McKenna Lowe

Serenity

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This spot is just as peaceful as it was 10 years ago. I used to sneak off after the 11 o’clock service to sit and dream about the future.

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Baby Blue

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My only hope in life is to have as much confidence and swag as this poodle.

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King Street

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Where Do We Belong

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Home isn’t a place – it’s an emotion. It’s the feeling that we belong, an innate craving that we spend our lives seeking to satisfy. Sometimes we find home in a place. Most of the time we find home in other people – our parents, our partners, our children, and our pets.

The most important home that we will find in this life is the one within ourselves. That home is the one that must survive the darkest days and the longest nights – all without the help of anyone else. It’s so easy to get lost. We long for fulfillment, and we look for it in the wrong places. It’s terrifying, but we must look inward for the answer.

Once we discover ourselves, we can open up to the rest of the world and what it offers. Once we love ourselves, we are strong enough to receive love from others.

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Tickled Pink

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Carolina Rain

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I never appreciated the beauty in a Carolina rainstorm before. The anxious anticipation of thunder claps. The flashes of lightning illuminating the sky. The warm rain pouring down. Slightly haunting. Strangely romantic. Always fascinating.

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Reality

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When I first saw my grandfather lying in the hospital bed, I felt overwhelmed. It’s never easy to see someone in that condition. He wasn’t in any pain – in fact, he slept peacefully through most of our visit. He woke up before they rolled him out to be prepped for surgery, and made some pretty humble and hilarious jokes. He was so brave.

He reminded me of the unsettling reality that is an inevitable part of our human experience. It’s what reminds us to hold our loved ones closer, and appreciate every second of every day, every breath we are given to take.

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