as this week winds down, i wanted to share a couple things that i have found inspiring lately.
this planner. i have a thing for planners (thing meaning a constant search for one that 'feels' right with how my brain works and remembers information but also with a clean, minimal design). not only was i smitten with the layout, but loved hearing about her story and how this came to life. love that she left what felt wrong in pursuit of what felt right for her life. that sold me. (plus, i am really liking her planner!).
this documentary - it has been on my 'to watch' list for some time but i finally had a quiet evening to myself so i did just that. truly taken with his story and persistent desire to create. i also loved the aspect (again) of always following your heart with your work.
lastly, there is this film. i was moved with her journey and how she has found footing and is navigating through loss to establish a new beginning. loss can be paralyzing and stunt our lives and our direction - and while grief is a vital and important part of working through a loss, i find such hope in those that are able find light from the shadows. (her blog is really a collection of treasures)
this morning i took a long walk along the shore. it is one of my most favorite things to do - especially during the off-season. while walking, i noticed much -- the beach preparations as they ready to open for summer, the lone surfer who came out to catch a few before the day took him elsewhere, the sprinkling of fishermen lined along the water's edge, and the tiny treasures weathered and worn, smoothed by salt, sand, and time.
i realize that the sea is a great connectress - she offers something we may not even know we need. or perhaps at some level we do know. i felt this connection to her when I was small. calmed in her presence, soothed by her waves, and comforted by her sounds. for me, time along the shore, clears away the clutter in my thoughts, fills holes i may not even realize are empty, nurtures someplace deep inside my heart in a way that words do not communicate. i wondered if those i passed along my walk today felt something of the same.
i climbed up rocks and watched the waves break along the rock wall - gazing out over her vastness, listening to her soundtrack of churning water and feeling grateful for what she connects within me.
and what a doozy it has been. we are knee deep in a nasty virus that seems to be making the rounds around our house. we have been individually taking days to mend and heal.
i wanted to share some goodness i have found over the last few days.
first of all, i was filled with joy as i read umber dove's latest post and the hope and healing that is unfolding for her. her beautiful words articulate a message that holds such power for all of us - 'start where you are'
finally, it feels like colors are unfolding here. although the winter was mild, it carried with it a grayness that felt so heavy some days.
right now, the sun is out and splashes of colors are emerging in window boxes, windowsills, balconies, and flower pots everywhere. it truly is such an inviting time of year and one that is speaking directly to my heart most days.
in the next week or so, i will have my hands in dirt filling up pots and putting in a small summer garden. the pirates have seed experiments growing in various windows and each day now squeals of excitement can be heard as they witness a new shoot pushing its way through the soil. one dreams of a corn field to sustain his love of popcorn all from his single lone corn shoot ;)
i came across these lovely farms lately (via express-o) and found them both so completely inspiring - just had to share.
brooklyn grange farm built high upon a city rooftop and leading the way in reclaiming unused city space to green and use to educate (love this!)
floret flowers a family owned floral farm and design studio in skagit valley, washington. the colors alone make me swoon.