Self-care is not selfish. In fact, it’s essential. Think of it as putting on your oxygen mask first so you can assist others. Nature has it right: the apple tree takes what it needs and in turn, it bears an abundance of fruit.
My self-care this summer was pretty awesome. I was able to go on a long-awaited trip to Tuscany and it was everything I had hoped it would be! It was a trip organized by Prone To Wander Retreats and I can’t say enough about our gracious hostess Carolyn Peeler as well as all the excursions and activities.
She really spoiled us… we’re talking ‘a gift on our pillow every night’ kind-of-spoiled! She quenched our creative thirst with guest artists (Kelly Rae Roberts and others), and we participated in phenomenal cooking classes at Vigna Maggio and even a gelato class, too! But, what would Italy be without shopping, so off we went to Lucca, Siena and Milan’s flea markets – they are to die for! While in Siena, I discovered this sweet artisan, Paolo Infunti, who made my new favorite bag.
I found amazing treasures that will always warm my heart with joy and remind me of my adventures in Italy and the lovely people I met, but I must confess there is truly no place like home. I’m so glad to be back here in Ann Arbor playing in my studio and garden, enjoying long walks with Chauncey my fur baby, and having date nights with my honey!
It is my hope that we are all enjoying this beautiful season that slips away all too quickly. Take time to rejuvenate in whatever feeds your body and soul, whether it’s farmer’s market visits, chasing ice cream trucks, picnics on a blanket or just snuggling under the stars with your lovelies. Allow this beautiful season of renewal and growth and bountiful harvests to refuel your soul with love, joy and gratitude.
God bless you and yours,
PS ~ If you love all things Italian, like I do, check out my ‘Tutto Bene’ magnet, meaning “It’s all good” in Italian!
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