quejimenez Light Follows Love. || He kisses my cheeks like light. And then we are off to celebrate our first born's 12th year around the sun. 🌍🌞🌍 Self Love today is letting light and love live in my heart (and wearing yellow ️). || Praying light and love consumes your heart today. #ampraying 1d

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quejimenez Self love. || Today it is making time to eat breakfast, pushing through the pain and frustration on the page, meditating when I feel overwhelmed, praying for guidance and peace, running my fingers through my knotty curls and remembering I let go so I can one day run, swim, dance my way home. || Foreground: GF Bagel half, organic egg, TJ's broccoli crisps. Background: Novel plotting work #amwriting 2d
  •   pr0actiff Although I know is loc wearers can do all of the aforementioned, I'm assuming you wanted to do those activities more freely without the after effects of washing, heavy air-drying, and grooming? Either way, you look beautifully free. 2d
  •   thepeacelovelifeyogi Awe so happy to see this . So proud of you sis. I love you. 👭 2d
  •   quejimenez @thepeacelovelifeyogi Thank you twin! I love you too and think of you all so much it's a wonder you don't materialize in more than my dreams! 👭 1d
  •   fedricka the frustration and dry spells in writing will lead to a birth . Trust the process . You are a fantastic writer . 6h

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quejimenez free bird flying with yellow wings. 6d
  •   mrsryderruns You cut your locs!!! 6d
  •   mrsryderruns Sorry got so excited I hit the send...catching up on posts now 6d
  •   aquarianthoughts Wow! I've been toying with doing the same but always emember i loc'd my hair to avoid daily maintaince (I'm lazy). You look adorable lady! 😙 6d
  •   freedom1804 Wow. You made the decision to liberate yourself from your locs, huh? Looks good!!! Whatever reason you did it, I hope it brings you the peace and freedom you need. 6d
  •   socialmolecules You look amazing! I love the new profile photo too! 6d
  •   brownvegan I love your hair 6d
  •   fedricka Yasssss! Gorgeous!!! So happy you love it and feel free! 5d
  •   loriwhittlesey Love it!! 2d

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quejimenez "Nothing in the falling confetti speaks of the bites next year will hold." || My first blog post in Lunch Ticket Literary Magazines' Blog is up. It is a bit long-winded, as I always am, but it has gardening, writing, and family folktale talk, along with some beautiful images from my micro farm and a recipe for black eyed peas that can be made carnivore or vegan. I hope you'll read it, feel moved enough to comment, and share. Whatever you do, I'm grateful in advance. Nothing feels better than releasing words. || lunchticket.org/wild-greens-ring-new-year/ 3w

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quejimenez Winter Food. || Forgive me, but one image was not enough. Is it no wonder I give myself over to the garden, and loose myself in what nature gives. Every moment of tending, on my behalf, is a prayer of thanksgiving, an alm, a song of gratitude for this abundance. I yearn to give it, share it with you. It feels like offering a piece of my heart, my breath to you. || Harvest: Red Giant mustard, Kale, Lacinato Kale, Green Lance Kale Florets, Mexican Oregano, Bay leaves, Rosemary, Thyme, and Marjoram. There is more kale in the background growing, along with young Faro cabbage. 4w
  •   jenerlys Pure love and life right here :) 4w
  •   hippiescientist What do you do with the large mustard greens? I just harvested a ton and added some to my juice with some ginger for some kick but it's too spicy to juice too much lol idk how else to use it 4w
  •   artist_mochasolsista Ooohhh! Very pretty! 4w
  •   fedricka Your writing is smooth like butta! 3w
  •   quejimenez @sweet_sassy_faye Thank you for your kind words! I know winter can feel long when you're a Northern or cold climate gardener. Soon it will be time to plant seeds, and that brings some excitement to the winter doldrums. @swampcattine Thank you for your kind words! I really try and not add noise to everyone's feed, so it feels great to hear it adds something to your feed! @jenerlys Thank you lady! The feeling is always mutual! 3w
  •   quejimenez @hippiescientist Sauté them, cook them to get some of the spice out. And, they are great when mixed with other greens to add some flavor and texture and color contrast. But surely, cooking helps a ton. I'm not brave enough to juice them, but would be fun just to see/try. 3w
  •   quejimenez @artist_mochasolsista Thank you Mamas! Muah! @fedricka You just making me feel all special! Thank you! 3w

