shed the old, welcome the new

January 2, 2014 |  Category:   life



I do admit, I love New Year’s Day. Felt the urge to de-Christmas the apartment, but I held off…there’s a major snowstorm in the forecast, so I decided to wait and see before kicking the Christmas tree to the curb. Such a sad sight all those trees; almost makes me feel guilty for bringing one home every year.


I abandoned new year’s resolutions awhile ago so I don’t have any to share. Actually, I lie…last year I vowed to go see more art. Did we? I would say yes, yes we did.

2013 turned out to be busy, just the way I like it. We just sort of keep running without really thinking of the larger picture, but really, maybe there isn’t anything wrong with that. Ok, I lie again. It does grate on me in the way that a low-grade hum of fluorescent lights do – you know, there but not quite there – and it makes me question my type A, overachieving and competitive personality (maybe I’ve become complacent in my old age), but seeing as I still don’t have any answers to the question, “what am I doing with my life”, it’s fine. 2013 was great.

Mark and I couldn’t remember off the top of our heads how many holiday seasons we’ve done up to this point the other day when we were waiting for the subway. We’ve done 6; 6 years of cookies and 6 years of blogging here. I know blogging isn’t the same anymore, but this less frequent pace feels right. The truth is…who cares about the minutiae of someone else’s life? Life is just coasting along right now for us anyway; there aren’t really any struggles to write about, big projects to update on, no home renovations, no new business ventures, relocations, new babies. Isn’t that basically the core of all blog content?

But I was thinking while on that subway ride home that I want to keep writing down stories from the past. Stories from travels, from the city, from youth. To this day, I wish that I kept a journal or took photos when I was younger, but those were the days when I prescribed to living for the moment and really meant it. Memories are fading, but it’s all I’ve got. I want to write those stories down for me.

Happy new year to all of you still reading. I know there are fewer of you, but that feels right too.

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  • Sarah January 2, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Happy new year Jenna! It’s been a pleasure reading your blog all of these years. I feel like I’ve been here since the beginning, or at least close to it. It’s funny you should write about not having the typical “blogging worthy events” happening lately… But honestly that is exactly what makes your stories so wonderful to read. I love the fact that I don’t know when your writing will happen to show up in my reader feed & it’s such a lovely surprise when it does. You’re and excellent story teller and thank you so much for sharing! I hope 2014 is a great year for you & your family. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sarah.

  • Roos January 2, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Do keep writing and add a seventh year to your blogging history! I’ve been reading here ever since I started my blog (around four years ago) and have to say there is no one quite like you.
    Shedding the old brings about quite the relief, at least for me. And I’ll make sure to de-Christmas (love that word!) our apartment today, here on the other side of the ocean. Sometimes life can be so uncomplicated, which I love.

    Happy new year to you and yours!!

  • Giselle January 2, 2014 at 6:03 am

    My mom and i have read your blog for years and will continue to do so. Love it!

  • lu January 2, 2014 at 7:06 am

    happy new year, jenna!
    i’m still reading, i love coming back here, please donยดt stop ๐Ÿ™‚

  • marta January 2, 2014 at 8:08 am

    happy New Year Jenna! I keep reading and I’m not planning to stop. In fact, your blog is one of the very few I did not stop visiting as it’s fascinating. Exactly because of your style of writing, reflecting on things instead of reporting Big Events and yes, the stories you keep telling. Thank you for this!

  • Tina January 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I keep reading your blog. It’s always been one of my favorite. Happy new year to you and your family. Keep writing and sharing your awesome pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • MCC January 2, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Ditto what Sarah said! Happy New Year….

  • Caddy January 2, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Happy New Year Jenna!

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog all these years.

  • Cristina January 2, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Happy New Year
    I used to read few blogs during these years, no more now they all become boring, meaningless but I still like your because the way you share memories and daily life, real daily life not like a perfect family picture

  • Anne January 2, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Happy New Year! to you and your family! I just wanted to say that I am a long time reader- but I never comment. I assume you have a tracker to know how many readers you have but I just wanted to say I enjoy your blog. Though my life may be different from yours ( I am in my early thirties, a mom to two boys, and live in the suburbs of Michigan) I find your post to be straightforward and thoughtful. You provide some food for thought! I just thought you should know that there are people out here who enjoy your blog!

  • Isahrai January 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I’m still reading…

  • Renita January 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Happy New Year!

  • Sari January 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Keep writing! Your blog, telling so well of life’s minutiae and your photos, gives me a window into the human side of New York City. I live in a tiny secluded town deep in the mountains of western Canada and I love to follow your days and thoughts from a completely opposite lifestyle to mine. It is the minutiae that keeps me checking in to your blog, following you for years. Keep sharing your perspective with us!

  • TrishO January 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I am still reading. I also love the way you reflect. So often over the years you have verbalized exactly what I have been feeling but did not know how to put into words. It is like a nice letter from a friend. Thanks for sharing.

  • Rachel January 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    My boyfriend is going to be in NYC for the snowstorm – he just let this morning (from LA). I’m a taaaad nervous about it, but I am sure it’ll be fine. Plus, he gets to see NYC in the snow! I guess I’m also a tad jealous =] Happy 2014! I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog.

