Sun Self Care

Self-care isn't selfish. Perhaps you're a care taker, an empathetic individual, and you give and give. It's okay to take care of yourself too. You aren't being selfish. Here is your free pass to be good to you. It sounds odd to say, but have you every been empathetic to yourself? 

What would happen if you treated yourself like you treat your cat after a full meal, sitting on your lap as your leg falls asleep. Uh, she is so happy and comfy in that sunbeam.

Take Care of You

I see anxiety as looking ahead and depression as looking behind. I have anxious tendencies. And as an internal perfectionist I can tell you first hand that putting invisible pressures on yourself does no one good. Here's a reminder that you can take a break. Here's a reminder that you don't have to get a million things done today. Here's a reminder that you are brilliant right now. If no one else needs to hear this, I know I do. Be good to you. 

Aging is Beautiful

I was at a local, Minneapolis restaurant on Thursday all nestled in a corner table secretly staring and admiring the table of glorious humans in front of me. Nine beautiful matriarchs sat discussing with one another. They spoke with intention, moving their freckled, worn hands, some brown, some peach, all soft and lined. They listened to one another beyond hearing, past the crow feet and weathered skin. It was like watching trees absorb rainwater. They were magic. I wanted to know them. I wanted to be them. 

This picture of me, 30, smile lines beginning to carve into my face as evidence of my time in this body, as evidence of my time spent in joy. One day those lines won't leave when I relax my face and this will be the true sign of decades of joy. This will be the sign that I might sit at the table too. Something to look forward to, don't you think?

From Scratch


I read a book once about making a toaster entirely from scratch called, "The Toaster Project". I was already on a journey to find a more sustainable lifestyle so the book came to me at the time because I had interest, but never-the-less it made me think about things deeper. We rely so much on someone else sourcing, harvesting, building and fixing our things (and food!) that we don't consider this luxury and it's not even a thought that we could try to do it ourselves. As an artist, I have decided to do just this. The first step has been playing. I have been making paper out of recycled paper scraps for several weeks now. And although I am only at the beginning of this self sufficient journey I'm already in love.