Portrait of an Annapurna Woman—Jules Blaine Davis
How do you start your day?
i wake up at 5:45 am … tip toe up the stairs, slide the porch door open and sit on 2 nautical like cushions looking out into LA.
i breathe inside my light, my heavy, my pain, my gratitude, all that i am carrying..
you could call it mediation. it’s not calm, it’s rarely peaceful and i keep showing up for this breath as it’s vital for my life.
i stay out there until my kids slide the door again and cuddle up in my lap, that’s when their day begins.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
i saute onions to make the base for a soup. i make tea. i breathe. i gather beauty all around me. i clean the clutter. i throw stuff away.
i take a walk. i stretch. i dance. i move my body even if that’s the last thing i want to do. i wait for the tears, then i feel a little lighter.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
my daughter's smile. taking a steam. nourishing those i love. laughing a lot.
What are you currently reading?
i just finished the alchemist. i love my pocket pema!
i am about to begin your inner will by pier ferrucci.
What are you listening to right now?
patty griffin on pandora
What is your go-to simple recipe?
roasting cauliflower with olive oil, salt & love, coconut quinoa in the rice cooker, sauté kale, garlic & lemon, oh! 3 minute eggs!
What are some simple things you do for self-care?
breathe. yoga. stop and eat. write. sing. dance (movement).
What does nourishment look like to you?
BEAUTY. more and more BEAUTY. wood board love. nourishment is a feeling that i can only see thru my feeling. it’s messy, it’s filled with oozing and precious life, our stories, our pain, our poetry, our dance. nourishment is vulnerability.
cake plates filled with pink lemons, bosc pears, arkansas black apples, wide wood bowls, wooden ladles, the perfect tea cup in my palm, warm.
it’s rocks and leaves from our walk, it’s food made with love, it’s abundant.
How do you make space for play?
inside movement. dance parties with my kids. playing tag.
i need more play.
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
let goooooooooo. slow down. fearless & tender. those are this weeks ;)!
Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.
OY! i am forever on this journey of being in awareness, hungry to go deeper, to see, feel, go where i can grow, to connect and align with my values in all that i do, to be authentic, to be honest, admitting my mistakes and in the same breath surgically, with love, letting go of old stories, cellular structures that were here before i got here that no longer serve me.
it can get really sticky, hard, messy, scary and deeply lonely. i walk this path in such a vulnerable state, trusting that the love i have for myself will carry me thru. i am creating
a lot from scratch not having seen it growing up. i can’t imagine not having my ear to the ground, planting new seeds all the time, nurturing the unknown and trusting that i will be ok.
i will be more than ok. it’s a forever thing.