• Magdalena Reilly

Monday Mantra #7: Sweet, Sweet, Summer Memories

LIFE IS SHORT! Live your every moment, today. Especially when today’s moment is the longest day of the year.

Happy Summer Solstice!

For every minute that brings you pain and sorrow, live more minutes that make you jump for joy and live in the moment. Don’t be humble about smiling and laughing in public. Let the other fools be jealous!

In 2003, my parents took me on a road trip of a lifetime. I was 17 and one year away from graduating high school.

We got into a car and drove from N.Y.C to California…..and back! We camped in a tent, even during thunderstorms, under a tree in Illinois! I never prayed harder in my life. I am afraid of lightning.

Morning after the thunderstorm (Illinois)


When we neared the Grand Canyon National Park, all campgrounds were closed. We slept in the car, the few hours that we could in the heat. At 6am we saw groups of people walking past us in the parking lot. We got out of the car and followed them. Everyone was gathering to see the sunrise at the canyon. It was the best unplanned moment of the trip.

Grand Canyon Sunrise 6:00AM


Grand Canyon


This was the best summer with parents.

A time you never get to re-live again after you start growing up and finding your way through life.

Whatever it is you do this summer, you never know it could mean a whole lifetime of memories to someone close to you or even yourself.

Arches National Park (Utah)


The Rocky Mountains – Mom & Dad (August, 2003)


Yosemite National Park – Half Dome (California)


A van full of Sweet, Sweet, Summer Memories (Colorado)


#camping #grandcanyon #roadtrips #utah #summersolstice

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