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This piece wrote itself this week – here is a rough draft, just the way it appeared to me: we may not look the same

but i’ve been where you are

on the precipice

looking down into the darkness

wondering if it will ever

get brighter

my hand on the bottle, the razor’s edge

the lover’s thigh, the rope,

the phone

thinking of calling out

reaching out

screaming for help

whispering no

crying yes

wondering why

dreaming of how

planning, wishing, fantasizing

that i was different

that they were something else

we were somewhere else

another time

era, continent

that you were me, and I, you

that we both had it easier

it’s got to be easier

someplace else

for other people, people like you. #poetry #poemsofinstagram #despair #depression #metoo #youarenotalone #vinegarandvanilla #poetrysaveslives #poetsmatter #thisisfifty #thisis50 #midlifestories #embraceyourage


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Passed the baton...@mayaawoodss #pastmeetpresent #likemotherlikedaughter #everythinghasaseason #myseasonhaspassed #goldenlight I’m sure it seems vain to post this, but I’m working on honoring my body - in all the various forms and shapes it has been in. I’ve found it helpful - as I look at the slim 20 and 30 somethings I work with (and listen to as they discuss their bodies and what they do - and do not - feed them) to acknowledge that I, too, once looked@like that. My body had a spring, where it blossomed and grew towards the sun. My body also had a summer, where it was ripe and full of life - in fact, gave life to that gorgeous (she is even more so inside) young woman on the right. And now, my body is in the autumn of life - softer and warmer and comfortable. More interesting for all it has seen and done and been through. Not yet frozen with winter, still with gifts worth harvesting, but slowing down, nonetheless. #vinegarandvanilla #growingolder #midlife #womensstories #50andfabulous #midlifewomen #embraceyourbody #embraceyourage


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Friday’s #ootd: as close@as I can get to leaving the house in pajamas! #resortwear #readytoeat #happyfriday #birkenstocks #linenpants #comfy #vinegarandvanilla


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New on the blog #vinegarandvanilla : time@to check myself before I wreck myself, since I’ve been a lot more spendy than makey lately! #linkinbio👆 #springcleaning #purge #declutter #bookaddict #thrifting #readallaboutit


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I very rarely (like 3 or 4 times in my life) have trouble sleeping. But last week I lay awake and realized that maybe I am not all I crack myself up to me (all puns intended.) Was it an insomnia-induced panic attack or a flash of insight? #milliondollarquestion

This post is an extension of that, but something that has been on my mind for a while. I hesitated to publish this one, for fear of hurting feelings (or, truthfully, having mine hurt) and I mean no disrespect or insult to the few of you I/we actually spend time with! It's not that you are not "enough"! <3 #questionsthatkeepmeawake #selfreflection #isitme #takingthingspersonally #vinegarandvanilla #adultfriendships #honesty


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DAILY BLOG CHALLENGE: DAY 20 – THE BEST GIFT I EVER RECEIVED
This one is easy – I got the best gift ever just a few weeks ago. It was a late Christmas gift. Pretty spectacular, isn’t it?

The lovely shade of…brown? The slightly discolored cuffs? The missing button?

I’m sure you would understand if you could smell it’s slightly musty scent.

ARE YOU WONDERING IF I’VE LOST MY MIND?

Or am I so simple that a slightly ratty, smelly old crappy colored sweater really makes me happy?

Well, yes, and no.

As you may have guessed, there is a story behind this sweater…

READ MORE ON THE BLOG...#linkinbio🔥🔥🔥🔥 #linkinbio #sweaterstory #nostalgia #canyouguess #jessicajanisjohnson #vinegarandvanilla #dailyblogging #blogchallenge


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I’m all wonky on my Daily Blog Challenge Posts, but yesterday’s was on point: Day 14: Tell Me About Your Significant Other: So, let me introduce you to my sweetie, Scott. #myhottiescottie
We have been together for almost 5 1/2 years and we met online. Yup, he was the best thing to come out of Match.com.

I had been on a few dates from Match, but was pretty discouraged overall – too many unwanted dick pics and painfully boring “dates” and too many offers to come over and get in the hot tub before even meeting face to face IRL. #uhnothanks

I had canceled my membership but I still had a couple of weeks in the billing cycle, so I remained “live” on the site. I think Scott and I showed up in each other’s “daily matches” and he winked at me. I checked out his profile and scrolled past.

Then I went back and looked again. #onsecondthought

I wondered how – in a relatively small town I had lived in my whole life – I had never bumped into him. How had he and I each worked and lived in the same town for over 35 years and had never seen each other? READ MORE ON THE BLOG- link in bio #linkinbio👆 #jessicajanisjohnson #vinegarandvanilla #onlinedating #wemetonline #wemetonmatch #onlinedatingsuccess


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Here we go, in roughly chronological order:

1. I missed going to Nationals in the 100-meter hurdles as a freshman in college by less than 1/100th of a second. #soclose 2. I dropped out of college after my sophomore year. And quit running track. #twoyearhiatus #UofA 3. My first marriage fell apart. 4. I took a job with a horrible boss that I sucked at which killed my professional self-esteem for years. #ihadnightmares #iwenttotherapy #sodidmycoworkers 5. I tried to start several businesses that never even puttered along, let alone took off. #RIP #TheMommyLane #WritewithJessica #RoseWriteAlong [Read more on the blog!] #vinegarandvanilla #linkinbio‼️ #linkinbio🔥 #mustreadmore #weallfail #getbackup #resilient #nomudnolotus


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What is your greatest success in life so far? I’m sure it says something about my make up that this is a difficult question for me to answer. I had to sit and think about it for a while…of course, the first thing that comes to mind is surviving the embarrassing moment I shared with you yesterday.

Sometimes, there are many little successes in each day. When I was in my horrible marriage with two small children I got up and started fresh again each day. That was a success, of sorts.

I left. That was a success of sorts.

I mean, I guess we would really need to start with a definition of success. #overthinking

Rather than go down that rabbit hole, and in the name of keeping this post relatively brief, here is a list of 5 Successes I Have Had Both Big and Small: [READ MORE ON THE BLOG - Link in Bio] #vinegarandvanilla #successfullife #definesuccess #liveonyourownterms #defineyourself #createalifeyoulove


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Please don’t judge me by my list of #favoritemovies #vinegarandvanilla #bloggingchallenge #linkinbio🔥 #linkinbio


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friends, family, love, and poetry. That about sums it up! looking forward to more of what matters in 2018! #bestnine2017 #vinegarandvanilla #happynewyear🎉


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