weekending – ithaca

Hey friends! I have been sick in bed for the past few days fighting a pretty ruthless virus. Some forced downtime never hurts though, I suppose. This rainy, sleepy day seems like a good time to share some snaps from last weekend’s visit to Ithaca.

I took my boyfriend down to my old college town for the first time, introducing him to my favorite spots and my favorite people. Many of my closest friends, including my brother, are still living there, so it was a great time. We saw some live music, ate great food and wandered around town. Weekends like these always feel like a reset for my soul, keeping me in check and reviving me at the same time. As always, I am looking forward to my next visit.

Here are a few miscellaneous snaps from the weekend, including a few rare shots of me.

What are you up to this weekend?

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weekend visits

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Now that I am back in Rochester, I am getting to know the city in a whole new light. This is why it is extra fun when friends come to visit. I get to show them my favorite spots and let them see this place through my eyes.

Last weekend, my dear friends/favorite couple came to visit. Wandering around Rochester with Jesse and Val was such a joy! They came for the sweetest day trip and it was perfect. We sipped coffee, drove around, shivered next to the falls, and chatted away.

I recently had a similar experience when my lovely friend Faith and her husband Alex came to Rochester for an evening. Living within driving distance of some of my favorite people is such a treat, and believe me, I am cherishing it.

Here are a few snaps from Jesse and Val’s happy, sunny visit.

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april

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April could not have arrived at a better time. I woke up this morning with a sense of renewal. Much-needed renewal.

March was not my month. I was functioning with this overwhelming feeling that I was constantly trying to catch up with myself. As the days past, I wasn’t completing things that I needed to complete. I was constantly running late and not prioritizing the right things. It was a blur of a month that left a small knot of anxiety in my chest.

While I understand that this is due to all of the change in my life, it is time to turn a corner. All of the change that I am experiencing is vibrant, beautiful and full of potential. I have also been blessed with numerous opportunities to see old friends and soak in everything that they are up to. I found a lovely place to live and will be moving within the next few months. The weather is getting warmer and there are exciting things to look forward to. Life is wonderful and it is time to bring myself back to the present.

April, may you help me do this.

I am such a believer in the moods of the seasons. Summer always makes me feel free and spontaneous. Fall is quietly mature and settling. Winter is silent and pensive. And spring is renewing. I feel this now more than ever. While the weather here is a murky winter-spring hybrid, I am open to sunshine and growing warmth. I am eager to shed my layers.

There is something in the air today telling me it is time for this renewal. April is a holistic refresh. April is a sign to come back into myself — stronger, calmer, energetically sound.

What do you hope April will bring you?

 

stray and return

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Maybe it was the humidity of this conservatory and that dreamy Spanish moss that woke me up. Maybe that was the moment that I realized that a period of change was shifting into something more settled.

I know that the “I have been really busy, so sorry about not posting” line is a classic blogger excuse, but I feel that my situation is a bit more complex than that. The past month, I have been thrown into the full whirlwind of change. A new job, a changing social life and many new adjustments. I am apartment hunting and wiggling around in my routine, feeling where I might fit. I took a brief social media hiatus (and I am honestly loving not being on Facebook still) and wasn’t blogging at all.

And I truly missed it. Caught in all of this shifting, I was not prioritizing my outlets, and my mental health began to suffer. I didn’t touch my camera during that time, and my journal stayed closed. It was not good. After a rude awakening last week, I am back to prioritizing my passions and my own self care.

I also want to emphasize that despite the rapid changes, life is good. Really good. I have now have a full-time writing job that I love. I am meeting new people and learning more about Rochester every day. I’m happy. Everything is full of possibility. I am excited to share what I created during this next chapter with all of you.

So, this is me saying “Hey, I missed you. I’m back.” Not only does this blog hold me accountable to taking photos regularly, but it serves as a point of reflection. I like sharing little snippets of my life with all of you. And I have loved hearing from followers.

Back to that dreamy Spanish moss above – I will soon be sharing more photos from that day. Stay tuned.

I hope you all are well.