these classes are only for a few more weeks and I have scheduling conflicts with both. I’m sad to see them end, and now have to hopefully find a studio that doesn’t break the bank.