In winter I've always been a bear, hibernating in my den of books and blankets and teas, unwilling and unable to be a part of much until spring. But this time the winter has been a season of change for me, of nonstop discovery and creation. My research and formulating was at a standstill from the end of summer until December and now I'm making up for lost time-- studying and mixing and pouring and powdering and rolling until midnight while my partner goes on with the regular patterns of his life, helping for a bit when he can.
I'm working towards so much for the spring, and I don't think I can say what all of it is (yet!). I can say that I'm going to open an online shop (soon) and that I have a lot of exciting collaborations in the works. We are not meant to travel through the world alone and I am blessed to know so many amazing artists and entrepreneurs who are willing to be a part of my journey.
The first of the collaborations began last month when I was asked to help plan an herbal menu for a music-listening event called Vapid Vinyl at Milo Arts happening this Friday, February 12. I'm busily making herbal teas and candies in addition to helping prepare the medicinal food the chef and I decided on. The experience is changing how I think about this work I do. I can be more than the community herbalist for my circle... I can offer my work to the public-- and that is both humbling and electrifying. It's the dead of winter but I'm willing to work so hard and my heart is so open to what 2016 is going to bring.