About Me

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 my blog.

I’m from Perth, Western Australia but have lived in Edinburgh, Scotland with my husband Ben since November 2016. We left Australia after deciding – 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 I could have ever done.

That life event aside, I’m a pretty normal 31-year-old 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).

That said, wine is currently off the cards because I’m pregant – very exciting! Baby Westphal is due in July 2018.

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 eight years in the communications industry (in various marketing/PR/writing gigs), which I absolutely love.

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In Paris for my 30th birthday. I ate and drank my body weight in croissants and champagne and loved every minute.

ABOUT THIS BLOG

I started this blog because I believe there’s a lot of outdated, boring and quite frankly unhelpful information out there about health.

Losing weight isn’t about ‘eating less and moving more’. A meal is not good for us based on the number of calories it has. Good health doesn’t require starving yourself, deprivation, giving up chocolate or slogging it out in the gym 7 days a week.

I believe real health is more holistic, more enjoyable and more achievable than that.

How I can help is by providing practical, simple, achievable strategies in a way that makes you go “this is awesome, I can actually do this” rather than “holy crap, this is totally overwhelming”.

I spent years reading all the right books and watching all the right videos and by buying all the right gear, but it got me nowehere until I figured out the exact things I should be doing every day that would actually make a difference.

This blog is where I share those tips.

If you have any questions, if there’s a post that has resonated with you or you just want to say hi, I’d love to hear from you here on my blog, on Twitter or on my Instagram @jenna.westphal (Note: if you see any references to my Instagram account being “@jennafelicity”, that was my old profile name before I got married. I just haven’t updated those blog posts. Just ignore them and visit @jenna.westphal!)

Lotsa love to you,

Jenna x Black

3 comments

  1. Hi Jenna!
    I am the managing editor of greensmoothieco.com and am hoping you’d be interested in participating in a new feature we are doing monthly.
    Basically, we are contacting various health and wellbeing leaders to offer a chance to blog for the GSC website.
    Could you please email me at erienne@greensmoothieco.com so I can have a chat to you about this?
    Athanae Lucev recommended I get in contact with you 🙂

    Thanks!

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