Savoring Summer’s End

As summer breathes its last golden gasp over southern Vermont, I’ve been reflecting on the strange paths that this year has taken.

If you’ve noticed an absence lately, it’s because I’ve just begun a grad school program and my time of late has been utterly consumed by first moving to a strange new town, meeting a lot of strange new people, and figuring out APA Style.

I’ve often lamented that this was The Year of Nothing, but now I’m realizing that this year may have been one of the most important so far, full of twists and turns of my own creation that led to many closed doors until I found the right one.

For too long, I looked to others as authors of my happiness, but this year I learned that it’s always been in the backyard of my heart.

Is the end of summer a time of reflection for you, too?

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*If you’re interested in reading an academic study of happiness, try browsing through the online version of The Elements of Happiness, a beautiful book by designer, Laura Javier.

It’s based off the The Harvard Study of Adult Development, where 824 people were followed for 72 years in order to understand the concept of happiness. In her book, Laura visually represents 10 particular cases, drawing her own conclusions on what makes people happy.

Thought you’d enjoy it as well!

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{Images via Miss Moss}

{Images via Bee Lovely Vintage by Herring & Herring}

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