When my friend and fellow creative, Erin Kelly, asked me recently if I had read The Artist's Way, I felt a nudge from the universe. I've known about this book for years and had shelved it up high on a someday shelf. I'd never made the leap to reading the book and putting the free-form writing into motion. Until now. I could feel the conspiring of the universe. This was the time to start this path.
I never wanted to be a blogger who blogs about not blogging. Is there anything more boringly meta? I will, however, be a writer who falls prey to a lack of words, an overachiever who falls under her own pressures. I will be a blogger who blogs about life, who shares the echoes of her silence.
I'll remember the day Anthony Bourdain died, but I'll also remember the night that followed. After letting my schedule get the best of me in years past, I had sworn I would attend this year's Three Rivers Arts Festival. Despite feeling extra tired, I was intent on these plans, so the Rustbelt Farmer and I packed a bottle of wine and a picnic blanket, and we biked downtown to see the ever mesmerizing Valerie June. If you just need a reminder to reframe priorities, to embrace the season and enjoy all of your hard work, I made this honeysuckle syrup drink for us. But if you need more than a break, more than flowers and a walk outside, I sincerely hope you reach out and find the appropriate resources because as Valerie June sang, "There is a light, You have inside you, Can touch."
To say I am hard on this body of mine is an understatement. My work as a stylist often has me schlepping heavy totes of props from my third-floor apartment, standing for loooong days, hunched over to tweeze and primp food, and in general, I tend to tense up and internalize stress. I'm sure I'm not alone in these feelings, regardless of your profession, and I'm sure I'm not alone in needing a little more time and space for self care. That's why I'm sharing this lovely sea salt foot soak DIY.
Take advantage of the fleeting lilac season, and experiment with this Fermented Honey Lilac Drink. It's light, fizzy and may help you combat allergy season too! It tastes like a light beer, making it an enjoyable spring and summer sipper, and if you're skeptical about drinking lilacs, don't worry. The floral notes are light and subtle.