December 31, 2016

New Year, New You

As 2016 is quickly coming to an end, I have been reflecting on this roller coaster of a year. It has been one of the absolute best years of my life as well as one of the hardest I’ve had to endure. I went through a major body transformation, I was given a 12 year old child to mentor through the summer on SYTYCD (one of the best experiences of my life), I went through a heart wrenching breakup, I was made a professional on Dancing With the Stars (AAAAHHHH), I discovered my self worth, I created my blog, and I am finishing off the year touring and dancing throughout the country with some of my best friends.

There have been SO many incredible and unforgettable moments from this past year but on the contrary, my heart has never experienced so much heartache and healing. It’s been a year full of change to say the least. And change for me is hard because I love consistency. I love my daily routine and I love for it to be monotonous, as boring as that sounds. Change is definitely not my favorite word. It terrifies me to be completely honest. But through the ups and downs of 2016, I have learned that I wasn’t genuinely happy stuck in my old habits of life. Although many of the outcomes of my year were painful, I’m quite positive they’re turning into beautiful beginnings. I think sometimes it’s the bumps and bruises and even hitting rock bottom that help us to see that change is necessary to get us back to where we are meant to be.

This is a perfect time to think about change. With the New Year ahead, it is a perfect time to start your year off fresh and with some new goals in mind. I have given myself up to midnight tonight to hold onto all the baggage, pain, and self-doubt 2016 brought me and then once that clock hits 12:01 a.m., I am letting it all go!! I’m moving forward with a clear conscience and happy heart.

How exciting that we get another year to choose who and what we want to be! I’m going to make every effort to be the best version of myself in 2017. No pretending, no second-guessing myself, and no destructive people in my inner circle.

Let’s work together, side by side, take control of our lives making real changes knowing that we’ll make a few mistakes along the way! Oprah Winfrey said, “We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” I am sooooo excited to see all that this New Year has to offer. Let’s do it together, the real way!

The 3 C’s in Life:

Choice, Chance, Change.

You must make the Choice,

To take the Chance,

If you want anything in life to Change.






23 thoughts on “New Year, New You

  1. Jenna I actually love you so much!! Love your blogs, they are some of the highlights of my week! Happy New Year, I hope it’s a great year for you!

  2. Thank you so much.You are so right with the 3C’s.Wish every young girl out there would learn those.Happy New Year Jenna and may 2017 be your best year ever!

  3. You inspired me to work harder and become a better person, than you for posting all of this and for being real, you truly are a role model.
    Happy New Year!

  4. I really needed to read this tonight. It really resonated with me when you said you don’t like change because you love consistency. I am the same way. But it was reassuring to read that painful ends can lead to beautiful beginnings. I think I’m in the painful ends part and I am ready or at least know I need to do the work for a beautiful beginning. Hears to a great 2017!

  5. You are inspiring for me. Love you. I have passed on your quotes to others and gotten good results. Happy new year, may it be filled with greatness! 💞🎇🎉

  6. Thanks Jenna really needed to here that 2016 was pretty good for me until Dec 28 my sister pass away peacefully so the new year kinda hard but i’m gonna be alright my sister was very strong and she taught me how to be i miss her so much but I know she want me to stay strong and live my life to the fullest and that’s
    my goal for this year start taking care of me and being the best I can. be with your help I know u can do this 💖💖😊💪🙏

  7. Hi Jenna,
    I am from Cleveland, Ohio and an avid viewer of “DWTS.” I am so happy that you were promoted last season on the show. It was so well deserved. Your blog is so inspiring and heartfelt. Your willingness to share your thoughts, life experiences, heartbreak and triumph means so much to your fans. I am an only child and lost my mom on Memorial Day of 2015. I was her caregiver for the last four years of her life. We were best friends. I have never been married or had kids and don’t have many relatives left. Most of them live in other states. I have some good friends but most of them don’t live real close to me so most contact is mostly by phone. I do have a six year old pug, Mario, who truly keeps me going. When the weather permits, we go to the local dog park very often in the evenings. Holidays are really tough. I must admit that I’ll be glad that when it’s all over because it gets lonely and somewhat depressing in my situation. I have always been very active and a high energy person. I have many interests and hobbies. I stay physically fit. However, since October I have been virtually housebound and hardly been able to drive, walk or stand because I got hit with crashing fatigue to the point of exhaustion. I’ve been to countless doctors, had numerous tests done and even been to the E/R twice. They’ve pretty much ruled out serious things, which is a great relief, but still haven’t quite nailed the cause. Some think that, at 53 years old, and nine months into going through the change that that could be the cause and all the stress on both my body and mind from being on call with mom 24/7, the grieving , etc. just caught up with me. Being alone, this is really scary to feel so debilitated. I’m looking for light at the end of the tunnel and getting back some semblance of normalcy in my life. Hopefully 2017 will bring brighter and better days soon! Jenna, your story is one of perseverance and compassion. You are so beautiful both inside and out and dance like an angel. I wish you a happy, healthy, successful and prosperous 2017! Enjoy the rest of your DWTS tour and see you back on DWTS in March.
    Your DWTS fan,
    Debbie Korntheuer
    14705 Orchard Park Ave.
    Cleveland, OH 44111

