Eighteen months ago, shortly after I had dropped out of the running for a prestigious position in my organization and asked to go part-time to be more present with my daughter, a coworker saw a framed quote in my office. The space had been converted from a storage closet just a few weeks before, and I made room for a few personal items including the quote which read Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams into the closet?” he laughed. I . . .
I dare someone to talk with their besties as much as I do with mine. Every day, we connect, leaving Voxer messages that are 6, 8, 13 minutes long. We've been known to max out the allotted 15-minute message and have to start another one. If I ever go missing, I think Lorae and Janean may realize it before anyone else. Can you tell I've been listening to one too many episodes of Crime Junkie? Who cares that we live hours apart? In fact, when I see these girls for an overnight in Richmond at the . . .
Last weekend I got the first glimpse of our new normal. All the things have begun. Back-to-school nights have come and gone, fall soccer is in full swing, community events and festivals abound. If you've followed for any length of time you know we've never been the family that goes a million miles an hour. We're kind of bare minimal activity people over here, in fact. Living in the both/and daily. Proud busyness resisters and imperfect chaos managers; loud vision casters and quiet contentment . . .
I think it was around August 1st when the official mood in our house took a hard left turn. The newness of summer had worn off, vacations had been taken, the middle school camper had returned, and school was still waaaaaaay off in the distance (three weeks is a lifetime when you're waiting for solid routine, y'all). If there was something—anything—for my children to bicker over, it was hung out on the washline each morning, noon, and night. Someone is chewing their food too loudly, Netflix . . .
Before fall gets into full swing and we are pulled in 36,452 directions, I encourage you to take a deep breath, set your intentions for September, write the must-do's on your calendar, and then fill in the gaps with a few of these fun activities around town. After all, Charlottesville is a magical place to live and dwell. Thanks for letting me be your guide to a few of the goings on this month! 1. Grab your favorite glass of King Family wine (I'm partial to the Crosé) and enjoy the sunset on . . .