it’s been exactly 13 years since i bought a bike. and let me tell you, it was love at first site with this beauty. green. fenders. baskets. a horn. generator lights. green. low bar to accommodate all the skirt wearing commutes. green. hell, it even has a kickstand. seriously, i feel like i’m 10 years old and i just got a rad bike for christmas. i’m practically without a car these days (john uses it most days to travel long distance to/from clinical sites) so this is the perfect commuter bike for me. love it.
i feel like i’m having a string of unbelievably happy and easy days. days where i’m just going along with the flow of goodness. no guilt about sleeping in, or staying up too late, or not getting things done. just easy. it’s so rare, that i’m letting it seep in and teach me something.
my dear friend kelly took me to zuni cafe last nite in the city. apparently, it’s world famous with its own cookbook and wouldn’t you know that THE tracy chapman was sitting at the table next to us! it was an evening to remember with cocktails, girly fun, delicious food, and conversation about life and self care. self care. i could do a better job at it. kelly inspired me to ask myself, “what’s missing from my daily life that gives my spirit nourishment?” besides artmaking, my husband, good nutrition, and exercise, what do i need more of in my everyday life to feel more taken care of in a self enriching way? so, i did what i always do: i wrote a list of my answers. it included reading (oh how i’ve missed books lately!), stretching, more music, writing in my journal, more candles, and calling a friend or family member. every single day i want to do all of those things. what struck me most about my answers? their simplicity. really, it’s about being intentional. the minute i’m not deliberate with my time, i find myself on the computer far too long, or watching tv without even caring about what’s on, or saying ‘yes’ to something that isn’t right for me. then, the day is over, and the days turn into weeks, into months, and before i know it my self and spirit are left feeling a little depleted. so, yes, i’m embracing the simplicity of being more intentional and conscious with my time. i can easily fit reading, journaling, phone dates, stretching, and more music and candles into my daily life. seems down right easy (and silly and basic) when i sit here and write about it. i suppose sometimes we need to get back to the basics, right?
more art to come soon….