While likely a glorified diary, when I look back on this blog, I find myself reminiscing. Not just from the things I have shared, but also from what I remember as to what was happening behind the scenes and between posts.
Since my post last September many things have happened. We bought a house and moved to Baltimore County in Maryland. I also started a new job in a relatively new field: digital marketing. Full of excitement, I underestimated these changes, foolishly thinking they would be easy adjustments (you’d think I’d learn one day). With all these changes, in addition to holidays and events however, I’ve been floundering to establish a workable routine- a sense of normalcy. It’s really only been these past few weeks or so that I have started to feel more comfortable in a routine, as I attempt to balance out work, home and creative life. As I’ve been finding, after all the “Have To” Do’s, it is surprisingly difficult to fit in the creative aspects. I had been focusing so hard on everything that needed to be done that I have found I’ve been missing out on the things that truly bring me joy.
In an effort to focus back in on some quiet time, I finally joined our local library and have started working more with “hands-on” projects again. Our weekends have begun to become accented with regular visits to the farmers markets and a semblance of routine.
Still, it’s a work in progress.
A few Thursdays back was the Summer Solstice and I attended my first summer solstice party at Butterbee Farm. I hadn’t been entirely sure what to expect when I signed up but I was looking forward to a relaxing evening on a flower farm, snacking and sipping away on a intoxicating beverages while making bouquets. As it turned out, it was exactly what I needed to decompress after a long week. While clouds had loomed overhead earlier in the day, they cleared up to reveal a promisingly summery, cool evening.
It felt wonderful to be surrounded by other like-minded creative ladies discussing flowers, gardening and other things. Laura gave us a tour of the farm before Maria, of Darling and Daughters, discussed with us bouquet- making.
As many of the other attendees were already budding or professional florists, I was able to hog Maria myself for a bit, trying to absorb as much information as possible. Sitting in the grass as the sun set at the end of the longest day of the year, bats flying overhead silhouetted by the remaining light, I felt so grateful to be in that moment.
I got home late that night but was up for hours, buzzing with excitement. The next morning I woke up well before my alarm and watched the sun rise in a fiery blaze as the red rays of light slowly crept into the house. I felt inspired to create, change and transform.
I’m still figuring out my process and trying to create a balance, amongst all the things that are happening and while I don’t exactly know what that means for the future of this blog, or my other creative endeavors, I’m planning on prioritizing these creative aspects more in my life.
Thank you for your patience and I hope to be seeing and sharing with you all more.