Friday, November 25, 2011

Beach Thinking

As the waves roll in
I've spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks thinking about a quote from Anna Quindlen I saw on Smart, Pretty, Awkward:

"I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me."

There are times in my life when I forget that I am the only one with the power to make those changes in my life I've been seeking. Running across this quote was a great reminder that I need to step up and take control.

I'm headed back to Istanbul tomorrow and plan to stay for about a month. Work is going to be absolutely insane, I'm just praying I'll be able to keep up.

I hope those of you in the US are enjoying the second great holiday this week: Black Friday. I'm planning to avoid it, but you never know what my mom and sister will talk me into.

A perfect Kings of Leon song, Beach Side, came on while I was sitting on this amazing beach in Antigua - I love it when shuffle works that perfectly. Pin It

12 comments:

Angie Willis said...

What a great quotation. I'm going to save it somewhere where I can find it again. Maybe I'll paste it into the front of my sketchbook. Have a great Black Friday (sounds awful but what do we Brits know!) and don't get run over at the shopping mall. And good luck with your job in Istanbul - try to find some time for yourself in amongst it all.

Dagmar said...

wonderful quote Jamie..good to re-read many times...enjoy your short time back in the USA....looking forward to your photos from far away lands!
xo

Kat Sloma said...

Isn't it funny how we have to revisit this concept again and again? We are in control of our own lives. I need to repeat that about 5 times myself. Enjoy Istanbul, I look forward to the pics. And Happy belated Thanksgiving! I'll be avoiding Black Friday too.

Tezzie said...

It's a great quote...and a gorgeous photo <3 Hope you had a great Thanksgiving...and wishing you safe travels back to Istanbul!

The Blonde Duck said...

I know you're traveling, but I hope you had a great Thanksgiving--even if it was an untraditional one!

Cindy said...

such a great quote and reminder. we do have the most power over our lives when we chose not to let other people define them. no black friday for me and safe travels, jamie!

Marina said...

I can just say wow when I look into that picture.. I wish I can be somewhere near sandy beach right now.

lisa said...

Wonderful quote Jamie, and definitely something to remember. Like you, I avoid Black Friday at all costs!!

Caroline said...

Nope...I did not make it out on Black Friday...I sat inside and ordered everything on line! And I love that Kings of Leon songs...one of my top ten faves!

Marcie said...

What a wonderful and inspiring quote. So true. We do have the power within ourselves to change..
Enjoy (if you can) Istanbul!

Karen said...

I've always like Anna Quinlan, and I've never seen that quote which is wonderful. I've copied it. Thanks for sharing. I hope you'll have time to enjoy more of Istanbul before you have to leave.

Anika said...

That is a beautiful quote...thanks for sharing.

Good luck with all your travels!

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