TAKE AN INDULGENT MOMENT
Engaging my senses makes me feel vibrant and centered and optimistic. This is one of the ways I’m exploring mindfulness. I’m trying to stay authentically present (though not always easy) and conscious of how my life experiences make me feel each day. This creates a thread and that thread helps me understand who I am and in what direction I'm going.
NOW OR NEVER
In San Francisco, the spring days have been bright and the parks are all effervescent with this puffy white charlock that reminds me of the poppy fields of Oz. The time I've spent outside in the last few weeks has loosened some gears inside my creative mind…Birds are such a signal of spring to me and even living in the city, with a fire escape outside my window, I am thrilled to be visited by the occasional feathered friend.
VISIT: WINTER IN SWEDEN
After Thanksgiving, I travelled to Stockholm, Sweden where my best friend has moved with her Swedish fiancé. Walking around the city with these two was so fun, there is so much to see in this beautiful city! Some call it "Venice of the north" because of all the islands (12) and bridges (42). We spent the week ducking into shops and cafés, trying to stay warm (30 degrees!) and grinning at all the Christmas lights and decorations.
I'm feeling contrast and drama ~ a tablescape in the dark! Spanish Baroque painter, Juan Sánchez Cotán, created still lifes, or bodegones in the 1660s, in a strikingly austere style that feels fresh and modern today. Less is more and black is back.