3 Questions : McKenzie

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

Lives and paths change, sometimes slowly, sometimes rapidly. We as people change and grow. If you’re a blogger, this can mean your subject, voice and tone can all change, or rather, I should say, it can 

evolve

. I started out as a blog heavy with sewing content but nowadays I focus more on what is growing in the garden and what I’ve made with a stretch of yarn and two needles. I’m sure I’ve lost a lot of readers due to this but I’m simply in a different place in my life and won’t force myself to sew to try to keep up or build readership. Anyway, when I found McKenzie, she was a farmer in Maryland. It was smitten at first sight. I guess because she was much more than just a farmer, she was a photographer, spinner, artist, gardener with a wild and wise soul. Her life has changed a bit since then and has moved from a rural setting to an urban one and instead of watching over a flock of fiber animals, she spends her days with children and is much more reliant on imagery rather words to speak for her. But her spirit still shines through in this amazing imagery and readers like me have stuck around because of this. The way she captures the world around her through a lens and the stories and emotions she presents through art have always been such an inspiration and motivation to me. It’s really an honor and joy to be able to watch someone grow in this way.

What in your life have you left up to chance?

This is a tricky question. Day by day, I feel like I’ve always made an effort to go with the flow and let life take me where it wants to go. But looking back on the past, I see that so much of what I’ve done has been consciously decided upon. Chance and choice are just different sides of the same card. When I graduated high school, I’d gotten into four good universities. (I was all set to become an “eco friendly interior designer”- now I can’t imagine myself doing that!) For a few reasons I ended up going to community college, but decided to drop out after the first semester. Within a few months I decided I’d rather be a farmer, so I did that. I found two adoptable alpacas on Craigslist, then a silly little lamb. That year, my then partner and I moved to a one room log cabin on an alpaca farm. Then we moved to a larger rented farm and were given more sheep. (The first five were sort of chance, but letting them breed and ending up with over a dozen sheep was choice.) Most recently I left the farm and an extremely unhealthy, abusive relationship. It felt so out of my hands at the time. It felt like chance. I certainly hadn’t expected it or wanted that part of my life to come to a close, but now I look back and see that my heart knew what was coming almost the whole time. I chose to leave, because it was the healthiest path for my heart. Now I live in the city and nanny and make art and have a tiny urban garden and a very loving partner and pinch myself daily. I love my life and my heart has never been happier.

If you had an extra hour every day, what would you do with it?

If I wasn’t ready for bed, I would draw. Or maybe take a walk in the woods. Or maybe write a blog post for once instead of just posting pictures? Or respond to the comments I so dearly love to read? Or play kalimba? Or snuggle my cat… or or or…

Have you ever had an out of body experience?

When I was younger I had several experiences induced by responsible and guided use of certain, um, plant medicines… (Ones that aren’t particularly smiled upon by authority figures.) I consider those experiences incredibly instrumental in helping me find my drawing hand. I’ve always drawn. My mom was always illustrating something, and I’d try to copy her as a kid. During my teen years I started drawing again after a long break, but there was a lack of confidence and a hollowness to it. During and after certain experiences, I found an enormous drive and motivation to illustrate. Those experiences helped me make the most important realization though, which is that the ability to draw and creative subject matter and stories I want to tell are in me, always have been, and will only cease to exist if I let them. I draw every day now and it’s the best thing in my life.

Be sure to check out McKenzie’s blog, site and Etsy shop.

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