I have this wonderful friend who is a philosopher, dreamer, and lover of life all rolled up into one. Theo is constantly in a state of awe and wonder at the beauty around him.

In college, he would often gently tease me for always being so busy and a fast walker. (One of my biggest pet peeves is getting stuck behind slow walkers. Sorry, slow walkers. It’s just really hard for me to take.) More than once, I got a text message from Theo that said something to this effect:

(Theo, if you’re hoping to commission someone for a portrait above your mantel piece anytime soon, I’m available.)

Honestly, I was grateful to him because sometimes there were entire days when I didn’t consciously look up. I’ve been gifted with this amazing sky and yet my head can remain at eye level all day long. How is that possible? Thank God for the Theo’s of the world.

Ready for a plot twist, though? If you’re ever in Wynwood in Miami, keep your eyes on the ground. There’s magic to be found there.

As part of Bobby’s birthday celebrations on Sunday, we went in search of Art Basel events in Wynwood, an artsy neighborhood in Miami. We were too early for most of the events to really be hopping, but I was most interested in the sidewalks anyway.

Maybe you’ve been looking for a sign today. Have you seen that bumper sticker that says, “If you’re looking for a sign, this is it.”? Well, here’s my little blog bumper sticker. Pretty sure one of these messages is the sign you’re searching for, if you’ve been on the lookout…

That one above nearly had me kissing the ground. It reminded me of a beautiful thought written by Hannah Brencher, the founder of More Love Letters:

“We need people who don’t ask us to become different for their own acceptance and terms of approval. We need people, and we need to be the people who give others the permission to sit in their own skins and not be afraid. That’s the best gift you are ever going to give someone– the permission to feel safe in their own skin. To feel worthy. To feel like they are enough.


You don’t need people who will never be pleased with the human you are. You don’t need the ones who want to dismantle you before they introduce you to the world. You just need to find the good ones– the ones who already know you’re golden.” {Hannah Brencher}

Let’s be the people who affirm, who let others know they’re golden, who stay.

I breathe easier, knowing that there are people who walk over these messages and see them everyday. I think the world needs more sidewalk art and more R.M. Drakes.

Here’s the one that made my soul leap:

I’m curious – does one of these stick out to you? Let me know your favorite in the comments!

Let’s try to love a little deeper and breathe a little more today.  And please – know that I think you’re golden.