  8. Hey Jenna,
    I think what you’ve been doing- sharing your vulnerabilities- is so brave. What you’re sharing has really made me reflect on my own insecurities and the steps I should take to overcome them. I hope the heartache you’ve experienced has strengthened your heart to withstand any breakup or anything else that will cause you pain. Always know support is out there from your fans!!!!

  9. Jenna Johnson, you are the best there is. Thank you for starting out the New Year on such a beautifully positive note. You made the last day of 2016 the best day of my 2016, and I can’t thank you enough for that. I’m excited to see all the amazing things that are in store for you in 2017, and I’ll be supporting you every step of the way. I love you, sweet girl!

  10. Hi Jenna, happy new year! 🙂 Just wanted to tell you that you are a big inspiration, thank you for this blog and good luck!
    P.S. can you do an “all about my hair” post? Just saying I am obsessed with your hair haha
    Love you, and sending lots of kisses from Croatia <3

  11. Hi Jenna, I think the author Max DePree said “We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are”. He writes about leadership, and forming a thoughtful life. I don’t mean for this to be a criticisum or point out a mistake, just wanted you to know who said it, maybe you would like some of his other writings. I am loving the blog, thank you for starting it.

  12. Thanks for sharing your journey with us! Love watching you dance and can’t wait to see you again in Birmingham!

  13. Jenna my dear your blog is amazing and so real !! I totally understand you when you say I hate change…I love routine! And I was raised in the military…strange eh lol ! Keep up the great work and your amazing dancing!! Your talent is breath taking !!

    Your biggest Canadian fan

  14. Thank you for all the inspiration. Your amazing and I’m a really proud fan from ytycd to dwts and again last year as a tutor of a 12 yo amazing dancer, you say you’re terrified of change but let me say as a fan you’re doing great, and I know it might not be easy, and because of that you have all my respect as a professional dancer and has a person. Congrats on your success and I hope you achieve all your goals for 2017, and please keep inspiring people, you bright everyone’s day. Have a great new year.

  15. WOW, just reading this now but I love this post so much! trying to make 2017 one of the best years yet and loving myself! thanks for this inspiration! keep doing you!!

  16. Your blog is great, very honest & helpful tips! Can I make a suggestion? That Pillowtalk video you did with Artem was amazing! I’d be really cool if you started a youtube channel and choreographed your own pieces. You could even collaborate with some of your dancer/choreographer friends, and it would showcase your talents even more… I’m sure lots of people would love to watch them 🙂
    Looking forward to future posts! xo

  17. Your message is inspiring. I have recently been through a hard breakup and it has put me in a very dark place. I know there needs to be change in my life, in this new year, in this new day of my life! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting some of your bright light shine on my dark world today. I really needed this. Love you and your words. Please understand you are changing lives. You’re helping to change mine for the better.

  18. This is great, and more then inspiring! I am from Alaska and currently live in RI w my husband and two boys! My youngest and I just saw you guys in Boston, all amazing!!! We moved here for our son, hes now 6, and is fighting Britle Bone Disease. Your show made him so so happy!!! I want to say thank you for this inspiration, I needed it so badly! I gained weight when we moved here, delt w depression, and wiTh being in the hospital so much I lost track of me:(. So thank you for being you and showing us how to be better!

  19. I love the dancer you are and the message you deliver. <3
    I hope to see you one day on stage.
    Escuse my bad English, I am a french fan.

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