10 years

March 20, 2018 |  Category:   favorite posts life me rambling

All winter, I’d been keenly aware that the 10 year anniversary of this blog was coming up in March. I knew I wanted to write a post to commemorate it, but it felt like a daunting task. Like anything in life when you’re marking a significant milestone, the weight of self-reflection is heavy.

10 years. Where were we then? Where are we now? When I read the very first post on this blog, I think back to what a scary and confusing time that was, when the economy was tanking and Mark got laid off from a new job after finally finding the motivation to leave his long-time restaurant pastry chef position. But there’s also an optimism and excitement in that first post that I remember well. The motivation is clear – those two kids, who were practically babies back then. We were still relatively new parents and experiencing the first jolt of being overwhelmed by this immense feeling of responsibility for people other than ourselves. We had weathered through lay-offs before, but the difference was that we couldn’t be slackers and squander away the days picking up unemployment checks and playing video games. Not this time. So the 10 year anniversary of this blog also means that our business is 10 years old as well (but I’ll save my thoughts on the business for another day).

About three years in (2011), I wrote a post about a 10 year plan after an exercise that I did for a women’s business group. Essentially, it was where I wanted to be in 10 years. I reread it the other day and it’s super interesting to have some kind of documentation of the goals from your earlier self. If I’m just going by the items off that list (and I know that I technically have 3 more years to go), then I have failed spectacularly. Not because I think the goals are irrelevant now (on the contrary, I think I would be over the moon if all those things actually did come to fruition), but because I would barely be able to check off a single item off that list. But the rational side of me knows that this isn’t really a failure at all. The lack of total disappointment maybe indicates that I may have actually grown as a person. Here’s to looking at the bright side of things.

Ten years feels like a lifetime. I’m ten years older, squarely middle aged now. The kids are tweens and teens. I lost a brother and am now an only child. I lost a grandmother too; Mark, his father. Our life has changed immensely in regards to parenting and family life, but our professional lives haven’t changed much at all. While there were some detours, I’m not really at a different place from where I was when I started this blog and I’m not entirely sure that this is going to change anytime soon either. Our frugality has enabled us to be in a different financial picture from where we were 10 years ago when money was extremely tight, but we’ve always valued savings and experiences over consumerism. Ten years later, we see that payoff in big ways. If what I read about your 40s being your prime earning years is correct, then I’m already looking ahead, trying to figure out how to survive the next 10 with different and new challenges.

Blog posts have been fewer and farther between in the last few years, but that’s also a reflection of where we’re at with personal blogs these days. Sometimes I like to joke that I was a terrible blogger because I squandered away opportunities. Ever so stubborn about not putting ads on the blog, I turned down every sponsored post and ad network inquiry that came my way. Sometimes I look back and think that was pure stupidity to not capitalize on the blog’s popularity when it hit peak traffic stats, but that’s just hindsight rearing its head; I never felt right about making money off the blog (though I did toy with affiliate links for a few months). I can chuckle at the time I talked with a reality show producer from a major cable network when a reality show about bloggers was being pitched (true story…and yes, I thought it was a terrible idea), or wonder what would have happened if I pursued the book proposal after meeting with an agent and publisher (but then my brother’s unexpected death happened). I never anticipated that the blog would get as much traffic as it did back in the day; it was a vehicle to support and document the launch of our business, but it took on a life of its own. A lot of us were figuring out the right balance between authenticity and how much was too much to share as our blogs grew with more readers. There may have been times when I did overshare, but I have no regrets – not even when I was writing about the girls and not even when I was on the receiving end of criticism, negativity and in some cases, just mean and sometimes cruel comments. Some of those discussions on the blog got very heated through comments, but I almost always learned a thing about myself through how I was perceived from the outside. I knew, however, that I had to pull back when we got recognized wherever we travelled, and I second-guessed the entire existence of the blog when I was targeted by an online harasser for months. I know it sounds like an oxymoron considering how personal I’ve gotten at times here, but we’re fairly private people, so I wasn’t altogether too disappointed when blog readership went down about 5 years ago. I have about 10% of the traffic that I did back at its peak, but it feels more like a comfortable space now.

