Happy Imbolc to all: a time for creativity and recreation.
As a child, I was raised on sarcastic, wild, physically powerful women: Wednesday Addams, Xena, Buffy, Lucille Ball, Bette Davis--my mother. Until recently, I drifted through my adulthood sorrowfully believing I had disappointed the spirit of those women; that I wasn't living in a way that would make my younger self proud. In the past year and change, I have taken greater control over my career, I have started selling my sculptures, I have taken on new roles, been "selfish" in necessary and healthy ways, I have learned to throw axes and own my own recurve bow, have started learning Lyra, and have begun plenty of new and exciting creative endeavors. In short: I am more the woman that I want to be than I was roughly a year ago.
Recently, I posted a video of my axe-throwing, and while I got a lot of amazing support, I got some feedback that suggested it made me crazy, scary, and not the type of woman someone would want as a daughter or a lady. And when I saw that, instead of feeling badly or second guessing one of my favorite hobbies, I just smiled because I realized that *I* was EXACTLY the type of lady I would want and had always wanted to be.
I have been trying to find myself and recreate myself for as long as I can remember. But creativity and change don't come from just wanting it, or planning for it, or tirelessly ruminating over it. They materialize when you just start... Changing. Moving. Doing. And the beautiful thing is, though this holiday is the perfect time for it, a creative spark or the time to reinvent yourself can happen any time of year.
Happy Imbolc, everyone. Today, and everyday.
Photography by the creative @williamstrutin#imbolc#blessedimbolc#happyimbolc#recreation#change#creativity#rebirth#rennie#fairymagazine#fantasyphotoshoot#pagan#brigidsday#gingermodel#redheadmodel#catross#flowercrown#portraitphotography#portraitmodel
Let’s talk about rituals for a second. No, not ultra-formal religious rituals. But our everyday rituals. What are the motions we move through every day? The wise know that our rituals define us. They define how we act, what we get, what we give, how satisfied we are, how joyous or how miserable. DO you embody the rituals of a healthy person? Of someone with confidence? Of a successful person? Or do you embody the rituals of someone who is stuck or considers themselves a victim of their own life? 🌊Part of my 2019 vision is to embody rituals of a mindful and well-cared for, rested person with positive relationships in her life. 🌬Taking this time to steep tea, to dab oils on my wrists, to light a candle, and to even participate in the artistry of taking this photograph are all a part of that.
Pictured is the @wildgraceapothecary Imbolc Blessings Box 💕