Since I began to learn how to cook, I have viewed the process of preparing food as something more than just the mechanic task of feeding oneself. There is creativity and spirit in the kitchen, making the cooking or baking process lively, meditative, mindful, or educational. It may be a stretch, but I would venture to say that one’s relationship to cooking can tell you a lot about them. My love of it began with finding joy in methodic creation paired with experimentation and risk, all tied together by putting your heart into good ingredients and making something delicious that brings a smile to everyones face.Read More
The most difficult part of any creative process is often the very beginning. Taking that first, tentative, unsure step towards making something from what was previously nothing. As a choreographer, how to start is something it seems that I have to relearn with every new project. Beginning this performance that I am currently in the middle of rehearsing has been no exception.Read More
“So there’s attention, creation, love and dessert.” -Anne Lamott
Do you ever catch yourself getting tunnel vision? That palpable sense that everything is getting smaller and tighter around you? It may sound a bit dramatic, but lately I feel this happening with all of the things I am juggling every day. Classes, rehearsals, writing weekly, travel plans coming up and then of course the daily little details of meetings, meals, responding to emails and keeping the house fairly tidy. They pile up until they are all you can see and think about and they completely block the view of the bigger picture. I think it is normal that our focus hones in and out in cycles, but I know that when I find myself honing in a little bit too much, it’s time to readjust.Read More
It is amazing how many expectations we set for ourselves based on past experience. Our minds seem to automatically assume that things will be as they once were, and yet this is almost never the case. January 2017, I had an incredible month. I woke up early each day, feeling inspired and upbeat, curious about trying my hand at new skills (literally- I dove in calligraphy for a brief period). I was excited and motivated to write, create, move and leap into the new year with radiance and maybe some jazz hands.Read More
I have only ever spent one Christmas away from home. It was in the midst of my 9-month backpacking adventure and while I was lucky enough to be among old family friends in a beautiful little crescent of northern Norway, it just wasn’t quite the same. I had a lovely time in their Scandinavian cabin-like home, surrounded by dramatic icy waters and snow-laden mountains, lighting candles in the long dark hours and making the most of the 3-4 hours of sunlight.Read More
Due to the fact that in just several hours I will be hopping on a plane, beginning to make my way back to Minnesota for the holidays, I am going to keep today's post a bit shorter, but still nice and sweet.
Let's talk about books and cake.
There is something about this season that gives me the strong urge to keep a book nestled on my lap, a mug of coffee in hand and a slice of something sugar-laced and delicious balanced on the couch cushion nearby.Read More
It is a common cliché to have a chat about the weather when you have nothing else to talk about. However, I would like to preface the following weather-related chat by saying that in Tangier, each season brings a weird beast of its own and winter is most definitely something to be talked about.Read More
Last weekend I had a Thanksgiving meal that was quite outside of the box of a traditional American celebration. Every year since I have lived abroad has been a completely different experience of the holiday, and this time was among my favorites. M and I invited his family over for a late Sunday lunch, which meant I had the luxury of a whole weekend to prep and complete a couple hectic visits to the market, make pie crusts on Saturday and keep Sunday morning fairly stress-free as far as preparing large feasts for large groups of people go.Read More
My recent hiatus from writing and blogging was slightly unexpected and yet unavoidable with everything going on lately. From traveling to work to coming down with a seasonal flu virus, I have been pretty out of commission. I returned back from my recent trip brimming with inspiration and expected to jump right back into writing with flying colors and glorious ideas, but it seemed that this particular kind of inspiration was inclined towards other mediums- mostly dance and brainstorming for new projects. It took a while for me to get back the motivation to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, I suppose).Read More