25 Things to do Before 26 revisited

This last year has woven and unwoven many new layers within my soul. So much has happened… Our first year of marriage is nearly complete and in many ways it’s feels we have been together for much longer. We made some big leaps. I learned a lot about what is really nourishing to my body, soul and mind. This last year has been minimalistic in nearly every sense. This has aloud me the space to explore what I want out of this life… scratching the surface really. The below goals feel good to revisit, to see how much I have really been able to do and the things that I still get to do. Sure some of my creative and personal goals were not “met” however so much happened that I didn’t dream would evolve within this last year. Time shape shifts our wants, dreams and goals. THIS is ok. Good even. So here it is 25 things to do before turning 26 what was checked off and what will be carried over for another day. xoxo

1: Try a Bloody Mary.

Absolutely freaking amazing!!!! My love took me to SUPPER a roof top restaurant, recently opened in our city, just to try one. Since that glorious night of falling in love, we make them all the time. Spicy bloody mary with okra in it = staple in our home! 

2: Read a book a month. Any suggestions? I have 12 spots!

1) The War of Art: Break Through the Block and Win your Inner Creative Battles, By: Steven Pressfield

2) Four Hour Work Week, By: Tim Farris

3) Vagabonding: An uncommon guide to the art of long term travel, By: Rolf Potts

4) Rich Dad Poor Dad, By: Robert T. Kiyosaki

5) You Can Create an Exceptional Life, By:  Louise Hay, Cheryl Richardson

6) The Lost City of Z, a tale of deadly obsession in the amazon, By: David Grann

7) The Power of Now, By: Eckhart Tolle

8) Mother Night, By: Clarissa Pinkola Estes

9) The Language of Archetypes, By: Caroline Myss

10) Writing Wild, By: Tina Welling

11) The Alchemist, By: Paulo Coelho

12) When Woman Were Birds, By: Terry Tempest Williams

13) The Power of Myth, By: Joseph Campbell

14) Wild, from lost to found on the pacific crest trail By: Cheryl Strayed 

15) The Sacred Ego, By: Jalaja Bonheim, PHD

3: Organize all collage papers. WISH me luck!

We moved into our new home together just before christmas. As I unpacked I had this amazing rush of organizational energy. It felt good to get rid of a ton. I thought it would be a overwhelming venture…stream line and organize, but it was a sort of healing as we moved into a new season!!!

4: Collaborate with 6 artists. Any takers?!

1) Galia Alena created Camera Craft a wonderful course full of inspiration and a few really amazing creative contributors!

2) INterview series included over creatives! Some of my favorites Hillary Rain, Danielle Cohen, Flora Bowley, Alena Hennessy! 

I had so many plans for creative collaboration but have found that it took much more energy and time than I imagined. Instead of stretching myself too thin, I focused most of my collaboration time on the INterview series, which has birthed some new dreams within. Follow the threads and trust where your intuition leads you!

5: Travel to Colorado. BE in AWE of it’s majesty.

I truly wish this last year included more travel. As we made some big decisions individually and as a couple, traveling took a pause. We took this time instead to really enjoy our moments here in Virginia with new eyes. 

6: Snowboard or Ski with my love.

Check! Oh the truth, the REAL not fluffy  truth is I hated it. I wanted to love it. Like really love it and have my husband all proud to be with the woman who can ski! Be in awe of it/me/us. But it was frustrating and it hurt so much! But what we took away from it was I tried it. And we figured out a bit more of how we travel together. I like to meander streets and soak in the culture. He likes the extreme sports. So we will probably trade off in the future. Set up the day with dropping me off in the hip part of town while he gets his thrills on the slopes.)

7: Travel to Bali. (Hold a monkey, explore it’s temples and feast on all the richness it’s markets have…)

(Check, check and check. See here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4Part  5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8)

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8: Can my own food. Seriously why haven’t I?

On a beautiful April spring morning my love planted tomatoes, bell peppers, cinnamon basil, jalapeños and cucumbers. We made salsa’s, basil pesto, pickles and canned various peppers for hoagie spreads and chow chow!

9: Take my love to New York City. (Eat pretzels, ride the subways and hold each others hands A LOT.)  One day!

10: Write my dearest Katariina every month. So didn’t do this. ;)

11: Finish all E-courses I have began.  I can’t wait to dig into Alena Hennessy’s “Year of Painting.” And Pixie Campbells  ”Woman is a river.” 

Intention set. Follow through… uh.. not this time. haha

12: Write an article about depression.

13: Take a course by: Isabel Faith Ibbott. (If you don’t know who she is, you should. A goddess of writing!)

My love gifted: writing the wombto me for christmas. A circle of woman dove into this electric writing course in the spring and it was Devine. As I was on the threshold of making many creative shifts this course aloud me the room and exploration to make clear conscious choices. I am always in awe of Isabel’s wisdom and gift of opening up voice. 

14: Paint/Collage a large piece of art to hang in my new home with my love.

Nearly done, just as were about to leave this place we call home.

15: Lead 3 art work shops locally. (Inquire, I am dreaming up yummy connecting arty-ness. With tea and green houses and writing, it will be good.)

I lead one workshop this year. My first Online E-Course Sacred Vignettes (honoring your everyday Sacred), in July and it was a blast to see something I created from my belly, my bones, my heart, connect with others.

16: Water Nymph Series. (A chance to shine and feel radiant. A place to be truly seen.)

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17: Outline “HOWL”. Stay posted I CANNOT wait until this baby is ready to come into the world! 

