World Poetry Day – Bottoms Up! Pens Writing!

Happy World Poetry Day!

Break out your moleskines and shakers for World Poetry Day! So for everyone who failed to pay attention during American Lit in college and vaguely remembers some popular poets by name only or drank your way into understanding the myriad of meanings found in those tricky fourteen line sonnets, this post is for you. Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes please step aside. Those poets may have taken the limelight in lit class, but for today, let’s lighten up the roster with a contemporary woman who has a thing or two to say about mezcal and love.

Without further ado, here is the poem, Bar Napkin Sonnet #11 that inspired the selection for this afternoon’s cocktail I hope to be savoring with a pen in hand as I write!

Bar Napkin Sonnet #11
Moira Egan

Things happen when you drink too much mescal.
One night, with not enough food in my belly,
he kept on buying.   I’m a girl who’ll fall
damn near in love with gratitude and, well, he
was hot and generous and so the least
that I could do was let him kiss me, hard
and soft and any way you want it, beast
and beauty, lime and salt—sweet Bacchus’ pards—
and when his friend showed up I felt so warm
and generous I let him kiss me too.
His buddy asked me if it was the worm
inside that makes me do the things I do.
I wasn’t sure which worm he meant, the one
I ate?   The one that eats at me alone?

If you are going to imbibe an afternoon’s worth of mezcal as the poet suggests, what better way than this hibiscus agua fresca cocktail from this local Austin gem, La Condesa called the Ahumado Seco. Just be careful not to kiss any strangers after your first glass or you too may be writing your very own bar napkin sonnet!

La Condesa’s Ahumado Seco

La Condesa Cocktail

 

Ingredients:

Hibiscus Agua Fresca:
1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
2 ounces of peeled and chopped fresh ginger, by weight
4 cups water
4 ounces simple syrup
4 ounces fresh juice from about 4 lemons

Make it Alcoholic:
1 1/2 ounces mezcal, such as Del Maguey San Juan del Rio
3/4 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
2 1/2 ounces hibiscus agua fresca
Orange peel and julienned ginger for garnish

Directions:

To make the Hibiscus Agua Fresca, combine the hibiscus, ginger, and water in a medium saucepan. Simmer on medium heat until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool, then strain. Add simple syrup and lemon juice. To make it alcoholic, combine the mezcal, ginger liqueur, and Hibiscus Agua Fresca in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for 15 seconds and strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with orange peel and ginger.

I hope you are inspired to try your hand maybe even for the first time at writing a poem or two! Remember nothing has to be academically spectacular, all you really need is a pen, napkin and strong drink and maybe not even the strong drink.

If you are in the Austin area and would love to watch live slam poetry, Spifest 28 is tonight at 11PM at Spiderhouse. I will be there cheering on an all women slam! Happy Celebrating World Poetry Day!

Recipe and Image Source: | serious eats | Poem Source: | Poetry Foundation |

What is this blog about?

That is a great question. I am still wrestling with just what kind of content I want to curate for this blog. Seriously, I love to write about almost anything, but a blog about everything and anything in between is not the goal. Hence the title of this blog reads like my business card and speaks little to just what you will find here. When that title changes, believe you me (never quite understood the origin of that phrase) the blog will have a clean and concise content strategy. More important that what I want to say, who do I want to spend my online hours talking to?

I started the blog as an online platform for my resume. With all the green initiatives taking over the city, I wanted to add my own paperless trail of lessons learned and experiences gathered. So here I am about 40 or so posts in and I feel it is about time to find my online voice.

Here are a few topics I have been mulling over:
Weddings – Events – Design – Positivity – Art – Creativity – Healthy Minds/Hearts – Feminism – Equality – French – Travel – Culture – Anthropology … and the list goes on!

For now I am just writing. I am just getting into the habit of writing content. Oh may the waves of inspiration wash over me soon!

Finger Painting at Midnight

Here’s a lie we all have been caught saying: Taking care of myself is selfish. 

Here’s the truth: Taking care of yourself is essential and not one bit selfish. There is just no way you can be of any true help for another in need, whether that is your partner, your clients, or your kids unless you have taken the time to restore your energy bank. We pour out so much energy on everyone around us, showering others with mercy, love and affirmation. When was the last time we turned the love fest inward? When was the last time you wrote your inner self a love letter?

Let me do something monumental right now for you. I will give you permission to take a personal day. Just do it. What will help reenergize your energy stores? Writing? Art projects? That Pinterest recipe you keep pinning? Jogging? Coloring with crayons with your inner child? Whatever it is that will restore you, I give you permission to engage in those activities. Say yes to yourself and your self care plans. Treat each one of your senses: taste, touch, smell, sight, hearing. Delight your senses and don’t feel one ounce of guilt for indulging. 

So why do I feel this message is ever so important to share:

I have been extremely busy as of late spinning more plates than physically possible for this 25 year old woman. I felt my anxiety climb to an insurmountable level. I felt I had no way out. All I could see was the huge list of tasks set before me all screaming for attention, all screaming “URGENT!” I knew in the back of my mind that if I just hit pause and stepped back, my anxiety would slowly begin to fall back down to manageable levels. Yet the anxiety was telling me a lie: everything must be done now or you will fail. My anxiety was whispering if you stop now, you will never finish what you must. It was a drowning cacophony of anxious noise. I had to find a way to shut it down.

I knew the remedy. Art. 

After a friend handed me a permission slip to stop striving and relax, I sat down with some old friends, finger paints. I may be 25, but my fingers have not outgrown the feeling of spreading paint across paper. It is primal. It is basic. It is soul satisfying and a slow motion remedy for my fast paced lifestyle. I sat down with scraps of newspaper, paint and began to quickly tape, fold and paint the various paper scraps. Oh how sublime and satisfying this felt at midnight after a extremely long day. Why did I wait until my energy store was empty to replenish? Why did I withhold what I needed to reduce my anxiety until I had almost maxed out? Refreshed, I felt myself ease into sleep that night, fulfilled and refilled.

Lesson I learned: Set time to relax even when you don’t feel you have the time. Set time to say yes to your own needs. Set time to self care. I promise you 30 minutes of self care time may be all you need to get through the week. It’s worth it because your mind, body and soul are worth it!

Here is my art project:

Newspaper Finger Painting

Keep Yourself Grounded.

Doug Does Life

Just practice hard and stay grounded. Treat people like you want to be treated and work hard.~Bo Bice

Keep In Touch With Yourself

roots Doug is grounded like a tree.

Staying grounded means knowing what’s going on with your bodies, both spirit and physical, while you go about the tasks of daily living.

This is an important state to strive for. When we’re grounded we’re living in the present.

When we lose our grounding we begin to live in the past or worry about the future… One can lead to depression and the other to anxiety.

Being  ungrounded is what causes you to misplace your car keys or to drive for an hour with no recollection of what happened during that time.

There are lots of ways to become grounded, and most of them are effective. I prefer  to re-establish my connection with nature, my physical body and my spirit body…

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Switchin’ Gears

Are you looking to switch gears? Careers? Cities? Love this art for thought.

Graffiti Lux and Murals

As you are about to enter the south side of the Dupont underpass by Dundas West there is this lead up up to Bicycles Rule 

Gears #1

Lead artists – Jamie Bradbury and Joshua Barndt
Youth Artists – Curtia Wright , Hayley Fromstein, Gifty Singh, Quentin Vercetty, Keinon Grant

Gears #7

Pic taken by Resa, on February 22, 2014

Toronto, Canada

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