seeing Ella run wild, singing while driving, dance parties, climbing mountains, my nephew, new plants, learning, cooking, and friends.
favourite sounds include: birds singing, rain falling, waves crashing and keyboard keys typing. i love water and i especially love the ocean. my affinity for movement is decades old, but ever-changing. and i find it so satisfying when words are strung together perfectly. there are books on my bedside table, more on my coffee table, and more still in my backpack; (currently somewhat underway are: Unsheltered, A Story Like the Wind, The Fourth Trimester, and Light Light). i start every morning with a cup of tea (although until recently coffee was the only thing that got me out of bed). my favourite meal is always Christmas dinner because: stuffing! and because of how much love goes into preparing it.
if i were to live in the woods for a year, i wouldn’t go without my dog, a journal, fire wood, matches, a good knife, my water bottle, warm blankets, and probably much more; my preference would be to be on a sunny island, and if that was so, i’d be sure to pack multiple bathing suits too. i believe in something much greater than me, and i feel this force the most when i’m in nature. i believe in teachers. many of them. i also believe our heart knows best. my favourite words at the moment are compassion and patience and i repeat them to myself often. i like my mornings quiet & slow… tea, my journal, meditation or breath work, and a walk with Ella - through the park when possible.
i believe that nature is the best medicine, that growth is uncomfortable but inevitable, that our reality is constantly changing and that there is no such thing as balance (we just accept that things aren’t always evenly distributed and keep moving towards what feels more steady, pressing pause when we need to most.) This is me, today. Who are you, really?
A playlist inspired by my days at Casa Piña
Ain’t no More Flowers ~ Deadbeat
Water Life ~ Lawrence Laughing
Butterfly ~ Xavier Rudd
Follow The Sun ~ Xavier Rudd
La femme d’argent ~ Air
Lik ~ Oum
Bouquet ~ Deeb
Fluid Dynamics ~ Deeb
Speak in Colours ~ Deeb, Shuffling Strangefoot, Shaw)
I Know You Got Soul ~ Sol Rising
Come Let Go ~ Xavier Rudd
Shortline ~ RY X
Heart In My Hands ~ Andreya Triana
Dorian ~ Agnes Obel
I’ve Got You Under My Skin ~ Ben L’Oncle Soul
Peyote Healing ~ Robbie Robertson
I’ll Never Visit ~ Roger O’Donnell
When feeling JOYFUL - pair your java with a side of motown or some latin beats; blend up something green to help you stay grounded; go for a run or a walk; treat a friend or stranger to something yummy or beautiful; smile warmly and say good morning to all.
If you feel ANXIOUS - sit to sip and list out your “to do’s” for the day (make a plan!); prop up your spine somewhere for a song you love (just one!) and lengthen your exhales; take some cat/cow and maybe a forward fold too; make a vegetable scramble; carry a stone with you and burn some sacred wood.
How to help with feeling SAD - make tea; have a long shower and choose a song (or six) that make you weep; prepare a plate of dates, nuts, fruit and chocolate, and take out your art supplies; set up your space so it feels sacred and special; breathe and if need be pause; place your hands on your heart, and listen.
When you feel LETHARGIC - give yourself a mini facial and put on some lipstick or your favourite hat; find the sunshine; enjoy a smoothie that has cacao, cinnamon and cayenne pepper in it; wear your favourite pieces of clothing and choose a playlist you can sing along to; roll out your neck, circle your shoulders, spin on the spot, or sway to the beat; then get on with your day. OR! do none of the above, and take a nap instead.
If you’re feeling INSPIRED - savour the mug of your chosen morning beverage and map out the musings in your mind; take a walk with your pup (or offer to walk your friend’s!); set your space and dive in; set a timer for every 45 minutes to pause and shake out your bod; have snacks ready then bask in the satisfaction of getting. shit. done.