magical mystery tour….

Hope happening
as I join my bliss with  Liv’s ,
my heart thumping grateful for a week of wonder,


~daytripping west with my bestest
where orchards in blossom hugged mountainsides bursting with newborn green.

~waiting in Dr. office,  a very old gentleman shuffled out the door
and began singing loudly in the lobby,
belting it out beneath tufts of whispy white hair
and a sudden hopeful magic settled over everyone like mist.

~diving deep into my trueness
and living from my coolest,  freshest waters
instead of slugging through the muddy shallows of shoulds.

~body growing lean and strong with digging soil
and walking slow and long.

~leaves flushed out on trees and again they sing,
everywhere rustling with melody
and I rest back soft against the music and look up into the song.

~the happy rush of making and leaving bites of art,
tokens of love
for just that someone to find,
releasing them like ladybugs
to work their gladness.

~even when the strong one tumbles from ladder,
ankle fractures,
dog squirts vile and stains floor,
checks and bills collide and brawl,
and pain screams sharp and overheats,
I can still shake free the heaviness,

and say my “yes” to this magical mystery tour
and travel these wild roads with my tender guide,
instead of brow furrowed,  eyes strained,
soul breaking out in hives
over some mapquest version
of this life that is mine.

And I’m okay with backroads
with rest and take it slow
and take the long way when I can
and let my spirit flow.

“Love said to me  “I know a song.  Would you like to hear it?
and laughter came from every brick in the street
and from every pore in the sky.

After a night of prayer,  He changed my life when He said
‘Enjoy me’. “

-Teresa of Avila



  1. kamana on March 24, 2012 at 3:27 am

    hope happens… thank god for that. sometimes, all i cling to is hope.

  2. rachel awes on March 24, 2012 at 5:18 am

    that teresa of avila quote took my breath away, jennifer!
    as have your art + flowers photo + words.
    there IS so much to be grateful for
    when we did + see like you do.
    + growing strong, you are.
    lovelove xox

  3. rachel awes on March 24, 2012 at 5:19 am

    i meant “dig” , not “did”, in sentence four 🙂

  4. Kathy on March 24, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Wow, Jennifer. This took my breath away…in a good way! I am awestruck by your words, your art, your photos, more art, that quote. This is just beautiful. In fact, beautiful doean’t say it. Thank you for this. Thank you for sharing you! I’m so glad you do…

  5. Mary on March 24, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Oh Jen, how my heart and spirit needed this…my ears seem plugged…having a hard time hearing his song of late.

    Thank you!

  6. Nancy on March 24, 2012 at 9:58 am

    “Enjoy Me” wow these two words say so much and so loud….If only we would avail ourselves and spend the time to search these two words…..

    Your words touch the heart and your pictures touch the mind…what a combination to be able to express so beautifully….

    Bless you sweet friend…

  7. Anita on March 24, 2012 at 9:58 am

    It makes me so happy that you are able to cast aside the weight of the crazybusy lives we all live these days and find the joy taking the long way around!
    You rock, dear Jen. You rock!
    xo, Anita

  8. Marjie Kemper on March 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    It’s always such a pleasure to visit here. Love your vision of the big picture, and not some mapquest version of how to get from A to B. Happy Saturday, hon!

  9. lisleman on March 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    so much covered in your wonderful words.
    I was a student of the magical mystery tour, but I was not the Walrus.

  10. Stewart M - Australia on March 25, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Hi there – very nice words to plant among plants!

    I like the second picture as well – is it an orchard?


  11. Marcie on March 25, 2012 at 5:27 am

    ‘Instead of slugging thru the muddy shallows of shoulds’ Oh – how beautifully said..and words I needed to here today. Gorgeous post!

  12. Bren on March 25, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Wonderful post Jen, the combination of beautiful words and beautiful photos and art, well it’s perfect even when life isn’t 🙂

  13. Amanda Fall on March 25, 2012 at 10:33 am

    How do you ALWAYS catch my breath? “The muddy shallows of shoulds”–“soul breaking out in hives / over some mapquest version / of this life that is mine.”

    Every time I come here, I leave breathing easier, sitting taller, joy-ing bigger.

    Thank you for seeing this world so clearly, so you-ly, and letting us peek in over your shoulder.

    I love the view.

  14. Marion on March 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Amanda took highlighted my favorite passage as well! How great life IS when we see it for what it is, not how it should be, not the MapQuest version!

    Second favorite…

    “Releasing them like ladybugs
    to work their gladness.”

    Gladness releases, thank you Jennifer!

  15. Mary on March 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Your best yet, Jennifer! I mean that. “living from my coolest, freshest waters
    instead of slugging through the muddy shallows of shoulds.” INDEED.

