Growing up, the idea of “getting away” did not involve visiting a small town. My first thought had always been to hop on a plane and travel to a place as far away as possible, thinking that distance would make me feel like I was truly on vacation. While I still love traveling and exploring the world, I have also discovered the joy of “escaping” into my own backyard and discovering charming small towns to explore!
What happens when you or one of your friends moves or no longer lives close by, and that convenience of just “popping over” or meeting at the coffee shop is no longer a possibility? While saying goodbye to a close friend can cause heartache and uncertainty, we do have some control over what happens with these friendships. I’m so excited to share some tips from my own experience on how to make a long-distance friendship last after a big move! I have found that sometimes our long-distance friendships can become some our closest relationships!
My life is composed of thousands of musical notes. Each of these notes has been carefully placed in a particular rhythm and tune to make up the moments of my life. There are musical notes that I have created on my own, and then there are certain musical notes that have been placed in my life’s song by certain influential people in my life. One of the most important people who has placed some this music in my life’s song is my dad.
Like every season, summer arrives with its own unique puzzle pieces. The music, the feel of the air, the holidays, the food, and the activities fit together to create memories from this distinct time of year. Growing up I remember feeling so excited for the next one to begin! Summer was always extra special and has made my heart beat and crackle loud like a firecracker! Summer has its own song, its own feeling, its own language. There is a certain sense of freedom that comes with summer, and an urge to create, experience, and reconnect with yourself and with others. Want to ignite your own firecracker heart? I’m about to tell you how!!
Of all the advice that I received as I approached my wedding day, it seemed as though nothing was stressed more than the concept of time and just how quickly it passes by on this particular day.
No goal or thought is impossible, and the journey that you plan is how you spend the days of your life. Your goal trips can become some of your favorite memories! It’s all about, “getting there,” and learning about yourself in the present moment as you take the steps to reach your dreams.
Our actual birthdays are milestones; book ends to celebrate the end of one year of life and the beginning of another. But after our birthday comes the first unbirthday of our new year — 364 of them to be exact! Each unbrithday makes up the journey of our lives and is proof that we are growing and changing. Though it might not feel like it on your birthday, you are a different version of yourself than you were a year ago.
What makes the invitation to “meet for coffee” or “talk over coffee” so warm and alluring? For me, it is knowing that during that conversation, something as strong as the coffee I am drinking is going to take place. I never know what it is going to involve, or at what point of the conversation it will happen, but I know it’s a guarantee that I will leave that conversation somehow different than when it began.
What do you feel lucky to have in your life? Or maybe you don’t feel so lucky? Maybe “luck” is a symbol to you — a pot of gold, the color green, or a leprechaun. Whatever the word luck means to you, I am here to tell you that you are in fact lucky in ways that you might never have considered!
“It seems strange
How we used to wait for letters to arrive
But what’s stranger still
Is how something so small can keep you alive.”
-The Arcade Fire (We Used To Wait)