Summer Fading into Fall

We have reached the twilight of summer. I don’t know about you but I love this time of year the absolute most. I get the warm summer days but I also get the cool autumn nights. I still have green grass but I have yellow, orange and red leaves on the tree. I can still wear my summer dresses but now I add a sweater to keep my arms warm.

In lieu of the impending turn of seasons; here are 5 songs that I think show that summer is slowly fading into fall.

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Vancouver Washington

The first time I lived in Portland I never once crossed the river to explore the neighboring city of Vancouver, Washington. I never really felt the need to. Portland had more than enough to keep me busy. Now that I am back to stay in the area; it is a different story.

In some ways I am blessed to live in Portland but work in Vancouver and because I try to avoid as much traffic as possible; I find myself hanging around in Washington and exploring.

So here are 5 of my new favorites haunts in Vancouver.

  1. Frontier Public House. This was a recommendation by my hairstylist and I am glad she shared! 
  2. Speaking of my hairstylist . . . I love the salon I frequent! Way to offer excellent service Vata Salon!
  3. In an effort to stay cool this summer during the MANY 100+ degree days, I discovered this local gem–Moulton Falls. 
  4. I love my many options of farmer markets in the northwest but I love the lazy summer feeling of the Vancouver Farmers Market. 
  5. If you need to travel to Seattle, you should consider taking the train and avoiding the traffic and if you are going to avoid the traffic and the parking fees, you should take the train from Vancouver instead of Portland. But before you park and catch the train at the Vancouver Station, make sure you grab a bagel to eat from Sunrise Bagel Bakery. 

Kindness Matters

To everyone that has been effected by Harvey–my heart goes out to you and I pray fervently that all will be made right soon. Hang in there and know that you are loved by people miles and miles away from you.

To all the rest of us–let’s take this tragedy and make it a positive turning point in our lives toward kindness and understanding. Always remember how far kindness goes; it can and it will change the world if we let it. All it starts with something simple. So here are my top 5 simple ways to show kindness everyday.

  1. Wake up every morning, look in the mirror and tell yourself good morning with a smile on your face. It might sound funny and you may not want to do it but your day will start better and it will be easier to show kindness once you are really awake.
  2. Say good morning, afternoon or evening to a stranger(s) you pass by and SMILE while you do it. Stop ignoring the people around you.
  3. Hold the door open for someone. I know, it might mean you have to wait 30 seconds longer to get inside and continue your day but a kind gesture (while small and seemingly insignificant), can really influence the other persons outlook going forward.
  4. Leave a note of kindness on a car. Try this one for instance. 
  5. Always keep a humble heart and remember how blessed you are then share those blessings the best way you can with those around you.