  • Alice January 2, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I’m still here and very much a fan. Happy New Year!!

  • Sora January 2, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Great writing — great honest stories about life. Thank you for sharing them. Hope you know it’s appreciated. Happy New Year!

  • Jhope January 2, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Still reading! It’s how I like to start or end my day. Your images are my favorite out there. Thanks, Jenna. And Happy New Year!

  • Diane from Boston January 2, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    As long as you keep writing, I’ll keep reading, kid.

  • Denny Iha (haha) January 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Still here Jenna…since 2009.

    Happy New Year!


  • Rachel January 3, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Happy New Year, Jenna! I’m still reading and will continue to do so for as long as you continue to write. I really appreciate your willingness to share your musings. It is precisely your introspection (which is meant without its usual negative connotation!) which I value. There are enough other blogs about home renovation and babies out there!

  • Caroline January 3, 2014 at 12:47 am

    A very happy new year to you and your family – and – I agree with everything they said!! Which is to say, it’s not because there are “blog-worthy” events to read about that brings me here. The opposite! Plus, being a visual person I get so much from your beautiful photos. The fireworks ones literally inspired me for some work I’m making! Your writing and sharing is meaningful, poignant and very much appreciated:)

  • Sona January 3, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Thanks for sharing your wit and wisdom, Jenna! This NY college student enjoys your blog and your thoughts on life in the city. Happy new year!

  • Who from Whoville January 3, 2014 at 7:57 am

    “We are here! We are here!” (Horton hears a Who)

  • Margaret January 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I agree with Rachel, above. I really enjoy reading your reflections on life, its little tangles and joys and the imperfections that make it meaningful (though my own blog was short-lived, so I understand the impulse to chuck it). Thank you for sharing your minutiae with us – it means more than you think.

  • Naomi January 3, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Your blog has always been one of my favorites. Happy New Years!

  • Patricia January 3, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Happy New Year to you, Jenna. I have read your blog for about 3 years now, and I have no intention of stopping. I love that you share and reflect on the regular pace of your life, that is part of the attraction for me of coming here. Your wonderful writing elevates the every day events to something worthy of being of interest to me. Love your pics, your views of New York, and of Seattle. I hope 2014 is fabulous for you!

  • Lara January 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Happy New Year, Jenna, I’ve been reading your blog for at least 3 years now, and I’m still inspired. After freezing outside today we made paper snowflakes w/ our 2.5 yr old daughter, inspired by your tradition. It was a good first try!

  • Josephine January 4, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Jenna, I’ve been reading your blog for quite a few years now and it’s honestly one of my favourite reads. I love your thoughtful musings and honest observations, and have always admired your photography. I live in Australia, so, sadly, have never tried Whimsy and Spice goodies, but I’ll be here reading as long as you have the yen to write. I hope 2014 treats you well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thelma January 4, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Feliz Ano Nuevo para ti y toda tu familia!
    And pls keep writing, we’re here, Reading!

  • Karen January 4, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Happy New Year Jenna! I love your blog because as others have said above, it is an honest account of family life that goes beyond the superifical ‘my life is perfect’ type blogs out there… I so enjoy your musings on mid-life, parenting, being a working mom and living in Brooklyn… And your photos are magical! Please keep blogging for many years to come…

  • Jenna January 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Everyone! Just want to pop in and say thank you. Too many comments to respond to individually, but I so appreciate your sweet comments and notes. They mean more than you know, so thank you. Onto 2014!

  • Yising January 4, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    In the world of New Yorker lifestyle blogs, yours has always been my favorite. The honesty of your writing and photographs is beautiful. I’ll be reading as long as you’re blogging!

  • Jen January 5, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Hi Jenna. (I always wished I was a Jenna). ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoy your sincerity and the back door glimpse into the sights and sounds of NYC. Also your writing stands out above all the rest. So articulate and well edited. You’ll be grateful for the visceral record yrs down the road. Best wishes for 2014.

  • Carey January 5, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Hi. I have really enjoyed reading your blog over the last couple of years. Even though I live in Australia and have older children (and am probably older than you are!) , many of your thoughts and feelings echo my own. I will continue to be a loyal reader. Thank you.

  • Katie January 5, 2014 at 6:14 am

    happy new year!

    I’ve been reading a few years now, & what brings me back every time is your gorgeous photos & honest words. I read blogs not for unattainable lifestyles, but for inspirational ideas: a great photo, a yummy looking recipe, a museum exhibition recommended, i like taking pleasure out of the small things ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve lost readers over the years as I now don’t “shamelessly” (in quotes, because I don’t judge those who do!), trawl the internet for people to interact with who might visit my site! I’m always on the lookout for new blogs to read, but it’s all about quality & not quantity ๐Ÿ™‚

    Katie x

  • jen January 6, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    still here! happy new year!

  • Pink Ronnie January 12, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Everyone else has said it before me, but I adore your stories and your story-telling.
    I’ve been thinking about writing down my own stories from the past as well, so I totally get what you mean by “It’s all I’ve got.” (Especially when I have so few photos of my own childhood…)
    Tell on, Jenna!
    Ronnie xo