{The End of Summer Days}

I always find the changing of seasons to be a nostalgic time, don’t you? It is now the end of summer and I find myself reminiscing of summer days gone by—from this year and in the past. Ah, nostalgia. Let’s look at the definition of nostalgia as found on google.com: “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.” Yep, you hit it right on the head, Google: I do look back at the days of summer with wistful affection.

Yet now it’s the end of kids running through the sprinkler and splashing in the pool. It’s the end of fresh tea served on a hot day, and the end of lemonade stands hosted by the world’s youngest entrepreneurs. It’s the end of summer vacations with salt in our hair and sand between our toes.

Sun setting on another glorious summer day.
Sun setting on another glorious summer day.

Indeed, it is the end of one thing and the beginning of another. But there is still some overlap. ‘Cuz it’s not the end of fresh-cut blades of grass kissed with the soon-to-evaporate morning dew. It’s not the end of bright-colored foliage and titillating seasonal aromas. There are still plenty of ways to stay in the moment, eat well and make healthy choices. So instead of wishing for a reset button to restart summer due to sentimental longing, why not bask in the warmth of knowing that this season will come again next year and we can look forward to making many more great summer memories then?

On a separate note, I know I disappeared from the blogosphere there for a while, but I like to think it was with good reason. I was finishing my master’s program, staying as ever-present as possible in the first year of our baby’s life, focusing love and attention on my marriage, and deeply connecting with colleagues, family and friends. While I am very busy now with interior decorating plans and visiting our new plot of land as we build our next home, I hope to indulge myself along the way by honing the craft of writing and photography to capture these life space moments. Regardless of the season, life is full of change and I love to embrace it!! Thanks for continuing on this journey with me!

May the end of your summer days bring happy nostalgia your way! What do you look forward to doing this autumn to take care of you?

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  1. Michaela Braun says:

    Hi Ashley! I love this. Taking care of myself doesn’t really fall into my life right now, for the most part, because it is MORE about taking care of others..my mom, my dad, your papa, your sister, and so on…. But I did plan one little thing for me, which is always one of my favorite things, and that is a visit to see my very best friend. I always have fun going to see her, but don’t get there often enough anymore. The drive is always peaceful as I had toward the rockies, and when I can finally catch a glimpse of the mountaintops, I know I am getting close. I love the city of Fort Collins, it’s trendy little downtown, the feel a college town always has with its hustle, and the fun of just spending time with her reminiscing and laughing. It is good for my soul, and I can’t wait to go there, in just four short weeks, to recapture a bit of me in all this crazy.

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