Is it too soon to start reflecting on the summer? Definitely, maybe. Sometimes, in my mind, I feel like I keep waiting for summer to start - But, not only has summer started.. it's come, it's here, and it's winding down, folks. How did that happen?!
Matt and I have talked a lot about how we feel like this summer has slipped away from us - I think we both had the expectation that there would be a lot of exploring, camping, etc. but between our move, a new job for Matt, a newer position at work for me, and trying to pursue this blog thing... that's just not the way that summer '18 has shaken out for us. I've spent a good amount of time feeling guilty about this - Asking, what if this really is our last summer here? Did we see all of the sights? Did we do all of the things?! Maybe not. But, I think that I'm done feeling like a downer about it.
Should we pause here to talk about this dress? I've had my eye on this Free People number for a while, so when it came on sale, I had to scoop it up. To me, this is the quintessential summer dress - White cotton, embroidered, ....ruffles. It's just what I imagine myself wearing in the summer. Maybe frolicking through a sunflower field? Who knows? Definitely adorable with some slides and a straw hat or paired with a denim jacket in the fall. Kind of feeling like these black studded booties are working for me, too. I'm really loving my new booties, if you guys couldn't already tell.
Back to my reflection - So, maybe we didn't get to go camping as much as I would have liked, or catch a concert at Red Rocks like we had hoped but we did get to visit some new places - Santa Fe (check out my quick weekend guide here), gorgeous Moab, UT... We worked in a short trip to NYC with my family to celebrate my brother's graduation. We made our shabby little apartment feel a little bit more like home. We taught Marley to swim! Okay, she taught herself. We took a lot of blog pics, which was great practice for both of us. And, we've made more than a few rounds around town for happy hour (perhaps a new blog series in the works? Eh, Matt?). AND, there's still a lot to come that we're looking forward to - Visits from friends and family, a music festival, a trip home to New England, a great friend's wedding, perhaps oneeee more camping trip to do some leaf peeping. And, who knows? Maybe we can sneak in a show at Red Rocks, after all (I see u, Gary Clark, Jr.)
Here on out, I'm trying not to be so hard on myself and to accept the fact that some days the right choice for me was to park my butt on the couch all morning instead of hustling through my to-do list. There's still some summer left to be had, and instead of feeling guilty or questioning what we "should have" been doing instead, I'm going to try and savor the moments - Whether that's romping around City Park in my favorite dress, taking in a mountain view, or savoring an extra cup (s) of coffee on the couch with my honey and my fur baby. I hope you all do the same.