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quejimenez Winter Stew Harvest. || Just before the storm rolled in I bundled myself and went harvesting in the garden for tonight's turkey & vegetable stew. I carried my 'big' camera. My limbs, my fingers numbed as I lingered, snapping photos, studying all the shades and textures of green. Why does summer get all the growing glory? Sure, she is bright, colorful and buzzing with life, but winter, she is quiet, restoring, reflective, and full of beautiful greens. Frilly greens, mottled greens, bumpy greens, maroon-veined greens. And when she colors, winter is dramatic and moody in the best of ways. 4w

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quejimenez Marmalade. || Summer gets all the fruit glory, with berries and stone fruits. And winter, cold and frigid seems to offer no fruits, until you remember citrus. Full of vitamin C when we most need it, citrus is downright heavenly in the cold winter months. When you live in California's citrus belt, miles from a large, family-owned citrus grove with good, decent growing practices, you buy 75lbs of citrus for marmalade making, gift-giving. I have a few Meyer lemons ripening on my own little farm, waiting to join these Cara Caras, Navels, and Ruby Red Grapefruits. 4w

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quejimenez Christmas Cookie Classics. || The house smells so good! Front to Back: Honey Peanut Butter, Molasses Sugar, and Chocolate Chip Cookies. 4w

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quejimenez Tamales. || Freshly steamed, savory & sweet. Chicken/Sweet Potato/Pineapple-Coconut w/ raisins. We were up till 5 am Christmas Eve making tamales (140) and wrapping the kids' gifts. Tiring, sure, but yesterday & today's easiness makes up for it. Family game night with fresh baked cookies for dessert. This downtime, enjoying E and the kids is my favorite thing about the holidays. I honestly can't get enough of the three of them; I'm seriously in love. 4w

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quejimenez Merry & Bright. || All we feel is love & abundance & light & joy. From our family to yours--Merriest and Brightest Christmas. May you all be well, joyful, and feel infinitely loved and cherished. || Plant: Red Round Turnip Transplants 1mon

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quejimenez Tamal Making. || This morning without E, but full of wonderful gratitude of all the time we'll have together enjoying these later. Grateful that I am well and able to tackle this act of love alone till he comes home. Grateful for my beautiful children, offering their little hands to help Mama. Grateful for life--mines and yours. Peace be with you today. #merrychristmas 1mon

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quejimenez (Flowering) Hon Tsai Tai. || Feeding bees, and myself, with light and mustardy greens. If I stand in one place long enough, the bees and words come hungry. I was once afraid of things with wings, till I started to grow my own. 1mon

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quejimenez I know my words. || I know the words I need to speak. I know them, intimately. They are like marmalade
on my tongue. Silky jelly, chunky toothsome, bitter then sweet words. "Deliver them on thick, sourdough toast. Bitter, thick burnt sienna crusted words shatter--against my teeth when I speak." I whisper to my own ears. I know these words; I've lived these words nearly 38 rounds.
I am these words. I am--fully.
Perfect in all the scars scraped across my body, laid on my tongue. Let me taste these words, these words I know. Oh, I know these words everywhere it hurts.
So I taste them, roll them about in my mouth, beneath the edge of my teeth before I heal, I speak this, I am the one healing this story. ---end impromptu #poem---
Today I return to my life, literally and figuratively--to this novel, I'm calling "The Women" for now. I have 244 pages to read, to start outlining and move into the final process of finishing this first draft five years, thus far, in the making. I needed a pep talk. I'm missing my tall E, my garden, my house is a mess after nine days of MFA residency and living out of a car, my body is recovering from it all. So I wrote myself a poem, reminding myself--Something inside me knows the path to the end. I am well and good. The soul knows how to release and heal itself. Blessed Winter Monday Morning to you. #amwriting
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quejimenez City Colors & Sky. || I am in love. With tall him and sky bellyful of clouds. Graffiti lines and colors. Power lines that offer rest to traveling, hungry pigeons. Sky-scooping, Sky-catching buildings that swallow the morning light in their window skin and show Los Angelinos how to lick and spit light. :: Residency, Day 7 [Morning Commute]. || Impromptu Poem. #DTLA #poem #poetry 1mon

