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stoking the creative fire

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This year has been off to an unusual start. Sensing back in time, it even feels a little rocky, and yet at the same time, life has come to feel more peaceful and balanced than I have maybe experienced in years. The year closed with a mix of machine malfunctions, frustrations with certain aspects of my business, the suffocating mess my studio had become through months of heavy work, and a pile of other little irritations, all of which mounted to a general feeling of burnout. I don’t use that word lightly, and I think I really know what it means now. It’s no fun, and yet if taken advantage of, it’s sure a great catalyst.

So I have been spreading out my wings, shoring up the deficiencies in my life, dedicating time to art and design, brainstorming over collaborations with my partner, learning new skills, brushing up on old and unused skills, and generally trying to round out each day with a flow that includes doing what gets my creative fires burning. I feel like this is going to be a kick ass year – every year feels like it’s going to be amazing, really – but the feeling of this year has a spark that I haven’t felt the likes of in quite some time.

Anything you all are feeling for the year? New inspirations, aspirations, motivations? It helps to look forward now and then, and feel around for the right direction to go.

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I realized that in my previous post, “garden notes,” I actually didn’t include a single garden photo, but rather my surroundings while in and out of the garden – a break on the porch, a cold drink on the patio, some deer that wandered through.

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Sometimes I think I would do well to have a little gardening business, just so I could spend more time out there. I love the work of the garden so much. I like the heavy digging, the weeding, the moving of plants, the tending of plants. I don’t mind troubleshooting and I enjoy garden research. Even though there have been frustrating challenges, I have been able to rise to the challenges and even find interest in working through them (like pests for example).

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Maybe it’s the perfect balance of physical labor, which I do so well with (I am a JUST DO IT kind of girl), and the parts that require me to slow down and think things through, plan things out (which I don’t always¬† have the patience for when I just want to do it!)

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Gardening has taught me a lot of patience. And as an organic gardener, there are rewards of that patience showing up in ways I hadn’t known how they would look.

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The work of providing for ourselves in a way that is direct, foundational and basic – such as feeding ourselves – is so simple and animal, free of superficial complications. Maybe this is why gardening is like meditation for so many people.

I actually sat down to just share a few photos, but I guess I had some thoughts to share too. Gardening, particularly growing food, is like nothing else for me. It’s satisfying to me in a way that is hard to describe. Maybe you know what I mean.

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I will be sharing over at Tend this year, every Tuesday. I’ve been following Tend since it started 2 years ago, and am looking forward to sharing in this year with them (and you!) as a contributor. Hop on over there if you’d like.

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