5 on friday || august's end

“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.”
― Thomas Merton

dog and cat sitting for my kids, a trip to Idaho with a couple of girlfriends, the light of a partial eclipse, the dog park and signs of fall 

August is a bittersweet month. It is my birth month. It is coming to the realization that my life is not where I want it to be and knowing I have some work to do to heal some old scars. It is celebrating a big move of a very close and dear friend and her family, excited for them but also mourning their leaving. It is taking hard steps to save my heart, listening to my inner voice and pausing. It is fresh veggies from the garden everyday but so much watering. It is coming to the realization that I am kind of tired of this whole huge gardening thing. It is long walks along the river with the dog and my thoughts, overwhelmed with the beauty around me but also a bit melancholy. It is bittersweet.  

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” 
― Thomas Merton