Howdy! (I’m Australian but it’s fun if you say that in a Texan accent.) I’m Jenna Westphal and I am so excited you’ve stopped by.
I’m an Aussie (from Perth, Western Australia) now living in Edinburgh, Scotland with my husband Ben. We moved here in November 2016 after deciding – pretty much on a whim! – that while our lives in Perth were amazing, everything was feeling a bit comfort-zone-y, a bit too predictable, and we needed to shake things up. So while we loved our lives and house and family and friends, we quit our jobs, sold almost everything we owned, and bought a one-way ticket to the UK.
In all honesty, it was pretty terrifying. I’m a planner so to do something where there were so many unknowns was very new to me! But as soon as I stepped off the plane, I knew it was the best thing we could have ever done.
That life event aside, I’m a pretty normal 30-year-old (I turned 30 last year and LOVED IT) who loves – apart from all things health and wellness – wine (because #balance), cooking, eating, napping, spending time with my family and being outside. I love trashy TV (mostly the Real Housewives of New York, for which I do not apologise) and also regular awesome TV (House of Cards, Modern Family, The Office).
I love being active and enjoy most exercise, especially yoga, swimming and hiking. Except running… lord help me, I hate running. (Doing a marathon would be my worst nightmare.)
Professionally I’ve spent over ten years in the communications industry (in various marketing/PR/journalism gigs), which I absolutely love.
My favourite people in the health/life coaching space are Gabby Bernstein, Tony Robbins, Mark Sisson, Louise Hay, Danielle LaPorte, Sarah Wilson and Marie Forleo, who all advocate what I think is true health and wellness via an awesome mix of self-awareness, personal responsibility and being gentle with yourself.
ABOUT THIS BLOG
Until now, my blog has been about physical wellbeing, something I’ve been passionate about for years. But in 2017, it’s going to get a lot broader than that. I can’t wait to delve into topics more focused on emotional and spiritual wellbeing, which I’ve come to believe are as important for our bodies and minds.
But no matter what I’m blogging about, I’ll always provide practical and simple advice – along with achievable strategies on how to implement it into your daily life – so you can see awesome changes in yourself.
I know how hard it is when you see an area of your life you want to improve, but even though you’ve read all the right books and watched all the right YouTube videos and bought all the right equipment, you still don’t know where to start. Knowledge is great… but how often do we know what we should do and still don’t do it? Don’t we all know we should eat more veggies and drink more water and meditate daily?
If it was as easy as knowing something, we’d all be fine. But – in my own experience, and all around me – I see that’s not enough. There’s often a missing link… which to me, is two things: knowing how to do something – i.e. the actual, practical steps and strategies to getting it done – and identifying why we are struggling with getting it done.
Knowing “what” to do to be healthier and happier isn’t enough. We need help with the “how” to do it, and “why” we weren’t doing that in the first place.
I hope this blog is able to explore these things in a way that makes you go “this is awesome, I can actually do this!” rather than “holy moly, I feel totally overwhelmed”.
Lots of love,