In July we celebrate the official arrival of summer. The temperature is climbing, there are festivals, almost nightly music on the Plaza, and tourists are flocking to Santa Fe. This is a time to savor warm nights and eating outdoors and relaxed conversation under the stars. These warm summer months invite us to ease up on the scheduled activities and to slow down and appreciate the natural beauty surrounding us, along with our friends, families and animal companions with whom we share our lives.

During so much of the year we are driven by our highly booked calendars and often don’t allow ourselves the time to stop long enough to take a deep breath and look around at the miracle of mountains and blue sky and the constantly changing breathtaking displays of sunrise and sunset here in the high desert. As I create some blank space on my calendar, I intend to remind myself throughout this month to step back and really notice my surroundings and to take advantage of all this area has to offer. After all, many people travel long distances to visit here to experience what we have in our lives every day! 

I also intend to make a special effort to take time to appreciate the friends I have made here and make it a point to spend unhurried time savoring those connections. There are so many ways to connect in meaningful ways with others—meandering conversations over coffee, lunch or dinner (or dessert!), quiet walks on surrounding trails or just blending in with the tourists in town, or attending any of the many events and cultural activities together. Sharing such seemingly small moments is important—the bonds we create with each other can be life-changing! We are so fortunate to live in a place with so many possibilities, and summer invites us to join with others in slowing down and enjoying these moments of our lives.

Please join me and the amazing women of the Santa Fe Chapter of TTN for our inspiring programs and lively events. This month we will be visiting Solace Crisis Treatment Center for a special TTN Open House and informative program on July 22 nd . We hope you will join us!

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James
Ellen Wetzel