into the wild….

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I want more of this in my life,
to get offroad and into those fields and woods
I swoon over as I drive along busy
and heavy with gotta be somewhere else,
to put my feet into those rivers and wallow for awhile,
to follow a path and let the twists and turns in the trail
untwist some knots in me.

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I want to tramp unhurried through the forest,
to follow deeper into the woods an old stone wall
and maybe hear it’s stories,
to wander down a dirt road just because the sun feels warm
on my hair
and the sky has a blue about it
that moves me to feeling free
and there’s  nowhere in particular I have to be
just for now.

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 and I can follow
just because my heart is calling me.

I’m so hungry for this.
And so I’m going to slice off some thick
chunks of time this year
and see where the wild winds
may take me.
I’ll be sure to come around and share with you
what the woodlands whisper
I’ll be here every week
with wild and growing joy.

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“Night and day the river flows.
We are all canyoneers.
We are all passengers on this little mossy ship,
this delicate dory sailing around the sun that humans call the earth.
Joy,  shipmates,  joy.”
-Edward Abbey

(THANK you for continuing to come around even tho’ I don’t show up on google reader yet…..hoping for some resolution soon!)

Comments

  1. My inner child smiles with all the natural candy you share with us. 🙂
    I’m hungry too, for the long summer days, the first seedlings, the birds singing the whole day.
    This longing of yours make my heart sing and I can’t wait to read the woodland stories.
    Have a wonderful day!

  2. Following through the woods with you … such a magical place to be.

  3. I feel that pull too. If only to get away from the list of to-dos, the chatter, and soak in the earth for a few…

  4. If these magical photos are anything to go by you are going to have a wonderful time 🙂

    Some of your posts are showing up in my Google reader…

  5. So beautiful! I need to cut off chunks of time for adventure, too!! Can’t wait to hear about yours. And I’ll always come around, Reader or not!

  6. i’m hungry to be there, too….well actually anywhere besides inside the house while mother nature freezes the tundra around us…..

    a beach would be great, too…..i’m desperate sort of, so i’ll take anything 🙂
    xo

  7. Looking forward to little bit of wandering off the beaten track with you Jennifer! I am longing for that myself too……and I am also heavy with gotta be somewhere else…..but I love coming here to your space it soothes…….thank you…..

  8. Looking forward to little bit of wandering off the beaten track with you Jennifer! I am longing for that myself too……and I am also heavy with gotta be somewhere else…..but I love coming here to your space it soothes…….thank you…..

  9. When I was reading your words about following a path and letting the twists and turns in the trail
    untwist some knots in you, I had to think about how walking helps me both to think and to dismiss thoughts.

    The bell is beautiful…

  10. Wouldn’t that be nice? I hope you can this year; I hope we both can. That first photo is perfect. Made me smile.

  11. Jennifer, What comes to mind as I read your post this evening was this little clip from my childhood heart song.

    Walks in the woods by the small brook, and looking at the blue sky while running through the hay field, picking wild flowers and eating wild strawberries and feeling of wonder at all the little things that I was discovering.
    It was a time unhurried, of wonder and without a care in the world. It’s somehow gotten lost in the rush of growing up.

    Feeling the sweet gentle breeze on my bare legs while hopping from partly submerged stones,looking at my reflection in the brook with small trouts scurring about in the cool babbling crystal clear water….
    The innocent delight of chasing butterflies and catching little frogs just to let them go free again. All these are but childhood memories now but thanks for making me remember.

    Hugs,
    JB

  12. scurrying and not scurring. JB

  13. Hoping you’ll take us with you Jennifer when you are going. Those woods look like the best to untwist the knots left in you/us…I’d love to come with 🙂

  14. Oh gosh how I want that too! Thanks for the peek and reminder. What a beautiful adventure you took me on.

  15. My heart & soul is in the exact same space as yours … needing this so much, right now!

  16. Jen, thank you for sharing dear one.

  17. “…twists and turns in the trai untwists some knots in me…” Sigh…you have captured the essence with your words once again, dear Jennifer. Once again. xoxoxo

  18. Oh dear, I just need to follow the same path! I’ve been where duty and hurriedness took me lately, but I’d rather be following that wild path and let the wild winds take me wherever there are twists and turns and trails!
    I’ll show up again to see where you’ve been venturing and I might even send echoes of my own wandering into the wild…hey, what a beautiful prospect! 🙂

  19. No better place than to go “off” road and explore! Love listening to the sounds of the woods.

  20. I feel this pull as well. I love your “chunks of time” and will be joining you in doing the same 🙂

  21. Looking forward so much to reading about your adventures, Jennifer. Your words make even an “indoor girl” like me feel like getting out there into nature. “…the sky has a blue about it that moves me to feeling free” – love your wonderfully evocative words and phrases. Do you notice how many people quote your words in their comments? You have a wonderful gift of saying what others feel and making us realize the beauty of our hearts and spirits. Thank you for that. xo

  22. I too am yearning to get out…outdoors, outside my comfort zone…and into more joy. Speaking of…your vibrant art and photos have brought me joy this dreary January. I’m linking your blog up today over at StudioJRU.com so others can “meet” you.

    Grace.

  23. And so I follow, captivated by your words and pictures. So blessed to find you via StudioJRU.
    Ginger

  24. I love the artsy look of your blog, and of course the poetic words as well. I am stopping by from the studio JRU bloghop. Glad to meet you! Lori

  25. Hi! I also found your blog through the hop…I love your photos and your “about me” {resting in motion}… Thank you for that thought today!

  26. I know you have a beautiful and wonderful spot here in bloggy land, Jennifer! Not surprised that others agree with me. Your blog was shared with the ‘small world blog hop’ on my blog today! 🙂

  27. Hello Jennifer, I love the intensity of color here and love this – “to follow a path and let the twists and turns in the trail untwist some knots in me.” Lovely to have found your inspiring words and images through ‘small world blog hop’. Carol

  28. Thanks so much for visiting Jennifer. You have a lovely blog and I love your creations.

  29. lovely. “slice off some thick chunks of time.” i NEED to this, too.

  30. lovely. “slice off some thick chunks of time.” i NEED to this, too.

  31. And I so wish for you more time and space for your happy wanderings. Will look forward to following where your heart leads!

  32. I love this, Jennifer!
    And I so agree with you; I often feel like I am rushing by all the beautiful things without taking time to enjoy them. I would like to change that this year, also. I have been trying to leave myself time before or after an engagement when I am out so that I can stop somewhere and take a pretty picture, or try a new coffee shop, or stroll through a little antique market.
    I wish you good luck with your efforts, dear friend. And I will be back to check in with you next week, and the ones after that!
    xoxo,
    Anita

  33. You have a beautiful place here.

  34. You touch my heart deeply with your words and your art is eye candy….The woods are calling go and be refreshed….

  35. Jennifer…I am so touched by your words…my heart dances at the thought of your journey. Here’s to ‘big slices of time’, ‘woodland whispers’ and the ‘wild winds’. Can’t wait to hear all about what you find along the way.

  36. I feel myself pulled in that same direction this year, needing more time in peaceful quiet environments such as in nature. You described perfectly what I am wishing more of for myself. xo

  37. Your collection reminds me of an advent calendar. 🙂

  38. There is nowhere I have to be right now and I can follow just because my heart is calling me. Oh, what wise words you share with us and how my heart aches to be able to fly and follow. I may have to print that one out and hang it right where I can see it every single day.

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