Behind The Butter

Just Breathe

This morning I laid in the middle of my floor for awhile. This is quite easy for me, seeing as I still don’t have any furniture. However, I’ve come to accept this and embrace the fact that instead of mindlessly zoning out while watching tv on the couch, I can sit cross legged on my yoga mat and focus on my breath. It works.

Until I realize how much dust and pebbles of cat litter are wedged into my wood floor and then instead of focusing on my breath, I start to focus on the fact that I’m currently out of swiffer sheets and paper towels.

I digress.

The moral of this little story is that sometimes we just need to lay on the floor and let go. It’s hard, I know. Actually, it can be quite painful at times. There’s always certain areas of our lives we wish we could change and when things start to feel out of control we let ourselves go into a downward spiral. Repeat after me: let.it.go.

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I can’t hear you….just give me a little whisper. The person in the cubicle next to you might just really need to hear this too this morning.

Stop focusing on how the dryer shrunk your jeans, how your hair is fried, how you don’t know if you can make that class at the gym tonight, how your best friend is mad at your because you were too busy to call her back yesterday or how you think you might have gained three pounds last weekend. Relax. It’s probably just water weight anyways.

Take care of yourself, you’re all you’ve got.

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    April 20, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Amen!

    It’s cleansing.

  • Snowflakes and Sunshine
    April 20, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Love this post! Sometimes it’s so refreshing to turn the TV and the computer off and just be. No noise, no distractions. It’s so relaxing.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    April 20, 2010 at 9:00 am

    This is a great reminder! We all need to take some time to breathe and let it go!

  • LindseyAnn
    April 20, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Thank you. I needed that. (Though I’ll have to save the laying on the floor for later–I’m not sure how the students would react to the sub randomly laying down on the floor. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

  • eatmovelove
    April 20, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Wow. What can I say? I don’t know how to let go yet.
    I’m trying to figure out how to “let go” of my job…while still managing to live and eat and have a roof over my head…meh, breathing right now…

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life
    April 20, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Isn’t it crazy how hard that is?! I’ve just started back up practicing yoga and keeping my mind clear is definitely the hardest part. Last night I couldn’t come back to my breath without my mind wandering so I thought about what I wanted the class to be for me and every time I caught my mind wandering I would repeat ‘thank you, body, for all that you do’. Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to focus without words!

    (and I totally just whispered ‘let it go’ in my cube at work)

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini
    April 20, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Timely Jenna, very timely.

    I’m lucky enough to have a little room in my house just for my yoga practice. The cats are not allowed in there. That way I am never distracted by pebbles of cat litter. How do they have so much litter stuck between such little toes? It is a mystery of life indeed….

  • elliebelle
    April 20, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I think there really is something to be said for laying on the floor – it makes you feel grounded and peaceful. I hope your stressful week slows down just a little so that you can have a little space to breathe!

  • Lindsay
    April 20, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I love it!

  • Freya
    April 20, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Soooooo true. Sometimes we busy motivated people feel like we need to take care of everything except for ourselves. “Me time” is the best!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    April 20, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Thanks for the reminder : )

  • Abby
    April 20, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Beautiful! I tried this morning. I got out of bed early to do some yoga, and it was such a peaceful way to start the morning.I need to do it more often!

  • Sarah
    April 20, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Thank you a million times for this post. You have no idea how timely it is and I am now stopping to take the time to breathe and let go of the things I can’t control. It’s been quite the crappy morning but I am going to let it go.

    Thank you.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    April 20, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I love this. Sometimes its hard to remember you just have to let it go.

  • Toni
    April 20, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Yes! If there is one commandment we should all live by it is exactly the last line of your post… “Take care of yourself, youโ€™re all youโ€™ve got.” It is so cliche to say but life is short so we must live our life with no regrets. Each day is a new day, a gift from God. There is no use worrying because it doesn’t get us anywhere and sometimes there are just some things that are out of our control. We all have so so much to be thankful for in our own lives and that is what we must focus on. There is such beauty around us and in us…just embrace it!

