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. 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.

    • 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. 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


  3. 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!

  4. 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

    • 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. beautiful! Hope you had another beautiful day of freedom!

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

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

    • 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. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. So very lovely – words and shots.

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

  13. Vickie Newman says

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

  14. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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