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A Quick Camping Trip to the Sea

The weekend didn’t go quite as planned, but honestly, that’s ok. We discovered a pretty and simple, albeit rustic, state park perfect for those who want beach time and water activities without the crowds. We got some much needed quality family time and the fresh air we had all been craving. And while we may not return there for a camping trip, it would be a perfect spot on a weekend when we just need to get away for a whole day.

When Our Dreams Don’t Match Their Desires

When my daughter decided she was done with dance, it was the end of my own unfulfilled childhood dreams. But when she said she was done with piano, it felt like so much more than that. It felt like a rejection of one of the things that had been such a big part of my own childhood. But I know that’s not fair. After all, she’s never seen her mom lose herself in a piece of music, fingers flying up and down the ivories. Instead she’s watched her mom spend hours lost in her own writing, her fingers making words instead of music. So much so that she has taken to doing her own writing, creating stories and drawing pictures to match, convinced that someday she will create something worthy of other’s praise. Her stage is the page, not the baby grand.

A Letter to Twenty-Year-Old Me, Before You Leave for a Semester Abroad

You are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. After months of convincing Mom and Dad that this is a good idea, planning out everything you want to see and do, and working every shift possible during the summer, you are ready. You think you know the impact this will have on your life, but take comfort in knowing that you don’t know anything, and that will make the next three months so much better. This journey will change you and set you on a path that is even better than the life you are imagining for yourself right now, the memories and the lessons sticking with you long after you return to the States.

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