Today I’m featuring Dani who writes over at With Relish. On her blog she features her love for making stuff, for finding pretty things and for conjuring up new dishes as well as a few insights into her life with three crazy dogs and her husband, Tim, in Cape Town.
Know – I know that it’s important to embrace the ‘shadow’ of the self as equal to the ‘light’. There are lessons to be learnt about oneself in both spheres, and neither is more important than the other. When we accept our limitations and our deficits, we become humble and open to growth. We can’t change or improve on the things we don’t acknowledge, so I don’t think we ever stop growing or learning, as long as we are open to the opportunity.
Love – My totally dysfunctional yet fiercely loving family who have taught me that struggle is the best way to learn. My incredibly loving and supportive husband who has taught me that I am enough. My dogs who love me no matter how long I’m away. My superhuman friends. The prosaic. Indulging this mad journey called life. The special people who have stood by me during the darkest of times and rejoiced with me in the greatest. Nesting in my home. Oh, and all the food in the land!
Read – A little bit of everything, usually all at the same time. Right now I’m re-reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tart. I utterly detested it the first time I read it and stopped half way. I just couldn’t read one more word. Now I feel it deserves another chance, so we’ll see if my mind changes. I’m also reading my favourite author, Murakami’s 1Q84 which is amazing. Anything Murakami is guaranteed literary brilliance.
Want – To be my own boss (one day). As much as I have been lucky enough to land some pretty nice gigs in my career, my heart still yearns for me to combine my love of writing with being a full time baker, with flour on every surface, a mess of dishes in the sink, something butter-filled in the oven and pure bliss in my eyes. I know that time will come.
Wear – Mostly black. Or grey. Or white. Anything chic and timeless and flattering. My focus is always on food, never on fashion (probably because what I wear gets covered in spills anyway!).
Need – I think we always already have what we need, even if it doesn’t feel great. So right now the only thing I need is to acknowledge that I need very little and that with patience and perseverance I’ll achieve what my heart yearns for.