What is this promise to myself ? A lifeline. This is something for me within this often wild and harried experience of being a Mom at home with two small children. While struggling with depression and considering my options for healing, I have chosen this as a practice. I have the little family, I always wanted when I grew up. This is my very specific decision, my promise, to see beauty in it all everyday.
What I do: I write articles for ParentMap and try my best to work for at least thirty minutes a day on my book. I am writing a vibrant and sensuous memoir about depression and how it has affected me as a mom and wife. I also put myself (instead of my kids) in front of the camera lens more. I never imagined self-portraiture would start my healing process out of depression. Now I love sharing this journey (one that used to consume me so secretly) with others.
What I don't do: Cleaning.
What my favorite motto is: When Mama's happy, everybody's happy!
What one of my most significant titles is: I am a fishmonger's wife.
Where I went to school:The Corcoran School of Art and Design, Washington D.C.
Who actually taught me to make art: My mother gave me the freedom and space to take hours of creative solitude to myself (and still does.). She put up with my messes and took me shopping at the art supply store. My grandmother and my father taught me that making things with your hands is honorable work and a fine way to support and love your family.
Where I have lived:Wilmington, DE (born)Washington D.C., Asheville NC, Taos NM, Bethany Beach DE, Vashon Island WA, Seattle (currently)
Where I'd still like to live:Someplace sunnier and closer to my family but with all the beautiful nature, mountains, beaches, public composting and progressive thinking of my current town.
What I can't live without: Regular infusions of spicy Chai Tea
What I can live without: Code stickers on my fruit and vegetables
Who I spend all my time with: Alita Dorothy (almost 7 yrs) Asa Toshi (2.5 yrs) Sarah Ding Dong Dog (42 in dog years)