Life has been a whirlwind of editing, mothering, cooking, and occasional sleeping lately. Even though days seem to pass in a blur, each one unfolds in a rich, heart-pounding, soul-quenching kind of way.
I’m not sure if I would have embraced this pace a year ago. I might not have adjusted to its challenges, twists, and quirks with as many shrugs and smiles. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a planner and I probably always will be. But slowly, I’m letting go of the things I can’t control (the smaller ones at least), so that I can savor the moments at hand. Like tonight, when waiting for a delayed train turned into a twilight walk with my little girl.
From morning until late at night, I find blocks of time to work on editing projects. Currently, I’m thrilled to be the in-house editor for Kris Carr’s upcoming book, Crazy Sexy Kitchen. Not only is this book packed with whole food, veggie-strong education, it’s also chock full of phenomenal recipes (believe me, I’ve been testing them and my husband agrees). I kind of feel like I’m cheating when I work with Kris because no matter how much time and effort it takes to create something like a kick-ass cookbook, it’s enriching, challenging, and a whole lotta fun at the same time.
As I walked through the front doors of Penn Station with Audrey this evening, I remembered the train ride I took five years ago to meet Kris in NYC for the first time. I felt it in my bones even then. When you’re on the right path, it resonates through your whole being. I remind myself of how lucky I am to be in this position, as a writer, editor, wife, and mother, whenever I’m tired and my brain just wants to zone out with a box set of Gilmore Girls DVDs. You know what else helps on the more challenging days?