Mid-to-late summer can be an exquisitely poignant time. As August begins to wane, our carefree time with family and friends is something that we want to preserve for the back-to-school and post-Labor Day season. Simply being together seems so natural, and quite honestly, it is not always clear why this state-of-mind is so difficult to hold on to during busier months.
Given that I did not venture overseas this summer, I opted to travel locally with my family while also closely reviewing my home environs, i.e. digging into my creative workspace and the materials/objects that I surrounded myself with or have stored away for future use.
The timing could not have been better when I received the book, Wabi-Sabi Welcome by author Julie Pointer Adams, as gift from dear friend, designer Han Starnes in Nashville, Tennessee. Han is a new mother, and I sense that she wanted to share the simplicity of this publication and, of course, the beauty of imperfection as a state of discovery rather than flaw.
The overhaul of my day-to-day live/work space has been a great way for me to spend these summer weeks, quietly so and with real consideration for what I value, what blocks of time are actually available, and how I continue to share what I do. This publication is not one of pure escape (as I initially thought), but rather a reminder to let go of the veneers that we continue to layer on and utilize in often limiting ways.
Summer can be about re-discovery as much as it is about new discoveries. When we allow ourselves to slow down, our care for self, the environment, and the formulation of new action items can be integrated in ways that feel honest and grounded in something lasting and true.