  • Camille
    April 20, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I love your attitude!
    If you let all the little stuff build up you are going to crumble under the pressure… it is best just to let it go…

  • Alyson @ Nourished Fitness
    April 20, 2010 at 9:21 am

    OH SO true! But sometimes we all just need that little reminder ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lauren (Health on the Run)
    April 20, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Great reminder!! This can be so hard to do sometimes — especially when you’re a bit of a “control freak” like myself. Also, I have to say that I love lying on the floor. I don’t know why, but sometimes there’s nothing more comfortable than sprawling out on hardwood…

    Also, I know I echo many others but I just have to say that love the new “tone” of your blog lately. Your posts this past weekend were great and there is definitely a bright spark shining through each one these days! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Veronica
    April 20, 2010 at 9:29 am

    ‘Speaking words of wisdom….let it be….’

  • Molly @FuelHerUp
    April 20, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Girl, I’ve been reading your blog forrreeevveerrr, and always loved it, but lately your posts have been killer!
    Here I go…”Let it go!”

  • Gwen
    April 20, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Thank you, Jenna! I passed this on to two of my girlfriends as well. Breathing – simple. Letting go – HARD but so necessary. Thanks for sharing.

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    April 20, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Wow, this post was a like a deep breath in itself and something I will need to hear often. I worry too much. I need to take more care of myself. It’s all going to work out how it should, why do we worry so much? It only causes harm to us. Thanks for this.

  • Liz
    April 20, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Thanks Jenna. That was a great post, just what I needed today… Becuase my hair really is fried, I did miss my gym class last night, I didn’t make time to call back my best friend yesterday, and I feel like I may have indulged myself 3 lbs heavier this weekend.
    Just breathe…. that makes me feel so much better.

  • Cass
    April 20, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I needed to hear this today….like right this second I’m so glad I heard it.
    Thank you.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    April 20, 2010 at 9:42 am

    True. Dat.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    April 20, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Just what I need to hear today. I’ve been beyond stressed out. And, you’re right, I need to stop long enough to just breathe and be.

  • Me-Linh @ Sweets and Sweat
    April 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Feel better! Don’t let the little things get you down because they’re not even worth it. Just breath and you’ll be ok. Just remember, everything will ALWAYS be ok!

  • Tricia
    April 20, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Thanks I needed this

  • kayla@letslivewholesome
    April 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Jenna. This seriously spoke to my heart!! It has been my mantra this semester to get back to what makes ME happy, and stop trying to endlessly obsess and worry about what everyone else around me wants. It’s made me happier than I’ve been a while. Amazing what a little taking care of yourself does ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Meg
    April 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Thank you.
    I’m going to be late to class today, but you know what? It happens.
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mary Frances
    April 20, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I absolutely love your blog and had to delurk to thank you so much for this post. It is exactly what I (and apparently alot of other people) needed to hear. It’s so easy to get caught up in the all the hurt and negative feelings and things we can’t control and forget to simply let it go and move forward. It’s so easy to let our concern and love for others take over until we have none left for ourselves or begin to believe we don’t deserve to receive as much as we give. Best advice ever, “take care of yourself, you’re all you’ve got.”

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    April 20, 2010 at 9:53 am

    It’s inspiring to you your attitude when approached with adversity. Keep it up. Because life is really good even though things might be rough. You’ve got alot going for you.

  • Shawna
    April 20, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I definitely needed this.
    p.s. Any other “let it go” type books you have read and would like to recommend would be greatly appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Midgetkeeper
    April 20, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Great reminder, sometimes we just need to breathe!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    April 20, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Exactly. We only get one shot at life. Remember to enjoy it.

  • Jerilynne
    April 20, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Maybe if I laid on the floor and breathed more often I would be able to sleep at night. I’ve gotten into this really terrible cycle of not being able to sleep because when I lay down to go to sleep is really the only time of the day when I don’t have something else to focus on and my brain just won’t stop.. Might need to pull out my yoga mat later. Might need to vacuum first.

  • valerie
    April 20, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I read your blog daily but I never comment. This post could not have come at a better time for me. I am currently trying to let go of an old boyfriend who isn’t emotionally healthy for me, but it’s so hard. But you’re right, some times things just need to be let go so that you can focus on taking care of yourself. Thanks!!!

