I hope you’re well and enjoying your summer.
It’s been a quiet yet eventful time here in the Bray household. After a difficult winter―long stretches of intense cold and snow combined with helping a family member heal post-surgery—I came into spring exhausted rather than energized. So, I decided to give myself the gift of doing as little as possible this summer while I recovered. I’m not very good slowing down. I have a tendency to feel guilty if every moment isn’t filled with something productive. Still, as spring turned to summer I realized I’d neglected my own health and it was time to do something about it. Having the time not-to-do is a gift and a luxury. We all have places we hold our tension. For me, it’s in my feet and shoulders. The tension was so bad that I was in pain all the time. I didn’t even realize I was in so much pain until I took steps to alleviate it. A combination of yoga, physical therapy and mindfulness in every other aspect of my life brought me to a better place. Today I feel strong and light. I’m ready to let go of the pain and move forward into what I hope will be both a productive and creative late summer and early fall.
Don’t get me wrong. It hasn’t all been pain—my summer has included some meaningful and memorable moments: A visit here from our dear Scottish friend. A short visit to family on Long Island followed by a longer getaway with my husband to Portsmouth and the Isles of Shoals. Wine and magnificent sunsets. An enchanting day on the Connecticut River with my daughter and son. My sixtieth birthday. (YIKES!) And my first Reiki session.
Now I’m looking forward to getting back to work. Watch for a new post shortly. It’s been an awesome summer for farms and gardens in New England. I can’t wait to create new recipes from the bounty of fresh vegetables coming home in our CSA basket every week. And I’m organizing my fall schedule for new web design projects. To that end, I spruced up my web design site. It’s fresh and new. Check it out. Are your ready to create your own website or need help updating one in place? Send me an email to get started.
I’d love to hear from you. Let me know how you’re doing.
I look forward to seeing you in my kitchen, gathering flavors, soon.