1.12.2011

My Last.

This morning I was thinking about when I felt happiest in my life.  I always think back to being in Rome, not when I first got there, but at the end.  Also, I think of this time right now here in Colorado, right before I leave for Sydney.  The commonality in these two times in my life is my appreciation for being in the moment due to the realization of how quickly time passes.  It's the whole "live your life as if each day were your last" idea. There was a specific time when I was in Rome and feeling home sick, when I was writing my friend an email about how much I wished I was back in Denver. When I sat down to write it in comparison to the amazing city around me, suddenly Rome seemed so exciting and I had the greatest experience from then on.  I never ended up sending that letter, but I was thankful that I sat down to write it because it helped me open my eyes to the incredible city around me and my vision was no longer clouded by wishing I were somewhere else.  I think there is a tendency to think "I would be happier if...," but the truth is that your thoughts create your reality and can create joy right where you are.  These past few weeks I have been thinking to myself, "this is my last time...." It has really helped me be in the moment and appreciate my family, my friends, my puppy, and my home.  When you change your perspective to a temporary scenario, you start to see things differently.  I think it brings out the important things in life and rids your life of unnecessary worries.  I think this whole realization of following my dreams to go wherever in the world I want to be, that I am not stuck anymore in Colorado, has made me realize how much I love the comforting feelings of home. I am so thankful for everything in my life right now, and I've really started noticing how much happier this new perspective makes me. I just hope I can hold on to this realization when I am in Australia to fully grasp the blessings in my life while I am there and soak up every experience as if it were my last day there.
When I think of home, I think of watching Gossip Girl on my computer, a homemade cup of coffee, and my puppy curled up next to me while it is snowing outside.
[via tumblr]
4 Days till Australia

46 comments:

  1. i love this! i feel like i can relate (living in random countries in europe throughout the pass couple of years)...am i allowed to relate? ;)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow, I love this post! It is so true to "Live each day as if it were your last". I can't wait to hear all of your adventures in Australia!

    xo

    www.thebrunetteshake.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. this is so nice, great writing. this makes me feel better about leaving for portugal in 7 days :)

    xx
    www.dragonnfruit.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. I could not agree with this more. I can definitely relate to this.




    www.shevahh.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. I can very much relate to this as well, such a good post! I could never write it down so well though :) x

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is such a great way of seeing your life. It sounds like you're in a great spot and you truly know who you are. Have a fantastic trip. I love watching GG with my babies. It's always nice to have a little furry friend nearby.
    Xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow, Summer! 4 more days!
    I know exactly how you feel. Excited yet slightly sad to leave what you know and consider your home. But you already have the best perspective and you can enjoy these last few days to the fullest!

    --Ashley
    araeofstyle.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. Aw your pup's adorable and yes- sometimes there's nothing like home :)
    xo

    ReplyDelete
  9. Love this post!

    follow me (:

    xxx

    ReplyDelete
  10. Such a great post! <3 can't wait to hear about your australia trip :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. travelling is very nice :) hope you find joy in whatever you do! :)

    your puppy looks like mine :)

    http://lifespamphlet.blogspot.com/2011/01/gallery-of-resolutions.html

    cheers!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I am planning on going to Rome this summer, I hope I can make it there. Reading this post just made me want to go more. I am so looking forward to reading about your trip to Australia.

    Happy Wednesday darling!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great great post dear! Can't wait till you get to Australia :)

    xx Christie
    www.christie86.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. Awwww your puppy looks like my puppy! Whats its name? :)
    We still watch GG on our computers and drink coffee here (though apparently the store bought stuff doesnt taste quite the same for Americans), we just dont have the snow (well not in Sydney anyway) lol.
    :)
    xx

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a wonderful positive outlook on life :) There are so many opportunities these days what with travelling and careers, it's difficult to stay in a bad place for long jazzy ♥

    ReplyDelete
  16. love it, so perfect

    http://fashionhandglide.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. This is so very true. I found myself in the same position when living in London. Although I was never homesick, I cherished the simple moments of sitting on top the lions at Trafalger Square or talking a walk through Hyde Park feeling blessed and forunate to be experiencing such an adventure. Great post!

    ReplyDelete
  18. i'm so jealous! i would love to come with you!!

    allister bee blog

    ReplyDelete
  19. THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL POST! I will try to apply this right away! I am definitely always thinking of how the grass is greener... Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts...and your little doggy is adorable.

