And just like that, summer has come to an end. As always, it feels like the sunshine has come and gone too quickly. I had a great summer, but it was so busy. It was unseasonably hot in Vancouver, and I found myself longing for cooler temperatures and more down time.
One of the best parts of summer for me are those quiet moments where you can read a book, enjoy a leisurely coffee and relax. Although there were only a few of those this summer, they were my favourite. I only read one book. I had grand plans to read the stack of books on my desk, but I’m glad I picked this one. It was so good that I read it in two glorious mornings. The Measure of my Powers by Jackie Kai Ellis.
At the beginning of the summer, I went on a blogger trip to Oliver, also known as BC wine country. I woke up earlier than the other girls each morning and sat out on this beautiful patio with Jackie’s book, a cup of coffee and fresh croissants. HEAVEN!
The book is a memoir about Love, Loss, and Paris. It’s filled with stories about Jackie’s life, punctuated with recipes and photos of delicious food and travel. This is woven so seamlessly throughout the book, that I found myself turning the pages to read just one more chapter. Her words were honest and intimate, describing her travels, experience with food, a break up, losing herself, and ultimately finding her true self.
Once the girls woke up and joined me on the patio, we set up this beautiful breakfast and chatted about the day ahead. There was one particular part of Jackie’s story that really stood out to me. I read it to my friend Cindy when she joined me for coffee.
‘There are moments in life that we may regret. We think of them as mistakes, still feeling the pangs, before we gently remind ourselves that the circumstances, actions, words spoken and the choices we make are mere stones that pave the road we explore, perfect in its own way. And the more of the road we see, the less we tend to regret.’
While summer felt a bit chaotic, it was filled with more highs than lows. Sometimes it’s hard to see the good moments when you’re so busy. Looking back over the last few weeks, I’m remembering how important it is to take proper breaks from our schedules, even if its just an early morning to read. That pile of books is still on my desk, and this Fall I will be making more time for quiet moments. Turn off my phone, tune out the world, and get lost in the story.