Groove Into Flow with Wild Whirl
Who doesn’t want to take a mid-week walk, maybe after work, on the Wild Side? And not the Lou Reed Wild Side. But a trip to a part of town where there are abundant ethnic restaurants, vintage clothing shops, and a yoga studio or two, can be a fun way to find flow.
Look for the Advant-Garde
Be on the look out for new, unusual, or experimental ideas in bohemian neighborhoods. For example, vintage clothing stores are great places to consider storylines, develop characters, and define settings. Just going through the racks of dresses, which are usually grouped by color, can give you inspiration for new complications. Where else would you see a sleek silk scarlet gown with a mandarin collar next to a red with white polka dot Minnie Mouse-inspired number? If you are in Ybor City near Tampa, check out La France, which is chocked full of inspirational clothes and accessories. See their page on Facebook, here: https://www.facebook.com/lafranceybor/
I stayed a summer in New York’s Lower East Side. Wrote my first chapbook of poems in a four-story walk up on Clinton St. right off the Williamsburg Bridge. The restaurants alone became backdrops for poems, as did my first experience using the Chinese laundry around the corner. But you do not need to travel to New York to find flow. Keeping your eyes open for the cool yoga and dance studios, the pet shop, or the candy store in your town can drift you to flow, too.
Take time today to check out the record shop or the old-fashioned five-and-dime you’ve been meaning to encounter. Linger over the stacks in an old bookstore. Let the environment speak to the ear of your heart and whisper inspiration to you at every turn. But, most of all, have fun. You will go back to work energized from taking it all in.
Here’s to growing your flow,