We’ve been living on the farm for a month now, and being here is so peaceful and inspiring. There are some adjustments I’ve had to make to my routine, including getting used to a more rustic way of living (hello, spiders and scorpions), but overall I feel like I’m finding my rhythm. I’ve been bike riding into town more and I’m slowly getting comfortable with it, which is huge for me. And I’ve found a tree which I’ve declared my favorite. Old, tall and wise, it’s where I go to sit and reflect, listen to birds, watch iguanas climb and chase bugs, and receive answers to my questions. I’ve discovered ways to ground my practice here – taking walks around the farm, meditating under my tree and listening – which is how I know I’m truly settling in.
My favorite part of the cabin is our screened-in porch, which is surrounded by trees and has the most wonderful and relaxing view. It houses the outdoor kitchen, and is where I sit in the mornings to drink tea and write in my journal. I’ve also made it my workspace, where I type posts for the blog and Journal entries for my business site. I’ve created a nice little corner on the table with some of my favorite images, writing tools, and my beloved quartz elephants. The porch is where Ro and I sit together and sip rum, talk shit, and play music. It is truly a place to land.
Having a designated writing space – one where I can sit and think, as well as get words down – is an essential part of my creative process. When I was developing the idea for my performance in LAB3 at the Image Factory in Belize City, the porch was where I sat and reflected on what themes I wanted to draw from, what my inspirations were for the piece. I feel expansive on the farm, inspired to create by the nature around me, and connected to myself and what I want my daily life to look like. This is honestly what I dreamed about when I moved to Belize. It’s all coming together here, and I’m grateful to be in this place where my surroundings bring so much to my practice and wellbeing.