There's something about Paris and the Luxembourg Gardens that simply make me happy. As soon as I arrive in Paris, I run over to the Gardens and just walk around until I find my favorite spots to sit and take in all the beauty.
I just spent several days in Paris and though it had some difficult moments for me -- many reminders of being there when we were a family -- and this time I was alone, I found ways to enjoy most of my time there.
It was definitely one of those AND experiences. I love Paris, it makes me so happy to be there -- AND I wish I was in love or that my daughter, Zoe, had been able to come with me. It's not a great place to be alone. I still managed to enjoy myself and take some long, beautiful walks all over the city and see friends and eat lots of good food.
I also went up to Sweden for a job. That was amazing! Right up near the Arctic Circle to a city called Lulea. It was a fantastic trip that came as a complete surprise.
As the character of the mother in my play says, "Life surprises." I am grateful for most of the surprises that show up in my life. And learning how to really be in the moment, helps so much. (I'm still working on that).