I’m a 30-something (does it really matter after 29?) Marketing and PR gal living in and loving on Nashville, Tennessee. I am loving being a city mouse, but am a country mouse at heart. I grew up near (and regularly have to run back to) the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. I need East TN like I need air, some days.
I went to the big orange University of Tennessee knowing I wanted to do something in the College of Communications – probably journalism or broadcasting. I came out with a Public Relations degree and after being blessed with a wonderful internship that turned into a full-time job, I was moved to Nashville upon graduation in 2005. I graduated on Saturday, hopped in my packed little Eclipse, drove to Nashville and started work on Monday. I was terrified and exhilarated. Since moving to Nashville in 2005, I have lived in nearly every corner of it and loved every minute of it.
Professionally, I’m actually using my degree and always have — whether it be at a Public Strategies Agency, a non-profit and now, Corporate America. I feel like professionally I’m finally on a trajectory that I want to continue indefinitely.
Personally, I’m a reader, yogi, runner (although not nearly as much as I used to), exercise lover, over-committer and lover of the outdoors and life.In 2009/2010 I discovered that I love to run distance. I loved to sprint in high school and was fast. Like, record-breaking fast. I hated anything longer than a 400M run. But fast forward to 2009 and 2010 during that particularly dark time in my life and getting lost in running and checking miles off a list sort of saved me. I completed my first half marathon in April, 2010 and my second in September of 2010. I started this blog thinking I would write all about running (hence the title of the blog), but lately running is just a piece of my healthy lifestyle. I love yoga, sculpt classes, spin, swimming and more. I actually will tell you I hate running most days if you ask me now. I only mean it sometimes.
In February of 2015, I finally got sick of how I looked and felt. Despite working out several days a week, I was still eating mostly whatever I wanted and drinking cocktails and wine whenever my heart desired. I started researching this Whole30 program. Unlike a diet, it was more about re-wiring how we think about food and changing the way we listen to what our bodies need. Food is fuel. If you know what a foodie I am, you know this was groundbreaking for me to even be considering giving up cheese, carbs and alcohol. But I did — and I felt amazing. Bonus – I lost 11 pounds in 30 days and it’s just continued from there. At my most recent annual physical, I was down 33 pounds in a year. In 2015 my physical was the day after I started Whole30. I remember her saying my weight out loud and I thought “not next year…” Feels good to have committed and to see the results!
March of 2014, 2015, 2016.
So, this blog is a mash-up of all things Jenn. You never know what you’ll get — and life is more fun that way, isn’t it?
Oh, and this guy. Big love – real love. Finally. We met at work — he fixed my phone when it went down. Sparks flew. And the rest is history, as they say. Engaged about a year later and married four months after that. He’s my north.
We bought a little house in the city and are loving being super hip and riding our bikes around Nashville on the weekends, eating at every new restaurant on a whim and just enjoying this life we’ve been given but don’t even come close to deserving.
Thanks for visiting. Thanks for getting to know us — come back now, ya hear?