Posts in Creative Living
Not Everything Should Be Shared | The Case For Taking A Quiet Creative Pause

If one is constantly shuttling forward, it is all too easy to leave the “why” of it- that second degree of quality and meaning- lost in the dust along the trail somewhere. Sometimes we have to halt in our tracks, take a few steps back, and quietly rediscover our personal reasons for making work…

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Work Behind the Work | Lauren Stringer, Children's Book Author + Illustrator

It has been far too long since my first Work Behind the Work interview. One of my goals this year for this space is to make it a regular feature, highlighting the process and beautiful minds of creatives and artists that I am lucky enough to know. 

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Lemon Chia Baked Donuts with Sticky Lemon Glaze (gluten-free) + The First Steps of a Creative Process

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. 

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Books + Breakfast | Madness, Rack, and Honey-Glazed Raspberry Lemon Scones

I will fully admit that not only do I judge books by their covers, but I often judge a book by its title as well. Something with an intriguing, poetic or punchy title will always get my attention, but whether or not it can hold it is the real test. Everything about Madness, Rack, and Honeyby the poet Mary Ruefle, drew me in immediately. The title that conjures up vivid images and textures, the bold font, the way madness runs off of the front cover. And the interior? It was not a let down in the slightest.

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The 2017 Wrap-Up + Opening Into 2018

2017

This past year felt different than the several that had preceded it. Instead of constant big shifts and turbulence, figuring out what I was doing with my life, there was this soft sort of settling that happened. I was previously allergic to the word “settling,” but in 2017 I found my way into what it meant for me in the most positive sense. 

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Winter Playlist + How The Music Moves Me / An Improv Video

I go through phases where besides the time spent teaching and dancing in the studio, I barely listen to music. I enjoy the inner silence and the outer background noise of cars and frequent yelling matches outside in the streets (although I can never tell if it is happy enthusiastic cries or a fight- both are entirely plausible in Tangier). I don’t feel the need to fill space with anything but this unique sort of white noise and my own thoughts swimming among it.

However, there is something about winter- the month of December especially- that starts to give me this pressing need for a daily soundtrack.

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