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    Looking Back | October.

    It’s been 33 days since my last Looking Back post and it feels like at least a year has passed. It also feels like four years since I’ve had a really good night’s sleep. maybe tonight. at least I’m feeling ready to dive back into things … and this post is a great way to start!Back in July, I wrote about being grateful for a lovely space to call home. October confirmed all of that. along with a special gratitude that Katie and her family are part of our bubble. I didn’t go anyplace new last month (gosh, when was the last time I went someplace NEW?). I did, however,…

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    Looking Back | September.

    What a difference a month can make. I wrote my August Looking Back post just before heading next door to share a totally spontaneous girls night out by my neighbor’s pool. just four of us – very comfortably distanced, catching up, it felt like a game changer (September 2 – popcorn and and an adult beverage). Sara arrived a few days later and then I started playing tennis. Three things. I know one of them was HUGE (still not sure Sara’s gonna brave the travel for a Christmas trip) and we reclaimed our bubble with Katie and her family. and maybe that’s enough. October is gonna be a test, isn’t…

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    Looking Back | August.

    Wow, August kind of kicked me in the backside. and again, I’m really grateful for this daily photo habit because otherwise I’d be looking back at a fog of days that ran together spent mostly at home and lonely, combined with seemingly endless heat and humidity (broken by violent thunderstorms that put a shaking Holly into my lap on many evenings), and nights that brought little rest and strange dreams. I am happy to have these 31 images (plus a few more – see below), to add to that story. both are true. and ♥. 1. What am I celebrating? + we are all still healthy (in a state –…

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    Looking Back | July.

    I’ve been saying for months that I wanted to Look Back before I said Hello. This month I finally managed it, and whoa, I can see the benefit. We’ve now been “at home” for four full months and this month really showed it. Save one Saturday (the 11th) on my sister’s porch and the four Sunday runs to the lake, every other photo was taken within less than 100 feet of where I’m sitting right now – and 15 of them were in the same room! wow. In Before Times, I would’ve made a goal to broaden my world. Today, I’m especially grateful to have such a warm, welcoming space…

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    Looking Back | June.

    Last month’s Look Back was late and I’m happy to be sharing this one to meet (barely) my “in the first week” commitment. Whew! It certainly gives the practice a different focus, which admittedly this month also feels partly due to the looking back that prompted Sunday’s post. Still, the lens of these daily photos always adds a fresh perspective. I love those five rows of Monday/Tuesday with the little boys. the lake views from my Sunday morning runs. the magnolias. porch time at my house and my sister’s. some knitting (and even some crochet). one fabulous sunset. and one freshly groomed little dog. 1. What am I celebrating? +…

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    Looking Back | May.

    Whoa, May … it was A Month, wasn’t it. Looking back at these photos, I might need to remind myself that we were still sheltering at home for the second full month. Yes, we doubled our bubble with Katie’s family mid-month and yes, I started porch visits with my sister on Memorial Day (that last Monday photo is from her porch), but the rest of it looks like the beginning of summer. magnolias. daisies. porch time. morning lake runs. short-sleeved knits 🙂 Photos can’t capture the things that don’t happen. and I’m pretty much past the point of dwelling on the things I’ve missed and am still missing. So I’m…

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    Looking Back | April.

    Hi friends. Before I start Looking Back to April, I’d like to look back to Friday’s post, particularly the kind and thoughtful comments y’all left in response to my questions. I really appreciate every single one of you who makes the time to read what I share, whether you comment or not! Truly, this community is one of my favorite things about the internet (apart, some days, from Instagram). Thank you! 1. What am I celebrating? + we did a whole month, without having any end date in mind. + the Three Things and Small Joys practices to bookend my day with a sense of energy and gratitude. (also, I’m…

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    Looking Back | March.

    Back in January (which seems like saying “Years Ago”), I started a more robust Looking Back practice. In February (just “Months Ago”) I tweaked the format a bit and was feeling pretty pleased with where I’d landed. And then … the pandemic hit home. The day after I shared that February post, on March 12, we started social distancing, and now we’ve been officially Staying Home for weeks. I have been keeping up with my daily photos, but I was struggling to put the words together. Then I saw Kat and Carole share theirs, full of honest reflection; and their posts have encouraged me (thank you, ladies!) to do the…

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    Looking Back | February.

    Last month I started Looking Back with a slightly broader lens – encompassing not only the daily photos, but also a few reflections. This month I’m making a few more tweaks: 1. What am I celebrating? + first signs of Spring, another beautiful amaryllis season, and 41 years with the same Valentine. 2. What worked well? what didn’t? + our cookbook club – two meetings in and I think we have a plan that’s going to carry us through. – the planning for our women’s service was at times both stressful and frustrating; this was my 4th (or 5th?) year leading the preparation and it was the first where I…

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    Looking Back | January.

    One of my goals for this year is all about developing a more robust “looking back” practice. I’ve been looking back through the lens of these daily photos for years and I love this part! It never fails when I put this collage together that I remember something good that happened, see how many days we really did have blue skies, and notice something about the changing seasons (the days are noticeably longer now). I haven’t been so good, though, about practicing the reflecting piece and for sure the part about figuring out what to leave behind or work on. When I shared my last OLW post for last year,…