It's Friday & I couldn't be gladder about that. Welcooooome w e e k e n d !
Life has been a whirlwind lately. After traveling in Florida for the last week, I'm back home in Denver for a short stint, before beginning a new job for two days & then leaving to North Carolina to shoot an eagerly awaited wedding. Although it's a lot—I consider each trip an enormous treasure.
I love everything about traveling. I love packing. I love airports. I love living out of a suitcase. I love waking up in someone else's house only to squint my eyes in the morning light, searching for familiarities that will help me remember where I am.
Traveling shakes us up & unsteadies our comfort. Traveling creates in us a more flexible disposition to life—if we allow it, of course. But so it goes with much of life. Days carry on & we face the ever-before-us decision to let hard things harden us...or humble us—the choice to let heavy things strip us of joy...or strip us of that pride we never needed anyways.
I have found that life will stiffen us if we quit paying attention for too long. Roots of bitterness, jealousy, or defeat can so sneakily grow. Or perhaps just habits of busyness. Like walking zombies, we just meander through our daily routines, forgetting how miraculous & precious this one fast & fleeting earthly life is.
Rest is important.
Reflection is paramount.
Re-collection of who we are becoming & what we are feeling, is one of the most valuable rituals we can partake in.
Our minds & hearts run wild. They are brilliantly yet dangerously wandering things. Let's slow long enough to hear our heartbeats—ask deep enough questions of ourselves to uncover the undercurrent of our lovely or ugly emotions.
I have found that weekends are some of the best times to do this. A bit of intention can go a long way by saying "no" to some plans, in order to say "yes" to rest.
Below are some moments from Kyle & I's most recent slow Sunday. It was a sweet time of unwinding & unraveling our tangled minds. Slow days can surely remind us who we are & who we are not.