How It Is


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Taps microphone.
“Is this thing on? Helleww?”

WHERE have you guys been? I've been waiting around here ALL summer by myself.
I took an extended blog break obviously. I appreciate the emails and messages sent my way checking on me.
All is and was fine. I had a wonderful summer, and I hope you did as well.
I went to Panama, toured the rain forest, spent the day with an indigenous tribe who doesn't believe in underpants, took some day trips, swam, sunned, read, spent time with my family.

As mentioned before my break, I'm on Twitter and Facebook multiple times a day, every day.
I like those two venues. You should join me there.
Many of you have blogs and will relate when I say a blog post takes me about an hour to create. When I blog three times a week, that's three hours a week.
Twitter and FB take me seconds, and I feel like I say all I've got to say in more digestible bites.

It's said that to maintain traffic and get an impact, the minimum number of times you must blog is 3x a week or it's useless. I'm about to become useless.
I love my blog friends and family. You guys make me smile on a regular basis, and many of us have become genuine friends. Or at least the kind of friends who wave at each other as we pass one another in the social media hallways.

A couple years ago, God asked me to really make some changes. To simplify. To reprioritize. To let some things go. To clutch some things and people even tighter.
To spend more time with family and be in the moment.
To go on an outing and be present, versus watching it from behind a camera lens or with thoughts of a blog or a book.
To write when it made me happy. To not write when it didn't.
To write to a form that made me happy. To not write to a form that did not.
To change the things that I'd been griping about for years or quit my complaining.
To change my perspective of my abilities by changing by perspective of God's abilities.
To value time and happiness over money and goal, expectations, and check-lists.
To make some changes in my health.
To be kinder to myself and others.
To shut my mouth more when I normally do not. To open it more when I'm usually quiet.
To be aware of the little things.
To turn down some of the noise.

What I've learned is that the best days are ahead, I don't have to have the answers to take a step in a new direction, my butt hates sitting, too much free time makes me nuts, I'm desperate to make amends with the snow gods, and Say Yes to the Dress is a really good show.

This summer I left teaching and took a job in my district at a junior high as a librarian. I'm back to working full-time, I've returned to grad school for a third degree, and I picked up a paint brush and can of Benjamin Moore for the first time in two years.
None of that was in my play book.
Except the painting part.

I've had a lot of emails and messages asking when the next book will be out.
I'm not sure.
I'm just not in any rush.

We're all writing a story. With how we spend our seconds, minutes, hours, and days.
I want mine to be a good one.
And I'm wishing that for you as well.

See you next week.

“Does anybody ever realize life while they live it? Every, every minute?”
“The saints and the poets. They do some.”

Our Town

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Jenny - August 27, 2012

I appreciate all you’ve said about changes & choosing where your time is going. It’s one of the reasons I’ve avoided Facebook, even at the hounding, I mean, kind requests of some long distance friends. But I totally lurk on your account 🙂 I also peeked on your twitter while you were gone from the blog. Is Bonhoeffer the book you are trying to do for your book club right now? I think I saw that on one of those 2 locations. If so, I’d like to share that I read it, and it might have been my biggest accomplishment of 2011. My husband is a nonfiction reader, me not so much, but this man’s life intrigued me, as does the tragic turn of humanity that happened under the Nazi rule. Once I finished what I referred to as “the book as big as my head”, I thought it should come with a certificate of completion. I have deeper thoughts than that, but don’t want to sway you if you’re in mid-read. Theologically, it might have left me with more questions than answers. If you enjoy the time period/subject matter, I recommend The Hiding Place.

Ganise - August 27, 2012

Hi Jenny!
I’m sort of a ‘lurker’ here because I’ve been reading your blog posts for a long time now.
I think you are hilarious, down-to-earth and truly a woman that God is using in a beautiful way.
I really like this blog AND the work that you are doing. (What an inspiring post, today!)

Please keep on, and may God bless you sweet lady! 🙂

Ganise - August 27, 2012

PS: I’ve also read some of your books! Congrats!

Mary - August 27, 2012

Jenny~~ love this post! Following God’s call on your life isn’t always easy, but it is ALWAYS good.

Amy K - August 27, 2012

What a cool new job! Congrats!

Ronda - August 27, 2012

Well, I do love your blog and look forward to it, but since I’ve been taking a blog break myself, I completely understand. And I can stand it as long as I get the Facebook tidbits. 🙂

Richard Mabry - August 27, 2012

Jen, I admire you for having the intestinal fortitude to make these changes. I’ve always subscribed to the philosophy of my hero, O/C detective Adrian Monk, who maintains, “I don’t mind change. I just don’t like to be around when it happens.”
Bless you, friend. And do surface from time to time. We enjoy hearing from you.

Jenny B Jones - August 27, 2012

Awesome to hear from you guys as well. So appreciate your encouragement!

Jillian Kent - August 27, 2012

Hey Jenny!
I’ve never been here, but I saw Doc’s tweet and decided to drop by and see what’s up. I’ve been blogging once a week for awhile now so I’ve become really useless. 🙂 I’ve noticed that more bloggers are doing the same, so maybe we’ll all be useless together. Love your post. I may have to copy it as my own and stick on my wall at the day job.
Peace kiddo,

Erin McFarland - August 27, 2012

Congrats on the new job! And so well said Jenny! Truth be told…I miss your posts. BUT life is about living and I know what you mean about the time sucking things needing to go. I might *might* actually break down and get a twitter account just to get your tweets. Twitter and minivans were 2 things I never thought I’d do. SInce I’ve already got the minivan…:).

Jada AKA CookieLover3 - August 28, 2012

Congratulations, Jenny! Youre a great example. And your blog really spoke to me! Thanks for being an inspiration!

Laura J - August 28, 2012

Great food for thought!
And, welcome to the librarian club. It’s the best job. I’m at an elementary school, and it’s a fun way of teaching without the grades, paperwork, etc. 🙂

CharityHawkins - August 30, 2012

I can relate. Blogging takes a lot of time. I’ve prayed about it and decided one post a week is the most I’m willing to do. And this whole book journey has taught me that God does things His way, no matter what the “experts” say. The experts said Daniel and his friends had to eat the king’s diet, but Daniel did what God had placed in HIS heart to do. Over and over I see that in Scripture.
I also like Facebook for quick connection and a few well-crafted sentences.
But I think you’re right on– do what God puts on your heart to do and He’ll take care of the results.
The thing is, you do a fabulous job and people, me included, will enjoy it whether you post once a week, month or year. It’s all good.

Joy - August 31, 2012

Congrats on your new job! 🙂

I understand what you’re saying about writing our own stories…I want mine to be good, too…

capillya - September 1, 2012

I hear ya on the blogging. But I’m one of those dedicated “I’ll always subscribe to you” types and just get happy when I have a chance to sit down and read blogs and see you’ve posted a new one. =)

Emily - September 1, 2012

Very inspiring post 🙂 Seems the whole trusting God thing is making another appearance in my life… Think someone’s trying to get my attention? 😉
Congrats on your new job! It’d be really cool to check out one of your own books to a kid, right?! I admire the way you’ve given your life to God this summer. Good luck with your degree! I’ll keep you in my prayers!


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