How California Designer Jenni Kayne Learned to Embrace Slowing Down
Plus, all the small but impactful changes she's made to her life at home.
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kim August 16, 2020
So here's how I have simplified, so as to be less stressed...no folding clean undies or socks. I just throw em in the drawer, they're fine! No napkins, paper or cloth, for b fast or lunch, just 1 select a size paper towel per set of hands. Into the cities compost bin they go. I meditate. While in line at trader joes. On how glad i am that they are open, how glad i am that they do require masks, how glad i am that my favorite week day (very good italian) wine is still only 5.99, on whether i should get 2 or 4 tins of their excellent smoked trout (dump 1 can Into a bowl, add lemon and crackers, there's lunch). Meditating on these very positive things makes me happy. I skip workouts now, as running up and down the stairs for (way more) laundry, home schoolling, dog care, kid care, packages being delivered, vacuuming because all our feet are now here all the time, and watering the 2 small but thirsty gardens we have started (and are too proud to let fail) keeps my pulse up. All. Day. Long. I too, relax with candles. They come in lovely glass jars, with lids, smell amazing, look beautiful...at about 6.99 a pop, i buy and burn them with absolute insouciance and a devil may care disregard for how many are on at the same time. I spray my rooms with some lavendar or eucalyptus oil in a little witch hazel. Appropriated this from my new jersey grandma. Hoping she does not mind...definitely clears the air and thinking of her moves my energy! I bought up good brownie mix when it was the ONLY THING LEFT in the baking aisle, months ago. We have 12 boxes. They are perfect. Every single time! Add half a bag of choc chips and some sour cream or yogurt. Melt the other half with some half and half for kind of a ganache and throw on top soon as they are out of the oven. Never fails. I have spray bottles of isopropyl alcohol (ordered from a veterinary supply by the gallon), in my car, by the door, in the garage, at every sink. Anyone or anything that looks, smells, sounds, or acts suspicious, or scary, I squirt copiously. (Just kidding. Not people. Not the ones I know anyway). I take a bath after my 6 year old gets out of it, thereby saving water and insuring that her father has to read the 2 princess stories required. EVERY NIGHT. This is very relaxing, with my 6.99 candles (3!), a spritz of lavendar witch hazel, and the last glug of Italian table wine. No time or need for further meditation. 1 episode of Bob Ross on youtube on my phone and i am OUT, Baby. With huge amounts of gratitude to all who make those luxuries possible for my family (and i am not kidding about that.). Love you, Food52, but you are meant to be possible, yes? Not just aspirational? (Ps - I'm a design professional, working still but barely, probably prime target audience for Food 52, and even I kind of choked on this article. Thus i had to take the vinegar out of it a bit. No harm no foul I hope.)
shipreich July 3, 2020
I know this is kind of the audience for this site, but it's a bit much. I've really liked the recent articles that include more diverse stories and design. This feels a bit tone-deaf. Use the lockdown to slow down from the horseback riding and home remodels. Don't worry if you skip a workout to create homemade flower arrangements.
jude1 July 4, 2020
Lordy! For many of us this is just daily life, without the $95 candle or $8 cake mix or the pat on the back for “leaning in.”
Itseliz July 2, 2020
Hi! I know we’re all trying to do better and I recommend looking into why Indigenous people consider burning sage cultural appropriation.
Arati M. July 2, 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to point that out that crucial context; we'll be in touch with the writer about making that context clearer in the column.
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