I know the majority of my readers have dropped off now, but I’m always humbled when a comment appears and it’s a name I recognize from the early days of the blog. I’ve connected with some of you on Instagram, so in many ways we’ve all just migrated to a different platform. Although blogging in general hasn’t suffered the death that was widely predicted, personal blogs do seem like a dying breed. But I will tell you this: when I was facing the darkest moments of my life, dealing with my brother’s suicide and an unimaginable lawsuit, you were the ones who provided the most comforting words. Maybe it’s easier to know what to say to strangers from afar without the burden of personal baggage or the fear of saying the right or wrong things, but at that moment in my life, having a place to come to when I felt the most alone in my real life interactions was a gift. Communities are important no matter where you find them, and I thank you for coming here, reading and supporting our family and business over the past ten years.
– Jenna

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  • WSAKE March 20, 2018 at 4:20 am

    happy anniversary! I love the fact that your blog is still out there – please keep it going!

    • Jenna March 20, 2018 at 11:34 am

      Thank you! 10 years seems so crazy, and yes…might be weeks between posts, but I will.

  • Lara Shihab-Eldin March 20, 2018 at 9:10 am

    As always, your post resonates strongly, and I have to thank you for all that you had the ability to share over the years, because your posts really helped guide me through some tough moments. Hearing your confidence and comfort with the slightly slower pace of the blog helps me hang on to a slower growth model with some of the projects I’m working on, even though sometimes it’s hard not to fall into the trap of comparison. Funny what you say about being recognized! I remember seeing you at a market in the town we moved to, but it was at a distance, and I didn’t want to intrude. Congrats on 10 years- I hope you keep sharing in whatever format and pace makes sense to you!

    • Jenna March 20, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Thank you Lara. I’m humbled to hear that I could help in some small way. And I would have welcomed a hello when you spotted us!

  • Denise March 20, 2018 at 9:43 am

    I’m still here, 10 years in. Silently reading and sending positive vibes. Cookies aside, but pictures of Baby C were my absolute favorites!

    Your blog will always remind me of a snapshot of my life as will Cafe Mogador’s hummus platter.

    Life is like a poem for you and me, your reader. xoxo

    • Jenna March 20, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Thanks so much Denise for being such a long-time reader. I guess we have all grown up together these last 10 years!

  • Marlena March 20, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Still here, still reading, thanks for still writing.

    • Jenna March 20, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Thank you so much Marlena!

  • Alexis March 20, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Happy anniversary and thank you for always sharing your honest journey. Your posts (both here and on instagram) have brought me joy and helped me through tough moments. Thank you.

    • Jenna March 20, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Thank you so much Alexis. It’s so nice to still be in contact with you. I like how we’ve all grown together. xo

  • Kirin March 20, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I remember reaching out to you circa 2011 to see if you wanted an intern for your blog! It’s still really refreshing to click over to this corner of the internet and read something honest, articulate, authentic, and raw. It’s been an honor and a pleasure to be let in to your mind and your family and your business. Happy 10 years.

    • Jenna March 20, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Oh Kirin, I do vaguely remember that. I hope I was nice!! Thank you so much or reading.

  • Nancy Moore March 20, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Jenna, I’m still here after 10 years- a native New Yorker thoroughly enjoying glimpses of Brooklyn and the like. Always loved to read about your daughters and Mark and started my day looking at your blog. Hope you continue sharing your news and pictures. Thanks.

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Thank you Nancy! I remember some of your comments – thank you for leaving one today.

  • marta March 20, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for 10 years – when did that happen? Thank you for writing, for sharing stories and reflections. Hope to hear one day that you started shipping to Europe, too;)

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 9:57 am

      Oh marta, how I wish we can ship to Europe. Thank you so much for being such a long-time reader. Much appreciated.

  • Mina March 20, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Wow, has it been 10 years already?! I have enjoyed your progression, and I look forward to where you will go. Time flies so unbelievably quickly, and what a blessing it is to have an archive of that in the least! Thanks for posting!

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Oh it flies SO fast. And yet it does feel like 10 years ago was a lifetime. Thanks for commenting today, Mina.

  • Sarah March 20, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Congrats on 10 years or blogging. I’d like to think I’ve been along for the entire journey… But may have missed the first few months.
    Thank you for sharing your works and photos with us. I agree that personal blogs seem to have dwindled but the few that I still follow, yours included, are such bright spots in the madness that is our world these days.
    Please continue to share. I’d love to continue to read!

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 9:59 am

      Thank you Sarah! I will continue to share. Each decade comes with its own challenges. I’m sure there will be lots of future stories 🙂

  • Annie March 20, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Oh Jenna, 10 YEARS! wow.
    Congratulations on the business and the discipline you guys have.
    Your blog has always felt real to me, and maybe is because of those “opportunities” you chose not to do… its always nice to be able to relate, to feel the pain or the happiness of others around you. There has always (mostly) been a screen between us, but I am so glad to have you around.

