I recently met Jimi at a children's park in Fairfax, CA. Jimi moved a year ago from Brooklyn to Fairfax. She teaches yoga and has three kids. For just meeting each other, we had a lot to talk about. I was immediately struck by her graceful energy, so I reached out to her for a brief interview. This interview series was sparked by an interest in learning more about how others maintain their personal or artistic practices while navigating through the everyday obstacles of their lives. We have a lot to learn from each other.
Where are you from?
London (2001-2015 NYC)
What brought you here?
(Homesick husband and willingness to add another chapter to my life, aware that I could find small town living challenging)
What keeps you here?
Promised to try for 5 years.
How has this place helped you develop?
Found out what lostness is and am having to seek new ways to function.
If not here, where would you be?
New York / Rome
What do you love about your home (domestic space)?
Stars at night, sound of creek in winter.
Favorite place of all time?
London as a teen.
What is your favorite occupation?
Practicing / teaching yoga.
What are you passionate about?
Excellent people, good conversation, learning curves, not being dead yet, practicing the art of mothering.
What inspires you?
People, travel, new information, experts, wisdom, knowledge, beauty.
What drives you?
School drop of and pick up and bedtime
Who inspires you?
My family, my friends. Great art - Cezanne, Bach
Why is it important for you to do your work?
So I don't go mad.
Do you find anything conflicting about your work?
Time time time.
Do you have a clear idea of success?
Yes, it's no regrets.
When something goes wrong, what do you do?
Swear and try again tomorrow.
How do you cope with disappointment?
I cry and leave it.
FRIENDSHIP + FAMILY
What is the most important quality of a friend?
What is a characteristic of one of your earliest friends? One of your more recent close friends?
What is something special you recently did for a friend?
Bring food / flowers
If you could change something about your family or friendships what would it be?
Regular time together.
Do you have any daily rituals?
Working on it - skin brushing and sesame oil / control breath and stop before I start cooking.
Dinner out with kids and a glass of something.
What is your most treasured possession?
What is your favorite flower?
Black blue sage in garden that is watered by bath water and is daily food for hummingbird friend.
Who is your favorite artist or author?
Morandi paints. Dickens.
What are your favorite names?
Blythe, clementine, Beatrice, Ella, Gregory...
What is your motto?
Steady as you go kid.