Name: Sadie Culberson

Occupation/Business/Creative Outlet: For the last five years, I’ve been a brand and wedding photographer but I just closed my business and am currently jobless and searching : )

Starsign: Sagittarius

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First thing you did this morning? I looked out of my bedroom window. Drank some water. Pet my rabbit.

What does 'wellness' mean to you? Listening to my body and the rhythm it needs, despite being impractical at times. Connecting with nature and observing the bigger picture of life and how special it is. Getting out of my head and into my body in this present moment. 

Products found in your shower/by your bath? Sans [Ceuticals] for face and hair. Dr. Bronners as body wash. A gentle skin brush. This isn’t a product but I put bamboo branches on a shelf that spread across the ceiling in my shower so I feel like I’m somewhat outside. The steam keeps the leaves vibrant and pretty. 

Three things that can always be found in your kitchen cupboard? Sprouted Almond Butter. Dark Chocolate. Indian Spices.

Favourite kitchen utensil? Spice Grinder.

Favourite Travel destination? Either San Francisco or Santa Fe.

Currently reading? The Earth Has A Soul by Carl Jung is the favorite book I’m reading at the moment (also in the middle of Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan and Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel). 

Currently browsing (.com)?, and anything I can find on Human Design.

Favourite breakfast food? Anything on good toast. Most commonly tomato and egg, avocado and greens or almond butter and banana.

Three items in your make up bag? Everyday Oil, Burts Bees tinted chapstick, Glossier Boy Brow.

An album/mix that calms your nervous system? The album Felt by Nils Frahm on repeat always.

An album/mix that hypes you up? Process by Sampha or Ctrl by SZA. Love SZA.

Most commonly used apps on your phone? Instagram, Gmail, Calendar and Snapseed.

Favourite form of movement/exercise? Swimming, riding bikes, or really long walks.

One thing you'd like to incorporate into your day/week that you're currently yet to? Meditating when I get caught up in anxiety throughout the day. To come back to the ground and into my body since I am so rarely present in my body.

Nighttime rituals? Washing my face with Sans Ceuticals Goji Cleansing Oil. Lighting candles. Diffusing a blend of lavender, eucalyptus, bergamot and lemongrass. Reading childlike fictional stories so my dreams are happy.

I feel most creatively fulfilled when... When I have no one telling me who I’m supposed to be or what to do. When I don’t put those constraints on myself either. When I’m aware of the immense creativity around me in everything from the light bouncing around a room to the shape of a bird's body and I feel entirely and effortlessly connected to that same creative energy. I don’t have to make myself creative. I’m a human who’s a part of this planet. It’s already 100% there. 

I'm currently working on... Learning how to take up space in the world and how to fully express my emotions without hiding myself from myself. I’m working on being embodied, aligning with my Human Design and I’m writing a lot about the entire experience. I’m also working on getting more sleep and doing less. My creative energy is very introspective lately. I haven’t made tactile art for art's sake in awhile. Right now, it feels important to work on my mental health.

This time last year, I wish I knew... I wish I knew that I am not my thoughts about myself. And other people’s projections onto me usually say a lot more about who they are than who I am. I feel like the bravest, most creative, powerful and loving person in the world when I deeply know these things.

I’m grateful for… synchronicity, being a woman, having a body with instincts I can trust and for living in Asheville in this phase of my life.