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project 30 – jenna

16 Jul

I met Jenna a few years back when I wanted to write/ host for Takepart (I was so inspired by their mission actually I probably would have been happy cleaning their toilets) Well, once I set my sights on TakePart, I got lucky enough to score a meeting with Jenna, who was the VP of content at the time. Manifesting, people! I remember being nervous before that meeting because I so badly wanted to impress. Never a good energy. Anyway, as I was calming my nerves, in walks this confident, leggy, glowing, gorgeous blonde and I immediately had a crush on her. I later found out she was also smart, funny and easygoing, such a fabulous combination in a woman. We’ve kept in touch from time to time since that meeting. Most recently, she surprised me with a generous and thoughtful email after I wrote my piece on anxiety. She didn’t have to reach out, but she did. Meet, Jenna.


What would your 30 something self tell your 20 something self if you could?

“Sing out loud in the car and don’t roll up the windows.”
“Go, spend the summer in Spain. Things will be here when you get back.”
“It’s just a cold, stop reading WebMD.”

What do you wish you took more seriously in your 20’s?

The assurances of many wise friends that things would work out fine. That, and the benefits of using sunblock.

What do you wish you took less seriously in your 20’s?

My self-imposed worries and fears.

Favorite memory from your 20’s?

Age 27. It’s not a single memory, but an amalgam of meaningful ones, all of which hinged on being single, solvent, surrounded by good friends, traveling, playing, and, for the first time, living 100% alone.

In your early 20’s where did you think you would be (work, live etc) by 30?

I had no idea! Which was probably at the root of my anxieties. I wanted answers, direction, an unwavering path. I wanted to be a person with one single, undeniable calling. Instead I kept focused on highly ambitious short-term goals – good ones – but having a 10-year view was never my strong suit.

And where were you by 30? What did your life look like?

When 30 did finally come, it was spectacular. Probably one of the most important years of my life. I travelled in Costa Rica and Belize. I sorted through some family baggage. I moved from LA to NYC with a fancy Internet job. And I met the man who would become my husband, in a bar on 15th street. That last event, in itself, gave me a sense of belonging I’d never known was possible.

Were you ever worried that it wouldn’t all fall into place?

Perpetually. I don’t think those worries ever go away completely. The difference, I suppose, is gaining perspective, losing unproductive fears, and landing on your feet enough times to actually believe that will keep happening.

What is the greatest gift about being a woman in your 30’s?

Everything! I think women in their 30s become their smartest, most beautiful, most confident selves. And nothing is sexier than a woman who is comfortable in her own skin.

What do you hope your life looks like at 40?

I’ve hit that milestone, too, so I already know – and my life looks better than I’d ever imagined. Married ten years, a daughter who is the love of my life, creative work with people I admire, and a peaceful spot in the hills to call home.

What I’m also grateful for but couldn’t have predicted is the degree to which simpler things bring me joy. I am still ambitious, but differently so – I care about the quality of my time more than I used to, and as a result, my life just keeps getting more interesting.

What’s a quote / saying you try to live your life by?

I have so many; I’m regularly inspired by how wise people string words together. For brevity’s sake…

One for my 20’s:
“Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

One for my 30’s:
”Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

And one more, just for fun:
“When in doubt, give advice.”



13 Feb

My note from the universe this morning-

With the vista of a new year still dawning, is it my imagination, Kate, or is someone out there forgetting that the “hows” are my domain? That when it comes to manifesting change, their real job is to focus upon the end result. And that simply doing what they can, with what they’ve got, from where they are, will always be enough to move heaven and earth?

I didn’t think so.

The Universe

I rather like this note. It came at the perfect time considering I have been obsessed with the “hows”. How is the road trip stuff all going to fall into place? How will I take that time off of life & work? How will we move in the next few months with everything going on? If we don’t move how will we get Frank? How will I make Paris a reality in June? How will my book proposal be received? How will I get back to Tassajara this spring? How will my goal of contributing to Explore and Takepart come together with all the moving parts? How will everything fall into place exactly the way I want? How? How? How?

Exhausting questions because they don’t have answers! With that being said I am off to a Trapeze class this afternoon. I think it will be the perfect activity to help me get out of my head. Although it looks like it’s about to rain? That can’t be good.  I can’t trapeze in the rain can I? It seems like rain will make an already challenging activity needlessly more challenging. I guess we will see if it actually still happens today! My mother is supposed to be joining me on this adventure as well and I would hate to think of the disappointment she would feel if it got cancelled. Last night she texted me this-

“I wouldn’t miss it. Hoping I can get into Cirque de Soliel

Yes, it appears the type A monster may make an appearance today.  She doesn’t just thrive on the French language he likes the trapeze too- she’s versatile.


27 Jul