It's time for another 5 on Friday Interview and today I'm delighted to welcome Christina Rosalie, a Vermont based writer, artist, creative consultant, and author of A Field Guide to Now : notes on mindfulness and life in the present tense - a gorgeous, inspiring book written and illustrated by Christina (I loved it!)
Welcome Christina and thank you for joining us today. Please tell us about yourself, what you do, and name 5 of your favorite things.
I am a writer, mixed media artist, and creative coach. I bow down at the altar of the moment, and am humbled again and again by the task of learning to be right here. I love nothing more than working with people to facilitate potential: clearing obstacles, discovering crucial narratives, and charting a course for action. This work never fails to illuminate incredible purpose.
The first (favorite) things that came to mind this morning: Writing when I wake up, chai masala tea with frothed milk and a little maple syrup, Annie Dillard’s writing, and French indie films.
Where do you live, what do you like about it - and what place would you most like to visit one day?
I’ve lived in Vermont for almost a decade. I love the unique seasonality of this place, the soft rolling Green Mountains, the frozen lake in the winter, and the way the weather is always changeable: one minute stormy, or snowing, or overcast, and the next sun. I also love the many dear friends I have here. But lately I’ve been feeling inklings of wanderlust. I think I’m ready for a change of pace and place and season...
How do you manage to keep a good life/work balance and stay healthy and fit?
When I got the diagnosis of adrenal fatigue just before the holidays, I embarked on a new and unfamiliar journey of learning to listen to my body’s limits. For me, this has been about the hard work of simply doing less. Hard, because until this point in time, I have been accustomed to pushing hard and achieving a great deal by the sheer force of my will. Now I must sink into the work of listening to my most basic needs: for more sleep, cleaner eating, more time spent reading and playing, more time outdoors. I’m discovering that this time spent in non-doing has an incredible effect on the time that I spend doing.
What is the most exciting adventure you ever had?
When I hear the phrase exciting adventure, I think of something filled with adrenaline; but when I looked up the word “exciting” I was fascinated to discover it doesn’t necessarily mean that at all.
To excite means to cause strong feelings of enthusiasm; from the Latin “excitare” which means “call out or forth.”
With that definition in mind, my recent trip to Jamaica with my husband the week after he had heart surgery was truly exciting. It was our 14 year anniversary, and it was an amazing adventure in healing and self discovery to spend a week doing almost nothing in a secluded little spot at the edge of the Caribbean. It was the first time in over a year that either of us actually came to a full stop. We sat on the beach and read and read and swam and watched the sunset while floating in the ocean. It was transformative, and called forth an inkling, a whisper of imagination for what a different approach to life might look like.
What are your creative projects and dreams for 2014, and what is your advice to those who would like to pursue a more creative, artistic path too?
The creative projects I want to manifest this year have everything to do with writing, and painting, and creative coaching. These are the things make up the core of who I am, and I’m committed to having them be front and center this year.
Currently I’m (slowly) working on a manuscript, a series of paintings that I’ll be selling in my next studio sale, and on a online course to be released in late February (Sign up to find out more about both in Christina’s newsletter here: https://tinyletter.com/christinarosalie.) I also have just two coaching spots available for my 6-week Creative Compass sessions. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love the work that happens with clients in these sessions.
As for advice: Go slowly even when you feel the rush. Go more slowly that you imagine possible, even when everything is urgent. Create small open spaces in your day. Go to bed earlier. Sleep more. These things will transform your creative life. I promise.
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