    :), luckynumber3.com

    ***

    ReplyDelete
  20. Great post. I often feel like I would be happier if I lived in a different city. But due to such a poor economy the reality is that it will be a long time before my husband and I are able to move (if we ever do). I'm trying very hard to make peace with that.

    http://myhappilyeverafterlindsay.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  21. :)
    Inspiring xxxxx
    Love Charlie

    charliehearts.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. the dog is so cuteeeeeeeeeeeee !!

    ReplyDelete
  23. That's so true. When you're far away from home, it makes you appreciate it so much more. But also, enjoy the experiences during your travels 'cause not everyone gets that chance. ♥

    ReplyDelete
  24. That really is a good way of looking at things. I'm glad you enjoyed Rome. I went there once and thought it was just beautiful.

    http://mystylecanvas.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  25. Gossip Girl and Starbucks coffe...perfect :D

    xo
    Karen.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Hello!
    I love this post! It puts things in "perspective" to enjoy every moment of our lives!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Oh that little doggy is sooooooooo cute!!
    Xoxo
    Sarah
    P.s I love Gossip Girl too :D

    ReplyDelete
  28. Wow~! Australia is one of the best country to live :) Good luck and happy trip. :) cute puppy.

    ellenreviews.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. I love your thoughts.It's always nice to see different perspective of life in a positive thoughts.Thru this attitude you will learn to go on with life easier even there's some rough roads to consider. Love this post and photos very unwinding,so with the article beneath.

    Summer and I forgot..is your puppy a maltese? we have the same..hope she/he will go with you in Australia.(?)

    www.audrinajulia.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  30. my idea of home is very similar!

    XX
    Jessie
    http://87life.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  31. lol that letter was to me :) And I can't believe you leave so soon!!! I wish I were you. and I wish I knew how to take your advice...

    ReplyDelete
  32. aw thanks you lovely for following my blog! :) i'm now following yours too :). and love watching movies with a hot cup of tea or coffee :). and i love how you write, i wish you the best of luck in all that you do :).

    <3, Kathleen.

    ReplyDelete
  33. great ! and I like the first photo :))
    I wish you all the best!
    xx

    lesimple.sk

    ReplyDelete
  34. Oh God you're going to Australia, I am so jealous. I went a couple of years ago and it's such a beautiful country. So sad to see all the flood news now. But hope you'll make it you new home soon :)

    ReplyDelete
  35. lovely post!!

    lucky you!

    kisses

    http://lasrayasnoestilizan.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  36. I loved this post, it was so inspirational... just amazing!
    http://haveyoueverfalleninlove.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  37. i love how you say 'your thoughts create your reality', and i'm glad you made yourself feel better eventually.

    (also, just found your blog - can't believe I didnt fins it sooner, it is beautiful.) x

    ReplyDelete
  38. Hahah your puppy is soo cute *-* You are also addicted to starbucks like me ? :p Love it
    Wish you all the luck in Australia , Im pretty sure you'r gonna love it :D
    XX

    ReplyDelete
  39. Ah your blog is perfection! Super adorable. And your dog is presh. Have an awesome time in australia take bunches of pictures!

    ReplyDelete
  40. what a nice post, you are so true about happiness x

    www.thefashionmom.com

    ReplyDelete
  41. Hi!

    Great post! Your puppy is so adorably cute! I love the photo :-)

    Have fun in Australia!

    Please come and check out my blog:
    www.flauntitmagazine.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  42. CUTE PUPPPY!!
    and OMG AUSTRALIA?! AMAZING!
    I have been there one time! SUCH A CRAZY PLACE! Where will you go in Australia? Can't wait to see lots of pictures!!!

    xx.M

    www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  43. Hi Summer
    {gorgeous name,
    btw}! Thank you
    for your sweet
    comment. Can't
    believe you have
    time to blog with
    such a big move
    coming up. I've
    never been to Oz,
    but have been to
    NZ and it was absolutely
    wonderful. It will be
    fun to pop over and
    follow your journey!
    Bon Voyage : ) !!
    xx Suzanne

    ReplyDelete
  44. Oh Summer, I loved reading about how you realized the true path to happiness. This has been my quest for the last 7 months to bring my head back from wondering about "what ifs" and to enjoy and be happy in the present as it is.

    I would love to follow you through your journey around the world and I sincerely want to thank you for supporting "Tashrin".

    We'll stay in touch.

    Look forward to hearing from you

    Love

    Tashrin - A Toronto based personal style blog

    ReplyDelete
  45. sweet dog :) i love Gossip Girl! i can't wait for new season! :)

    ReplyDelete

Follow me on my adventures around the world :) I appreciate your comments so much! Thank you! Xx, Summer