When I first moved to Seattle, I remember my sister telling me that people endure the tough nine months of rainy weather for the ever pending pay off of perfect days that come with the Spring and Summer months. The second those rain clouds move out of the way, elation sets in, and the city lights up; flowers are everywhere, the trees are vibrant with color and every Seattle resident is out of the house, soaking up as much vitamin D as we can! Seattle’s warm season is perfect- not too hot, we’re right on the water, there’s so much to do, and the scenery is breathtaking…

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It’s so enjoyable to just throw on my sneaks, grab Finn and his leash and wander around the neighborhood. There’s so much beauty, and everything looks so different when the sun is shining!

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And of course, those sunsets over the water- they just CANNOT be beat…

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…especially when you’re with the ones you love…fullsizeoutput_315b IMG_7113

It’s funny- one of the things about Seattle, or maybe any big city is that so often, we pass each other on the streets, avoid eye contact, and most definitely skip saying hello. It’s so unfortunate, because we miss out on so many opportunities to connect with one another, even for the briefest moment. A quick smile- even a smirk- could change someone’s day around. Don’t get me wrong, I am one of the people who has fallen into the category of avoidance. It’s easier to just keep to myself most of the time.  Flash forward to sunny days, and people are high on life from the change in weather, and people are happy to greet their neighbors, wave hello and have quick chitter chatter with an unknown passerby. It’s actually quite amusing to pay attention to the difference between the rainy season and when the sun is out. It’s like night and day. And I notice that even the smallest gesture from a stranger- a quick hello, a mili-second to exchange the slightest bit of our energies can make me feel so much more connected to my community. And really, isn’t connecting really what this extraordinary thing called LIFE is all about? So, (I’m saying to myself as much as I’m saying it to you), let’s all try and do that one little thing that will make us feel more connected to our fellow strangers and neighbors. Without trying to sound too kumbaya about it, I think it’s important for us to do our part in keeping each other’s spirits lifted- rain OR shine! Compliment your neighbor’s garden- tell them you see how much effort they’ve been putting into it! Leave a small bouquet of hand-picked flowers on your cat-sitter’s front doorstep. Tell the cute dog’s owner that you think his pup is just darling. Tease the girl jogging past you that you hope there’s a cold glass of lemonade just waiting for her when she’s done! Tell the little old lady scootin’ past you that you adore her floral blouse. Tell the pre-teen girls that you love their sidewalk chalk artwork! It’s all these little things that stick with us and make our days brighter, fuller and all around richer.  I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to give a little bit of your light to someone else today. Ok guys, I’m stepping out of the camp circle now…maybe I’ve had too much sun, who knows 😉

I hope you are all enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine season. Much much love from me to you~

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