Summertime and Big Changes

Zebra Swallowtail butterfly in flight

One day she decided to stop letting her fears hold her back, and from that day on, she flew.

(I love this phrase, which I first saw on House of Belonging and DeAnn Art instagram)


It’s summer!

Last week, I was absent from the blog for the week, but this is what I was up to …

Start with a roadtrip, add a car full of loved ones, journey to a place filled with people you love, add a shimmering pool of water, a hot summer sun, goggles and music and lots of fun, and it suddenly feels like summer. Those are the days of life which are the very best.


summer photos
Summer photos from my Instagram (@jenniferlynking)


This summer has been a mix of time doing the fun things with my boys — time at amusement parks, and basketball games, and fishing and cutting grass and gardening — and preparing for other big changes looming on the horizon.


summer photos
More summer photos from my Instagram (@jenniferlynking)


Today, I start a new job, my first in corporate America for more than 17 years. I’ll be wearing dresses and jackets and heels for the first time in a long time, and doing things I enjoy doing in a formal environment. I’m excited to combine my love for words and communication and marketing for a corporation with its cutting edge technology.

It is a new adventure.

There is something about summertime and blazing blue skies, and storms which roll in on the horizon. There is comfort in the midst of change to see the sun rise and set each day, regardless of what else goes on around us. There is a hand which holds in balance the uncertainties in our lives, which carries us through to the next breath, the next day, the next season. Faith is what holds me in and through change, and in and through each day. When all else is stripped away, that hand is there still to guide us.

I heard this said about a week ago and it has stuck with me.

“Beautiful girl, you can do hard things.”


And the phrase I quoted at the top: “One day she decided to stop letting her fears hold her back, and from that day on, she flew.”

We can fly.

Zebra Swallowtail butterfly in flight
Zebra Swallowtail butterfly in flight

Have a wonderful week filled with the best parts of summer — of loved ones and warm sunshine and the knowledge that you can do hard things!


Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

About Jennifer Writer Author Photographer Artist Corporate Marketer Happy Wife & Mom World Traveler Grateful.

12 thoughts on “Summertime and Big Changes

  1. Thirteen years ago I started a new adventure. After 20+ years as a stay-at-home mom, I went back to college and got my degree in elementary ed. At 48 I entered the job force, and I just finished my 9th year of teaching. During those 20+ years I never dreamed I would be a teacher, yet here I am (and loving it.) We never know what adventures await us or where life will take us. Before we finish, we may do many things we’ve never dreamed of.

    My wish for you, Jennifer, is that you will still find plenty of time to do the things you love and that feed your soul. Just know that everyone who knows you is rooting for you. (blog readers included) A few quotes I like:

    “The uncertainties of the present always give way to the pleasant possibilities of the future.”–unknown

    “You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and the best you have to give.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

    “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” –Helen Keller

    “I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.” –Elizabeth Gilbert

    1. What a beautiful and thoughtful note you’ve left, Kim. You are so very right, in venturing back into the workforce after the wonderful years at home with our children. A privilege, both. I love hearing your success story, which inspires me. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for the great quotes (you know I love them!).

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