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Restoring Jane :: Play

I watched two beautiful little boys playing on a tire swing today. They were all over it… climbing the rope, sitting on top, sitting within the ring. One would fall off, and the other would laugh victoriously, swinging the swing solo… Until his companion climbed back on again. At one point, just one sat on […]

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Suzanne - September 23, 2013 - 4:31 pm

Patty, I just pinned up a
card in my closet office
that says “Lighten Up,”
so it was fun to read this
post, which is exactly the
kind of encouragement that
I was trying to give to myself.

Thank you!

I just got home yesterday
from a weekend celebrating
the life of my best friend, who
died last week at the age of
50. On the 7.5 hour drive
home, I had A LOT of time to
think about my life going
forward and how I want to
honor her memory. One is
to laugh as much as possible.

Love and hugs to you on this
gorgeous September day. I’m
off to walk Gracie and maybe
even skip a little as we move
on down the street…..!

xo Suzanne

Reviving Jane

So who is Jane? She is you, and me, and any woman who has worked hard and played hard and tried hard. She’s a single woman and a working mom; she’s self-employed and works from her home. Or car. She’s a stay-at-home mom, who spends her days chasing littles and choosing battles. And bringing her […]

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edie - September 16, 2013 - 10:03 am

Beautiful, Ms. Patty! And I’m glad Jane is back!

Sherri B. - September 16, 2013 - 10:58 am


Suzanne - September 16, 2013 - 8:17 pm

Gorgeous, Patty.
I’m looking forward to it!

And yes, there is so
much in our current
culture that is exhausting,
for a number of reasons
that would take too
long for me to write
out, here.

We really do need to
slow down in order to
properly absorb joy,
don’t we?

Thanks for all the
comment love, yesterday.
You are truly a blessing
to me, my friend!

xo Suzanne

Denice - September 16, 2013 - 8:44 pm

So much resounded with in me as I read, but specifically
“She studies hard and reads and continues learning to satisfy her own curiosity and to keep herself interesting and to find answers to all the questions that plague her through her days.”

I have such a fear of not being interesting anymore. I worry that my husband won’t think I’m good company… that friends will find me dull. Wow, these words spoke to me. I find it interesting too that you used the word “depleted” it is somewhat a rare word. Most people get stuck on busy, frazzled, stress, and yet, it is the second time today that I have read it. The first time was on a text from a friend telling me how she thought I was “depleted”, and now you. I guess it is where I am.

Thank you for this post. I look forward to the series

Pieni lintu - September 17, 2013 - 11:17 am

Beautiful photos and words!

Kim Cunningham - September 17, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Such life giving words. Patty. They are appropriate and true. Thank you.

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - September 17, 2013 - 4:31 pm

Beautiful, Patty! What wonderful ideas!

June - September 18, 2013 - 12:11 am

I think I just found a bit of serendipity. I’ll be back to read more about Jane.

Sharon - September 18, 2013 - 2:52 am

These are lovely photos — and writing. I applaud you :) Thank you for encouraging all of us “Janes” out here!

Bel - September 21, 2013 - 3:20 pm

“And she is exhausted.
Of energy
and ambition

These words hit a chord. I stumbled upon your blog just today at the perfect time because I am currently a “Jane”. Your blog and your plan to revive “Jane” gives me HOPE. This is the HOPE am looking for in my life. I am so looking forward to it. Thank you.

1440 {61}:: Eyes On You » Finding Serendipity - September 20, 2013 - 11:19 am

[…] of October, one of my favorite months of the year to take pictures.  My series will be called Restoring Jane:: Spirit, Mind, Body, and over at Pearls for Girls, we will be doing a series on thriving through her teens years, […]

31 Days {10} :: Wellness {this i know}

I needed to pause today, so the following is a repost from my Restoring Jane series {see the tab to the upper left, or search “Restoring Jane” to find other wellness related articles on my blog}. It was originally published February 7th, 2011.  Can I be a little bossy? Opinionated, too? ‘Cause 30 years of […]

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Tiffany Harper - October 10, 2012 - 7:44 pm

What a great post. Very lovely and oh so true. Wellness is far more than the physical, although that is important. Spiritually, emotionally, mentally…I could go on and on. Thank you for sharing.

