The last couple of years have been messy.

2014 brought nothing I would have imagined and plenty of what I would like to forever forget.
As messy as it has been, it has been just as much so filled with grace and growth.

And for the latter, I am grateful.

If I have learned anything in the last 39 short years of my life it’s that life will never be what you expect it to be. People will disappoint, situations will change – yet life itself will be nothing but what you make it to be.

Good, bad, or ugly.

Most people like to show a photo-shopped version of life. A highlight reel of life. But what is usually cut out is the REALNESS. And that REALNESS? It is what truly makes you who are and who you become.

real life lived

It’s not always pretty, but it’s REAL. It’s not always what you think people expect of you and want to see – and a lot of times it’s not – but it’s what makes you YOU.

My tag line has always been real life lived. And the last couple of years? There have been more moments than not that weren’t blog friendly. So blogging? It was put on the back burner.

So many friends have encouraged me to write through this journey. I learned when my brother died, writing helps me to process life. And I have been writing. In journals. I am sure one day the entire story will be shared. But that timing? It’s just not now.

That story is still being written.

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I started blogging in 2005/6 as an outlet. As a way to keep in touch with family when we moved 1000 miles away from them. And overtime, it became a blessing and a great supplement to my income. And fast-forward ….. it was put on the back-burner.

Somewhere between the not-blog-friendly moments and the mental and emotional exhaustion from life – I paused blogging. I didn’t quit. The blog stayed active. I just hit the pause button.

Some seasons in life call for that.

And now? While there are still plenty Daze of Adventure, I have grown to realize I Am Jenn.

Just me. And that is enough.

So this back-to-blogging gig? It’ll be just that.

Me.

Jenn.

The projects. The interests. The work life. The adventures.

The good. The bad. The ugly. And most importantly – the new.

Because, y’all, new is good.

And so is God. All the time.

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4 thoughts on “Life without photoshop

  1. Hi Jenn, welcome back from your time of pause. I understand it, I get it. I am glad I decided to look you up today. I pray all is well and hope to see more of you around here. Have a great week! xo

    Posted on September 1, 2015 at 12:29 pm
  2. Hey girl! Glad to see you’re back! 🙂 I’ve had more non-bloggable moments this past year that not, and spent a lot of ‘pause’ time. Not gone, just paused a bit. Here’s to a new year! 🙂

    Posted on January 4, 2016 at 12:16 pm
  3. Welcome back to the blogosphere, friend! I’ve missed you!

    Posted on January 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm
  4. All the time.

    Posted on January 5, 2016 at 10:36 pm