Just over a month ago I took a big step towards making peace with middle age - I quit my job! I had spent a total of almost 9 years working for the MN Center for Book Arts. Mostly I liked my job, I definitely enjoyed being a part of the community of Artists there. And I will continue to be a part of that community, but it was time to move on.
Ultimately I realized life is too short not to spend time doing the things that bring me the most peace and the most joy - making art, writing, practicing and teaching yoga, spending time in my garden.
This is how I have spent the summer month since leaving my job: I continue to work on the Every Story is a Love Story series. I continue to teach, both yoga and book arts workshops. And I've taken on an internship with The Permaculture Research Institute-Cold Climate. The internship has provided me an opportunity to meet and write about folks interested in permaculture, sustainability, and urban farming, subjects I'm feeling especially passionate about these days. And the writing, as always, is very satisfying.
And the garden... This has been a huge project. I am in the process of creating a turf-free oasis in the heart of the city - a landscape filled with edibles. In the month since I left my job I have planted apple trees, a plum tree, currants both white and red, raspberries, josta berry and blueberries. As well as, a plethora of pollinator-attracting perennials. The plan for next spring includes the addition of Honeybee hives. As I continue to work on the garden, and it grows and changes, I intend to write more freguently about it here.