Thursday, March 31, 2011

83*

this past tuesday, i  had the pleasure of sharing a beautiful afternoon with Sara and her two gorgeous girls...


we were headed to chautauqua for some late day play, and swung by longmont on our way.

you know sara right?
sara of walk slowly, live wildly..
sara of the happy hoop...
and the live lightly tour, the happy janssens, happy foody...
sara the incredible photographer..

yes, that sweet sara.

her gorgeousness framed in dreamy dreads...
she speaks with the articulation of deep intelligence and gentle compassion...
more simply put::    she is lovely.
so so so lovely.

and her girls are two beautiful spirits who my girls loved and still talk about daily...


we talked shop over mate and tea while sitting on the grass in the sunshine while our kiddos played in their worlds of imagination...

sweet lucy was so tired...

before it got too late, yet an hour after i told my girls we were leaving (does it take you ten times as long to get out of the door too?)  we headed towards chautauqua to catch the late afternoon sun, but not before a quick stop to cold stone creamery to pay out my bribe to get them into the car..  **note to self.. if you want decent pictures of kids, do not give them ice cream prior to the shoot.. hyper children adorned with chocolate stained faces and clothes is not what i had in mind...

sophia had fun in the bathroom.. oh my, i try not to think about what is on that floor.


required bathroom shot


sophia refused to play by the "stay on the trail" rules...

happy girls

my favorite shot of the afternoon...
this is Sophia...
walking to the beat of her own drum and not giving a damn about anything else...
i wish i were more like her.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

82*

sitting in panera in longmont..
overhearing two high school aged boys converse...
about the girls they are lusting after
the grand awesomeness of trucks (i almost wrote cars, but it is trucks, this is colorado after all!)
their buddy who is dating that girl who is untouchable
the video game they conquered

and they are laughing
and one has an infectious laugh
and it makes me smile

their insecurities masked with false bravado
they appear so tough...
but all i see are two little boys...  seeking... scared of failure...
scared of the unfathomable humbling of acknowledging their humanness.
it helps me forgive those stupid boys i knew in high school and college.

******

i keep thinking about getting a new tattoo...

i have one
one small beautiful flower

and i love it
never once regretted it

and i am not one who wanted another tattoo as soon as i got my first
i know plenty of people who got hooked on the tats

but i'm thinking...

a mandala...
sun and moon....
feminine and masculine convergence...

i can see it clearly in my mind.

we'll see....
we shall see.

******


i am in the early stages of planning to trip to NE Ohio
it will be a beautiful trip
may is always beautiful along the 41 parallel

not quite summer
but way beyond spring
i've always loved the light in may...

the return of the yellow light.
yellow light
it is comfort and relaxing... mellow.
yep... may will be a nice time for a visit.

******

we adopted a bunny
a little cottontail
his name is basil helios
he is our little herbal sungod

helios... i've been reading so much ancient Egyptian history, it is spilling over into my life...

instead of letting the girls name him,
i came home and declared his name because selfishly i did not want him to be called
"foo-foo fa-la-la"
or something along those lines
which is precisely what mary would have chosen.

i'm a pretty giving mama,
so i feel ok with being a jerk on this one.

anyhow...
basil is sweet and beautiful.
and i never thought i could love a little fluff ball so much. 

mike is building a hutch for him
with the help of our wonderful neighbor
who happens to be a sustainable building contractor
he used all reclaimed wood... and repurposed materials
it is gorgeous
and my dream of having a living roof is finally coming true by way of the hutch...

we will be vermicomposting the manure into beautiful black gold. 
a wonderful thrilling thing for this girl.
and it feels good to be using my degree in sustainable community development again.
******

i must leave my free wifi haven now.

enjoy a lovely evening.

xo.
jen

Thursday, March 10, 2011

*81

i was recently interviewed by the gorgeous Amy Komar-LaPlant, of Artist in the Arctic.. Amy is one of the most creative spirits i have ever met.  soul-filled, beauty, light.. a lovely bundle of creative inspiration.

you can read the interview here:

happy thursday loves.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

80*


today we started our spring seeds...
i felt a little magical!

***
i miss my nose ring
although, i do enjoy scrubbing my face without getting it caught on the washcloth.

***

i totally dropped the ball on my 4 x 12 project.
maybe i will start again..
or maybe i'll just start back up this month
i guess, i never said it needed to be 12 consecutive months.

***

i read somewhere that most artists' minds are filled with fabulous ideas and even better intentions
but rarely do they follow through with the project.
...i totally identify with this.

***

today i breathed easier than i have in many many months.
i was reminded of life's ebbs and flows.
my mama told me the truth.
"the only thing certain in life is change, so be flexible."

***

really looking forward to mid june
i will be immersed in the divine feminine.
girls weekend in steamboat...
a reunion with my magnificent friend and goddess mama to my girls...
new connections with women i already adore.

***

its almost my bedtime
and i still have so much to edit...

xo.
jen

Saturday, March 5, 2011

79*



let's celebrate springs impending arrival with a photo session special!!!

$125 for a 45 minute on location photo session 
with a disc of full resolution proofing images.  
PLUS!  if you refer a friend you get 
$25 to put towards your photo session 
or towards prints!  
WOO-HOO!

i have been preoccupied with the return of warmth...
awakening...
the return of green!

i am giddy with anticipation!

***

darbi and ilia..  this gorgeous couple...
i.
love.
them.

they are one of the best rewards of my job.
clients turned friends.

i am hoping they will make the trip up to no. co. this summer for a week of hot springs, camping and pure joy.

darbi and i are so connected... our kids are the same age... our minds seem to work in the same way.. she is a great true beauty.  i am constantly blown away by her radiance.. the love in her actions... her compassion for others... she is breathtaking in every imaginable way.

and ilia is such a beautiful soul.  the kind of man you respect and love all in one moment.  he is kind and gracious. to watch him with his family is one of the most beautiful things i have witnessed.  the outpouring of love and loyalty he displays is beyond beautiful.  he is comfort, grace, and protection rolled up in one handsome man.

so...
let us celebrate love... and rebirth... and spring!

let us celebrate this wonderful beautiful life!!!

blessings to each of you.

xo
jen

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

78*

my sanctuary

monday and thursdays, this is where you will find me.  

barefoot on this floor

***

under dimmed lights and amongst beautiful souls

dancing and balancing

drinking in the goodness

embracing the vibrational pull of gathered energy

releasing the joy and the grief

through conscious and unconscious movement

and sweat

laughter

and occasional tears

***

major soul (sole) work happening on those wooden floorboards

my inner and outer strength growing

rejoicing in the beauty all around 

life, body, love, mind, connection

and...

the magic

the beautiful greater power that holds me and never lets go.  

****

where is your sanctuary?