song pair: Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
in an effort to get completely caught up to present day, i have decided to choose one image (feels impossible) from a few favorite end-of-summer events. so here is my attempt:
6th annual family beach week. my 12 year old niece and i concluded the week by waking before dawn to watch the sunrise.
life lesson: always follow through on something you promise. expose young people to amazing things. sacrifice self for the benefit of a child/tween/teen.
southern gent and i planned a quick trip to Key West to surprise one of my closest friends. she is my kindred spirit. i waited all my life to find a friend like her. i believe we have many soul mates in this life, she is certainly one of mine. i miss you V!
life lesson: we are never too old to plan a surprise. the best moments in life are while being generous. don't ever stop being playful. work diligently at staying in contact with those you love.
we traveled to visit southern gent's parents at their new home in the mountains. every time we travel there, we wonder why we don't do it more often. we are so happy they have found their happy home.
life lesson: the mountains restore a sense of zen within. an afternoon at the winery is sometimes all you need. it's never too late for a dream to come true. we should pursue several passions in this life.
southern gent and i traveled with three other couples to new orleans, at the tail end of summer. new orleans chewed me up and spit me out a few days later. i loved it.
life lesson: if you want to connect with friends, go on a trip together. go big or go home. seize the day. embrace new culture. choose experience over shopping.
our one wedding this season was truly sensational. a favorite couple tied the knot and we celebrated at the contemporary art museum, downtown. the best part was the speech the groom made to his bride. i had never seen anything like it.
life lesson: chivalry is key. heirloom tomatoes are always a good idea. sincerity trumps humor. weddings are one of my favorite gatherings. i love supporting a great couple.
i have said it before and i will say it again...we live in the greatest neighborhood. six of us (and there are several more that were unable to make it) crashed a beach town one weekend. we made our mark in two short nights.
life lesson: colored sunglasses can elevate any weekend. bad karaoke should happen often. it's never too late to make lifelong friends. dance like no one is watching. if you lose your voice, it was probably a great night.
it was not easy to breeze through incredible times with only one image, but it had to be done. i am now feeling closer to "up-to-date" and ready to move on from the summer, summer, summer tiiime!
life lesson: take every opportunity to fill your life with joy.