Feel Good Friday 34
Summer has officially arrived here in North Carolina, and it’s brought nothing but sunshine this week, which we happily welcomed. We’ve been spending our mornings and evenings outside, playing in Wilder’s pool, taking walks, and playing games. When Wilder naps we enjoy sitting outside in our chairs reading or writing. I mentioned that I was sort of taking a break from writing for the purpose of creating content in the month of July, and while that month has yet to arrive, I spent some time out on the back patio last weekend playing with watercolors and handlettering. I have a lot to learn in both, but it was fun to just play creatively. Today I am going to share some of what I put on paper with you and also some other things that have gotten me through this week.
Poetry by Wilder
I’ve recently found myself gravitating towards poetry, but before I can really put my words on paper, I feel like I need to immerse myself in it more. It’s been years since I’ve really read and studied it, but I recall loving the works of Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath, T.S. Elliott, Rumi and Maya Angelou to name a few. What I love in particular about poetry is that the author may have some intention, but the words can be translated to have new meaning. I recently came across the works of Wilder on instagram, (whom I love for his/her poetry as well as the name, of course!), and was smitten. I have this book in my Amazon cart right now and am just waiting to pull the trigger, or ask for it for my birthday. I wrote a few poems last week, but I am too timid to share just yet. Maybe soon.
Share the Mic Now Home Edition
Last week on instagram I was honored to be included in Share the Mic Now Home Edition where several white influencers amplified the voices of Black content creators. I was paired up with Kristi from Kristi Nicole Home, and she and I clicked immediately. I’m so grateful for the experience, and that I’ve made a new friend for life. Her friends have also welcomed me into their circle and it’s just been a big love fest. Earlier this week, I invited Kristi to go live with me on instagram so that we could talk honestly about her experiences of growing up Black in America. I truly appreciate her willingness to share and her vulnerability in telling stories she had never told before. I saved the interview and you can find it here. If you’re on instagram, you can find Kristi here, and I promise you will love her!
I have yet to try this because, to be honest, I can already feel the eye rolls from my family when I suggest it…. but, on a podcast recently (I apologize because I can’t recall which one!) I heard of an activity called Rose Rose Thorn BUd. The guest on the show spoke about it and basically at the end of each day at the dinner table they go around the table first each speaking of a “rose” or highlight of their day. They go around for a second round of rose. Then they switch over to “thorn” or a challenge that arose that day. Finally, they close with a “bud” which is something they are looking forward to, it doesn’t matter when! The idea is to end the day with a positive mindset, grateful for the good things as well as the challenges that offered opportunities for growth, and finally, a happy something to look forward to. It’s a great way to set a positive mood in your home with your family. Here is a more thorough description if you’d like to try.
Hand Lettering Creativity
Emmy and I are obsessed with the work of Greensboro local, Marley, of Marley Makes Things. I follow her on instagram and TikTok and am just blown away by her creative work. On TikTok you can watch videos of how she makes her beautiful designs, and I find it all so fascinating! The image above is one of my all time favorites, but her ideas seriously blow my mind!
Meanwhile, I’ve been playing around on a VERY amateur level, but thought I’d show you some of my weekend creative fun. This line is a lyric from one of my all time favorite Mumford & Sons songs, Forever. After these words, they sing, “Love with your eyes, love with your mind, love with your, dare I say, forever. Do it for yourself, do it for the girl, do it for your, dare I say, forever.” Is that not beautiful? The words, I mean, not my art!
Delicious Healthy Summer Taco Recipe
We are big fans of fish tacos in our house! And by “we” I mean Chris and I. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled down my Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple cookbook by Danielle Walker and made her fish tacos with mango-pineapple salsa, and they were SO good! The salsa especially was incredible. The recipe is only available in the book and not on her site, but I did some googling and found it here for you as well. Even if you don’t like fish tacos, do yourself a favor and make the mango-pineapple salsa.
Well, friend, here we go into the last weekend of June! Can you believe it? I had better file my taxes. But it’s Friday, and that can wait until Monday. 😉 Hope you have a wonderfully joy-filled weekend!