Yesterday I saw this video that really moved me. And although I can say I am fortunate to do what I love for a living, and work rarely feels like work, I realized that in the past weeks/months I’d forgotten to make time for other things that I love doing – things that move me, inspire me, motivate me, and make me itch.
These past few weeks have been loaded with emotions for me. I won’t go into the nitty gritty details here (ok maybe just a few), but I will tell you this – give yourself time to do what you love. It may sound a little jaded, but it does so for a reason – it’s just plain true.
For those of you who don’t know, I own a jewelry line – Tiklari. It started with a “hunch” (others call it vision) while traveling in Turkey, and I have worked and developed it with the help, advice and support of some really amazing people. A few weeks ago I exhibited at my first trade show, and I am about to launch the new website. I can say that even those days when I’m working on spreadsheets non-stop, I know I am doing my own thing, something that I created from scratch, and that feels amazing.
For the past months, my time has been solely devoted to that and it feels good because I know I’m accomplishing something, but it has been weeks, maybe even months since I’d dedicated time to shooting, editing or writing. I hadn’t blogged. I hadn’t flipped through magazines I loved. I hadn’t even looked through my favorite blogs. I hadn’t read. I hadn’t done those things that inspire me – so today, I did. Even though I have enough work to last me for weeks, I set time aside to look through a magazine I’d bought a while ago, to edit these photos I’d promised my sister two months ago and to work on this post.
I am a sentimental. I may not always express it in true form, and one of the things that really moves me is to see someone else bring their dreams to life, do what they love + love what they do. This past Christmas, I went down to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca (a place that I’ve written about a few times in the past) to spend some time with my sister, Fanny, and her family. Fanny had been developing this really cool concept for a frozen yogurt place for a while – and finally had the time and opportunity to get her hands on her project: Kühl. Now, with the help and support of her awesome husband Adrian and her daughters, she’s doing what she loves right in front of the beach. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?
So, yes, yes, there are tons of fro-yo places out there, but this one is pretty unique, and I am not saying that only because it’s my sister’s! Proof of this is – Kühl opened the week before I got there, and every single day more and more customers came in. Some even ordered a second serving. People from all over the world came in and said it was the best frozen yogurt they’d tried!
The yogurt is not powder or formula-based like most places out there – Fanny worked with a chemist and came up with the perfect (and actually healthy) recipe using real yogurt, stevia, and real fruit; she uses local, all-natural ingredients to make fro-yo that is safe for kids, pregnant ladies and diabetics.
The design of the place (Fanny’s creation as well) is awesome – she used recycled sun beds to make the chairs and the counter. The coolest part for me is the integration of art into the place. Fanny brings in incredible urban artists like Curiot and Vexta, and has them paint on the polished concrete walls. Not only does the art look rad, but it is a way of bringing something special to the community. A lot of people in Puerto Escondido don’t have the opportunity to travel, let alone go to museums, so having this exposure is pretty unique. Watching locals come in and take pictures of each other with smiles of excitement next to the artwork is, if you ask me, a beautiful thing.
It was so great to see my sister making this happen, and her family supporting her all the way was amazing. I know that place means a lot for her on so many levels – and I was lucky to have been there to see the start of something I know will be great for her.