Annapurna Woman: Robyn Beaufoy Wolfe
How do you start your day?
I’d like to say that my days start magically, with mantras and meditation. Honestly, it’s something I aspire too. But my reality looks…well, a bit different. Generally, my days start before I want them too. I have learned to set my alarm (the nice, gentle chirping cricket alarm on my phone) for two full snooze cycles earlier than I actually need to start moving. During those 20 or so minutes, I try not to be angry at the crickets, or any child-sized visitors that may show up on my side of the bed. Once I’ve accepted my fate, and have managed to get out of bed, my family moves right into getting ready for work & school. My amazing husband makes us breakfast (SO, SO grateful!) while I stagger around and make sure everyone has clothes, socks, backpacks, etc. A hot beverage is handed to me at some point (chai tea or buttered coffee) and then I begin whatever work is on my calendar for that day.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
I have a short list on my desk titled “In Case of an Emergency, Pick One!” The list is as follows:
- Read Marianne Williamson.
- Make more tea. Breathe.
- Walk! Go Outside!
- Take a bath. Light incense.
- Make a check-list and just work through it one item at a time.
- Remind myself that I know this feeling will pass.
The trick is remembering to check my list ;)
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
Bliss comes simply for me. At the end of the day, when my to-do’s are all crossed off, everyone is tucked in, and the kitchen is clean. That is my bliss!
What are you currently reading?
I am in the middle of re-reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, and The Law of Divine Compensation, by Marianne Williamson.
What are you listening to right now?
Over The Rhine & Larkin Poe, mixed with some celtic fiddle music.
What is your go-to simple recipe?
I love foraging in our yard & garden to see what I can pull together in a skillet with a couple of eggs from our chickens. Most often this ends up being kale or chard, sautéed with onion, garlic, various fresh herbs and olive or coconut oil …. When it’s almost done, I throw in an egg or two and scramble. Top with nutritional yeast.
What are some simple things you do for self-care?
Candles & incense, both of which remind me to breathe deeply, are scattered in strategic locations around the house. I make it a point to schedule fairly regular visits to my chiropractor, the occasional massage, and lots of sleep. Less simple, but oh-so-effective, is getting out to see live music.
What does nourishment look like to you?
I was gifted with a body that is extremely sensitive to things that aren’t good for it; it always lets me know when something isn’t working (I get migraines and have super sensitive skin). Most of my 30’s were spent learning to listen to these messages and finding a new, more nourishing path. I now put thought into everything that goes into, as well as onto, my body. From what we eat, to the body products we use, nothing makes it into our house without me first asking, “Will this nourish us?” The skin serum I sell was actually born out of this question. I created it first as a solution to some confusing things that were happening on my own face, as it reacted to pretty much every commercial skin care product I tried. Eventually friends asked me to make the serum available to them as well, and now it has an amazing international following. Nourishment for me is also spiritual. These bodies we’ve been given are a fascinating mish-mosh of mental-physical connections. We are designed to work best, to THRIVE, when we nourish not just our physical selves, but our spiritual selves as well. For me this care comes through meditating (just not first thing in the morning), and through prayer.
How do you make space for play?
Although often exhausted at the end of the week, my husband and I have learned that nudging ourselves out the door to gather with friends will ALWAYS feed us, both physically and spiritually. For two introverts, this sometimes feels like a monumental undertaking! However, an evening of making music together and enjoying a mutual love of good food, always leaves us more nourished.
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
The way to change my experience is to change my thoughts.
Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.
Diving into entrepreneurship over these past 3 years has shown me again and again that just because I can’t see a possibility or solution in the moment, doesn’t mean that it’s not there. I know now that I can reliably count on my Purpose (here on earth) to create opportunities for its own accomplishment. This shift in thinking has been life changing!
About Robyn Beaufoy Wolfe
An early career as a Park Ranger led Robyn to her love of illustrating & education. Trained both as a public school and Waldorf teacher, she has been involved in art & education for over 15 years, including homeschooling one of her two children for part of that time.
Robyn is currently working as an illustrator and art teacher. Her work has been featured in Amulet magazine, The Mother magazine, Waldorfish.com, the childrens' book The Journey of Analise published by The BEarth Institute, as well as Annapurna Living. She is the co-founder of Waldorfish, which serves up modern resources to Waldorf teachers & families.
When not illustrating & teaching, Robyn crafts batches of skin-nourishing Alchemy Oil, her artistic expression in a bottle ;) Robyn and her husband currently live with their two children in northern California.
Connect with Robyn: Instagram: @therobynwolfe Web: www.robynwolfe.com Facebook: Robyn (Beaufoy) Wolfe Pinterest: Waldorfish