How do you start your day?
My rituals in the morning always start off centered around my family and having that first cup of coffee!
I wake up warm in bed with my husband Miklos and our baby River. Most mornings Miklos brings me coffee in bed (love that). Then it is off to school for my two daughters, walking meditation to feed the horses, and then the day may begin for me. What adventures lay ahead ...
What do you do when overwhelmed or stressed?
Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed or stressed I try and get through it the best I can without big feelings, and remembering that this will pass. I also remember the words of a dear friend. “If you can’t think of what to do, start by doing something ... and the rest will begin to fall into place.”
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
- The results of a hard days work
- Seeing a beautiful garden
- Hearing children’s laughter
- The smell of a golden celebration rose
- Birds singing
- My husband's arms around me
What are you currently reading?
I definitely enjoy reading Annapurna Living every morning and connecting with an amazing circle of women with my morning cup of coffee.
I have also been inspired by The Firestarter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte and A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants. Lately I have been researching environmental causes and trying to make the world a better place. You can see some of that on my website, avajane.com.
What are you listening to right now?
Musically, I like exploring the many sub-genres of world electronic music and ambient music. Some examples are:
Deep House Music
(I also have to admit that my daughters are into pop music so I often find myself listening to some Taylor Swift.)
What is your go to simple recipe?
This is a super easy recipe and the kids love it!
First, a little back story. My family and I are deeply entrenched in tiny living and are 100% solar. Which means for cooking—there is no oven! Here is my simple, oven-less recipe:
Potatoes and Hard Boiled Eggs in the Rice Cooker:
Just add egg-sized (organic) potatoes and eggs to a rice cooker, fill half way with water, and let it cook. If you can add the eggs once the water begins to boil, that makes for a better peeling experience. Add some baby kale at the end and enjoy!
My kids love this simple meal.
What are some things you do for self care?
I am thankful for my Landscaping Business. When working, I want to be the best representation of myself in the field. I wake up, either having showered the night before or that morning. After dressing I use an elixir oil on my face and hair and very light makeup. I also feel that self-care is an internal concept as well as external, and since this is an ongoing part of life, I am always looking for self-care inspiration.
Self Care Inspiration:
What does nourishment look like to you?
Nourishment to me is a holistic conversation. I see it as a whole body perspective. (Full of life.)
This can also be an internal as well as external approach to living, not only for ourselves but also for the environment.
Nourish the land
Nourish the land
How do you make space for play?
Making space for play is a way of life for me. I feel I am always making space for play; it’s how I clean the house, how I do business, as well as my approach to living.
With my children and play I often strew things about to invoke creative play, setting up the teepees outside, clearing a space and putting out art supplies—even a bag of bird seed is playful. Landscaping is how I play in business, making plant selections, moving materials around the yard, touching the different textures and imagining their growth. It is all an artful dance with play!
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
Persistence beats Resistance.
The Golden Rule, of course ... do onto others as you would have done to you.
And a new mantra of mine is:
Nourish the land
Nourish the land
Please share some words of wisdom you've learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.
Annie Lennox said recently, “When I was younger, I wish I’d known that what often seemed to be the end of the world often turned out to be a positive and transformative experience.”
This was a feeling I had right before we took on our tiny living experience. It turned out to be one of the greatest explorations in what is of value to our family and our way of living. It is also about life choices and working hard. And this, I feel, is what embodies a soulful life.
About Annie Wright
Annie Wright is a garden designer in the Los Angeles area who specializes in drought tolerant, waterwise gardens. Her work has been featured in LA Times Magazine, Lonny Magazine, and on HGTV. Besides gardening, Annie loves being with her family and working to make the world a greener place. She is founder of Little Gift Big Smile, an exploration into what we can do to help aid a planet in need. Little Gift Big Smile offers ways for all of us to connect with local groups so that we can educate ourselves and our children about the fragile ecosystems around us.