April Musings - Sam's Ode To Elizabeth Gilbert

We are still swooning from a team trip to see Elizabeth Gilbert live in Vancouver. For those of you who haven't yet discovered her and her wisdom, she became well known for her memoir 'Eat, Pray, Love' but has since written a lot more work - both fiction and non-fiction. She has the best outlook on what makes a life well lived. 
My key takeaways included:
  • How hilarious/ sad it is that the idea of a relaxed woman seems like a radical way of being nowadays. We have grown up feeling this need to care for everybody and everything  - but what would our life look like if first and foremost we prioritised relaxation? She said that through prioritisation, boundaries and a healthy dose of mysticism, we can work towards this base state of being. From there, we will be better equipped to tackle the adversity life can throw our way. In other words, there is power in the calm. 

  • Another great question she asked the audience was “What are you willing to give up to have the life you keep pretending you want?”. She was asked this by a mentor when she was living out her hard done-by artist trying to live in New York who doesn't have enough time to follow her dream thing. WOW, this one stopped us in our tracks and reminded us that we can always find ways to make time for the things we care about most, and it will be worth the sacrifice. This became a question she continued to ask herself on her journey to becoming a successful writer. 

  • Lastly, Elizabeth had a great friend and every time someone asked him how he was, he would reply 'it's all going to be alright'. How poignant is that? 

If you haven't read her work yet, we really recommend starting with 'Big Magic' where Elizabeth outlines her spiritual/ practical insight into how to tap into your intuition, creativity and find your purpose. So now I want you to ask yourself: 


If you are local to Vancouver, we have another gorgeous idea for a Mother's Day gift! Our friend Allie from A.A.W. Studio is making some hand-tied bouquets (starting at $75) especially for the occasion. Her designs are whimsical and organic, with an emphasis on using seasonal, locally-grown and unexpected materials. DM her to place an order and for delivery and pick-up options.
You can now find Somerset Moss at a new boutique Edgemont Village - Lewellyn Shoppe 'for the well-lived woman'. I know both of these recommendations are Vancouver-centric but window shopping through Instagram is highly recommended for our Beauty Insiders who aren't based here! Vancouverites - look out for an invite to a pop-up event on May 18th, 11am - 4pm! There will be facials! 
Ok, we don't usually toot our own horn in this section...but we really are loving the Spring | Summer Collection (including the Bath + Body Oil, Exfoliating Soap Bar and Moisturising Soap Bar) - especially as the sun has finally decided to make an appearance! These products are infused with botanical ingredients chosen because they will support and nourish your skin at this time of year. The three products can be purchased as a bundle or sold solo too!

With Botanical Love, 

Somerset Moss

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