Wednesday, November 4

season of bittersweet

Monday, we went to the beach and found that bowers of bittersweet had begun to pop. Despite my deep love of the color orange, I am not a huge fan of bittersweet.

It's fragile, tends to spill everywhere and, in this part of the world, ushers in the end of Autumn.

Although, as I look out the window from where I am typing to you, it is nothing but blue skies, full on sunshine, yellow leaves, heading up to 70 degrees again-- in other words full on crazypants!

I'd love to type something like 'the world is changing' but ha-- the world has always been changing, to think that things ever stay the same is a recipe for some serious unhappiness. I think that's what I am so tuned into now -- this constant evolution we are all a part of.

Gah. How did I end up here?  I honestly sat down to write a love letter to Gaia. Oh well, I've got a whole month ahead of me to fulfill that, I guess.

Referencing Rita's comment from yesterday's post, I wish it hadn't taken me so long to find such steady contentment and if the younger generations can clue into it sooner, all the better. One piece of it for sure, is to find a way to embrace ALL of it -- all of life, the good, the bad, the horror and the sublime.  You have got to say yes to ALL of it. And that is true for the microcosm of the world that is you, too. You have got to find a way to practice kindness and compassion for all the ways you fall short of your best hopes and desires for who you want to be in this world.

For me, it is one of the cornerstones. Compassion, not judgement, is the key to it all and it begins with how we treat ourselves.

"Despite what you may believe, you can disappoint people
and still be good enough. You can make mistakes and
still be capable and talented. You can let people down and
still be worthwhile and deserving of love. Everyone has disappointed
someone they care about. Everyone messes up, lets people down, and makes mistakes. Not because we’re inadequate or fundamentally
inept, but because we’re imperfect and fundamentally human.
Expecting anything different is setting yourself up for failure."
Daniell Koepke

squam, september 2015

bisous, elizabeth


  1. Replies
    1. hello darling! so glad--- sending you BIG love!

  2. Hello Elizabeth,
    and thank you so much for sharing such beauty here!
    I discovered your blog thanks to Susannah's Blogging workshop and am extremely grateful for it.
    It's great that you will be posting every day now. So excited!

    Best from the Swiss Alps

    1. well hello there!! from the Swiss Alps!! oh my gosh-- how I would love to visit there someday-- do you have a blog where you share photos? So glad you stopped by xo, Elizabeth

    2. Dear Elizabeth,
      I do indeed blog. It's in Estonian, though ;-) but I do add photos regularly and there are quite a few posts with photos of mountains and hiking and just being happy in the wild. (

      Bisous (as we say here, too :-))

    3. oh wonderful-- I'm off to visit YOU!

  3. Oh, that quote. THAT QUOTE. It is going up at my house AND in my office. And maybe post-it noted to my forehead. Did you know that I missed you? I did. So much.

    1. I know, I missed YOU, TOO!!!! together again!! XOXOXO

  4. LOVE that quote. Just what I needed to hear at the close of a long and very stressful week :)

    1. it WAS a stressful week-- sending you big big energies for EASE, and rest and breathing and REST XOXO

  5. Oh Elizabeth, I am so enjoying reading your words. Compassion and kindness really are magical, practiced both on yourself and others are wonderful feelings to share x

    1. yay!!! it is so fun to connect here as I feel so CLOSE to you now that we have spent a week together in person . . xo


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