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 10:00 am

      Annie, while it’s true we didn’t meet up quite as much as maybe we should have considering we only lived three blocks apart, but I consider you a real life friend. I do hope to be able to come visit you in VT one day!

      • Annie Gallo March 21, 2018 at 7:25 pm

        The feeling is mutual. And our home is always open to you and yours.

  • Karen March 20, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Yours is the only blog I still read. I’ve always appreciated your candor, love reading about your adventures and your photography is always beautiful. And don’t get me started on the cookies!

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 10:00 am

      Karen, your support in our business over the years is so very much appreciated. It brings a smile to my face whenever I see an order from you. Much love, and thank you.

  • Geysil March 20, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks for this post. And yay for 10 years! My husband and I lived in NYC from 2005-2012 and your blog helped me so much during those first months when I did not know anyone in thae beautiful and crazy city. I now read your blog from San Diego and it’s still a treat to do so!

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks Geysil. Hope life is treating you well in San Diego!

  • Sherry March 20, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    I don’t remember how I found your blog but I was an immediate fan/reader. SFD was bookmarked on my laptop. But as you wrote, blogs are different now. You see it, life, people in instastories or FB live. I still love reading content rather than viewing it. I hope the next 10 are better than you imagined or dreamt they could be.

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment Sherry. I agree with you about blogs. I miss reading them too!

  • JPB March 20, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    I really appreciate you sharing personal thoughts, while actually being a private person. I think it is the reason I really like reading your blog (even though I am 30 an at a very different point in my life).
    I thought it was great and so exemplary to see how you changed how much you shared about your daughters and am so glad there are no regrets.

    I am also still waiting for shipping to Europe 😉

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      It seems like such a weird thing to write – being a fairly private person while still blogging about life! And oh how I wish we could ship to europe!

  • Jacqui March 20, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Happy 10 years from Australia! Your’s was one of my favourite blogs, my evening joy in the early years of parenting, a reward once the children were finally in bed and I could relax! I don’t know if I ever commented but I loved/love your insightful perspectives & slices of your life in Brooklyn. I do bemoan the demise-ish of blogs; Instagram is all very pretty & visual but I miss the way one READ a blog. I still pop back to my old faves every so often and it’s so nice when there is an unexpected blog post up. Just like the good old days!

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Jacqui! So nice to hear from you today. I do miss blogs too! And thank you so much for reading all these years.

  • Tara March 20, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I came across your blog in late 2010, after moving away from Park Slope. At first, it felt like a fun, lovely way to stay connected to Brooklyn, but I quickly gained so much more from your perspective, creative eye, and honesty. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us, even when it was hard. Wishing you and your family the best, always.

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Tara, Park slope says hi. Currently, we’re under a blanket of snow! Thank you so much for reading all these years.

  • Jen March 20, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Hi there…I’ve been reading almost this long. I remember coming across your post about health insurance and became a reader. I’m also a freelancer and at that time had one kiddo (now 3, since I had twins second time around). My kids are 8 and 6, so I guess it has been a while. So much of life changed. I’m a former Brooklyn dweller, and I lived in the Pac NW too (husband is from Oregon). I’ve loved all the Evergreen alums I’ve known, and we travel to Washington and Oregon every summer too. I particularly loved the mixed race project. I left NYC and my job writing in corporate to get a Folklore degree, and I loved your work on that. I’m back to writing corporate (3 kids but freelance for the pac NW summers!), and you remain an inspiration for always continue to make and live art. Happy 10th!

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      OMG, health insurance. Actually, that was one of the things of my 10 goal list…and sadly it has not gotten any better as it’s going to be a major headache for us next year. All of these comments make me wish that I had more time to write! Thanks for your comment today, Jen.

  • tomi March 20, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Beautiful you and your family, beautiful pictures and beautiful writings. I’ve been an almost silent reader but I’ve always appreciated for how you’ve shared your deep thoughts on your personal life just after I found here probably soon after you created the place. You’ve always seemed to be strong and move forward by digesting all the events happened to you and changing them into energy to go. Your positive attitude always encourage me as an almost same aged woman and a mother. Thank you so so much and congratulations on your 10th anniversary of your blog and business!!

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      I so appreciate your comment today Tomi, and very happy to hear from you. Thank you.

  • Nichole March 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Jenna! I can’t believe it’s been ten years. TEN YEARS.

