Its the Journey… Focus on Life #2

“Not all those who wander are lost.” 

 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Journey year

This year is a journey, an ongoing adventure, a process. A return to health after surgery, a return to my creative voice. I had a productive year last year all things considered, but felt that feeling of being behind, of trying to catch up… all year. Doing enough to get by, to stay afloat, to make do. This year will be an exploration of the new, new inspirations, new techniques, new territory. But I believe we are the sum of our journey, past experiences impacting the self profoundly. So here are a few photos I have taken on places that have had a profound impact on me… (All pix are untouched, unedited. Hover over picture for information.)

 Notting Hill Gate Tube, London

“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” 

Ursula K. Le Guin

 Skidmore College walkway, Saratoga Springs NY

“The only journey is the one within.” 

Rainer Maria Rilke

Penland, NC


“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.

You must travel it by yourself.

It is not far. It is within reach.

Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. 

Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.” 

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass


La Jolla beach, CA

Please visit my fellow participants at Sally Russick’s “Focus on Life”photo challenge/week 2. 


” Success is not a place at which one arrives but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey.” Alex Noble. 


20 thoughts on “Its the Journey… Focus on Life #2

  1. Stacie says:

    Well…you have to know that I LOVE your word…on my bloggy masthead I have that I am a journaler and a important to frame our life experiences as one intentionally set on growing and expanding and learning and fully breathing in what each year of wisdom brings us. After any surgery, there is a preciousness to life that seems hyper-real…walking around in your neighborhood becomes life affirming and a feeling of getting back to being in the world that comes to mind. Can’t wait to see what your journey brings into your inner life this year…wow, your photos in the raw are beautiful…no need for post processing that I can see..just you and your camera…unedited. Awesome!


  2. Alice says:

    What gorgeous photos to represent The Journey. I love that each one is a path to somewhere. Some have a beginning and an end, while others are vague. But it’s the journey that counts, and how we move through it.


  3. Linda Hanes says:

    Jenni, your pictures are beautiful and the pendant is stunning. Journey is one of those words I love. This years word for me is fearless. This challenge has been fun for me now that I am caught up. 🙂 i can’t wait to see what you do In The weeks to come.


  4. Cindy says:

    Jenny, I love that – “we are the sum of our journey”. Yes, we are all on an ongoing, creative adventure! I thought you really rocked with your art work in 2012 and I know many great things are in store for you in 2013, especially seeing how you’ve been incorporating new techniques in your work. What beautiful pictures and quotes you’ve shared – they are all so inspirational.


  5. Sally Russick says:

    Jenny, Fantastic post!! So inspiring and your photos capture, “journey” so well! May the path you follow on this years’ journey open many doors of opportunity for you!


  6. Erin Prais-Hintz says:

    I always love to see what you have to say. These pictures speak volumes to me. Following a path that you are meant to journey, pointing your toes in the right direction, and also not being afraid of stepping off that beaten path to forge a new one. I see this as a wonderful possibility for you. I am embarking on a similar journey of discovery this year. I wish you joy in the journey in 2013. Enjoy the day. Erin


  7. Melissa Manley says:

    Wow, I just noticed the mosaic wall in this post is at Penland one of my haunts. It is an art school in the mountains here, when did you go there????


    • jenny says:

      Oh! We need to sit down with a bottle of wine! I was there for a week, ceramic shrines/hand building with Lana Wilson. 3 years ago? 5 years ago? It truly is life changing!


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