got to be free….

To be free…..this is the thing,
top of my list……even love needs freedom
to thrive,
freedom to grow my own garden,
learn from my own mistakes,
choose my own path,
decide in my own heart how I worship, build a family,
make a life and a living,
to say my own strong “no’s” and grin my very own yeses,


to write and sing and paint and dance
and pickle and pour and pray and chance
and to choose my own pace about it,
not taking on hurry or rush or shove or push,
not swallowing one drop of ridicule because of my gimpy places,
but to bask in the light beautiful along the way,
all along the way,

because I’m free to choose,
to relax into the timing of Love
and take joy in this journey
that is mine.

Really,  don’t let the beauty of this life get away from you.

Lifting my heart to toast every drop of freedom
we are born for.

“Don’t shrink.
Don’t puff up.
Just stand your sacred ground.”
-Brene’ Brown

(and,  hey,  I really want to write you back when you leave comments.  I don’t get e-mails anymore,
since my blog changed a bit,  so I’m gonna try writing a reply right at the end of each comment.
Never done that before.  Not sure if you’ll ever get them….just wanting to stay connected.)


  1. Elephant's Child on July 4, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    YES to this post – and all of those freedoms.
    Perhaps you could add the button to subscribe to follow up comments? It would make it easier for us to see who has been by, and when you respond.

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      thanks for the suggestion….I like that idea.
      I’ll ask Michele of Be Inspired Designs (who helps maintain my blog and site)
      to help with that. Thanks for the suggestion!
      And always glad for your visit:)

  2. Julia Bourque on July 4, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Freedom, such a pricy word. It gives wings to my soul and send my heart blooming.
    You so eloquently stir up a freedom soup.
    I love your post.
    Happy 4th of July Jennifer.
    Hugs and love to you


    • Jennifer Richardson on July 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Such a pricy word….yes, Julia…I really like that.
      “stir up a freedom soup”……I love the way you think:)
      thanks for your comment, friend,

  3. Barbara on July 4, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I love that top photo. You are so creative. And your post expresses the longings of all of our souls. Those of us who live here are blessed. We forget it way too often!

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      thanks Barbara…..such kind words and huge to my heart.
      Big love,

  4. Simone on July 5, 2014 at 3:53 am

    A lovely thought provoking post as usual. I really hope that you recived my email thanking you for the wonderful giveaway prize. I cherish the words and pictures and look at them frequently to lift and inspire me. Thank you so much jennifer. x

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      I did receive your e-mail, Simone….thought I’d replied but sorry it slipped off my plate.
      I’m so glad they found you (good home:)) and appreciate your kind encouragement:)

  5. gotham girl on July 5, 2014 at 5:45 am

    beautiful! Hope you had another beautiful day of freedom!

  6. Maryse on July 5, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Amen to that. Be you and own your sacred space. ♥

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      “own your sacred space”….gosh, I like that.
      THANK you:)

  7. Kathryn on July 5, 2014 at 10:40 am

    What a beautiful message, Jennifer! Hi to you! Hope you are enjoying some summertime relaxation and fun now. Love, kath

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Summertime relaxation happening in snippets around here
      but I inhale them deeply and they’re sweeter than some of the
      long stretches of vacation I’ve known in the past.
      thanks for asking and love to you as you summer along,

  8. Carola Bartz on July 5, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Yes, I love freedom, too. It is priceless, and we so often take it for granted.
    Until we realize, that some of the freedom is taken away from us, slice by slice. It makes me very sad.

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 6, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      slice by slice… true and, yes, sad.
      I do think, however, that the major freedoms we enjoy,
      the ones that cause us to thrive,
      we carry inside ourselves despite the economy or
      circumstances. Those freedoms are the ones I’m especially
      wilding for.
      Thanks for coming by and leaving your whispered words of wisdom:)

  9. S. Etole on July 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    So thankful our hearts can be free in spite of our circumstances. Love the color in your heart.

  10. Donna on July 6, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Heartwarming thoughts about freedom…I have strong feelings about my freedom…thanks for reminding us to not let the beauty of this life get away from us.

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 10, 2014 at 10:07 am

      thanks, friend…..strong feelings all around;
      I love your freedom-loving heart:)

  11. Lady Fi on July 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    So very lovely – words and shots.

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 10, 2014 at 10:06 am

      thanks for coming by, Lady Fi:)
      looking forward to strolling through your garden
      later on this week,

  12. My Inner Chick on July 7, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    l o v e l y
    liberating Post.
    love the heart shaped watermelon.
    Love -Brene’ Brown!

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 10, 2014 at 10:05 am

      thanks for your kind words
      and for dropping by my place;
      so welcome here anytime, you:)
      will pop by to visit soon,

  13. Vickie Newman on July 8, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Love your poetry! Just visiting from Elephant’s Child’s blog feature on you….so nice to meet you! – Vickie

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 10, 2014 at 10:04 am

      So glad you dropped by, Vickie;
      look forward to popping over to visit

  14. Anyes on July 8, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Hello sweet friendI love your light the one you carry in your words and in your heart and it\\\’s so nice to finally come around to visit you here. Sorry for having been a bit absent those past months. Hugs to you and wishing you an amazing Summer Anyes xo

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 10, 2014 at 10:04 am

      so good to hear from you, Anyes; thanks for your
      balmy encouraging words:) happy summering to you,
      as well,

  15. kathryn on July 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I am always working on expanding my own freedom…little by little!! Your words and photos are always amazing and speak to my heart!!

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 10, 2014 at 10:03 am

      little by little is the truest way, I think;
      freedom is such an inside thing.
      thanks for dropping by, Kathryn,

  16. Michele Bergh on July 9, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Oh, yes, my kindred spirit. Freedom is what I truly desire as well. Such a great time to explore this desire!

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 10, 2014 at 10:01 am

      sings from the songs of my bones,
      thanks for coming by, friend,

  17. leslie on July 10, 2014 at 11:44 am

    thankful, with you, for the One who loves us through all circumstances, and makes us free…

    • jennifer on July 12, 2014 at 11:03 am

      yes…singing along with a smile:)

  18. Susan on July 10, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I sure like staying connected with you, in any way!

    • jennifer on July 12, 2014 at 11:02 am

      I so thank you, friend:)
      Connection is everything.

  19. Eydie on July 11, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Your Art is in full bloom. Beautiful art, beautiful YOU.

    • jennifer on July 12, 2014 at 11:02 am

      oh Eydie….thanks for being such a life-giving stream:)

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