This Sunday, Covet Garden is thrilled to be partnering up with Celine MacKay of Pure Green Magazine at Word on the Street in Toronto. Celine and Pure Green have been a big inspiration to us—especially when we were putting together our special print edition, Covet Garden Home. We wanted to pass on the Pure Green goodness, so we asked Celine a few questions about her creative process to share with you.
Right now it's easy! I have more trouble narrowing down my ideas than finding them. But, when I do need creative inspiration, or a fresh take on a challenge I'm facing, the answer is always the same: get out in nature. That love of the outdoors is also what fuels my passion for conscious living, because more than anything I want this to still be here for my daughter and grandchildren, etc. When I go for a walk, it reopens my capacity to feel wonder. I know that sounds funny, but I find that things get dulled when we're so entrenched in working and day to day life. When I go for a walk on a beautiful day, I notice the intense colours in nature, the feel of the air, textures and patterns, and so much more. I often ponder if this is just how I'm made, or if it's something my parents nurtured in me, because I want Charlie to feel that wonder too. I hope it's something I never lose. In terms of finding my creative spark, walking in the woods seems to free my mind in such a way that I feel better able to really think things through, and usually by the end of my walk I'm in a rush to get home so I can make notes!
The message I try and spread every day is to do two things. One, take a look at your life as it is now and try and find a few things, no matter how small, that are eco-friendly. It might require some creative thinking, but a conscious lifestyle is so much more than recycling, if you know what I mean! As an example, loving your vintage collections is green: it's upcycling and keeping really great quality stuff out of the landfill.
Pure Green has just completed a blog and instagram hashtag project called #PGMinseason (visit puregreenmag.com to learn more, or follow @puregreenmag) focused on eating in-season, locally sourced foods as a pathway to a more conscious and healthy life. And don't forget to visit the Pure Green/Covet Garden booth at Word on the Street this Sunday!