WHO: Jenny Frederick
WHAT: World-Traveling Minnesota Girl
BLOG: Traveling Chic
Hi, E&C Readers! My name is Jenny and I am delighted to be a part of Madison’s “My 5 Things.” I’m a Midwest girl from Minnesota but I’ve also lived in San Francisco, Sydney, Boulder and briefly in Rome. I’m a month away from my 30th birthday, and although it makes me feel somewhat old, I’m excited to shirt into a new decade. I am an attorney by day and the owner and blogger of Traveling Chic by night. When I’m not working, I can be found trying out new recipes (especially from E&C), digging into a good book, trying to convince my boyfriend that we need a dog, and dreaming up my next travel destination. Here are my five things!
1.Saturday Mornings: Whether I am trying a new brunch spot or taking a stroll with coffee, I love Saturday mornings. It is the one time of the week when my boyfriend and I aren’t distracted by other things and can focus on each other! I’d love to have a Saturday morning tradition, but I haven’t come up with the perfect idea yet.
2. The Secret to Happiness: I wish I had the answer! Besides my family and friends, I think that happiness often comes from the simple pleasures in life, like laughing until your belly hurts, watching a sunset, trying a DIY project, catching up with a friend over peppermint mochas, and eating dessert before dinner. All of these things put a smile on my face.
3. A Good Book: I have an insatiable love for reading. There is nothing better than getting lost in a good book. I recently received a Kindle as a gift, and love how easy it is to buy a book, but I miss earmarking pages and giving it to a friend when I’m finished. I usually like to read memoirs, especially about traveling and cooking. A personal favorite of mine is “My Life in France” about Julia Child’s adventures in cooking and living in Paris. The next book I want to dig into is “Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes).”
4. Wanderlust: As you can probably guess from my blog, I love to travel! I am in a permanent state of wanderlust. I worked as a flight attendant for a year, spent a semester at sea, and traveled the world from Havana to Hong Kong. I truly believe that traveling is good for the soul! It allows you to experience new things, meet new people and actually live in the moment. My enthusiasm for life is always recharged after a great trip!
5. Countdown ’til Christmas: Christmas is such a magical time of year. I am completely guilty of going over-the-top with decorating, baking and gifting. I usually keep a strict rule about not listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, but I had a moment of weakness the week before Thanksgiving and put on Michael Buble’s Christmas CD. Whoops! Although the holidays can be very commercial, it can be so much more than that. It’s the time of year when you can show the people you love what they truly mean to you. This year I plan to make time for the special people in my life, volunteer, go skiing and sledding (I live in a frozen tundra after all), cozy-up by the fireplace, and spread some Christmas cheer!
Thanks for sharing, Jenny! If you’re interested in sharing your 5 things, shoot me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information! -Madison