A long exhale. A back rub. A much needed hug. That is precisely how this Creative Clubhouse lunch felt. So many of us are hunched over computers or toiling away alone that we so often forget how restorative it can be to get together. I am so utterly guilty of this, and regrettably I've suffered for it. Now this introvert is seeing the value in saying "yes." Regardless of how genuine your social media presence may be, there is still a certain measure of putting one's best foot forward. When we gather we can talk about our struggles, laugh through the trials and tribulations of our stressful entrepreneurial efforts, and hold each other up in all of our imperfect glory. It's about acceptance. It's about accountability. It's about real live friendships.
Although I love our life in the city, my heart will always be grounded firmly in the forested countryside where I grew up. My sister and her husband decided to purchase a beautiful old century home (it was once a school house) just a few miles from my parents. You pass through a covered bridge, by fields of golden hay bales shimmering in the sun, and turn into a gravel driveway along which you will find a white guardian goose and the happiest, friendliest dog you ever will meet.
Lindsey and Chris are true homesteaders, cultivating hops, pears, plums, peaches, and apples. Raising chickens for their eggs and soon, milking goats. My nephews, their beautiful children, run around the property barefoot, learning the names of flowers, helping in the garden, and picking fruit as it ripens. It seems to me they are receiving such a precious education in their pre-Kindergarten years. I'm always up for a visit , especially when it involves photographing this lovely bunch.