In my life before children, I was a voracious reader. Books would be stacked on my nightstand, waiting to be devoured. My library card was nicely worn and a trip to the bookstore was soul filling treat.
In my first pregnancy, when I couldn’t sleep, I’d go through a book every couple of days. It was almost as if there was a premonition to get in as much as possible. The years following the birth of my children, held books about trucks, animals and trains than subjects of my own choosing.
As the boys have gotten older, I’ve been able to return to indulge my love for books with a whole new appreciation. While I don’t devour them at quite the pace I used to (because, let’s face it…motherhood) it feels as though I’ve settled back into a comfortable chair that had been patiently awaiting my return.
My current read is, ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert. You might recognize the name from her ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ fame. The premise of ‘Big Magic’ is the topic of living a creative life. When I first heard about this book I immediately placed it on my ‘to-read’ list. Living a creative life? Yes, please! While there are many passages that have been enlightening, and given me pause to star, highlight, underline and think, it was one in particular that stayed with me. In the section entitled, ‘Originality vs. Authenticity’ , the author touches on creating YOUR way. The internet, Pinterest, blogs and all the sharing that goes on has made it increasingly difficult to have original ideas. In fact, she even points out that for the last hundreds of years there haven’t really been many original ideas, but instead inspired re-vamps of existing ones. Creating doesn’t have to be original, or important to be successful, but it must be authentic.
Creative folks often feel the pressure to create something never before done, and that pressure often leads to a flat, less than inspired outcome. While instead, if we take OUR art (painting, photograph, recipe…whatever) and apply OUR creativity, OUR authenticity, to this already existing idea the result can be better than we ever expected. Perhaps even our best work. It’s not about re-creating the wheel, it’s about making that wheel beautiful with OUR OWN VISION. One of my favorite lines states, ‘If it’s authentic enough, believe me—it will feel original.’ Truth.
In the spirit of this idea, which felt incredibly releasing and inspiring, I am sharing apple orchard pictures with you today. Yes, it is the season where many are sharing apple orchard pictures. These images are the view from my lens, my eye, and authenticity. The recipe that follows is not original either, but our spin on a favorite, and that’s good enough for me.