Monday, November 25, 2013

new home


I began blogging in 2005.  When I wrote my first post I had no idea the adventure it would take me on. The doors that would open, and the opportunities that would arise.  When I wrote that very first post, I just thought it was a neat way to pair writing with photography.

Here I am, eight years later.  Wow!  Eight years.  So much has happened in my life since that very first time I hit "publish".  It has been an incredible journey.  My blog has taught me so many things about myself.  It has pushed me to grow, to reach, to dream, and to chase after those dreams and fly.

It has connected me to many amazing individuals and introduced me to some of my very best friends.  It opened up opportunities to retreat in places I have always dreamed of visiting.  And to be seen, really seen and heard.

It has provided me a forum to use my voice when I was too timid and shy to speak words out loud.  My blog has always been there waiting for me, even when I neglected it.  It never once judged, or spoke harsh words back.  It simply soaked in whatever flowed out of my fingertips.

My blog saved my life in so many ways and it continues to push me to grow stronger each and every day.  I have loved my space and time spent here on blogger.  My safe house, my home away from home, my little corner of the world wide web.

I feel, however, that I have outgrown this space.  I need a little more room to stretch a little bit higher.  I need to be able to extend my arms out, create, dream, and be.  My creative life will always be a part of my journey.  It has taking me long to declare this, but it is true.  The path is extending and I need a little more space to lean into.  

So I am pulling together Giggling in the Rain & Love Notes and sharing all of me over on JennferBelthoff.com 

This was a big decision for me.  I was torn between integrating them.  When I first started Love Notes it felt right for it to be separate.  But as time has passed I have learned how much Love Notes really is apart of me, and feels so strange to have it on a distance space in the web.  I am love notes, love notes is me.  As well as I am Giggling in the Rain, and Giggling in the Rain is me.

It feels right to merge them.  To claim them both and to sink deeper and deeper into my own life's manifesto of spreading unexpected joy, diving into the vulnerable pieces of life, and seeking out goodness in this world, as I treasure it with gratitude.  

I hope you will join me as I continue my journey.  I have so many ideas up my sleeve and I would just love for us to travel together.  It is always more fun when you travel with a friend.

Thank you for being a part of my story.  For showing up and reading.  I appreciate each and every one of you.

xo
Jennifer

Come say hello over at www.jenniferbelthoff.com 

Monday, November 11, 2013

guest post :: valerie


Each time I host the Love Notes Post Card Project I wonder how others do with the writing prompts.  Are they a struggle or do the words flow easily?  I also wonder how being a part of the project affects each of the participants.  

This week I received a lovely note in the mail that had me laughing and also brought beautiful tears to my eyes.  The letter from Valerie showed me how this project has helped people step out of their comfort zone with writing and take a chance on the prompts provided.  

Valerie wrote a beautiful definition of gratitude and an awesome list of things to be grateful for.  She has given me permission to share it here with each of you and I am so glad she has.   I am incredibly proud of Valerie for showing up and writing, even when the writing was uncomfortable.  And also for being so brave and letting me post here words here.  They totally rock!  

Here are Valerie's words:

Gratitude is appreciating all things in your life that make it brighter and more meaningful.  

Don't forget to be grateful for:

~ The small gesture of kindness extended by a stranger

~ The smell of a crisp winter morning that makes you feel alive

~ The warmth of the sun on a cool fall day remind you of the goodness in nature

~ Your family and friends

~ Your dogs and cats who always seem to know when you need extra love from them


Valerie, thank YOU for letting me share your words and sending me this wonderful letter.  I laughed out loud when I read it, then shed a few tears.  I have read it over and over again and will cherish it.  I am so glad that our paths crossed as well.  xo

Monday, October 28, 2013

post card from the road :: jump



If you are feeling daring and want to be a part of some post card writing fun, join us for the next round of Love Notes Post Card Project starting Sunday, November 3rd.

Head on over to HERE to sign up.

For three weeks we will be sending a postcard to a stranger based off of the writing prompt sent out.  And who knows, after the three weeks that stranger may become a friend.  I hope you join us.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Love Notes Post Card Project is back!



The Love Notes Post Card Project is back and we would love for you to join us.  We will be starting on Sunday, November 3rd.

It is simple.  All you need is:

  • 3 Postcards (bought or handmade)
  • 3 Stamps
  • Something to write with
  • The dedication to send one postcard a week for three weeks to your partner
Does that sound like something you can handle?  If so then click the link below to sign up. 


This is the sixth round of the Love Notes Postcard Project and I am so excited to host it again.  The idea for this project was born out of the longing to receive something other than bills and coupons in my mailbox.  

Participating is simple.  I will match you up with a fellow participant.  Each Sunday for three weeks you will receive a writing prompt in your email box.  All you have to do is respond to the writing prompt on a postcard, drop it in the mail, and get excited for your postcard from your partner to arrive.  

Please keep in mind that your partner is anticipating your postcard in the mail.  Therefore you need to be able to send it out before the week ends, otherwise this project is not a success.  

Sending and receiving mail is becoming something we seldom do.  It is such a shame, because there is so much behind a persons handwriting and their willingness to take the time to sit down and write something.  I am on a mission to send more love through the mail.  I would love for you to join me.  

Simply click on the link below to sign up.  You will then hear from me a few days before November 3rd with the name of your partner.  Are you ready?  Lets send some love!

Love Notes Post Card Project Sign Up Form


Monday, September 30, 2013

showing up and using my voice


I normally do not share post from my personal blog, but I after filming videos for Love Notes Special Delivery and going into a vulnerability hangover I knew I had to continue stepping out of my comfort zone and continue to challenge myself.  

I have a very low speaking voice and can be unsure of myself when I speak out loud.  I want to change that.  And so I am showing up on video and pushing through.  

What can you challenge yourself to do?  What do you wish you were better at, and know you could be better at if you just gave it a try.  I dare you, in fact I double dog dare you to give it a whirl.  You have nothing to loose.  Really, nothing.  Step out there and "just try".  

Let us know what you are daring to do in the comments and we will be here supporting you.