Did you know that if you rub essential peppermint oil on the soft middle of the bottom of your foot that you will eventually taste that peppermint in your mouth?
This was news to me. I heard this random tidbit in yoga class, and while I haven’t tried it yet, I keep thinking about that unexpected, surprising minty sensation (and also wondered if they make chocolate peanut butter essential oils).
Surprising cereal and marshmallow coated cones at Emack & Bolio’s, New York City
2014 was a big year of change here at my house. Everything seemed to challenge my role in Life As I Knew It. My kids moved out, my mom got sick (thankfully she is better). Most of the change, like my kids moving out, I expected, even planned for, imagined. I knew there would be sadness, excitement, new freedoms and the like. But what I didn’t expect was to find myself constantly questioning my purpose the moment my kids left.
Together at 2nd Ave Deli in NYC.
For so many years, my family has been my priority. Everything else I did was “just work”.
Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, NYC
Sure that work was important, necessary, enjoyable, etc., but never assigned the significance of what I did for my family.
So this new questioning, it’s a strange taste, and it’s got me feeling pretty damn insecure.
A misty Central Park, NYC
In many ways I feel like a teenager again. New independence, lots of insecurity, and even more indecision, but then there’s also an excitement that I can fill and assign priority to these wide open spaces however I see fit.
And sometimes that unexpected result is something sweet. I had no idea that the research I would do on art and doodling for my character Grace Callahan in my young adult book, The Art of Chasing Normal, would lead to my own drawing finding a way into a really awesome art book.
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With change, though, there’s a lot of heart work to do. I’m figuring it out, and I know there will be more strange and unexpected minty sensations along the way.
But for me, it helps to believe, that even when we feel vulnerable and stripped to the bone, there’s still something strong and fierce (in the best possible way) inside of us.
American Museum of Natural History, New York City
Wishing you the best for 2015!
HAPPY NEW YEAR,