"in nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful."
- alice walker
so true. when we were at the beach in bermuda, the rock pictured above captured my attention because of its supposed "imperfection"... a small sliver is missing! and yet it's this very feature that made me smile and appreciate its beauty. i loved how i could see the blue sky and crashing waves through this "missing piece".
let's remember that this doesn't just apply to rocks and trees, but to us too!! it's our "imperfections" or "missing pieces" that make us each unique and beautiful. 😊✨
happy friday! for everyone with a long holiday weekend coming up, hope you enjoy it!! ☀️👏😎🌻
i found this bright & cheerful little blossom outside the cathedral in hamilton, bermuda when we were wandering around. i love the color! 🌺❤️🌺❤️
"if the sight of blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive." - eleonora duse
today, the sun was shining, the skies were that perfect blue, the rolling mountains could be seen with their green trees once again, and those little helicopter leaves spun in the mild breeze. as i drove today, i took this all in. i love finding beauty and joy in the little things - there is so much to appreciate if you slow down for a minute to notice. 😍
this photo is of horseshoe bay beach, from my recent trip to bermuda. it's pretty hard to overlook the beauty there! 💙 but traveling has taught me that there is so much beauty at home too - it's just a different kind of beauty and it's easy to miss because it's so familiar. it can be easier to see the beauty in unfamiliar places because it's new to the eyes. but beauty surrounds us - it's both here and there, taking different forms throughout this great wide earth. 🌏🌻
"i'll have to fly through [the fear]. straight through the sickening dips and air pockets, because you can't chart a course around anything you're afraid of. you can't run from any part of yourself, and it's better you can't. sometimes i've thought it's only our challenges that sharpen us, and change us too ... there is no way i could do any of this and remain the same." - excerpted from circling the sun by paula mclain
hamilton has a handful of adorable alleyways tucked away off front street. it was a fun surprise to stumble upon these! ❤️
one of my favorite moments from our cruise to bermuda was the morning i just happened to wake up crazy early before the sunrise. as i stood looking out our window at the quiet dawn sky, a sliver of *intense* fire orange suddenly darted above the horizon. it caught me by surprise and took my breath away! ❤️🔥and then, totally mesmerized, i watched as the sun continued to quickly creep up, rising into that pale morning sky. after a while, i realized i had lost track of time and was totally staring at the sun for probably way too long 😂... isn't that bad for your eyes? 🙃 whoops! totally magical though... i could become a morning person for this 💛 🌅
i came across this cute little gateway at queen elizabeth park in hamilton, bermuda ❤️😊
"don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." -john d. rockefeller
i love this quote. there are times when we need to say goodbye to the things in our life that are "good" or "good enough" in order to create room for the things that are great! and oftentimes, we recognize that we need to do this, but that doesn't always mean it's easy. it can feel like a risk to leave something "good" behind in order to make space for something even better. we tell ourselves, "at least what i have right now feels familiar, it feels secure. it's good enough. what if i make a change and the new thing is worse, not better?"
i've been here before. i felt stuck in a job that was "good enough" for years. it was comfortable and familiar, but on the other hand, it wasn't engaging me or challenging me or making me feel excited anymore. i knew i needed to leave, but new beginnings can be scary and can feel risky. after wrestling with this for a few years, here's what i've learned: chances are, if you are feeling compelled towards something new, especially if it's something you've been dreaming of for a while now, then it's probably something that's worth the risk. you have to trust that voice inside of you that's telling you it's time to make a change. and if you feel afraid, just remember that nothing is permanent - if the new thing happens to be worse, not better, then you can learn from the experience and move on to something different. we grow by challenging ourselves and stepping out of our comfort zones. you will grow so much more from taking a risk (even on the off chance that it doesn't go as well as you had hoped) than you will from standing still. don't be afraid to make room for more "great" in your life! 😊