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October 31, 2017

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A sigh escapes my aging lips as I scroll through the continuous barrage of advertisements scattered across social media promising to rid my face of its unwanted wrinkles.

Grow 10x longer lashes! Beat yourself purple to get rid of unsightly...

October 26, 2017

As I shuffle through the fallen leaves that have blanketed my favorite running path, I tell myself I should pick up the pace and really get moving, but today, I just can’t. I walk quickly, and eventually find a gentle ease of stride. It feels good and so I decide to pu...

October 2, 2017

As we walked through the parking lot, my enormous belly leading the way, I laughed as I could barely fit through the narrow tunnels of parked cars. The sun, a brilliant ball of rising color, not high enough yet, to be yellow, but no longer low enough to just glow, she...

September 11, 2017

She was the true definition of ‘dance as though no one were watching.’ I couldn’t help but notice her- I felt a kindred spirit- as though we might have both been survivors of sorts. Maybe 11 or 12, and a bit big for her age, she was wearing a two-piece swim suit and a...

September 5, 2017

Eyes flying open, my heart skips half a beat. What is that ungodly sound? I pick up my phone and remember. I had set my alarm. It is 5:30 am. How can it be time to get up already? I JUST closed my eyes a minute ago. The decision awaits; one of the most important I will...

August 28, 2017

Watching a bumble bee make its way slowly around the late summer blooms, I absentmindedly wonder what it must feel like for that to be the only thing you really have to think about- in all your entire life.

Sustaining and pollinating.

Very important work-

Vital to the evo...

August 22, 2017

I knew we shouldn’t have left the house today- I just KNEW it. With the eclipse coming and all that pressure to not look up at the sky- I should have known better. In fact, after lunch, I even sat silent in contemplation, sipping my third cup of coffee trying to convin...

August 18, 2017

My foot hits something hard and crunchy on the floor as I finish my breakfast. I look under the table and find several parts of dried up waffles littering the carpet. I’m ashamed, but only slightly. The little one swings her feet in summertime freedom as she munches he...

August 1, 2017

Sitting here, trying to be grateful for all of it, today.

But in the end, irritation prevails as my plans for work and escaping the house and never ending demands of motherhood have been thwarted by the most demanding of all, a vomiting toddler.

A good excuse to stay in...

May 9, 2017

It’s a glorious, sunshine filled day. The light from every angle at which I stand seems to make the flowers and trees and even single solitary blades of grass look like they are dancing.

I love- LOVE- these kinds of days. They ring of fresh starts, filled full of singin...

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The Survivor's Well

Contemplations on Survival and Motherhood and the intersection of the two
I have fallen in
love a lot in my
life. I’m a
passionate
person with an
affinity for
romance. Boys,
experiences,
lands far away, I’ve loved them and lost them, found them again and loved them even more.
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