I outlined what each month would offer and it felt really good to research this idea of mine. As I delved further in, the project shape shifted and due to this shape shifting I feel it is a project that will slow burn in me for a long time. It’s not ready… It’s inside but not ready. 

18: BEgin tea rituals again. Idea from Lindsay Luna.  Agony of Leaves was a very inspiring and healing journey for me and I intend to begin again.

I began each morning with freshly brewed coffee. Which isn’t quite as good for you as tea, however I focused the same intention and presence. I started everyday with bringing water to a boil and carefully enjoying the small moment of beginning a new day in that early morning glow. 

19: (This one is a secrete, I will share when it is time.) ***QUIT***

A HOLY yes, on January 6th, 2015 I got to quit a job that was not feeding my soul and I am so glad I was able to do so. Since then I have been curating Interviews for A Global Walk, Photographing all sorts of Love, Writing for magazines and creating local workshops and online E-courses. It is the leap of leaps for me, it is a great accomplishment and I am so proud to say I am doing it! 

20: Pursue publications.

I have really enjoyed writing and photographing for magazines and books this last year. It is something I will continue to pursue that fills me with a HUGE sense of creative fire and thankfulness. A few I have loved A World of Artists Journal Pages, Bohemian collective, Artful Blogging.

21: Photograph some intimate shoots. Woman SHOULD feel sexy and seen. Get your lingerie ready or come without it. 

It’s really amazing when woman show up fully embodied. I only did a few of these sessions, but truly they are some of my favorite. I love when woman feel sensually awakened. I love capturing a part of them they rarely see crystalized. I love showing them what their lover sees. I love “Love…”

22: Create a home with intention and attention. Photo’s to be shared when the home arrives to us!

One of my favorite parts about this past year was creating a home. My body takes in everything the world throws at me like a sponge. Most of the time I adore this sort of soaking up, but in an effort to balance this aspect about my body/spirit I keep my home pretty minimalistic. I stick to earthy tones and earthy materials. My body can relax here and not be over stimulated. 

Wooden stumps from our wedding alter are our coffee tables. A crystal engineer print hangs above our fire place. A taxidermy fox given to me as a birthday present from a dear friends, prowls above my kitchen cabinents. Lots of antlers and large white pillar candles, everywhere!

The only color I really have are in the few paintings I have up from the lovely Katariina Fagering, Orly Avineri and Sabrina Ward Harrison. 

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23: ACTUALLY, FINALLY begin yoga. It has been calling me for what seems like forever. It is time to learn flexibility and breath through life.

Intention lead me to taking care of my body much more this year. Moving it outdoors and listening to it’s cues. I began a habit of working out every single day. But alas I did not practice yoga other than like twice. ;) 

24: Share gratitude lists on here. 

Check! Here, here

25: Wed to my love on a autumn day. Fincham.

Nov 15, 2014 We wed under gothic mossy tree’s near the sea. We lit scandinavian bon fires and danced with intimate friends and family.

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INterview with Susannah Conway

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This magical woman swooped into my world when she published “This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart,” a book I could relate to on various levels and that had felt like cool water after being parched for too long. Ever since I have been a cheerleader for her and her work. I’m so glad to introduce the few who don’t know her to Susannah Conway!

Susannah Conway is the author of This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart and forthcoming LONDONTOWN: A Photographic Tour of the City’s Delights (Chronicle Books, 2016). A photographer, writer and teacher, her classes have been enjoyed by thousands of people from over 50 countries around the world. Co-author of Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids, Susannah helps others remember their true selves, using creativity as the key to open the door. Visit her at SusannahConway.com and say hi on Instagram.

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What is your wisdom whispering to you today?

Patience. Play the long game.

It’s so easy to wish away our lives when we’re wanting circumstances to change, but the older I get the more I understand how things will change only when they are good and ready.

I still waste time wishing and hoping, but after a while it morphs into knowing and trusting and that is so much more useful. That’s where I am today.

What is helping with the mending?

Time.

Time alone doesn’t heal our hurts butama it does give us the opportunity to integrate the lessons as we finally start uncovering them.

Time gives me distance from the hurt so I can see what is true and what it is not.

Time reminds me that I have survived before and will survive again.

Time is hard to accept at first because it seems to be taking us away from what we’ve lost, but it also protects us. It helps us carry on.

 What is your mantra?

Go gently.

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Tell me how you rise up in fullness?

By knowing who I am, inside and out. Shadows and light. Especially the shadows. Diving into that side of myself has been the most powerful excavation work I’ve done in recent years. There’s something so freeing about accepting the less pretty parts of your being. My fullness includes all of me, and I rise into it every time I’m honest about who I am, what I want and what I don’t want.

What supports the true expression of your authentic self?

Creativity and curiosity. And getting past the worry of what others will think of me. That worry has never served me in any of my 42 years on this planet.

List a few inspirations right now:

My nephew.

My city. I love London.

My Instagram feed. So much creativity from other souls around the world!

Oh Wonder. A new find.

White nectarines and over-ripe cherries.

Reading back through my own journals to see how far I have come.

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Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

I’ve been asked this question many times in my nine years of blogging. Mary Oliver’s poem certainly lit a fire in the collective unconscious!

I intend to continue sharing and inspiring.

Listening hard.

Loving harder.

Opening my heart to new experiences even when they scare me.

Mustering as much kindness as I can for my self and others.

Forgiving often.

Softening.

Laughing.

Being the best auntie in the world.

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