    When you wrote your first post, we were living in Paris and watching–with horror!–the stock market continue to tank and worry abut the uncertain financial futures that resulted from it. Though the times were tumultuous, I remember with fondness the early days of twitter ad blogs and how connected and revolutionary it all felt. Things have changed a lot since then, no?

    I am glad you kept up with the blog if for no other reason than its place in the written history of your business and family. What a wonderful gift to be able to look back, and your willingness to write openly and honestly will serve that purpose well.

    Let’s not think about ten years from now when we’ll have twenty somethings! (ducking and running).


    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Nichole! 10 years!! I felt like I’ve been through the social media train together with you. It was so much fun back then before well, social media became annoying. So glad to have made solid real friendships like you though. Much love.

  • Uyen Duc March 20, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    10 years! I’ve been a reader since the beginning. When I started I feel like I was just a kid, and now I’ve lived abroad and have 3 kids myself. I love your photos and writing – and especially enjoyed your mixed race project. I’m glad I found you on Instagram! Well wishes to you and your beautiful family!

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      We’ve all grown up together! Thanks for being such a long-time reader. So happy to hear from you today.

  • Carrie March 20, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    I can’t remember when I started following- it might’ve been when I lived in NYC a while ago. But I’ll never forget your post about your brother. I felt heartbroken for your family. <3

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you Carrie. And thanks for taking an interest in my photography as well. So happy to have sent you a few prints over the years.

  • diana lu March 20, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for giving me a space to relate to and feel inspired. Now, I have 2 mixed kids of my own, who happen to be the same age as your kids when I first started reading. I know this sounds weird but it is comforting to know that your blog is still here. Cheers! xo.

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      I love to hear that Diana. Congrats on your beautiful kids.

  • Terken March 20, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    I really am a stranger from afar, but the connection I feel is so strong. Happy to have found you years ago, Jenna. You and I are from very different cultures and backgrounds, yet I feel there are so many things we have in common regarding life, family, career… Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings all these years. I value them so very much.

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      I remember that I got to know you a little through Periscope. I didn’t make the connection that some blog readers were on Periscope so it’s been nice to get to know people through that platform. It’s comforting to know that despite many differences, the human connection and relatable experiences are strong, Thank you for reading.

  • Annie HA March 20, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    One of the first, frequent readers but never made any comments here. I can’t believe that it has been 10 years either. I was a young college kid back then. I love your blog and how “real” it is. I cried reading about the loss of your brother and how you dealt with grief. The photos of the girls brought me smiles. And I agree with someone commented above, the pastries are soooooo yummy looking.

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      I am so glad you commented today Annie. I’m always glad to know who my readers are! Thank you for sticking with me all those years.

  • Jennifer March 20, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Congratulations on your milestone, Jenna. I have followed your journey and been moved and inspired by your thoughtfulness and introspection. My children as the same ages as your girls and I feel like our lives have traveled many parallel paths along the way. I have loved all your creative exploration and have been captivated by the warmth and richness of your photography. Thank you for all of it – looking forward to the next 10!

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      What a lovely comment, Jennifer – thank you so much for your kind words. Much love and joy to you.

  • caroline March 20, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks so much Jenna, for sharing a bit of your world with me. Being an etsy fan I found your cookies (thanks for shipping to Canada!) and then this wonderful blog. It seemed rare to come across a life that seemed to combined the worlds of parenting through the perspective of an artist (or, artist on hiatus as it were for me). This post makes me miss the days when blogs were forging a path of a new form of writing: one that’s diaristic, personal yet public all at once. I hope you keep it up, we can follow along as we age! Blogs are not part of my routine nowadays but I do visit yours once or twice a year.

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you Caroline. I do intend too keep it up, though most likely at this pace. There is still something cathartic and therapeutic about having this space to write.

  • C March 20, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    I’m glad that you’re still here. I’ve been reading your blog for 6 or 7 years. I find your writing so smart and honest. And, your pictures are beautiful. I love your take on NYC (where I would have lived in another life) and the Pacific NW (where I did live in my 20s). Everything feeds forward, even though you can’t always see it at the time. Thanks for being a voice of truth and beauty.

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      “Everything feeds forward, even though you can’t always see it at the time. ” I love this. Thank you for that sentiment.

  • Julie March 20, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Jenna, I have followed along for many years from being a late twenty something trying to figure out my life and drawn to honest writing and art and care for these things. Drawn in by your candor about the process and details of daily life. I’m now older…married and raising a little one and still resonate with the way you process life…all its beauty and challenges. Your sharing is quite courageous and thoughtful and I thank you for it.

