“But listen to me. For one moment quit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you.” ~ Rumi
Traveling the Danube recently allowed me to put problems with Mom, world events, and stress behind me. What a gift to spend time in places like Prague, Vienna, and Regensburg with good friends.
One thing I’m learning about living with a mom with Alzheimer’s is I can’t let it consume me. I can’t control it. And if I don’t live my own life, too, I won’t be of help to her.
Three things I’m going to do more often that I learned on the trip:
stop at a local coffee shop and drink espresso mid-morning
wear clothes that make me happy
laugh with friends
I also realized I can’t eat anything I want. Whoa, is it easy to get off track while traveling. Pastry, wine, bread, bourbon, wine, strudel… you get the idea. A little goes a long way for me, and I need to protect my gut.
But what a lovely adventure. I will carry it with me for a long time.
I am about to head out for another relaxing week on Turks and Caicos. Our stay involves lots of reading, walking, eating, and sleeping. But mostly, I stare at the water.
There’s something about the shades of turquoise that calms me and helps me breathe differently. I do recognize how lucky I am to be able to travel here once a year. I gather my art supplies and books and spend the week putting myself back together.
My IG feed will turn teal this week. But I’ll be back soon with lots of new ideas for prints.