Hello and thanks for stopping by. My name is Julia and I hail from the PNW–Seattle, specifically.
I write this blog to entice me, and maybe you, to stop and notice the moments that we want to savor. I find that by looking for them and then capturing them–I learn the art of looking for them in the first place.
I explore these moments through text, through visuals, and through audio. In this way, I hope to bring a moment of immediacy, joy, and wonder. The message is one of slowing down and enjoying small sensory experiences here things in the PNW and remaining in the present.
From The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment:
When subjects in a study took a few minutes each day to actively savor something they usually hurried through—eating a meal, drinking a cup of tea, walking to the bus—they began experiencing more joy, happiness, and other positive emotions, and fewer depressive symptoms).
In her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert writes about a friend who, whenever she sees a beautiful place, exclaims in a near panic, “It’s so beautiful here! I want to come back here someday!” “It takes all my persuasive powers,” writes Gilbert, “to try to convince her that she is already here.”
A quotation that inspires the feeling that I want to capture:
Pleasure is pleasure. A remnant of strawberries, a young man’s hands, a newborn in your arms, or your own child’s changing face. Your lips to the familiar stubble of your husband’s cheek. Your tongue to the last vein of fudge in the empty carton. Pleasure is pleasure. If you have an appetite for it, you’ll find there’s plenty. Plenty to satisfy you – lick the back of the spoon. Take another, and another. Plenty. Never enough. ~Alice McDermott, “Enough”
I hope you will join me this effort. Want to get in touch? The easiest–email me from my contacts page.