I arrived on North American soil last Tuesday by way of three different flights. The trip was surprisingly smooth, and the past week has been lovelier than I expected. Feelings of European homesickness have been creeping in, however, and with a looming final year of university ahead of me, I daydream of starting this year over from the beginning just to live in Germany all over again.
The photo above was taken in Austria just before my boyfriend, his friend, and I hiked to a huge, thundering, beautiful waterfall, melted snow tumbling down from the Alps. (Click the image to view it smaller.) We had just arrived after a long trip from Germany; the afternoon sunlight was golden and the mountains breathtaking. I am so grateful I can relive these memories again and again through the hundreds of photos I took while studying abroad.
There is so much I want to get done in the last week before I dive into academics again: I want to paint, add substance to dreamed of workshops, edit photos, write, read, visit friends, and take day trips. I want to sort out my clothes, donating as much as I can part with. I want to find a dress for my mama's wedding, just a few weeks away. I want to spend time with my not-so-little brother before he travels halfway around the world to the Philippines again.
And I want to feel present here and on Facebook, sharing encouragement, inspiration, art, photographs, and love.
Of course there are also the hundreds of things I have to get done, like paperwork, lingering research assignments, phone calls, emails, and preparations.
Oof – what a to do list!
I hope that wherever you are and whatever you have planned for the coming months, you are enjoying this moment, right here, right now, taking deep breaths and feeling your heart beat in your chest. It's such a gift to be alive.
All my love!