Restoring “Restoring Jane” :: CrossFit

After a long winter of travel and shoulder injury, and an early spring full of stress, I realize that I need to re-commit fully to finding time for fitness and healthy eating if I am ever going to recapture that feeling of inner strength that is surely yoked to a strong and healthy body. Last […]

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Sandra - April 2, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Sounds like my start to the new year, injury and stress!! Ugh! But have just recently recommitted to take control back of myself and my health and get started. I have always done my workouts after work, but my kids activities took priority and I couldn’t seem to fit it in! So I had to make a sacrifice and start getting up at 5am (and believe me, that is the hardest part for me) to get my work out in. Before anyone (kids, husband & work) started making demands on my time. Mommy time..Me time..the time that is necessary for me to feel good about myself! I am finding so many great advantages of that early time that I didn’t get from my PM workouts.. The biggest being that I am not feeling the guilt from my family for not being there for them.

Cate - April 2, 2012 - 9:22 pm

Good on you Patty – you have always inspired me :-) I actually incorporate some Crossfit exercise combinations into the group training sessions that I do at our gym. They are so challenging, but there is such a sense of satisfaction when you complete them!

Southern Gal - April 3, 2012 - 11:38 am

I wish there were a CrossFit gym near us. My husband likes to find workouts on YouTube and call me in to watch, too. That’s the kind of workout that really works.

Molly - April 3, 2012 - 12:17 pm

That top image is magical… makes me think of private stolen moments.


Wendy - April 4, 2012 - 2:33 pm

That first shot is just gorgeous! :)

Nancy - April 6, 2012 - 10:28 pm

Good for you! I need to get back on the exercise routine myself. :)

restoring jane :: living well

We don’t eat well, and we don’t exercise… so our bodies don’t release the right hormones at the right time, and we begin to store fat and loose sleep. Our energy stores become depleted and we feel lethargic and depressed. We loose our ambition and our sex drive and our desire to move. Our circulation […]

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Cathy - August 15, 2011 - 1:10 pm

wow. i LOVE how you wrote this. it’s like you’re showing us “the emperor has no clothes on!” “imagine if we just ate well and exercised”…kablam! got into new skinny jeans the other day…by doing just that! you inspire, as always. xoxo

Kim - August 15, 2011 - 7:19 pm

I love this Patty…so true. Those of us who do strive to eat well and exercise need to sharpen our regimen…no excuses. Thank you.

Shell - August 15, 2011 - 8:01 pm

I love this post! I’ve been exercising regularly for a few months now. There are days when I can’t because of work & busyness. I’ve committed to stick with it!

Southern Gal - August 16, 2011 - 11:30 am

Such an eye-opener. I’m exercising now, but the eating well is not happening right now. I’m going to have to work on that aspect. Thanks for the wake up call.

Ruth - August 16, 2011 - 11:25 pm

I do not enjoy exercising but I do it because there are so many benefits. I can’t stop now, I have made too much progress.


Jessica Washburn - August 17, 2011 - 4:29 am

Patty, I couldn’t agree more. I was thinking about this just today, how we (American’s) take so much crap when all we need to do is just eat well and exercise. I was thinking, “I’m anti-antidepressants.” I felt a little bummed for about an hour (because we are still in a rental), so I decided to go to Zumba and it was just what I needed. Not only did the blues go away, I was on a natural high…love exercising!!

I started my half marathon training…the foots giving me problems (but only when I’m not exercising), so I’m not giving up.

This is a great post, makes me want to get my f.b. account back so I can spread the word for others to read it!! Love ya!

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