Summertime is sultry surrender to all that is ripening and just so damn FULL. Our garden is overflowing with fresh greens, the schedule seeps past all the strict boundaries and edges of our regular routine, and we wander from day to day in spontaneity and sensual wonder. Life feels like a wide window thrown open to possibility and light, all wrapped in such delicious ease that you lose track of what hour and day it is. I love that feeling.
Here's a bit of what's going on for us this summer:
Reading :: I'm deep into the first book of The Magicians, an edgy and grown up version of a Harry Potter-ish tale that's also a nod to C.S. Lewis's, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. With my oldest, I'm co-reading The Hunger Games after a year of begging us to somehow engage with this story. I think the movie is still beyond him, but reading this book together seems to be a happy medium that is inspiring some good conversations. My little man is happy getting to know the hilarious stories of Mr. Putter and Tabby and Mr. Bud and Zeke.
Making :: I am participating in another round of Jennifer's Love Notes mail swap, which is a perfect creative summer practice that's both easy and fun. Mostly, I'm in the final preparations for my summer online ecourse, the Inner Alchemy Circle, and it has come together in beautiful ways I couldn't have expected! For a long time I've been sitting with this class waiting for it to cohere into something, and so it's been a huge lesson in simply showing up to the work - that it doesn't always get downloaded in its entirety, from the universe. You have to take the steps so that the rest of the path can be revealed. It's come through me in such an organic and delicious way, and I am so excited for the big reveal! I am also in the process of making a summer collection of beach and fire inspired jewelry (stay tuned!), and magical Fire Alchemy Kits for my coven circle. Everything I'm making these days is part of the larger picture that I now see so clearly, a solid and grounded body of work that is finally coming together. I am deep in it, and it feels so so good!
Gathering :: I have one more creative Brunch planned for the summer, then it's mostly about circling with family and friends and leaning into the dog days of summer. There are both my boy's birthdays, and relatives coming to visit, friends staying on the island for a spell, and little day trips and adventures to chase together while Alex is home from school/work. It's wild and a bit messy and unruly, but I wouldn't change it for the world.
Watching :: By the end of this day, we will have officially canceled cable (woohoo!). This makes me insanely happy for many reasons, which we've been talking about doing all year long. The Apple TV has arrived and we will be streaming in our favorite shows and movies. We don't watch a ton of television, but it is a part of some very easy and necessary family time. Last night we caught The Lego Movie...everything is awesome...is still in my head! And there's there been one spectacular pink sunset after another lately - watching those with so much wonder and gratitude.
Planning :: And so there are always things simmering on the back burner! Fall is loosely in my sights and I have designs on a couple of fall workshop gatherings, including a deep dive into Squam in the City (woot!). Some exciting teaching opportunities have been sent across my sky as well (one on the west coast and one in Chicago), so I'm pouring on some good juju to try to make those happen! I'm also working on a magical Plum Island retreat for next spring. Wild and juicy things are brewing!!!
I'm mostly looking forward to drippy watermelon at the beach, the rainbow of fireworks that sprinkle the summer skies over the basin all season long, full moon walks in the warm sand, writing and visioning on patchwork quilts in the sun, showering the boys with wishes and gifts of love, catching crabs and finding sand dollars on the tile pools, amusement park rides and a blur of laughter and lights, 4th of July traditions as old as I am, and getting messy in my studio with my kids by my side.
It's a love affair of the sweetest kind.