Puddles of gentle hues flooding thick paper. Swirls of blues and greens. Splatters of yellow. Brilliant strokes of purple. Watercoloring has become a therapy of sorts for me. The fluidity of this art form is something like floating in the ocean. The ease of the strokes. It’s almost as though the colors have personalities of their own, mixing when they like and dripping past invisible lines. It’s like dancing ballet, like riding the surf, like sound waves pulsing. It has that same flow, that same expression of movement. There’s something about that soft, easy motion that gives my soul waters to swim freely in. Waters of color.
A timeless film. The greatest classic romance film ever produced. Iconic. Pervasive. A story of romance and nobility, love and war, sacrifice and morality. I must have watched it thirteen times this month, and it only gets better each time. This film carries so much emotion for me, connects me to myself. Love I’ve lost. Love I’ve found. Greater goods. It leaves me sighing in desperation and glowing with enchantment. “As Time Goes By” stirs me to the core every time Sam plays that intoxicating tune. The black and white soft-focused images bring me back to a time period to which I feel I truly belong. Plus, Ilsa Lund (played by Ingrid Bergman) is way too gorgeous for anyone. I’m not a movie person, but this one has taken root.
3. The Sea
I’m a mermaid, always have been. It’s where I am fully alive. In the truest places of my heart, you’ll find me on my board riding waves of aquamarine. Or letting cool waters simply rush over my golden skin and tangled mane. Dive in and emerge again, over and over. Salt water is like medicine, healing from the outside in. Sunshine wraps itself around me warmly. Post-surf California burritos at my favorite hole-in-the-wall mexican place. Real mexican food. None of this Tex-mex business. I’m talking straight from Mexico mexican. Longing for and dreaming of that beauty, my beloved, The Sea.
4. Living Simply
Oh, I could write novels. Riding my bike to and from class, nine miles uphill and down. Getting back to my roots, reviving the art of working with my hands. Turning up soil and scattering seeds, watching tender shoots of green unfurl. Crafting furniture with my husband, the artisan. That familiar scent of sawdust reminds me of my fathers calloused hands. Natural-dyed fabric crafted with juicy berries and golden onion skins. Living within our means. Giving generously. Attending classes on permaculture design, mastering the art of sustainable living. Aware of the wondrous miracle of life in something as small as blades of grass shooting up from the earth. Simple.
I can’t think of another single characteristic that I treasure more deeply in a human being than authenticity. I find it rare. Among my friends, I feel most at home with those who are comfortable with their true selves, and who have put in the time and work it takes to discover and root out deep fears and insecurities. Those who have searched themselves. Those who have seen themselves. Those who can vulnerably share their genuine desires, fears, dreams, and flaws. Those who are okay with me being me and them being them. Those who don’t look at me with nervous, wide eyes when I step past their comfort zone and share something too raw and too honest (which I am known to do. often). Those who are brave enough to not have an answer, to not have it figured out, to question the “obvious”. Those who are honest enough to understand that they understand very little. Authentic is the most lovely thing a human being can be.
Tiffany Trivett is a recently liberated artist. Her favored mediums are written word, colors on canvas, and garden design. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and a family of six, so life is never dull. Not for one moment. She is a world traveler, a passionate activist, a right-brained free spirit, and a left-brained organizer/goal setter. Tiffany is currently attending school to obtain degrees in Creative Writing and Spanish, and is taking a Permaculture Design Certification course in her spare time. She is an advocate for healthy, sustainable living, pursuing ones dreams, and fighting against injustices. She also just really loves life, and living it as a fully present human being. Tiffany is currently off the grid. She cannot be found on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, or any other social networking site. But she’d love to connect with you, so feel free to reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org