Hello out there...
I know it's been a few weeks since I've last sent an email. Please forgive my absence. Since school has been back in session I have had to take a much needed break from everything that wasn't essential, i.e. parenting.
My daughter is in 2nd grade and doing well with remote learning but it still requires a lot of mom help making sure homework is done, spelling is improving and that she's on the right zoom at the right time. My son is almost 5 and is part of a school pod which meets in our backyard. His day ends at noon, which means that I'm "on" with him otherwise, a full-time job in and of itself. During normal times, I'm often out of town working, so - in keeping with my pledge to look at the bright side of things - this has been a fantastic opportunity for me to be the hands-on parent I always imagined I would be. It's been incredibly fulfilling and completely exhausting. I send love to all the mommies and daddies out there.
I told a friend of mine I was running low on energy and she said it was to be expected, "You caught the corona high, with all your arts and crafts and gardening and everything. You were bound to crash." And I did. I've just been at home, not doing much of anything other than what was absolutely needed, so I could carve out a little bit of time to recharge and avoid burning myself to the ground.
As I've been thinking of ways to better take care of myself I've decided that one day a week is needed for rest - for not committing to anything and letting my body dictate what happens. I want to keep sharing with you, but in an effort to lessen my load a little I'm going to send my newsletters to coincide with the upcoming holidays so I can build in more time for self care (I know you get it). Plus, we're all inundated with emails on a daily basis anyway!
I feel like I see the light at the end of the tunnel - this coming summer is where I've set my sights. If we pace ourselves, we can do it - it's just one school year. I want to be full of energy, ready and able to do the hard work that'll be necessary to rebuild our communities, our families, and ourselves .
Wherever you are I hope you're able to find ways to best take care of yourself. I know how needed it is!
The Artists Way. This book has come up in numerous conversations as so many of us are tapping into our creativity right now. I have followed the suggestion that artists should wake up and write three pages of stream of consciousness. It has proved to be so valuable.
Between the World and Me. It's the next book select for my book club. The writing is stunning, poetic, heartbreaking, insightful, I could go on and on. I cannot recommend highly enough.
I grew up at the beach and my happy place will always be in front of the ocean so finding out that the biggest wave surfed in the 2019-2020 season was by a woman, a first for women in professional surfing, thrilled me to no end.
“I like to make something that seems so impossible to be possible. Because then it’s so much easier for the next one.” - Maya Gabeira
Check out Momentum Generation for a great look at the history of men in professional surfing.
We are going to be wearing masks for a while so why not make it fun. Nice Jewish Mother turns vintage jewelry into stunning masks chains. It makes mask wearing feel fancy. NJM is sharing code "NJM25" for 25% off and free shipping.
ONE ON ONE TIME
I'm trying to build in one on one time with my kids.
My son loves to play frisbee, which helps with my daily step count, and alphabet bingo.
My daughter and I love to do art together. We recently picked up canvases and paint and went to a park to let nature inspire us. Michaels has a coupon code "20MADEBYYOU" good thru Halloween!
We have a lot of little bugs right now surrounding our new fall crop. We took a shot glass, filled it with apple cidar vinegar and a few pumps of dish soap, to help keep those bugs away.
We found a caterpillar on the sugar snap leaves and decided to make it a home so we can watch it become a butterfly. Our family is very excited to finally have a pet!
I am completely consumed with The Vow. It's a documentary series following a number of people deeply involved in the self-improvement group turned sex cult NXIVM over the course of several years. Must See TV.
The Great Pottery Throw Down. I fell in love with sewing through watching Project Runway so I'm certain pottery will become my next love after a serious binge watch.
Reversing Roe. With conservations brewing about the landmark decision protecting a pregnant woman's right to choose to have an abortion without government restriction, this 2018 doc has more relevance than ever. This fascinating documentary takes you through the history of Roe vs. Wade.
Until next week... let your cake do the talking.