appointed juncture.

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There is something beautiful about sharing a meal. Pulling up a chair, defining space with the posturing of your bodies around a table and sharing in conversation through being nourished together is a place in time that cannot be recreated, no matter how hard you try. The words and plates shared are unique to those particular moments. The smells, the ambiance, the laughs, the flavors tasted during this appointed juncture are alluring… especially when in a different place than you normally find yourself. 

This weekend, I found myself around a wooden table in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. It was a collection of people who organically would probably not have found themselves together sharing a meal, but that night, we did. We found common bonds, we laughed, we tried each others portions, and we told the stories of our lives. It was a scene I found myself captivated by. The light was just right, the chill streaming in from the front door kept us alert and I captured a slice of the setting with my camera; a moment I did not want to leave there.

Life is meant to be shared and meals are meant to be savored together. I am thankful for that moment in time where my path crossed with a few others in a town that my heart has grown to love over the years of best friends living there. That meal was delicious and the moments surrounding it all were worth committing to memory in the form of a snapshot.

it feels good.

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Today was the first day that has felt different in quite a while. My hair straightened so easily this morning, and it’s a rare occasion when that happens. I got to put sunglasses on my face because the sun was shining bright enough to merit them. I’ll leave work today and pack a bag, get in the car and drive 3 hours south to spend a weekend with 2 of my very best friends.

I talk about the road a lot, and getting away and traveling and adventure and changing scenery. But in the midst of a day like today, where I have accomplished a lot on my to do list, and where breathing is easier, it just feels good to be alive and in this place that I call home. It’s refreshing to stare out of the window and soak in all that this day has to offer… planning for the future, laughing with co-workers, listening to good music that captivates my spirit and just loving where life has me right now.

Today is a good day and I just needed to write about it.