These are a few of my favorite things...
 

In order to be productive, in order to navigate the often times difficult terrain of both conservation work and of writing, it is important to create spaces that feel nurturing, cozy and creative. Below are a few suggestions of items and actions to bring into your home and daily life - most have a quiet calming meditative quality. And when looking for inspiration - look closely at something , at anything. In my case it is through the lens of a camera that I find a unexpected beauty & inspiration. www.photosbybetharmstrong.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacred actions: gratitude, praying, dancing, hugging, singing, writing, painting, drawing, gardening, jogging, reading, knitting, and many more!  ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

Books & journals

Invest in a bookcase  & fill it with books you love - that you can lose yourself in. Purchase a beautiful journal & colorful pens that inspire you to write. 

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Flowers & gardening

Plant paperwhite bulbs indoors in winter, plant bulbs in your garden in Fall, always have a posey of fresh flowers in your home. 

Baking & watercolors

Create  something everyday - draw, paint, write a story, write a letter, take photographs or bake.

“Cooking and baking is both physical and mental therapy.”   ~ Mary Berry

Knitting & stitching

"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either."

   ~Elizabeth Zimmerman, 'Knitting Without Tears'.