Tuesday, April 17

this sky where we live*


These days. Oh, these days . . . full out, full to the brim-- the weather so sweet-- I know it is spring but oh man, does it feel like summer.

And so despite our best efforts to stay at our desks, Lauren and I were lifted on a breeze and carried to the beach. Because some days? There is no where else to be.


The thing is, there's just so much of everything-- I really liked what Jenny wrote in a recent blog post.

"Because here are all these people seemingly doing it all and having it all in a beautiful, perfect way. It's hard to tell if that's reality or if we're only privy to seeing things from one angle. Because no one wants to post pictures of their incompetence or that time when they felt truly unlovable. I know I don't. But I can tell you right now that I can't do it all, and I don't have it all. There are times when I feel lost and filled with worry, and I don't feel like I'm enough.

It's times like these when the only thing for me to do is to try to reconnect with life's joys.

For me, the focus on beauty, on light, on play is a choice to have more of each of those things at the center of my day, but it doesn't mean there aren't the same stresses, challenges, frustrations, agitations, misunderstandings as per any normal life--

I simply try to give them the least amount of my energy and attention.

And sometimes, the only solution to anything is to throw the dogs in the back, walk the beach til we're all feeling loose and light--- get an ice cream at the best local ice cream parlor-- head home trailing sand across the kitchen floor, finish up some fun decor projects-- and make a cocktail of prosecco, St. Germain with a small wedge of orange for garnish and clink glasses to our favorite toast, "go team beauty!"


bisous, e

* this sky
where we live
is no place to lose your wings
so love,
                         ~ hafiz


  1. Thank you. I needed all of these words today >hug<

    And - I love the blue toenails!

  2. such goodness in the words, the photos, the spirit behind it all.
    sending love and thanks...

  3. My first thought when looking at your photos:

    "I Ask Percy How I Should Live My Life

    Love, love, love, says Percy.
    And hurry as fast as you can
    along the shining beach, or the rubble, or the dust.

    Then, go to sleep.
    Give up your body heat, your beating heart.
    Then, trust."

    ~ Mary Oliver ~

    I always vote for Joy ... and yes, often it is a struggle to remember that it is a choice I can make even in my most despairing moments ... like the hours spent waiting for my car and watching Family Feud with a group of strangers ...

    I like how you work ;) Got any openings for a Midwest rep? xo

  4. The beach is just a gift, a solace, a pleasure, it keeps me tethered. Your photos are gorgeous, so saturated. The abundance of shoreline here makes up for the screwy DMV, maybe? :)

  5. I love that quote. It is so true. Thank you for the reminder to give as little attention to the negativity as possible. I needed it! xoxo

  6. I love your photographs of the sea. While I haven't been as far North as you are in a very long time- it calls me. I'm mostly a southern beach gal if I can even get there these days. I'm surrounded by mountains most of the time. Thanks for sharing the beauty and the joys you savor. And, I love the running, water dashing dog pics- so awesome!!


thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me-- I love that you stopped by and hope something I shared was what you needed today. xo, e