Coming home to myself…


Every day I’ll be sharing here this month,
kind of  coming home to myself,
a season of rest from the overwhelm
that my life has become.
Somehow I got a little lost
in other people’s lives
and gave myself
too little room
on my over- crowded plate.

Have you ever done that?
Forgotten,  for a while,  to live your own life?
I’m taking the month to come untangled,
get loose from the noose,
be  free from the buzz of the be
in my head….

be (overly) productive,
be responsible (for more than your share),
be a fixer,  a saver,  a rescue-maker.
And faster,  please.

No,  I think I’d rather not.

Today I choose instead to be
simply me,
and oh so glad
about it

Care to join me?

(I’ll be here every day this month,  tending this space that helps
grow the quiet and glad in me.)

“Overinvolvement of any sort can keep us in a state of chaos.
If we’re focusing our energies on people and problems,
we have little left for the business of living our lives.
And there is just so much worry
and responsibility in the air.
If we take it all on ourselves,  it overworks us
and underworks the people around us.
It doesn’t solve problems.
It doesn’t help other people.  It doesn’t help us.
It is wasted energy.”
-Melody Beattie


  1. Susan on August 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I’m oh so glad about it, too! I love stopping by here to taste your soulful words and gaze at your beautiful flowers. It’s been a while since I had the problem of being too busy or too involved in others lives … not sure if it’s from living pretty much here on our own or just learning as I go how to do that!
    Enjoy your August and take care of your sweet self.

  2. Sue on August 2, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Overwhelm and overinvolvement, sounds way too familar. Good luck in getting back to yourself, love hearing from you

  3. Michele Bergh on August 2, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Ahhh, yes, the overwhelm that is so easy to get caught up in! I am also untangling…reconnecting with my yoga practice which has been absent for way too long…trying new things…enjoying life on my terms. Enjoy the month…and every month moving forward, my dear friend.

    • Mircea on April 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      That’s a smart way of thknniig about it.

  4. Deborah on August 2, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Yes, I have forgotten at times to live my own life!
    And while you will be using this space to connect daily and come back to you, I have chosen to sort of step back and do my own self connecting away from cyberspace. No doubt the month will be good for both of us. I’ll look forward to your sweet words of wisdom.

  5. Kathy on August 2, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Oh my goodness, Jennifer! Someone understands! I feel this way and here at home it seems that nobody GETS IT!! YOU DO! I am sorry you are feeling this inner chaos, but oh so very happy that you recognize it and then are proactive about taking care of your Self! I adore you…. I am thrilled to breathe with and share this journey with you, my sweet friend! ~kath

  6. Julia Bourque on August 2, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Sweet Jennifer, the art of living can be the most difficult art of all to master. Our canvas can soon become a jangled mess with all that is thrown at us and we can barely recognize the painting that we began with.
    I hope that you can refocus your energies on yourself so that you feel whole again.

    Blogging may be the path way for you this month.

  7. Liz on August 2, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Thanks for this this morning, Jen……so deeply needed……

    I just went out and bought Melody Beattie’s “The Language of Letting Go” for the second time this week, as I’d given my first copy away…….

    ….so to see the quote you picked was such a comfort; God knew it would be meaningful for me…….sometimes the comfort is just being reminded that God knows….

    Thanks dear dear friend…..
    *So* with you on the journey…..

  8. Liz on August 2, 2013 at 7:37 am

    p.s…..Your title here as well……all week, my prayer has been (oddly from a silly old song that keeps surfacing…) “Show me the way to go home…”…..thanks for being a breadcrumb on my path this morning, Jen….

    me (again)~*

  9. rachel awes on August 2, 2013 at 8:53 am

    big home hugs dear xoxoo

  10. jeanie on August 2, 2013 at 9:30 am

    The quote about overinvolvement? Unbelievably perfect. Good for you — making and taking time for you, to rediscover yourself and to explore all that you are! Bravo — I will look forward to accompanying you on this journey!

  11. Lynn on August 2, 2013 at 10:52 am


    Like Eckhart Tolle’s “now”

    Yes. I will join you in the “now” to just “be”.


  12. Barbara on August 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    You know I’m in the middle of this tug-a-war myself, holding on tight to the ‘me’ of my life. Here’s to finding peace and balance! And here’s another quote you’ll love:

    “To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything…destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.” ~ Thomas Merton

  13. beth on August 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    YES YES YES…..”to simply be”……yourself!!!

    that over crowded plate happens to all of us….especially moms….and it’s always good to sit back and say hey, it’s my turn now !!!


  14. Donna on August 4, 2013 at 7:08 am

    I am trying to just be or find the me again and what I really want…so many fill your head…and as a middle child I am always the fixer and savior…I frequently lose myself or take on too much or help too much…I am so happy you are taking time to be and share these wonderful words and images. Take care my friend.

  15. Donna on August 4, 2013 at 7:08 am

    I am trying to just be or find the me again and what I really want…so many fill your head…and as a middle child I am always the fixer and savior…I frequently lose myself or take on too much or help too much…I am so happy you are taking time to be and share these wonderful words and images. Take care my friend.

  16. Judy Hartman on August 4, 2013 at 8:40 am

    This is wonderful, Jennifer. Yes, I agree, we can get lost in the ‘overwhelm’ of life. I’m so glad you’re taking this month to ‘untangle’ and express yourself through your blog. I’m very interested in following your journey. More of your thoughtful insights, words and photos? I’m in!! Thank you, as always, for sharing your talent and your heart with us.

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