  • Mila
    April 20, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Thank you. I feel a great weight has been taken off my shoulders. It’s so easy to be absorbed with negative energy. Thanks for the reminder to look after yourself.

  • Daisy
    April 20, 2010 at 10:04 am

    you’re cute. great advice.

  • sassy molassy
    April 20, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Yes, let it go is the perfect mantra. After all, most things won’t feel as monumentous in a week. YOu’ll get through it. BTW, laying on a bare floor sounds really calming.

  • katie@ Fab.Fit.Full.
    April 20, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I really needed to hear this today ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jil
    April 20, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Amen! Seriously great advice.

  • Kelly
    April 20, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Jenna,

    I love reading your posts but I just have to say that the last couple of weeks they have been really amazing! They have made me stop and think about a lot of things, we are all better for it.

  • grace b
    April 20, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Just bookmarked this! Aren’t us Geminis great? Lol. Awesome post Jenna!

  • Lush
    April 20, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Hi Jenna,
    This is my first comment on your blog. I just want to say, “thank you” for being open and having a good sense of humor to share with us all, but most of all, being your true self especially in a public domain like a blog. As I feel the same way as many commenters here, this is indeed a great advice that we can all use and hear from every day.

  • Maureen
    April 20, 2010 at 10:16 am

    How true…….and how very timely.

    Thank you.

  • Leigh Ann
    April 20, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Jenna, you are amazing! I love your outlook on life and your optimistic personality :). Great job with the blog! You’re such an inspiration!

  • Michelle
    April 20, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Thank you, thank you Jenna! I needed to read this!!

  • Devon
    April 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Funny, I just sent a text message to someone saying that I needed to stop getting do wrapped up in the arbitrary stuff and just take more deep breathes. And then I read your post and just thought: Amen to that!

  • Caitlin
    April 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

    great post. I just always try to remember that God is in control. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kate
    April 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Time to let go of your mug, Jenna. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • alyssa
    April 20, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Thank you!-my life is back in perspective.

  • Whitney
    April 20, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I LOVED this post!!! There is a song, my Ingrid Michaelson…”Keep Breathing…” All we can do is keep breathing….

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances
    April 20, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Perfect post ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you so much.

  • theemptynutjar
    April 20, 2010 at 10:24 am

    how do i let go?
    when i hate my job, and am almost homeless…and not sure how to cover rent?
    I wish my biggest problem was fried hair or shrunk jeans ๐Ÿ™‚
    those things u really must let go of for sure!

  • Anna
    April 20, 2010 at 10:26 am

    DON’T let go of your mug! It’s still completely functional, don’t throw something away for a superficial imperfection if you still love it ๐Ÿ™‚ My grandma has been using a handle-less mug for as long as I can remember (I think it broke over 25 years ago) and it is one of a set of cups that still DO have handles. but she likes the bowlcup best.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    April 20, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I love you Jenna. I NEEDED THAT SO BADLY! I can’t even tell you. It’s an amazing feeling when you just let it all go… there’s just NO point in stressing or worrying, it does no good. But we you let it go and let your mind relax, it’s the most amazing feeling. ever.

  • Sydney
    April 20, 2010 at 10:42 am

    This is exactly what I needed this morning..thank you!

  • mkg
    April 20, 2010 at 10:44 am

    i so needed to hear that ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    April 20, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I need to remind myself of this right now very badly! My husband and I are in the middle of a home-buying fiasco, and it’s taking a toll on my nerves… It’s just a house though, right? I’m healthy, employeed, in love… these are all good things.

  • Anne @ Food Loving Polar Beara
    April 20, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I wish I would do what you described here more often!

  • Teresa
    April 20, 2010 at 10:48 am

    You always amaze me ! Wonderful post Jenna !

  • Jenna
    April 20, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Jenna–you rock! If I had to describe your blog in one word, it would be authentic. Thanks for keepin’ it real. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Crystal Fox
    April 20, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Thanks, I just found this following links from 101 Cookbooks – it was just what I needed today. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • maura
    April 20, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Loving the posts lately, Jenna! It almost made me want to lay down on the floor of my office and just ‘be’ for a moment..almost.

