Whenever I feel overwhelmed with my own work, I like to immerse myself in someone else’s, preferably someone who does work really different from mine. Enter Joy Wilson: aka Joy the Baker.
Sometimes it’s good to put yourself under the influence of the beautiful work of someone else, to let their art do it’s thing. I know so much work goes into what she does, but I dare not peek behind the curtain.
Some spaces you want to enter into and simply let it speak for what it is. It’s like when John worked at a church, I often wished I could just be a person who walked into the church and didn’t know all the details that went on during the week.
Joy has done a lovely job of creating a lighthearted and beautiful space to visit, a space to be inspired with food. But the reason her writing feels this way is because she is this way herself. She has an intriguing way about her, a steady grace she brings to every situation. For example.
When we traveled to Africa back in January, we had to take that little tiny Barbie plane to a region that was too difficult to get to by car. I was a nervous wreck about it (as we all were) but I sat with my sister on one side of me and Joy on the other.
She had her hands resting gently on her lap as the plane took off – not wringing them or clenching them. Simply resting, calm and secure. We didn’t speak much on that plane ride, but settled into a comfortable silence, accepting our fate together. I think I stared at her relaxed hands for thirty minutes straight, willing my insides to reflect her outsides. It worked. It was the most calm I felt the entire week.
Joy’s new cookbook releases this week: Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence: Irresistibly Sweet, Salty, Gooey, Sticky, Fluffy, Creamy, Crunchy Treats. And (and!) she is revealing her new blog design as well. So visit Joy, check out her cookbook, and eat a cookie. And if you have a tiny plane ride coming up soon, remember to open your hands and breathe.
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