On Saturday mornings, I make it a point to spend some time at the Farmers Market in Blue Hill. There’s a huge glass greenhouse on the grounds of a home and garden supply shop in town. Organic farmers and crafters from miles around come to sell their produce and products in the heated comfort of the greenhouse during the Winter months.
It’s a great time to visit with friends and neighbors, meet new folks and watch the kids run around eating baked goods and having fun. Someone brings a guitar, a fiddle and voila, there’s music. Freshly roasted coffee beans made into espresso helps fuel the fun.
My evenings are spent catching up with email and phone conversations with friends, scanning the news headlines and making a monster salad. Stoking the wood stove and reading from a pile of books that patiently wait their turn to be enjoyed.
Lately, I’ve been reading a series of books about the history and culture of Mexico. What an amazing country! Just finished Neil deGrasse Tyson’s book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Great synopsis of what we do and don’t know about the universe. Reread a great novel, one of my favorites, by Mark Helprin, A Soldier of the Great War. Incredible imagination mixed with the misery and absurdity of the first world war. The protagonist never disappoints in unveiling beauty within the horrors and insanity of wartime.
Maura - New Accounts
I revamped my life's flow last year. I wasn't living authentically. I kept telling the artist in me to Be quiet and Get lost and she responded by screaming. I now listen to her above any other voice inside myself. Evenings, during the work week, I prepare myself and my physical space for weekends of creative time. I spend weekends in solitude, for the most part, except for time with my kitty, nature, and walks with my granddogs and daughter. On the weekends, I wake before dawn, eat, meditate and then write and paint. I take a break for lunch, go for a walk, and return to 'the work.' This work I do is its own reward, but I hear from readers that they are getting to the place I hoped I could carry them, and I have sold more art work in 2017 than I have over the past decade. All of this happening, in my first year of change, is amazing.
Work/Authors that encourage and settle me:
- Works by - Natalie Goldberg, Steven Pressfield, Julia Cameron, David Richo
- Short Film - "Guided"
- Teachings of - Pema Chödrön
- Article - "Not for Happiness" by Dzungsar Jamyang Khyentse
- Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics, by Marsha Sinetar Guided Trailer from Seedlight Pictures on Vimeo.
Jessica - Fullfilment
After work every day, I do mom stuff. Different mom stuff on different days. Here's a snapshot:
Monday - Pick up kids from school, drop 10-year old at home and take 7-year old to gymnastics. Because I live in rural Maine, gymnastics is a 45-minute drive away. (Actually, almost everything is a 45-minute drive away.) Come home, make dinner, leave the dishes for tomorrow, go to bed with 7-year old.
Tuesday - Pick up kids from school, take them both to music lessons (trumpet and ukulele). Possibly drop off 10-year old at basketball practice.* Possibly wait at basketball practice until it is over. Home, dinner, bed.
Wednesday - Go to kids' school and manage the bench for the 7-year old's peewee basketball practice, whilst 10-year old is at Coding Club. Argue with children for a solid half hour about leaving school after basketball practice. Home, do dishes, dinner, bed.
Thursday - Mom's day off! Work until 5, and then go to the LIBRARY! and LOOK AT BOOKS! Then join 7-year old and my parents for dinner whilst my husband takes the 10-year old to soccer practice. Home, bed.
Friday - Pick up kids from school. Go home for a severe case of the Fridays (which really just means dinner will be exceptionally lame). Bed.
*There may be a basketball practice or game on any of these days.
Next up, Mom's Morning! See you at 4 AM!
Alix - Marketing
I work as a subcontracted staffer at Armaid, so actually Armaid is my "other".
I am a Integrative Nutrition Health Coach as my primary work. I left a Marketing Manager position at a publishing firm 3 years ago to focus primarily on helping people with their gut health. Indentifying and learning how to heal from unknown food allergies, chronic inflammation and autoimmune disorders. I work 1-on-1 with clients and also I lead a 5-month long group class, funded by a local non-profit called Health Island Project.
In the summer my Health Coaching extends to a Farmers' Market organic, local and vegan fresh-made juice and smoothie stand. We started last year and are really excited about our upcoming year. Follow our journey on Instagram @juicemecca.
I also work with another non-profit program, Ready by 21 Mentoring. We work with the local high school, matching each junior student with an unbiased, trained and background checked adult 1-to-1 mentor. We offer group activities monthly, including movie nights, cooking organic meals, sex education, fun trips to big cities like NYC and Chicago, trips to go tubing or skeet shooting, community service hours, pick-up basketball games, gardening and building a compost pin for our newly developing Growing and Learning garden, and so much more. Learn more at readyby21mentoring.com. The program has been in existence for 6 years and I have had the great honor of being a mentor for 5 of those years and part of the staff for the last 3 years as the Program Coordinating, organizing all our fun activities.
During my free time, of which I actively have to make time for, I love working out and trying different modes of movement. I spend a lot of time with my 2 dogs, walking them on a lovely beach down the road from my house daily. I love cooking and trying new food with my significant other. I am actively learning about meditation and applying Buddhist practices to my every day life. I am also an avid reader, loving my mornings by the stove, cuddled up with my Frenchie, a cup of tea and a good book.