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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

back from the woods

our celebration of 5 years (10 days in advance) was a lovely escape from urban living. having lived in the mountains of colorado for almost a year in 1996 i know that i absolutely adore the country, but am a city girl at heart. however, getting out of the city to bask in open space, down time, and simplicity always does a soul good. a couple of friends joined us for two nights and we loved laughing, exploring the big city of martinsburg, indulging in a celebratory dinner, and relaxing in front of the fire. off to the studio to teach two classes (one being a pay-what-you-can class - so come one, come all) and get back to city living.

a few lessons from the cabin:

1. indulge in the simple things. reading by the fire is an absolute treat. noshing on steel cut oats topped off with banana, walnuts, and brown sugar is super-yummy.
2. make tiny changes for comfort. one night we slept in front of the blazing fire rather than retreating to the loft.
3. surrender guilt. sleep until noon. stay up until 2am. write in your journal with reckless abandon. buy the creative tool you've been eyeing (got my serger last night!). sleep in the same clothes you lounged in all day.

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Anonymous said...

I especially need to surrender the guilt. Happy 5 year anniversary :)

Elena Rego said...

Oh... I have recently made a huge move from Long Beach (in Los Angeles County) to a sleepy artist community in the mountains called Idyllwild. I spend my days creating and writing, and it has been heavenly. But one of the things that has been a bit scandalous and decadently fun is waking up in my soft PJs and spending the entire day reading by the fire, stitching journals together and sipping tea, only to get up and go back to bed in the late evening. In. the. same. clothes.

The first time this happened I had such huge judgment over it. And then as time has passed, its almost as if I'm a gleeful mischievous girl, getting away with this fun thing.