Something I'm working on :: Aside from the giant family history/archival project and birth family search I am doing in the background of my day to day, I am also in the process of re-visioning Studiofemme. One thing is for sure - it's time for a deep realignment and I'm leaning into some dreams and ideas that have been simmering on the back burner for years. I also know that as a bridge builder, my work wants me to explore new spaces.
This strange and unsettling time has provided the much needed space and contrast to ask and seek hard answers to important questions about what I want my life and work to look like in the new world, which is also changing and emerging right before our eyes. It's challenging me to let go of many things, beliefs, especially pre-conceived notions of safety that no longer feel like a fit to who I am and who I'm meant to be. No exaggeration (and no surprise), such drastic internal and external shifts are slowly changing the landscape of my world. I'm trying to be brave in the process. And I also finally ordered this book (which is not at all what I thought it was about), after hearing this incredible interview which I must listen to again.
Something I'm creating :: I think my initial desire to connect with others through this blog again was my first response to my own essential need to stay connected to community, especially in a time of crisis. Fear is activating for me - I know this about myself. And so my work has been to gather up my people by writing, making art to share, creating opportunities to connect with one another, and giving what I can.
In this spirit, I've also been wanting to organize a Book and Art Supply Swap to help nourish one another's creative spirit and share resources. If you've got a great book you've read and are willing to pass along and have some fun art supplies leftover in your stash you're willing to goto the post office and mail, AND you want to receive a box of goodies in return, just email me to join (US addressee's only please). Details will follow.
Some things to share :: my anthem for these days // Priya Parker's new podcast Together Apart // love this artful spring collaboration (my fave is, Wild Rose) // Boston Area Mask Initiative // a great source for buying books that also supports local booksellers // an important resource for accessing and creating mutual aid // Pinterest April trends // starting to muse on how to create my own backyard oasis
Something I have to offer you :: As shared in my most recent newsletter, I've only got a handful spots left in my Inner Alchemy Cards Elements workshop that I am gifting away! If you need a bit of creative inspo and support in your world, simply comment below and I will add you (as space allows). This is the last chance to participate in this workshop I've offered for many years, and it's such a lovely way to support a small creative and exploratory practice during these times.
Something I'm cooking :: I love simple recipes that you can't really ever get wrong, use what veggies I have in the fridge, and are fun to serve (toppings bar for the win!). This is a simple soup that you can jazz up and adjust the seasoning to your own taste. If you like it really spicy you can substitute a half a can of chipotle peppers (seeded and sauce included) instead of the milder green chilis. You could add pulled chicken if that's your thing, and I often throw spinach or whatever greens I have in too.
Spicy Tortilla Soup
6c broth (I use vegetable stock, but you can use chicken if you like)
2 cans of white beans, drained (or whatever you have handy)
1 can of corn
chopped red and green bell pepper
can of diced green chilis
can of diced tomatoes, drained
1T chili seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
dash of your fave hot sauce
Toppings Bar (it's all about the toppings, no?)
crushed tortilla chips
dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt
extra hot sauce