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My teens finished an entire year of high school online and I’m so proud of them for persevering through this pandemic and doing well in school. I realized this is the last summer before they are both driving themselves everywhere, working a job and hanging out with their friends and it made me want to slow waaayy down and enjoy the season.

This week I went canoeing with my brother and nephews in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and thought to myself how pleasant life can be when you carve out time to purposefully slow down and live in the moment. I have plans to visit a local winery this upcoming week that is famous for its huge lavender fields. There’s a family get together with cousins on the Colorado River to attend in late June promising lazy days and laughter. I’m thinking I’ll visit Portland and drive the Oregon coast in July. By the time August rolls around, the focus will be returning to school and the flip house currently under renovation will (fingers crossed) be complete.

Last summer was slow by force, and I’ve decided this summer will be slow by choice. I plan to spend the next two months living and working at a slower pace, writing and creating when I feel productive, but resting and relaxing when the mood strikes. I’m reminded of the words of my generation’s rebel icon Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.“ 🙂

Favorite links from the week:

Global influences are present in every space in this Byron Bay home.

Find a modern use of terrazzo tiles in this bathroom.

This apartment is proof you can create cozy spaces with gray walls.

Escape to the Algarve in these three minimalist houses in southern Portugal.

How to make an inexpensive outdoor movie screen.

Well done: this DIY wood canoe.

Cool hack: how to fix a tunneled candle.

The tech companies that are making/assembling products in America.

Helpful apps to download if you’re taking a road trip this summer.

Neophilia and the benefits of trying new things.


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