And now I begin...

It's the new year and here I begin to document my journey to living a more creative life. It's been difficult at times to do so - paid work didn't leave much time for creative interests. And starting a family rightfully took up a lot of time as well. 

Those were the external circumstances. Internally? Well, I suppose some inertia (a fancy word for laziness), some stuck-in-a-rut-ness, and even some fear. Do you ever feel like you get in your own way? I certainly do and certainly did! Lot's of how I should be living my life. Hindsight is 20/20 and all that. 

So enough about the reasons why the creative life sat on the backburner.

What do I mean by living a creative life? Some of it is the actual act of creating art. But some of it is about discovering and learning how to live a creative life day-to- day in those small, mundane moments, whether it be making a meal for my family or nesting here at our home. And much of it will be exploring what feeds me creatively, whether it be the arts, food, decor, or travel, both locally and abroad. How to live a life that inspires. There'll be a little of this and a little of that - I think you'll find something that will grab you.

Why Raincoast Cottage? Well, I am on the west coast of Canada (or for many here, the "wet" coast - despite what anyone here tells you, it DOES rain a lot in the Pacific Northwest). And I live in a 1930's cottage that I am slowly but surely making my own little nest. I'll share some of that too.

So I hope that you will join me in this journey. Can we figure this out together? I don't really want to do this alone! And building some community along the way is a priority of mine too. Are you ready? I hear the rain falling on the roof and there's a fire burning in the fireplace. Grab a cup of tea and let's get started.



Sandra Harris

I'm Sandra Harris, a food & lifestyle photographer based in Vancouver, Canada who also writes about creativity, art, food, photography & travel. Fan of film festivals too.