I wish the idyllic sunny skies above indicated carefree serene days over the past month, but that would be untrue. June may have started low-key; however, by it’s close, I was worn out with worry, felt my spirit tested and shaken in some of my beliefs.
Lows, losses and worries: stressful changes within my family, uncertain future careers, troubling health diagnoses for a family member and for a friend, the loss of a friend’s loved one, unplanned expenditures, disappointments, strain, strife and sickness.
I’ve drifted through the past few weeks in a bit of a fog, and know I’ve let some important things go, but life hasn’t been all bad. I don’t want to dwell on the negative and today was already brighter than yesterday.
Reasons to smile: sticking to the Keto diet (though re-gaining 1.5 lbs. on vacation) losing 13 lbs. overall, celebrating my birthday in Stranger Things fan-girl style, seeing the ocean during our Florida trip–7 years had been too long, indulging in a deliciously decadent sundae at Jackson’s ice cream parlor, adding to my pottery mug collection, celebrating my nephew’s graduation, reading excellent books: Circe and The Last Child, looking forward to upcoming Summer day trips with friends and family.What may appear to be fear in this photo is simply the soon to be released feeling of anticipation for this decadent hot fudge/butterscotch double scoop vanilla chocolate almond sundae. Treating oneself to some ice cream gratification is the best after the first month of a restrictive diet.
Update: Almost forgot one of my fave summer gifts–our garden. It’s taking it’s sweet time to fill out but we have been harvesting and enjoying fresh garden lettuces in our salads for the last week and loving it, a variety of peppers, tomatoes, cukes and perhaps squash on the way!
Now that Speech Nationals is over and bouts of sickness (respiratory and stomach) are behind me, I’m looking forward to developing a relaxed routine, starting some projects and sorting through my wax favorites for a mid-year recap. Although the pace of these fleeting summer days is alarming, I’m ready to turn this season around, enjoy what’s left and try not to stress about what’s to come. How is your summer progressing?