  • Kait
    April 20, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Thank you – I loved this post, its so very true! I just may go lay on my floor right now ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Linda
    April 20, 2010 at 10:55 am

    What a beautiful post Jenna. I adore your blog and have been a reader for I think two years now. I am 35 years old and have finally come to a place of peace inside of myself. I owe that to yoga and just letting go. My life wasn’t going the way I thought it should and so for years I was fighting the intertia of my life. I was clinging onto a branch on the side of the river as my life was passing me by. I finally just. let. go. and it was the best thing EVER!! I am currently on my way to becoming a certified yoga instructor and I work for the Park Service in the summers. I have a blessed life but not a conventional one. I thought for so long that I should have a stable career and own a house etc. .. Well, I still rent a teeny tiny cabin with my boyfriend, speaking of the boyfriend. . .we’ve been together for six years with no plans to marry or have children. Yeah, I am definitely the black sheep of my friends but they love and accept me along with my family. Life is good, I’m healthy, happy, vibrant and flowing with where my higher self takes me.
    Thanks for you honesty and inspiration Jenna!
    Namaste,
    Linda

  • Christie {Honoring Health}
    April 20, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I was just thinking about this today and kind of touched on it in the post I just published. For me, sitting on my yoga mat in the middle of the floor with Krishna Das blaring from my itunes is the most cleansing thing I can do for myself. I think we get so easily caught up in the cat litter stuck in the floor of life that we never take the time to sit and just be. Just being rocks and it is the way I want to live the rest of my life. Peace to you, Jenna.

  • Chandra H
    April 20, 2010 at 11:01 am

    THANK YOU for this Jenna, just what I needed to read. seriously.

    ♥ to you

  • maggie
    April 20, 2010 at 11:01 am

    3 simple words, but combine feel impossible

  • leslie
    April 20, 2010 at 11:03 am

    i’m just glad i’m not the only one who does this.

    thank you for continuing to shout out to the world that we should all just relax, stop overthinking and overplanning, and BE.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    April 20, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Totally 100% true – and useful to be reminded of! Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Allie
    April 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

    sometimes i forget to just be and appreciate me. thank you.

  • kelly
    April 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Fantastic post and perfect timing. I’ve been stewing about an issue for several days. Waking up at 3:00 in the morning, etc. What a great reminder. Thanks…!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    April 20, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I LOVED this post – I couldn’t agree more Jenna ๐Ÿ™‚

  • MMiller
    April 20, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Just love you Jenna! This is not just a food blog…we are all a part of your life! Or at least you are a part of ours! I refer to you so much that my husband knows who I mean when I say your name! And you speak such truth! I for one am not good at yoga…I try…but my mind doesn’t allow me to just stop…I keep thinking and can’t stop! Am I doing this right, and still can’t just let go and do it my way. I still try occasionally and do enjoy it, just correct myself through the whole class!

    But it is just that simple….just breathe…you are the only you there is! You have to take care of you!

    And a PS to the BOY…score points and track a new mug down for Jenna! (No need to get rid of the old one)

    Have an awesome day Jenna!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    April 20, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Amazing. This concept is definitely yoga-ish. There have been “let it go” times during yoga classes and practice where I’ve actually teared up I was so moved.

  • Lauren W.
    April 20, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Couldn’t agree more…like so many people already mentioned, I totally needed to hear this today! Thanks Jenna!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    April 20, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Amen! So, so true.

    xo
    K

  • Heather
    April 20, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Perfect timing. And ironically, I’ve spent a part of the last two days wondering if I could close my office door and do exactly that. I’m not sure how I would explain laying on the floor, but that’s not really the point, is it?

  • Corinne
    April 20, 2010 at 11:32 am

    #33: Shawna you should definitely read THE FOUR AGREEMENTS!! I highly recommend. Perfection for a “let it be” mantra

    Jenna, what an honest post…breathe in, breathe out, let it be. live for now, live for today! thank you. its true, tomorrow many of those miniscule annoyances of today will be gone and in a week from now those 3lbs of extra weight felt wont even be a memory. ahh sweet relief of letting things go.

    your words: love them: thank you!

