I'm Amy, and photographic self-portraits aren't my strong suit. But here's what I'm good at: being a Meaty Bohemian.
A woman who likes grass-fed beef, and pastured butter on her avocado, following her heart, and living mindfully, and doing pull-ups, and spending pretty much every waking hour in the company of children.
I love and believe in the healing, nurturing power of a whole foods diet: biodynamic, grain-free, grass-fed and pasture-raised as Mother Nature designed it, throwing in a little bit of fermentation, super flavor, and maple syrup to keep it interesting. I've seen my husband heal from a crippling auto-immune disease because of it, and I've put twenty odd years of depression and anxiety to bed with it, and I am watching my family flourish. I want to share how we do it. I want to know what you do.
I look to Buddhism, Christianity, and a primal voice inside myself as a handbook to living with ease and grace. I learn from other faith traditions with readiness, enjoy frugality as a practice, trust that handmade and home-cooked as very real ways to express my sense of wonder. Knitted, repurposed, sewn. Art with the children, laps for reading stories, Church of the Mountains Hills Oceans.
I love homeschooling as a path to honoring my children's souls, and see my small postage stamp of a home as a place to build community, love the Earth, and practice gentle, peaceful living. I love the garden, even if it doesn't love my sporadic attention. My best days are days when I get to serve others (really. I really feel that way). I get that I'm human, that we all are, and bad days are just links to better ones. I've learned from my mistakes, and hope to keep on doing so.
I love intense, heavy exercise in short intervals, and I believe meaty means substantial subject matter, a protein-rich diet, and a healthy, able body composition, and I trust that movement and physicality are joyful expressions of vibrant spiritual health.
I want to share my path, slightly off the beaten, as I celebrate the love nestled in my family, my work as we raise our little ones, my experiences as I toe the edges of my creativity, vision, and hope.
I'm a mother of two little ones, a wife, a woman with a mission, to be exact. To document for myself, yes, but also: to inspire you, to hear what you have to say, and to learn from the community I know is out there.