"We do survive. And Then We Thrive."
~ Susannah Conway
Today is the first day of August Break! This will be the third year I have participated. I always find it as an inspiration to consistently blog, while others are inspired to take a sort of break, posting photos and keeping it simple; there are no rules.
I thought the best way to begin the month would be with a photo of two books I just finished reading, by the creator of the August Break, Susannah Conway. My ordering and reading the book "this i know" was initially unrelated to preparing for the August Break. This is a book about grief and finding your way out, with time. While I have not experienced the level of grief expressed in this book, and my heart goes out to Susannah, I had suffered a loss several months ago...a loss of myself, I guess you could say.
I'm not usually one for "self-help" books, but upon opening this book, I realized it was much more than that. In this book I found that it was common and perfectly okay to feel broken, but also okay to feel whole again.
What comes to my mind, and has been said so many times...time heals. It is so difficult to believe at your lowest point, but it is true.
I have been drowning myself in painting, writing, nature, trips, friends, and looking inward as much as outward...honing in on the big picture, as well as the details.
Here's to August! It's warmth, it's beauty, as well as it's ability to rejuvenate and help us transition into the next season.