  • Mastering Public Health
    April 20, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Well done. Appreciated, shared introspection.

  • Rachel
    April 20, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Totally needed this!

  • Courtney
    April 20, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Well said…and I so needed those words today!!! Maybe I should think about lying on my floor too…and fight the urge to swifter it first.

  • Beth (Blessed and Inspired)
    April 20, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Amen, Jenna!

  • Vanessa @ Peace, Joy, Style
    April 20, 2010 at 11:55 am

    This is the exact reason why I love your blog. Thanks for the perk me up, Jenna!

  • Emmanuelle
    April 20, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Thanks for the reminder ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Genie
    April 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Yes!!! So true!

  • J
    April 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    As I sat in my cubicle, trying to choke back tears that were welling up as I thought about my current apartment debacle, and how at the ripe age of 25 I still rely on my mom for just about everything I thought โ€œwhy me? why is everything a struggle for ME?โ€ and felt like I was the only one in the world that ever struggles (you know, the โ€œbad stuff only happens to meโ€ even though you know things could be 120time worse mentalityโ€ฆ). My friend assured me that this too shall pass, and my mom told me โ€œit was probably the weatherโ€, and she is probably right. The overcast skies and rain make me grouchy, as Iโ€™m sure you can relate to! =0)

    Anyway, then I read your post. A lot of times Iโ€™ll read your posts and think โ€œshe is so luckyโ€ or โ€œshe has it so easyโ€ (again, my โ€œonly bad things happen to meโ€ mentality) but your post really hit home! You struggle tooโ€ฆyou have bad days, weeks, months. We all do. Itโ€™s normal, and only human to have these blah days and wonder how youโ€™re going to come up with the deposit for your new apartment ( 5th apartment and therefore 5th deposit in like two years), but thatโ€™s ok. for some, that is normal! =0)

    Thanks for the awesome reminder. Just.breathe.
    This too shall pass, eh?

  • Jen
    April 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    jenna i admire you so much and love reading your blog. keep on keeping on girl. i cant wait to buy your book!

  • allison @ livingoneday
    April 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    this is exactly what my blog is about! my absolute favorite quote about this is: everything will be ok in the end. if it’s not ok, it’s not the end. things always have a way of working themselves out, even when they don’t seem like it. just take one day at a time…

  • Julie
    April 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Inspired by you I spent some time sitting still in my windowsill. Just looking at the street below. And enjoying the silence… Breathe in, breathe out.

    I think your posts have been amazing recently! You’re bringing a bit of zen into things, which I love!

  • Courtney
    April 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Love this Jenna!! =)

  • lola
    April 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Is this about the coffee mug? im kidding!!! thanks for this post, is beautiful and exactly what i needed to read today ๐Ÿ™‚
    By the way, I think the pancakes are definitely a sign you need to go to Honolulu!!! hehe

  • Katia
    April 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you for this beautiful post!

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    April 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Posts like this make me happy. I feel the same way. Life is complicated and there are so many distractions. You have to step back and get out of your own way sometimes and just LIVE.

  • RhodeyGirl
    April 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Does this include letting go of your favorite mug?! ๐Ÿ™

  • RhodeyGirl
    April 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    P.S. This post is beautiful.

  • Heather (Sugar & Spice Blog)
    April 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks Jenna. A much needed message for me today. Sometimes when someone else says the same thing you’ve been trying to tell yourself it works. ๐Ÿ™‚ Much appreciated!

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    April 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Jenna, I am really loving your blog lately. I feel like I can relate to it more closely!

    I am especially loving all of the photography… your image of the tree and then of the string of lights are both lovely.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    thank you for the beautiful reminder…today is most definitely a day where i need to just learn how to breathe!

  • Abbey
    April 20, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    wow, you’re such an inspiration. perhaps you should look into being a life coach? lol i’m not kidding!! your next book maybe?? i’d buy it!! lolol

  • katherine
    April 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Beautiful post, Jenna. I hope your floor session has left you in a better mindset and you’re feeling better!

