A memory and moment

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”- Guatama Buddha

Some days are just more memorable than others.

Practicing being present and living in the moment helps me remember.

The Road West

IMG_2033 IMG_2042 IMG_2043Just now settling back to life in NC after a wild week-long journey West.

From Monday – Monday, I was in Colorado and Utah. I took time off my normal life and routine here, packed my backpack and went with the full intention of some self-care. I left my computer and work at home, and traveled to a new state (Utah) for love and exploration and time in the wilderness.

I hiked,  snapped a few photos, and even chipped a tooth!

Enjoy this pink sky from a drive across I-70. More to come someday.

“It should not be denied… that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led West.” – Wallace Stegner


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“It would be good to live in a perpetual state of leave-taking,

never to go nor to stay, but to remain suspended in that golden emotion

of love and longing; to be missed without being alone, to be loved without

satiety. How beautiful one is and how desirable; for in a few moments

one will have ceased to exist.” – John Steinbeck, The Log from the Sea of Cortez

Thanks Steinbeck.

[Photo: Notes from the road. Somewhere in NC//Grace Farson]

i have a feeling. . .

today is going to be the longest of days. . .

“it’s a very american trait, this wanting people to think well of us. it’s a young want, and i am ashamed of it in myself. i am not always a good daughter, even though my lacks are in areas different from her complaints. haven’t i learned yet that the desire to be perfect is always disastrous and, at the least, loses me in the mire of false guilt?”

– madeleine l’engle

. . .

+ want to curl up and read this book over and over again. . . it was my favorite when i was just beginning to like books. . .

+ my wedding will resemble this

+ last weekend, abby & i fell in love with st. vincent together again. . . cruel

+ this past weekend was special – photos to come!

+ i have some truly great people in my life right now

+ here’s to a new week! . . .  i’m trying to go a whole week without complaining. . . i find that this campus just breeds complaining. i’m done with it. ultimately, we have so little to complain about. . . who’s going to join me in this?

+ p.s. marry me?

{image from one of my favorite spots in nepal – beautiful, quirky, quiet baghmara right outside of chitwan national park. i lived here for several weeks and rode my bike on these dusty roads several times a day}


road to the milford sounds, new zealand

como say what? has moved!

currently in charlottesville with the sisters and the mother one. my first little visit to charlottesville has certainly been a pleasant one. hanging out with abby {and looking at her lovely blog/ blogs} over the weekened has inspired me to make a change.

so goodbye old blog, hello new!