The moment I accepted my life was a beautiful, chaotic, sometimes a little-messy-but-always-entertaining circus was the moment I felt a true release.

There's no sense in fighting the madness, but I've picked up a few tricks to keep the show going along the way.

I hope they work as well for you as they have [and still do] for me.

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A Blast from the Past

I was working on a post for tomorrow when I happened to glance at the Related Posts showing in the preview.  It’s been a long time since I’ve gone through some of my older posts from my Jennie B in SC or even my Sassy Steel Magnolia days, but something about these two made me stop and take a few minutes.

It was March of 2010 and while I hadn’t forgotten the events of this fateful [and down right hilarious] night, I had forgotten just how much I put my trust in knowing I would be taken care of, that things would work out.  Reading through I laughed so many times and my eyes even watered a little at how fearless I had been in that moment and how I just went with my gut instincts without talking myself out of anything.

I don’t quite know if given the same situation would I do it all again, but I can only hope that a glimmer of the same faith and trust in the moment would make itself known.  If you have a few minutes, I invite you to read parts 1 and 2 of A Series of Unfathomable Events.

A Series of Unfathomable Events {part 1}

A Series of Unfathomable Events {part 2}

I think you’ll agree that it’s always been a Circus around these parts.  This two posts just show what happens when that circus gets taken on the road….

cheers,

jennie b

A baby changes everything.

Posted in beauty, circus, fAith

me and bean

More specifically, this baby changes everything.

Long before she came into this world just one year ago today, she was destined to alter all who came in contact for the better.

I call her Bean. She is my goddaughter.

And she has changed everything.

Happy 1st Birthday, sweet girl. May you continue to change the world for the better every day.

l&m

Auntie Boo

oh Sunday, Sunday

Morning, Campers!

This is where I’m writing you from right now:

sunday morning

That’s right. I’m spending a good ol’ Sunday morning in bed researching, reading, writing, and getting a few things checked off the to do list.  I don’t have any real reason to write a post, but just thought writing one would be good for me as we enter the new week.

If you’re on the site itself, you’ll notice a few changes. I updated and greatly simplified the theme. And without all the fuss, I managed to get this accomplished in under an hour. #winning Let me know what ya think!

I’m proud to say my 2012 taxes are officially FILED. Done and done. Always feels good to get those things out of the way. Besides, I have two plane tickets to purchase (nashville & dallas), so bring on the refund. #baddabing

I’m really really excited about this upcoming week. Like really excited.

My “new year resolution” was to do 1 thing every month that makes me really really happy and 1 thing that I never thought I’d do. (actually I think I may be doing both this week) And so …… I’m take Tuesday off work for a Personal Day. I haven’t done this since I started in Dermatology and it is long over due. I used to absolutely love my Personal Days off work, and now I get to finally have one.

This Wednesday is also Ash Wednesday – one of my favorite Religious days of the year – which is also the start of my favorite Religious Season of the year, Lent. I’m sure I’ll discuss this more down the road, but for now it just adds to the excitement of this week.  It also means I embark on my “spending freeze”. Since I’ve been on Clean, it’s not like I can give up a food vice, so instead, I’m giving up unnecessary spending for Lent. Now this is going to be quite difficult, but I know it will help launch me forward in my financial goals for 2013. My Sister is helping me understand all things finances and savings a bit better.  She helped me get a game plan together in just a few short phone calls! (She’s awesome like that.) So my Lent Challenge is definitely going to put me in the right direction, for sure.  (do I sound silly at how excited I am about all this, yet?)

Annnnnnnnnnnd speaking of Clean ………… today is Day 21. It is supposed to be my last day of the Clean Program. However, I made the decision last week to ADD another week to the cleanse.  That’s right. I voluntarily decided to add an additional week sans-bread, cheese, milk, 3 solid meals, etc. etc. (ding – thing I never thought I’d do) I already feel really great so far, and figure since it’ll probably be another year before I’m this “clean” – why not add on another week and knock it out of the park? Plus I found all new recipes and I’m actually getting more active in understanding the program and what it is doing for my body, which helps make everything seem so much more worth it.

It’s a pretty solid week ahead of me. And now to help get things started off well, I need to pull myself out of bed, get to cleaning and head to the grocery to stock up on Clean food for the week. Before I go, here’s a snap shot of the new flower arrangement I created yesterday to add an extra special touch to the days ~

pretty flowers

l&m,

jennie b

music snack : dr. john’s litany [x 3]

For the 3rd year in a row it’s time for a little Dr. John and his Litanie Des Saints. My reasoning in doing so can be found in last year’s post, part of which I’ve pasted below:

Why? Because I love this song. I love the artist. I love the sounds, the soul, the sway. I love the New Orleans feel it has. I love the message. I love the litany. I love the Lenten Season. I love it all. 

