Leaps and Bounds in 2013

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Living Dayton Television Living Dayton TelevisionIt is hard to believe, but here we are at the end of 2013…

Every year, December 31st is such a bittersweet day. It can be quite overwhelming and scary to say goodbye to another year, but it is also very exciting to see what’s to come in the year ahead, especially with my little family! Love these boys so much!

Happy Wife Healthy Life FamilyIt is pretty amazing to look back at December 31st, 2012 and realize I had no idea what the next year would bring.  I knew at the time I wanted to write for magazines, but I didn’t know where to even start and was honestly afraid of rejection.  I wanted to pursue my blog in a deeper and truer way, but I was scared to let my personality and feelings shine through for fear of judgment.  As far as media goes, let me be completely honest in saying that television opportunities were absolutely nowhere in sight; I didn’t think I would ever feel comfortable enough to take that leap! 

I believe this past year was a huge time of growth for me both professionally and personally. This little blog has started to gain more exposure and I was able to pursue my dream of writing by reaching out to local magazines. 

Springboro Life MagazineAnd remember that whole television topic that was more of a fantasy than an actual goal?  Well, I am happy to report that I have now done seven television segments since mid-October. Living Dayton Television - Cooking in the KitchenHere I am, 365 days later feeling stronger, more confident, happy and optimistic!  Sure, I have had opportunities surprisingly come my way, but I have also worked very hard, prayed a lot, and put myself out there like I never thought I could.

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In 2013 I…

  • Spent Time with my Sweet Family

Christmas 2013

  • Stepped-up my Recipe Creations and Focused on Improving my Food Photography

Savory Apple & Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

  • Exercised Consistently with my Best Running Buddy and Nourished my Body like Never  Before

Garmin Forerunner 305

  • Celebrated a Buckeyes Win!

Ohio State Buckeyes

  • Took Tebow to the Cincinnati Reds Bark at the Park

Cincinnati Reds Bark at the Park

  • Traveled to Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, Savannah, and Boston

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Harvard Campus Boston, Massachusettes

Fenway Park Boston Red Socks


  • Celebrated at Weddings

Wedding Wedding Wedding

  • Partnered with some Amazing Companies

Merchant 31 Giveaway

  • Experimented with Fashion and Gained Self-Confidence

Cheetah Print Fashion

  • Ran through Boston on my 25th birthday

Running in Boston

  • Celebrated my 25th Birthday!

Dinner in Boston

My confidence has been given a boost each time I have tried new things and stepped out of my comfort zone. For someone who has always preferred to stay more introverted and reserved, putting myself out there for the world to see is never easy. Not everyone has perfect days, and I have realized that is okay. Nothing in life is ever perfect, but there is such a thing as a ‘perfect me’ and that is exactly who I am today: the good, the bad, and even the not so pretty.  I am only human, and after 25 years I have decided to cut my imperfections some slack and live each day to the fullest.

IMG_1469I have gained a newfound appreciation for mistakes in my past as I am starting to realize they truly have helped shape me into the woman I am today. Although I want to continue to improve and become stronger as I face life and the obstacles that will come; I can also honestly say that I have made leaps and bounds in the past year. I am really looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me in 2014. As long as I keep Him at the center of my life, I know I will be protected and good things will be presented to me and my family. In 2014, I want to trust His plan and His plan only; whole-heartedly and no questions asked. 

Here’s to the New Year ahead, and may 2013 end and 2014 begin on wonderful notes for us all! Have a safe and wonderful night!

Conversation Time.

  • What was memorable for you in 2013?
  • What are your plans for ringing in the New Year?


  1. Paula says:

    You have had quite the year for sure!!!! Awesome! Keep up the great work and continue to keep your faith you will accomplish much!!!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so much! I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for you and your encouragement along the way!

  2. What an amazing year! I have been doing more and more TV segments this year as well and absolutely love them! Congrats! Did you like Myrtle Beach?
    Katie recently posted…2014 Fitness Goals and MoreMy Profile

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      That is so awesome Katie! I actually just checked out your blog and the link to a tv segment you did, great job! You look like a fitness queen! 🙂 I love Myrtle Beach. We actually go everywhere, but the best area to stay in is North Myrtle as opposed to downtown. 🙂

  3. Such a great year! You have done so many wonderful things and accomplished so much. Can’t wait for 2014… it’s going to be even better 🙂 xo Meg
    Meghan recently posted…Happy New Year!My Profile

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so much Meg! I agree, 2014 is going to be amazing! Can’t wait to celebrate you and your wedding this year as well! 🙂

  4. Congratulations on a fabulous year, Jana! My most memorable moments of 2013 are finishing my first marathon and bringing home our new puppy. Cheers to 2014!
    Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian recently posted…Goals For 2014My Profile

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks Sarah! Your moments from 2014 were definitely memorable! We adopted our dog Tebow Dec. 31, 2011, so yesterday marked 2 years since we adopted him. It is still one of the very best decisions we have ever made! 🙂

  5. I loved this 🙂 2013 has been a BIG year for you!! So proud of you for stepping out more and getting connected with the Living Dayton segments and local magazines, that is pretty awesome, and I can just tell how happy you are 🙂 Here’s to an even more successful 2014!
    Sarah @ Sweet Miles recently posted…3 Bridges Marathon – Little Rock, ARMy Profile

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks girl! I agree, it was definitely a big year for me, but a big one for you as well! New job and a marathon, you rock girl! Here’s to a very successful 2014 for the both of us! 🙂

  6. Congrats on all of your accomplishments! I have a feeling this is just the beginning for you. 🙂
    Christa @ Sit-ups & Sequins recently posted…New Year’s ResolutionsMy Profile

  7. What an awesome year you’ve had! Cheers to 2014!! Hope you have a great NYE.

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you Ashlee! I hope that you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as well! 🙂

  8. Looks like it was an amazing year! Happy 2014!!!!
    Carrie Skoll recently posted…Blogger Doubts – LearningMy Profile

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so much Carrie! Happy 2014 to you as well, I hope you have had a wonderful New Year’s Day!

  9. I’m a Cincinnati native and love seeing posts from my hometown! Now I live about 90 minutes from Boston. So funny to see some of your favorite moments involving two of my favorite places as well 😉

    PS: Your food photography is AMAZING!
    AmyC recently posted…A New Name in Sports: REPREVE RecycledMy Profile

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Oh that is so awesome! Boston was definitely a highlight of my year, and I am so happy that you are able to get a taste of home from my blog as well!

      Thank you for the photography compliment too! I am always learning, and appreciate any encouragement! 🙂

  10. You had such a great year! I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings you!
    Emily @ Perfection Isn’t Happy recently posted…NourishMy Profile

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so much Emily! Here’s to hoping that 2014 is nothing but amazing for the both of us! 🙂

  11. So proud of our Miss (Mrs.!) Jana Lou! My heart is bustin’ out of my chest! I will def take your New Year’s suggestions and use them to achieve MY goals. I have never really set goals on New Year’s, but you have inspired me! p.s. Your outfit is adorable! I need to find that in about 8 sizes bigger for me! Is it Merchant 31? p.s. again! Have you shared any pics from your Boston trip with your Mom and Dad and hubby on this site? I would like to see them! I will go back and search your posts and check it out! Happy New Year!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so much Sue!! My outfit is a Merchant 31 of course, 😉 My mom bought it for me as a Christmas present! You would look adorable in it, so so comfy! I did share a few pictures from Boston on this post, but if you search Boston in the search bar on my blog then the original posts should pop up for you! 🙂

  12. Ah, yes! They (the Boston pics) are right there in front of my face! I know that trip was so meaningful…


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