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you so much Julie. I so appreciate your thoughtful comment today.

  • Tina March 20, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Still one of my favorite blogs. Love your authenticity. Love your photos. Love the cookies. 🙂
    Keep writing, don’t go anywhere.

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you Tina. If I haven’t shut down this blog by now, I’m not going anywhere 🙂

  • Jo March 20, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    I remember reading your blog before I was married, before I had my own children and really wanting to read more of what you had to share… I appreciated what you shared then and still do appreciate what you share now on instagram. You have a great many gifts and I hope you do write a book someday. All my best to you, your family, and business.

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you Jo. I do think I would like to write a book one day. Maybe it’s one of those things I’ll have time for when I “retire” 😉

  • yj March 20, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    happy 10th anniversary! I’m a few years behind you, so I loved reading your posts and seeing another example of a “grown up” Korean American raising hapa children (because I always wanted hapa children). Also love your cookies and photography!

    It was so wonderful when I got to meet you at the outrigger canoe race a few years ago (totally hope I didn’t creep you out!).

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      Ooh, I remember that day! NO, i don’t really get creeped out by meeting people – I just think that collectively, all of it was getting a little too much. It was really fun talking to you that day. xo

  • arounna March 20, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    it’s been a pleasure to follow your journey, big hugs xx

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you Arounna. It’s been a pleasure following you success as well. Much love.

  • Nancy March 20, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Happy ten years! I love that some of my favorite bloggers are still around in this era of curated, monetized blogs. Cheers to you!

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you Nancy! Always so happy to see a comment from you. xo

  • Jen March 21, 2018 at 12:13 am

    We’re about the same age, and I remember what a treat it was to find someone dropping the same cultural references I remember from my own childhood, feeling a sense of kinship when you’d post childhood photos because I instantly recognized my own history in those faded images from the 70s and early 80s. This speaks to what a lovely thing personal blogging can be, this power to make visible the connections and similarities we have even though we’re strangers, even though many things about our lives and backgrounds are likely different. It’s pretty amazing that you were a part of that zeitgeist, sharing stories that were the catalysts for those connections, that you’re still writing in whatever capacity feels most comfortable for you now. We appreciate it. Happy tenth!

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      Absolutely! Despite differences in culture, geography or race, there is always something that people can universally relate to. That is the best of social media – to be able to find the threads and connect them. Thank so much, Jen.

  • Louise March 21, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Thanks for keeping up the blog throughout those 10 years! I started reading the blog back in high school 5 years ago and I’ve always enjoyed coming back here to read your posts. Weird to think that we’re at this stage of our lives – here’s to the next ten years ~

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      It’s so interesting to learn that i had high school readers – particularly since the oldest is going to go to high school next year! It sort of blows my mind. Thanks so much for reading all these years and for commenting today.

  • Helle March 21, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I haven’t read the blog entirely from the beginning but still quite a few years back, at least back to when the girls were much smaller. I always enjoy reading your posts because you always seem to have something to say and what you have to say is so well written. Congratulations and all the best for the next ten years. And I’m still rooting for Mia to become president, should she still want to : -)

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Ha! I remember that! Now that she’s much older…yeah…can’t see her as a politician!

  • Jen March 21, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    It’s been a pleasure to read your words and see your beautiful photography all these years. You are right about how important it is to have a community. Thank you for sharing your life story. I am sorry to hear you had to deal with negativity here at times but glad you’re still standing strong. Keep on moving.

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      Thank you so much Jen. Appreciate your comment today.

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag March 21, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Still here, still reading, still appreciating the honesty in your words that I really have been unable to find anywhere else. XO to you Jenna!

    • Jenna March 21, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you and much love to you, Melissa!

  • Celestine March 21, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you for your beautiful writing and photography. You are truly skilled, and I appreciate that you kept your blog ad-free and uncluttered, although I understand the business-side of regretting that.
    I started reading your blog when I came across it by reading about the difficulties of self-employed creatives and healthcare – I could very much relate. I don’t understand why this country is unable to offer sensible health care, like so many other industrial countries.
    If you ever think about writing a book, please do…I’d buy it on the spot. Your journey through grief helped me process my own (I lost my mom last March, two dear pets, a friend, all within a year). I found that there aren’t many books or writings about it out there. It is such a raw and lonely experience to have lost both parents, no matter what age or that I have my own family.
    Thank you again.

