2016 in Squares

I always dread January 1st. There's something cold and raw and empty about wintery beginnings. The warm yellow lights of Christmas disappear along with our temporary civilization built on celebration and cheer. I'm trying really hard to like New Year's Day, but I'm not quite there yet.

Until I get comfortable with new beginnings, I'll continue to flip through the thousands of beautiful mental (and digital) snapshots I took in 2016. Here is my year in squares, specifically squares from my life in England. Ringing in the new year means placing the last full-stop on my life's chapter in the United Kingdom.

This sure was a gorgeous year. One I didn't deserve. I am thankful for 2016.

I am choosing to be thankful now for 2017 and the rainbow of snapshots it holds.

Dear June

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Thank you for…

(1) Showing off for our out-of-town guests during a perfectly timed cable car ride over the Thames. (2) Introducing British friends to the wonders of the skillet cookie and the intricacies of the Southern drawl. (3) Hiding Union Jacks in the most charming places. (4) Yielding a rainbow-colored bounty of produce for the farm shop shelves. (5) Afternoon tea straight from a perfect pink dream and the cutest pal to share it with. (6) Accidental hikes and stumbled-upon views that make an old park new again. (7) Bringing the best company and the best scone together in Surrey once more. (8) Evensong beneath the breathtaking dome of St. Paul's. (9) First meals in new dishes sent from my very favorite brother who has always believed I could set my own table. (10) #BritsInEnos... again. (11) A good sunset that became a great sunset when a sea breeze, a sister friend, and a full moon were added in. (12) The best surprise of 2015. (13) Grecian rainstorms. (14) Sunbathing and people watching at Primrose Hill. (15) Homemade pizza crust and quality time. (16) The dreamiest evening with Taylor... and 65,000 of our closest friends.

Let's do it again next year!

Love, Alex

London by Night

And right in the nick of time, London reminded me why I love her. On Friday night a few friends and I took the Thames River Bus from the 02 Arena to the London Eye. The little cruise was phenomenal and completely empty except for us! I snuck out to the back of the boat by myself for a while and soaked up the gift of the wind and lights and vibrance of the city.

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