sunset

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Porto Cesareo, Puglia

Sunset is one of my favorite colors.

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Intricacies

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Martina Franca, Puglia

I hope to never stop marveling at the details that surround me. They swarm over me and I’m immediately pulled in. The colors, the textures and the sounds embrace me and long after, when it’s become just a memory, I can still feel the warm feeling on my body.

How lucky are we to live in a world with so much that stimulates us body and mind?

Bittersweet

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Bethany Beach, Delaware

On this last day of summer vacation my mind and heart are all over the place. A range of emotions, but settling on bittersweet to best sum up how I feel.

Sad to see our summer go. Our adventures, our quiet mornings, our late nights. We held onto our summer days with a firm grip, not wanting to let go but knowing that all too soon we’d have to say goodbye. Goodbye to our time in Italy, fortunate to call it home for as long as we did. Goodbye to all the memories we made in that beautiful country and so grateful for all the traditions, new paths taken and future plans for more good times to add to our list. Farewell to the month after we returned and all the family, friends and special moments we shared.  August was a month of play-as-you-go and what fun we had. Pool days, mini-road trips, ice cream shop visits and barbecues. And sunsets, always sunsets.

We took a deep breath of that hot August air and now we’re ready to exhale. We can acknowledge that we did all we could this summer, we didn’t want to let go but it’s time.

We’re happy for new days ahead. New school year, new challenges and a new routine. We will learn something new, maybe make a new friend and hopefully work on our strengths too. We can embrace all that is to come because we can and because we must. We will breathe in fall, fall will fill our lungs and we won’t want to blow that long breath out. But we will, when it’s time. And it’s not time yet.

We are all made of stars

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Porto Cesareo, Puglia

Spend time with people that build you up. You don’t have time to be broken down.

Enrich your mind with simple pleasures. Simplicity never goes out of style.

Realize that practice doesn’t always make perfect, but being perfect is overrated. And boring.

Engage others, lift them up and praise their efforts. We are in this together.

We are all made of stars. We love, we laugh, we cry. We live and we die.