on a sweet friend’s transition

Yesterday, I had a final cup of coffee for awhile with a dear, dear friend (with whom I made this pasta and toured the Delphi Opera House). She’s on a plane this morning to New York City (!) and she’s starting a new chapter of her life as a student at Columbia University.

So we couldn’t help but wax poetic in the middle of Starbucks about what it’s like to start a new journey. Wanted to share a few gems from our conversation with you.

her dear gift to me — an ode to our mutual love of words and the thesaurus.

Say yes to everything, a friend advised her. Say yes to checking out an ant hill, if that’s what you’re invited to do.

You can’t keep every relationship strong and you can’t keep in perfect touch with everyone. (Try as we might, we’re only human.) And, in a strange way, it’s okay. It teaches us to accept imperfection from ourselves and others. And we get to put our efforts where it counts.

Smile big and ask lots of questions. That’s the best way to make friends and the best way to keep them.

When the winds of change feel too strong, close your eyes and let the breeze blow through your hair.

Oh, and hey . . . to those of you who stormed the heavens with me last week, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We’re in a much better place now than we were then, and I can’t wait to share the whole story with you.

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