How do you start your day?
I begin every day with tea. No matter where I am or what day of the week it is, I feel incomplete without it. When I travel, I make sure to bring a small stash of tea in case I end up somewhere that they don’t have it available. Something about making something warm and nourishing for myself each morning is truly incredible. I believe that tea rituals are ancient and powerful.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
My favorite tools for stress and overwhelm are baths (first and foremost), books, and bed. Some combination of those usually brings me down to a better frequency.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
What are you currently reading?
I just finished Angela’s Ashes, and I just cracked open Cutting for Stone.
What are you listening to right now?
I have Sam Smith on repeat. That voice! That emotion! That heart!
What is your go-to simple recipe?
Steamed rice and vegetables topped with butter, Braggs, and nutritional yeast. This is an old staple that I learned in my Oregon days and it stays with me still. Sometimes I’ll add minced raw garlic and nuts to make it even more exciting.
What are some simple things you do for self-care?
I sleep more. I used to push myself to stay up late and work almost every day. And then I realized that my lack of sleep wasn’t serving anyone, not even my clients and employers. Now at night when I’m tired I allow myself a guilt-free show or I take a bath and read a book, or I watch a movie with my son. The guilt-free part is key. The work will get done. Sleep is invaluable and I deserve it.
What does nourishment look like to you?
Homemade food, well-fed children, good friends, laughter, rest, exercise, gratitude for the little things: the glittering seeds of a pomegranate, the odd beauty in a bowl of kitchen compost waiting to be dumped in the garden.
How do you make space for play?
This comes back to the guilt-free revolution. Thanks to my friends and my child, I have many smiling reminders to let things go and go play in the sun, the water, the starlight, etc. Again, the work will get done. The children will not remember that part – they will remember what you played with them.
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
There is enough time, there is enough love, there is enough money.
Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.
What a lifelong learning process this is! Just as I feel like I climb one mountain, the majestic peaks rise again on the horizon. An important lesson and theme for me is acceptance and letting go. Life really is short. So short, and we have such a limited time with those we love. When I can breathe myself through the constraints of societal limitations, I am reminded that I am truly free to be me and to be with the people I love. By tuning into myself more and more, I am granted access to the greatest moments.
About Sadie Rose Casey
Sadie Rose is a mother and writer in Northern California. Through her work she strives to connect women with each other and to create beauty from elements that surround her. Read more at SadieRoseCasey.com.