So, I'm not surprised that the Santa Fe Farmers' Market is regularly voted among the top 10 markets in the country - it's unreal guys! The most extraordinary flowers, fruit so fresh you're not even sure it's real and the tastiest samples I've ever tried (I gotta go back for some garlic oil because I haven't stopped thinking about sautรฉing peppers in it - who am I?) And, I can't forget, the smell people pay ๐Ÿ’ฐ for... roasting green chile ๐Ÿ˜‹ (I have to admit I used to hate the smell outside of the Clovis Walmart ๐Ÿ™ˆ boy have a grown, and admittedly have a much deeper appreciation for a lot of things in life).  

It was truly unlike anything I've experienced before. One of the things I enjoy most about something like this, and Santa Fe in general, is that in one spot you get to see and experience people of all walks of life - oh the vibrant culture and rich history! You can just feel it. 

There are people singing, playing musical instruments, laughing, smiling, tasting, smelling and embracing every second of a pleasant morning and in that moment life is just GOOD. 

For anybody traveling to Santa Fe, it's gotta be on your to-do list! The Saturday Market is open year-round from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm (early opening at 7:00 am June - September). The Tuesday market is open May 2 - November 21 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm (early opening at 7:00 am June - September). And, Wednesday Market is open June 21 - September 27 from 3:00 - 7:00 pm. I'm tellin' ya, it's worth every minute! You won't regret carving out time to enjoy this wonderful experience :)  

On another note, how beautiful is this handmade backpack from Mahisi?? I love supporting a brand with a great cause. The mission of this start-up brand is to promote Indonesian textiles and to build sustainable lives for Indonesian artisans. It takes up to 6 weeks to make the products, from the weaving to sewing the textiles and leather together. I am so happy to promote a brand like this that seeks to better the lives of those that might not otherwise have opportunity. And, guess what?? My followers get a special discount with code "somewearsouthwest" ๐Ÿ˜ It was perfect for the farmers' market and I can't wait to take it with me on more adventures this fall! 

Completely different topic and quite frankly very serious and sad, I'd like to devote a portion of this post to prayer and awareness. Because it's heavy on my heart and mind, I am asking you, my family and friends, to pray for my hometown and, most importantly, the families of the innocent victims of a horrible tragedy. A gunman opened fire in the Clovis Carver Public Library, injuring several and taking the lives of two people that were merely at their place of work doing good to enrich our community. I still can't comprehend that this happened in little old sleepy Clovis, and particularly to two sweet women that didn't deserve what yesterday had in store. I know God has welcomed them into heaven with open arms and they're in a better place but please pray for comfort, strength and peace for the family members and the individuals that witnessed the atrocity. May they feel God's embrace today and in the coming days.

Also, can't go without requesting prayers for those experiencing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey (although I'm sure many of you are already sending up those prayers right and left). This week has just been a reminder of how precious and fragile life really is. Hug the ones you love extra tight tonight and take every opportunity to tell them and show them how much you care about them โค๏ธ 

So, in closing, I would like to encourage each of you to search for the GOOD times, support the GOOD work of brands that are creating opportunity for vulnerable populations, and pray for the GOOD people who are no longer with us. 

xo - Courtney