That pretty much says it all. Enjoy!

Dr. John – Litanie Des Saints 

 – love & magic, jennie b

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The Music Snack comes out every Wednesday to put a little rhythm in your week. Requests are always welcome, so don’t be shy!

pushing the restart button

When it comes to religion, I make it a rule to keep my thoughts and views quite private and rarely discuss the subject matter openly. Because tomorrow is Ash Wednesday – the beginning of the Season of Lent, my favorite religious Season – I’m going to break my rule a little bit. But just for this post.

As the Cradle Catholic that I am – born, baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church – Lent has always been a big part of the year for me. Although I’ve grown less strict in regards to practicing the Catholic Faith over the years and my views on spirituality have broadened to encompass many aspects of other religions, Lent has always held a very special place in my heart.

If you aren’t all that familiar, a basic rundown of the Season of Lent goes like this:

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and lasts for 40 days. Catholics are asked to do modest mortifications and acts of penance during Lent for the purification of the body and soul. Lent is a time of confession, fasting, abstinence, more prayer, […] and more spiritual and corporal works of mercy. – Catholicism for Dummies 

It’s like pushing the restart button on your current life situation. A 40 day meditation to step back and take a look at everything. Yes this is something that we should all do every day regardless of the time of year, but for most of us that doesn’t happen. With Lent, there’s just something about it being a sanctioned occurrence that almost gives a bit more hope that you’ll end the 40 days in a better place than where you started.

Call me naive, but I like the thought that millions of people all across the world are gearing up for these next 40 days, in the pursuit of bettering themselves for the betterment of all. Did I get a little too We are the World just now? Little bit? Oh well.

I’m a big proponent that you don’t have to be Catholic to celebrate the basic principles of Lent. I borrow Holidays and celebrations from other religions all the time. (I just like celebrating, can you tell?) Along with the penance and reflection part, I give something up – I always do better with tangible items – then I try to add something good. And I don’t cheat on Sundays. Posers.

This year I’m giving up pizza. Sounds easy, right? Not so much considering the fact I’ve found myself eating it 3 to 4 times a week for dinner and then left overs. As for the something good I’m adding, well that one’s going to remain private. (I gotta keep somethin to myself on this one.) But I’ll let you know how it all works out.

So what do you think? Going to give the Season of Lent a go this year? Push the restart button? Get your mental groove back? Think about it and get back to me. We can keep each other in check.

And since tomorrow is Ash Wednesday that means today is Fat Tuesday. (another wonderful celebration, might I add) And so I leave you with a reminder that Good Things Happen on Tuesdays and therefore …….

Laissez les bons temps rouler, petits bébés!

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HOPE is the thing with feathers

Posted in fAith


HOPE is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I ’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

– Emily Dickinson

music snack – you’ve got the love

Posted in fAith, Music Snack

Maybe because it’s that time of year.

Or maybe it’s just me calling out for the Love.

But with today’s Music Snack I wanted to say the following….

Whether it be the God of your chosen religion, the Universe, Mother Nature, or whatever you please, there’s times in life when you feel compelled to call upon a Higher Power. I stand firm in my beliefs of a Higher Power. *And I truly believe there are more than one paths to this Higher Power. And even though we haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye these past few years, it’s ok – He knows what’s up. We have that kind of open relationship thing going on. It’s no holds barred honesty all the way. I cry, He comforts. I laugh, He smiles. I yell at Him, He yells right back at me. Some people may see our relationship as a bit unconventional. Whatever. It works for us. It’s a really good thing we have such a unique relationship though, because I can honestly say I don’t know where I’d be today, at this very minute, without it.

Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got the Love

Sometimes I feel like throwin’ my hands up in the air …

I know I can count on you.

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music snack *undiscovered

I can only sit and laugh [because when there’s nothing else to do, just laugh] at the fact that of course when I set a goal to blog every day for one month, a flood gate opened and life turned a bit upside down. It’s how my life works sometimes. Ok, all the time. But alas – I’m back. After a week of going dark [hardly any online activity], I’m slowly trying to get back in the game.

Things got pretty crazy this past week. Especially over the weekend. There were a lot of questions thrown at me – that I threw at myself – which led to a lot of contemplating, which steered me in the direction of worrying, which landed me in Lost~ville. And then as if someone Upstairs were listening to my self-directed conversations, this song came through my speakers Monday afternoon. And while I still find myself with a heavy head, it’s not quite as heavy after listening to this one on repeat for the past few days ….

James Morrison – Undiscovered

I’m not lost …. just Undiscovered.

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The Music Snack comes out every Wednesday to put a little rhythm in your week. Requests are always welcome, so don’t be shy!