  16. Poetic chronicles on March 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    A brave, positive, joyful soul you are! 🙂 And this quote….oh my!

  17. Caryn Caldwell on March 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for the reminder! Such a pretty way to present the message, too. So vibrant and alive-looking and, well, hopeful!

  18. Nancy Lennon on March 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Jennifer, your words and photos are like a breath of spring. Thank you! ~ Nancy

  19. elk on March 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    your photo essay touched my heart such beauty filled images of free…made me smile knowing that you are taking the back roads..perhaps we will meet there around the bend …

  20. Jen Zimmerman on March 26, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Jennifer, your words are such sweet nourishment for my hungry soul. In fact, I’ve moved the link to your site from my blog category to my wellness category on my phone : ) Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts with the world!

  21. Cori Berg on March 26, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Such beautiful words, Jennifer. Magical and mystical. The extraordinary in the ordinary.

  22. leslie on March 26, 2012 at 10:50 am

    love that quote, so much. and the wildflowers in the meadow…

  23. Relyn on March 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Oh, friend…. sigh….

    I have fallen completely in love with your old man. Of course, I always have had a think for slightly stooped old men with crazy eyebrows…

  24. Barbara on March 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Teresa is my saint (from Confirmation) and I ‘ve never heard that quote – I love it! It just shows why I chose her! Love this post, as always. Your words are pure art and joy. I find myself “slugging through the muddy shallows of shoulds” too often these days. Thanks for waking me up!

  25. JBR on March 27, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Jen, your words never disappoint me. There timing seems to always be perfect. Blessings to you dear one.

  26. Christina on March 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

    i love that “shake free”! i am so glad i stopped over here.
    to you my friend.

  27. S. Etole on March 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Those backroads offer the most amazing treasures just waiting to be discovered.

  28. Connie Smiley on March 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    There is powerful beauty in these words, Jennifer, and when you write your book, I want to buy the first copy. Love to you.

  29. Lee Ann on March 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I just feel like I’ve been on one of my wonderful walks out in nature but this time with precious words added to describe the beauty I am feeling. You are AWESOME Jen! Love how your emotions and tender and beautiful heart flow through your posts. Wish so much we could meet in a garden for some tea and talk in person. You sure make my heart happy!

    Love to you Jen!
    ♥Lee Ann

  30. Karen Stout on March 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Oh my. I always feel like I’m inside your heart when I read your posts. I feel you. Love and peace my friend.

  31. Jennifer on March 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I love how you are embracing life. So incredibly inspring. Your blog is beautiful and filled with so much inspiration right from your heart.

  32. Judy Hartman on March 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Beautiful words, beautiful photos!

  33. Dulcy Stewart on March 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I just need to know…. do you really leave your lovely little art cards in beautiful places outdoors? It’s just such a charming thought! I would be over the moon if I found something like that while taking a walk or hiking. Do you keep it, or leave it there for others to find is the question. I would definitely be tempted to put it in my pocket, but would feel bad later. Yes…. it must be left in it’s beautiful surroundings. You’re awesome Jennifer!

  34. Jean on March 31, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I love your art cards, your photos, your words and your spirit. I am always struck by how peaceful and joyful I feel when I read your words, see your art and photos. Thank you for spreading your lovely thoughts. I loved that you are living in your coolest waters instead of the shallows of shoulds. BEAUTIFUL and wise.

  35. LindyLouMac in Italy on March 31, 2012 at 5:42 am

    It is always a pleasure to call by to catch up with you knowing I will read something that will brighten the day.

  36. Amy Kelsch on March 31, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Jennifer: You do such a wonderful job with your blog. Your words are so touching and honest. My day is better today because of you!

  37. jeanie on April 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Sing. Hope. Love. Inspire. Bedazzle. Inspire. All these words reflect what you share. As always, I am in awe.

  38. Julia Of Petals and Wool on April 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Jennifer, I’m back from Nova Scotia safe and sound and grateful for the gift of sharing such an energizing weekend with other fiber artists. Thanks for visiting my blog. You always leave such nice comments.

    I’m afraid that I’m not as poetic as you are and I always try to read between the lines to understand a hidden message, disguised as soul words, perhaps. Words only someone with the gift a poetic soul can write as freely as I breath.

    I hope that you are resting and restoring your strength and healing what needs to heal. Your acceptance of what you cannot change is always so remarkable. Blessings & hugs. JB

  39. Jess Morrow on April 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Oh … “some mapquest version of this life that is mine.” That’s my favorite line, but the entire thing is entirely, entirely gorgeous. Thank you. xo

  40. Mimi and Tilly on April 14, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Jennifer, Teresa of Avila’s words moved me deeply this morning. Your blog is so beautiful. Thank you. Em x

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