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    April 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I love your comment at the end about all the problems in life and basically breathing and letting it go.

  • Dana
    April 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I am always blown away at some of your posts and how well you are able to express yourself in so few words. You are one amazing chick and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    April 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Great message, Jenna ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you.

  • jennifer (take the day off)
    April 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Too true! life is too short for us to go so fast! Sometimes we just need to breathe in and enjoy. Great post!

  • sara
    April 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Jenna, you have no idea how much I needed to hear this todya , THANK YOU!!
    Im letting it go……..

  • Rebecca
    April 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Thank you Jenna! A simple & much needed reminder ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michelle
    April 20, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Your posts have been even more amazing than ever the last couple weeks. Never comment, but wanted to let you know from a reader in Sweden. Xo

  • kate
    April 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Amen sister! We all need a reminder like this every once in a while!

  • Rocky Slaughter
    April 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    IT’S ALL WATER WEIGHT, DAMN IT!

    • jenna
      April 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm

      thank you, Rocky Slaughter. Your scale is broken. I just know it.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    April 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    This post makes me very happy – it is so true ๐Ÿ™‚

  • E.M. (.Real.Gone.Bettie.)
    April 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks so much for this, I needed it today! Allowing myself to stress spiral about work and life and future, and blah, just not helping myself, only hurting. I’m deep breathing and letting go as I type!

  • Manissa
    April 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I love this post Jenna ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    April 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you! I just need to breathe and let go sometimes.

  • Blaine
    April 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I….loved…this post.
    This totally embodies my new ‘let it go’ mantra.

    Thanks and love!

  • Ilene
    April 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    This post is amazing.

  • Sarah
    April 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    This gave me goose bumps… Thank you.

  • katie
    April 20, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    thank you so much for this reminder. it almost brought me to tears, and it was much needed today. i love your blog, especially lately, keep it up!

  • diana@mymarblerye
    April 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    if this were a facebook update..I would “likes it”. We just need to breathe and cherish the NOW sometimes…after all…each day passed, each worry that we can’t let go? it only holds us back.

  • M(a different M than the other M!!)
    April 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you for the be kind to yourself post….a well timed post for me to read,thanks for sharing.

  • M(a different M than the other M!!)
    April 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    PS how did you know so many of us needed to read something like this today…..you have helped a lot of lost sould today Jenna.Hope you realize that as you drift off to sleep tonight,you have given a gift today to many,many readers…bless you!

  • M(a different M than the other M!!)
    April 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    PSS souls not sould!!!

  • franchesca
    April 20, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    This is exactly what i needed to read today!

  • Andrea
    April 20, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Beautiful. In our fast pace society, we almost never remember to breathe, to let things go. I think this post was, for many, that breath that we desperatly needed. Thank you. And good luck breathing, yourself. P.S. I love that tree.

  • Jessica
    April 20, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Jenna.
    Your post was like a warm blanket. Thank you so much.

  • Christina
    April 21, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Excellent post. Thanks for the reminder ๐Ÿ™‚

  • stacey
    April 21, 2010 at 7:06 am

    So true and so easy to forget. Thanks for the reminder:)

  • Lauren @ Lauren Loses It
    April 21, 2010 at 7:35 am

    THANK YOU!

    I needed that.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    April 21, 2010 at 7:43 am

    I did need to read this. Thank you!

  • Lauren @ Running Examiner
    April 21, 2010 at 10:03 am

    <3

    I adore this post. Thank you.

  • Red
    April 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Can I just print this post out and stick it on my wall? I needed this today. Thank you.

  • Beth
    April 21, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    From an Australian reader whose never commented before: there’s been a change in you recently and it’s rather darn inspiring!

  • MelanieF
    April 22, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Thank you for this post! I really need to take some time off for myself, and breathe. I am tired. Everything has been getting on my nerves lately. I’m just due to have a vacation, quiet, somewhere.

  • Lindsay Maddox
    April 24, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    LOVED this! Totally needed to hear it. Also, thanks for the reminder about swiffer sheets – need to pick up refills today ๐Ÿ˜‰