Goodbye Summer - 2017

And just like that, Summer is over.

The leaves are changing, the cool air is settling in, the whole world smells of pumpkins and cinnamon. Fall is the season of my heart. Fall arrives as a pleasant relief, just as the heat of Summer has really settled into my bones and made me so weary. I am my most creative self in Autumn, on slow rainy days when the leaves are crimson and the world is quiet.

Over the Summer I deactivated my Facebook account, leaving myself only Instagram to post updates and write out my thoughts and poems. It has been a real detox of a Summer for me and I have come to some very soul enlightening realizations, such as the apparent fact that "busy" is the enemy. I am my worst self when I am busy. I need slow and simple in the same way I need water. I need small to-do lists and a humble amount of obligations. I need less chaos and more peace. I need time to think, to breathe, to really see the world around me.

I am grateful for all of these self discoveries I have made this year. I think all of us have inner whisperings, conversations of our souls telling us what we need and how to heal our cracks. We just need to be quiet enough to listen to them, and brave enough to follow.

Summer, you were wonderful and you taught us so much. Until next year!


End of Summer Roadtrip

This roadtrip was the loveliest, in the way that every single thing we saw far exceeded any of our expectations. It was all so grand!

Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Needles Highway, Sylvan Lake, and the grand finale: a total eclipse. Everything was magnificent and so much more amazing in person than it could ever be in pictures.

I am still not over that total eclipse. It was stunning. Hands down one of the coolest experiences of my entire life. After the eclipse we were stuck in a traffic jam with the rest of America, turning our five hour drive to our next campsite into a nine hour drive. (still worth it.) As we sat in that car for all of those hours, I tried so hard to write out in words my feelings on the total eclipse experience. But try as I may, I could not and still can not find any words to do it justice.

I think that is a good sign of a life changing, utterly amazing experience, if we can't even find the words to describe it.