Daily Rituals + Summer Uniform '19

The rituals of my daily life are where I’ve found space to fill my cup. These everyday rituals are what connect me to a sense of rhythm and nature which brings me life.

They are the moments of getting dressed, washing my face, cleaning the dishes, driving in my car.

When life is high demand, these are the moments where time and space can expand and self can be refound - a discovery owed to necessity.

The crash and burn that happens if your cup isn’t filled isn’t worth it. I’ve learned from picking up the pieces after a crumble over and over again, that its much more exhausting, effortful and straining on everyone to crash than just being upfront with myself, my family, or even in some moments, my clients, that I need time.

Since becoming a mother I’ve learned, out of necessity, to make my daily tasks my rituals - intentional, consistent, and therefore exponentially more valuable. 2018 became a year of listening for and experimenting with how to be most efficient as a creator, business owner and mother (not in that order, or really any order to be honest).

My natural way of seeing and processing the world is thru simplifying and creating new systems that work better than what exist so I am ALWAYS looking for ways to make everything I do more efficient.

“How can my work really deeply feed me?” was the only question I could pose to life to discover what that looked like. This is what I mean when I share that I let my life be an experiment for what I teach. I’m constantly asking questions and experimenting with possibilities to see what can really create an effect in our modern lives to hopefully, in turn, make it easier for others - for you.

Letting these rituals evolve with me - finding ways to express myself through them and discover what I love has been such a way to bring in Joy. In one area in particular - style.

As I’ve stepped into my expression of womanhood, primarily and most potently, with the journey into motherhood, beginning my 30’s, and shedding a lot of childhood tendencies that felt safe and familiar, I have found a beautiful relationship to style.

My personal expression of style. Just typing that makes me feel all womanly and happy inside. I know what it feels like to see a woman or man take my breath away with their confidence and the image of themselves they’ve curated and expressed. It’s Next Level. Another way to consciously exist, to project value, worth, and creativity into the world - which are all such nourishing energies for humanity right now. We can all use more of them.

My daily ritual of getting dressed is evolving into this beautiful moment with the opportunity for me to express myself, challenge myself, and create an environment of comfort or risk, depending on what I feel I need each day.

My past avoidance of shopping for clothes has now evolved into a basic clean out of a closet or drawer, a trip to donate it at the thrift store and a quick browse through the racks to see what treasures exist. Unbelievably, wool, cashmere, linen, and alpaca can all be found on those racks. This has brought fun back into the dreaded task of shopping (mostly deterred by the awareness of the highly destructive and unsustainable nature of the fashion industry.) Finding women who embody style in a way that feels expansive and resonant to me, to cultivate that feeling of choosing beauty in my unique expression.

Now, I’m closing out winter with new pieces that feel like me, that I am excited to put on and let others see me in a way I can’t express with words. They are new staples.

As we near spring and summer and I imagine what this summer will represent - so much individuality, creative expression, landing, grounding, and visibility - I’m preparing my “uniform.”

A uniform goes on swiftly, simply, is part of a routine and works for all the jobs you need to do in a day.

I knew I wanted sustainable linen to be the focus, practical shoes that save time and feel great and happen to be on trend, and a simple addition of femininity, for me a gold necklace.

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Want to see more? All my styling and visual mapping of my ideas - from businesses to home and fashion are on my Pinterest page.

Emily Sullivan