Did you guys realize one year ago today was the launch of The Art of Living Beautifully? I posted two recipes for Panzanella and Gazpacho…two of my favorite Summer dishes and it is still the post with the highest traffic to date. Although I committed to writing this blog for one year, at this point in time, I can’t imagine stopping. I’ve come too far and worked too hard to get to this point–and I can’t wait to see what’s in store!
Thank you so much to all of you for tuning in every few days for a little inspiration on how to live beautifully. As a woman, wife and mother I have grown exponentially over the past year and have really taken part in my life again. A year ago I felt I was just existing as opposed to really living. I was lost and drowning in what felt like Groundhog Day, and it was not what I wanted for Brian or the boys or myself. Life is too precious and too important to not experience every lovely piece it has to offer. We have the power to make our days beautiful.
What is the most beautiful day you can imagine? A typical day, you can’t say spending the day on a private island. I have a large imagination, but for me, a typical beautiful day would be to wake up to a still sleeping house and spend some time in my Bible. Then take the boys outside to water our Potager Garden and let them play in the dew-coated grass, and watch them drink directly from the water hose while recalling that metallic-y taste from my own childhood. We would then swim or play or go to the library, and afterwards head home so the boys could rest and I could set the table with my china, crystal and sterling; a few fantastic recipes and a killer dress all on the menu. And then, as a family or even with a few friends we would sit down around the table and pray and eat and laugh and joke and drink wine and eat dessert and be together…and we would be living beautifully. These kind of days are not impossible to come by. Everyone has the ability to make a beautiful day, whatever it means to you. Please make one…or a lifetime full.
You too can live with Purpose. You can live with Faith. You can live with Beauty.
-ciao for now-
photo credit: Patrizia Montanari