I am sure I have used this title in the past. But you know how the saying goes: Do something for at least 10,000 hours and you will be an expert.
Only a few thousand hours in, I have mastered the art of doing nothing. Me: mother of two, wife of one, keeper of chickens & a dog, community leader, 4-H parent, chauffeur, family referee, business women crafter, housecleaner, cook……
All you need is a like-minded friend and place to go. Off grid is preferred, but not necessary.
I am writing you while sitting on the porch, overlooking the majestic Lake Tahoe. This is the third time my friend, and partner in crime, Marie (you will recognize her as the other half of TwoWitchesinSuburbia) and I have rented a car and made our way up here.
We pack clothes, paint stuff, witch stuff, books, computers, practical shoes…..
I pick her up, and our first stop is to buy food. We both love to eat, so our basket is filled with bread, cheese, prosciutto, fruit, COFFEE, wine, snacks, etc. Some would call it indulgent, we call it getting back to our European roots.
The ride up the mountain is leisurely, with lots of stops for coffee, random historic site adventuring, etc.
When we arrive, we unpack the food, open a bottle of wine, and exhale.
That last sentence about describes our weekend: Dolce far Niente.
We have figured out why we are such good friends for 16 years. We can both just be. We do not need to be entertained, we do not talk all the time, we do not need to “do” things. We talk short walks to make space for more food, plus the high elevation just about takes our breathe away when we just venture to the beach. We decided “going hiking” was overrated the first time we came here.
We can sit up here, stare at the lake, and be completely content. As long as there is food, and wine.
Our everyday lives are CRAZY. We are both artist’s and life entrepreneurs. We live in suburbia, and between us, we have 5 children, 2 husbands, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and lots of chickens. The families revolve around us all the time, and we manage just about every aspect of them. We both sell art, we both manage businesses. When we are here, we are just Heike & Marie, basta.
With that said, my message to you today is short & sweet:
Take some time away for yourself and just enjoy LIFE. Sit quietly and realize all the things that are good in your world. Breathe.
Last five images courtesy of Marie Delange-Carlson :).