Savor. Simplify. Shine.
One woman's thoughts on deepening Spirituality in our increasingly frantic world
In the first year of a new century, in a big Shakespeare Festival in a tiny Texas town, I met John. I was an actress. He was a carpenter. Living up to my own expectations, I spent the late nights after the shows eating Whataburger, drinking beer, discussing movies and music and poetry - then running it all off in the morning at the junior college’s gym. By six PM, I was back in the dressing room and we got to do it all over again. I was twenty years old and half-way through my college experience. John took me to parties on the lake. He wasn’t in school. He knew how to build things. He was strong. He was twenty-two and living on his own with a dog.
I hoped my whole life would be like a Summer romance working in a theater festival.
When John and I got married and moved in together, he was the recipient of a minute-by-minute re-telling of my day. He often joked he had to throw a blanket over my head to get me to sleep. I spent long stretches of time on the phone with friends and family. Without realizing it, I would wander over to our full-length mirror watching myself talk. I would twirl my hair or pose while gazing at myself on the phone. John soon decided I was a little bird - Give her a Mirror and she won’t be lonely. Throw a towel over her cage and she’ll go to sleep.
I have spent the last few years peeling away layers of busy and ambition. I am now settled into a rhythm I absolutely love. Time in nature is a non-negotiable. I spend at least an hour reading and writing every day. My family can't wait for homemade pizza on Friday nights. I run a business from home that allows all this freedom in my schedule. I work with women who also value the earth and big dreams. I worship with people who love me as I am and encourage me to grow. I stopped chasing 'having it all' only to realize I already did. I'd love to share my stories with you.
Sara Russell (Sarakeet) lives in Chicago with her husband and son. She heard God in the trees and now counts down to planting her garden and camping under the stars every year. She loves time with 'her people' and strives each day to feel radiant, creative, adventurous and free!