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quejimenez Dear Queen. || We can be beautiful with our lines, our muddy blue black brown, our graffiti banked rivers, and high (rise) songs screaming set it off, to the rain clouds long gone. You be so beautiful, the city only knows how to call out streets--Hoover, Vermont, Century--beg you to dance home. :: Impromptu poem. Residency, Day 6. #losangeles #la #poem 1mon

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quejimenez Nick Flynn. || I'm filled with gratitude today to learn from one of the many writing voices, authors I greatly admire. It is important for me to note, he was so down to earth, generous, funny--everything his writing is. I learned a great deal in our seminar and he kindly signed and inscribed my books, and took the opportunity to connect to me and not just rush a signature. Great to see great writers, artists, who are also great people, great spokespeople and advocates for our arts. By the way, we meditated for seven minutes in class before writing. Yeah, zen, writing rockstar behavior. #writelife #writer #amwriting 1mon

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quejimenez Morning Love Letter: Los Angelinos. || I fall in and out of love with you, Los Angeles, Los Angelinos, riding your dirty, pot holed, graffiti lined streets. Constantly coming and leaving home. I'm not sure, when I love you, if you are still my home. Riverside is home too. But you birthed me, taught me Double Dutch, fed me LAUSD coffee cake, Naw'laters, and cherry Kool aid pickles. I love your colors, the Blacks, Browns, the cobalt blue houses with lush potted gardens, Burger joints with plaster giraffes eating fries on roofs. Your strip malls and power lines where grey pigeons sit, then swoop. Your laundry mats that cleansed me. I love you. I do and don't. I do. || Residency, Day 5. Morning Commute in Rain. 1mon

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quejimenez Dinosaur Licks. || Brassica Oleracea Lacinato, Nero do Toscano, Lacinato Kale--of all the names, Dinosaur Kale is the name I call out in the garden. It's not so much that I know what dinosaur tongues, or food, or plants look like, but for the aged skin these greens wear. The leaves are warty, the way I hope my winter squashes will grow. Bumpy and rolling like my local foothills strewn with rocks. Old skinned kale. I wonder what the wind feels, or the rain sliding over her many wrinkles and grooves. She's a she, too, with all those mounds and rounds and valleys. A woman knows another woman. I miss her and the others in the garden. The cold snap and rain we've had this past week quiets my heart; they all are growing sweeter, juicer as I am too. || Residency: Day 5 #kale #kalelove 1mon

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quejimenez Day 4, Residency; Morning Drive. || Listening + Sonnet Reading + Holding His Hand + Snoring Kids in Backseat = Deep Gratitude for this Life & Everything, Everybody Good in it. That includes you! Blessed Monday to you! 1mon

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quejimenez Residency, day 3. || On the road. Always on the highways. This morning The longing for normal life crept in to me as we drove by the market and I watched shoppers busily go about gathering their groceries. As I put my lipstick on this morning, the neighbor's kids laughed wildly out back. What are they all doing this December Sunday? We came home last night to see the neighbor's lawn decked out in suburban Christmas decorations. You know the style--the netted lights that hug shrubs, and the inflated, fat Santas who jig in the wind. The great thing about residency, I told the kids, is when it's all over we come back to our lives with gratitude for the mundane, the everyday, the waking up Sunday to Papi's egg breakfast and garden/farm work. The nothing and everything and all of our simple lives. I am so happy to be alive and that you, too, are alive. We are here, living. 1mon
  •   thepeacelovelifeyogi Aww looking lovely as always sis! Love u guys 👭 1mon
  •   cali_farmer Well said @quejimenez Enjoy the adventure you all are on. 1mon
  •   sandrae014 Hey pretty lady! When your done with school I want you to bring your family over for some laughs. 1mon
  •   fedricka Love that lipstick on you! Beautiful 1mon
  •   quejimenez @pr0actiff Thank you lady for your kind words! ️ Namaste. @dreadedbaker Oh, so the truth! I love the thought of 'creating normal' we must always create and stay true to the constant change life brings and create new normals when needed. @thepeacelovelifeyogi Thanks sis! I saw your beautiful face in the mirror yesterday morning. Love you all too! 1mon
  •   quejimenez @cali_farmer Thank you! We will! Watching sunsets and sunrises daily for a week! @sandrae014 Hey cuz! The kids would love, love that (and us big kids too!). It's been too long since we've seen you all! Give everybody my love and when I come Im bring jam! 1mon
  •   quejimenez @fedricka Thanks bestie! 1mon
  •   kitchenbutterfly Gorgeous. 1mon

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