We have admired the work of San Diego based photographer, Jamie Street, for quite some time now. From her beautiful portraiture of families and babies to her prints that evoke activism - she has an "all-knowing" approach to living simply and comfortably with her family in Southern California. She let us in on her family's little secret to self-care and here's a hint: it requires living life very, very fully.
Our shop muse, Georgia O'Keeffe epitomized our ethos of self-care for strength and creativity. How important is self-care for supporting your creativity?
Very! As a mom of two young boys (one still at home full time) who is also running a full-time business, I have to be very careful to check in and make sure I am living a balanced life. Whether it is skipping work one night in favor of a hot mineral bath or a long walk with a good friend, keeping a balanced and nourishing diet, taking a few minutes to meditate before the boys wake up, or spending time in nature (alone or with my family), all of these help support me from feeling overwhelmed, which in turns helps support my creativity.
In the summer, I need to jump in the ocean as much as possible. I can't believe I am not a water sign! Summer dates with my husband are my favorite. We always go for an ocean swim then dinner. It was such a revelation to figure this out - since my kids are not strong ocean swimmers yet, going to the beach with them doesn't fulfill me in the way going with my husband or a friend does!
Part of the Solare mission is finding abundance in scarcity, whether that means using fewer ingredients in our beauty routines, paring down what’s in our environments, or being thankful/mindful in our days. How do you incorporate simplicity and/or nature into your everyday routine?
J: Regarding being mindful and thankful, at dinner every night we like to talk about the things during the day that we were grateful for, and those that were challenging. Even the littlest gets in on the conversation, from the time he just started to talk. My mom was recently here and she hasn't had the easiest life, nor does she have the greatest means now. But I was so proud and humbled to hear how thankful she was for all the privileges she was born with, and what an easy wonderful life she's had - that even though things were not always perfect, she has never gone hungry a day in her life. Hopefully, this carries down to my own children.
We have been talking a lot about using our own privilege to help others who have less than us, and I try to involve my kids in little acts of social justice or volunteer work whenever I am able. While being careful to protect their innocence and sense of security, which I also think is important at their young ages.
What women inspire strength, creativity, and intentional living to you and why?
I will never forget watching my sister being born at home when I was 11. It was so incredible. So my mother is one of my first role models of the strength of women. She also gave me my love of hot springs, open highways with the windows down - generally, it is the women in my own life who inspire me to the greatest.
Friends and family devoting their lives to taking care of others with such grace and warmth, mama friends who inspire me to stay so patient and present when things get tricky with the kiddos, friends growing beautiful gardens, others who are such skilled makers and creators, world travelers, mothers, activist, I don't have to look far for inspiration, and that is beautiful!