I’ve heard veteran artists insist that the sooner an emerging artist can find a specific voice by which to define or distinguish him/herself, the better their sales and repute will be.
And while that path may serve many artists, I shutter at the suggestion that I should devote my talents to one medium, style and subject matter at the expense of curiosity and exploration.
So here I am... hundreds of dollars and countless hours into a new medium. I love the process (though not so much the face respirator), the product and the opportunity I’ve had to grow in a new direction. #notsorry
Who better to tell you about the two newest members to the Bass & Flinders family, than the woman behind them both! 🍊🐚
Our Maritime & Orient Gins are both available to try at our Distillery Door & buy on our website now.
Old photo, new edit. Yesterday I was talking with my vision therapist, and she was helping me understand more about the vision piece of my post concussion syndrome and my vestibular challenges. I go to vision therapy every Friday, and I learn so much each time. It’s only one part of my recovery process, but it’s the one where I’m making the most progress at the moment, so I feel fortunate to have found a team of vision specialists who truly understand not only vision disorders, but also the multi-faceted aspects of brain injury, trauma, and vestibular disorders, as well as the ways in which they affect the body, mind, and spirit. To have such great vision training combined with #compassion has made the most recent chapter in my healing story so much more positive. I share this because I want to encourage others who are struggling with brain injuries and vestibular disorders to keep seeking answers. If you have not had your eyes checked by a neuro optometrist or neuro ophthalmologist, and you’re still struggling with your symptoms, I highly recommend finding a vision specialist in your area. It’s not the silver bullet solution, but it is certainly a significant part of my rehabilitation.
I’m not saying that everyone with vestibular problems also has vision issues, but it’s a good thing to be able to check off your list, or to treat if you do have some sort of vision dysfunction. I know we all have to seek so many different kinds of tests, treatments, and therapies,and it can be overwhelming, but I truly feel like remaining curious and fully engaged in the process is vital. I never thought I’d say this, but I look forward to my vision therapy sessions, even though they are challenging. Or maybe *because* they are so challenging. Each time I accomplish a small (and I do mean teeny-tiny) task that I couldn’t do a month ago—or a year ago—I know it is because of my daily vision exercises. I have a very long way to go, but curiosity brought me to vision therapy, so I’m sticking with curiosity for the long haul. Let me know if you have questions, or if vision therapy has also helped you.
In this day and age, it’s easy to not know how things are made or to simply forget to wonder about their origins. Processes are hidden behind secure factory walls in who-knows-where towns and put together by who-knows-who. We absolutely love holding pieces in our hands, sharing their story, and talking about how they’re sourced and put together and why. Our workshop is open and transparent because we’re proud of our craft and how we’re making things everyday. Here, a wooden heel is being shaped by hand before it’s secured to the sole of our shoes. See the last two posts for the finished product ✨🥳. 📷 by @arturoriveraphotography .
Beauty and rest breathe life into the soul, and vitality is certainly what we need if we are to live wholeheartedly in this moment. Cherishing the nourishing gift that is each ray of sunshine, each plant and flower, and each slow day with loved ones.
Neulich haben wir es endlich mal wieder in die Oper geschafft. In die Staatsoper, zum ersten Mal seit ihrer 400 Millionen Euro schweren Restaurierung. "Violetter Schnee" hieß unser Abend mit Martina Gedeck (!, nein, sie hat nicht gesungen, nur gesprochen). Sehr speziell. Sehr ästhetisch. Und manchmal auch ein wenig zäh (😴). _________________
One Day I Decided
"To stop making excuses"
- @baboon_outdoors founder
Excuses aren't something we make only in active addiction. Even in #recovery it is a common coping mechanism to instantly shut off alternative possibilities.
Talk about a Debbie downer!
Doubting yourself before the act. Struggling with practicing consistent self-care or even #worthiness of self-care can be challenging. Falling into ruts of #excuses is an easy behavior that can form in recovery, we sit on so much #selfdoubt and we don't even realize it!
Practicing to alter these behaviors and negative self talk takes alot of time, but it's possible to change!
So what makes the act of dismissing or excusing such an easy/comfortable default?
Is it convenience? Is it the fear of "failure"? The active change?
There are countless trigger points that we may be reacting to, maybe even several at once!
How can we respond to excuses with #compassion inquistion and courage? #Challenging the "but it won't matter.." and maybe positively combating with "I will give it my best"
So ask yourself the next time you are comfronted with your own "reluctant inner friend" to step into change with courage and take experiences as a learning opportunity not as a "fail or succeed."
Happy New Year and happy growing friends.
Stay tuned our website is almost live. 🤗 #odid#onedayidecided#soberlife#alwayshealing#foreverinrecovery#podcast#breakthestigma#recoveryispossible
To those who signed up to be reps: we’ve been working on putting together your packages! Each one will include this photo, which is one of my favorite photos of my grandma. 💖 She is the one marked “Albia” (her name) and this is a group photo of the Thimble Club she was in. They are all dressed as hobos ... which is perfect because she married a hobo - my grandpa (not a joke, he really was a hobo before they met)! ❤️
Antigua, Guatemala is an exceptional place. It’s a city that’s been around for just under 500 years and it’s survived its fair share of eruptions, earthquakes and even floods. It might not be the capital city (and it hasn’t been for a couple of hundred years!) but it’s a total gem when it comes to historical & cultural significance 🇬🇹 #LaAntigua#GuatemalanHistory#TravellersEdition#gearforgood