    • Jenna March 25, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Thanks Celestine, as I mentioned to another commenter upthread, the healthcare issue is STILL at the forefront – it hasn’t gotten easier in 10 years and in fact, worse for us, which I didn’t think would happen. I am also so sorry to hear about your multiple losses in such a short amount of time. I hope you’re healing. It’s certainly a process.

  • Janet March 21, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Jenna, thank you so much for keeping your blog through all these years. I was just a wide-eyed recent college grad when I first stumbled upon your site – and I’m so glad I did! It’s a bit daunting to realize a whole decade has passed, but if there’s anything I’ve learned from you, and in my own life these past ten years, it is that change happens, for better or for worse, whether we feel ready or not. We are also stronger than we realize, and the struggles and joys of change only make us more human. Thank you for your openness and honesty, and for being such an influential voice in my life!

    • Jenna March 25, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Janet! Wise words! Thank you for that. Yes, change happens and in ways we could never imagine. How we adapt and respond is what makes us grow. xo.

  • red March 22, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you Jenna, for sharing with us all these years. Sweet Fine Day has been my favorite blog since finding you. I remember I started reading while on maternity leave having just had twin girls (they’ll be 8 this year). I came across your picture with your girls on apartment therapy and I was hooked. I went back and read from beginning to end and have been reading regularly since ( it became a nice escape when I went back to work). I remember how excited I was for your girls when you said you were going to Hawaii! Anyhow, thank you for sharing. Wishing you all the best always.

    • Jenna March 25, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you Red! So many readers from Apartment Therapy! I’m so happy to read your comment and hope you and your twin girls are doing well. Thank you so much for sticking with me all these years.

  • Natasha March 23, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Happy Anniversary Jenna.

    Still reading all the way from Cape Town, South Africa!

    Best Wishes


    • Jenna March 25, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you Natasha!

  • SBT March 23, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    I’ve been a reader for 9 of your 10 years of blogging. Your blog seriously helped me through some difficult times in life. Thank you for your openness and for being willing to re-calibrate your engagement with us (rather than ending the blog altogether) to continue to make it the kind of space you (and your readers) want and need. Once more, THANK YOU!

    • Jenna March 25, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      I’m really glad to hear that the blog made some sort of difference in your life! Thank you so much for sharing that.

  • Sunny March 23, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Happy 10 years! I love your blog and have so appreciated how you’ve been so honest about sharing some of your struggles. It’s really helped me process and reflect on some of my own hardships. Thank you and I hope you’ll keep writing and sharing your beautiful photos. I’m hoping you’ll bring back the calendar! : )

    • Jenna March 25, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      Thank you so much Sunny! And I do hope that I’ll have time to bring back the calendar this year 🙂

  • Dee March 25, 2018 at 4:48 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I’ve been reading your blog since its beginning. I believe I learned of it via Apartment Therapy or something. i can’t believe it’s been a decade! I started reading after the birth of my firstborn. Though I rarely commented, I’ve enjoyed your posts and miss the frequency of them, but I understand life changes. I hope you keep the blog going and keep sharing.

    • Jenna March 25, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      Hi Dee, so glad you commented today! Yes, I would love to blog more but life is so full these days. All of these comments are so heartening though, so I promise not to let too much time pass before the next post.

  • anna r. March 26, 2018 at 4:06 am

    congratulations to you and me (and all other faithful readers out there), for still hanging in there and being positive despite everything life has (and will) throw at us! I lived in NYC in the seventies, when the upper west side was like brooklyn neighborhoods are now, and your blog, like very few others (cupofjo is one), bring those vibes back to me… I am Austrian and live in Vienna now, but love to visit… I was looking for you at the markets on my last trip but wasn’t lucky, but at least I was able to find and taste those wonderful cookies! All the best for you, your family and your business ??

    • Jenna March 28, 2018 at 10:45 am

      SO sorry we missed you Anna! I don’t know when you came to visit, but we’re at Smorgasburg on Sundays from April to October. So happy I can bring a little bit of New York to a fellow long-time New Yorker!

  • anna r. March 26, 2018 at 4:07 am

    sorry, those questionmarks were supposed to be a heart and two glasses of champagne:)

  • Margaret Fein March 26, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I rarely leave comments but I have been following your blog and IG feed for years. Your blog is the most authentic and well written blog, by far. Your photography on your blog and IG feed are stunning. Thank you for sharing your life with such grace.

    • Jenna March 28, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Glad to see your comment Margaret. Thank you so much for reaching out, and for your kind words.

  • Renita March 28, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Happy Happy Anniversary!

    • Jenna April 2, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Renita!

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