My birthday is almost here! So let me spend this blog post explaining my ONE simple birthday wish.

Every year is a celebration of another year and a toast to a beautiful, challenging and adventurous life that I am deeply grateful for.

However, I recently had a long talk with a good friend about how often we take our lives for granted. After a discussion about water, I started looking at the ways we consume water and how often I take this simple part of life granted. We have SO MANY choices. Many of us have easy access in our kitchens to water, we swim in it, we shower, we take soothing baths, we cook with it, we are able to pick a bottle of water bottled from sources in France for a few quarters. Water is a life source and most of us have yet to know a few hours without easy access to clean, filtered water. Yet, millions of children around the world don’t live to see their fifth birthday because they don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water.

WE can help change this.

My goal is to raise 1,000$ for charity:water’s effort to give human beings access to clean water. EVERY SINGLE PENNY of the money we raise will directly fund clean water projects in developing countries. Even better, charity: water will show us exactly which projects we funded once they’ve been fully completed (which takes about 21 months). That means we’ll know the locations and names of the communities we helped.

In honor of my birthday, I am making a humble request. Please, if you are able, donate whatever you can to help me reach my birthday wish goal. Every penny counts.

Margaret Mead once said ” Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Thank you for reading this. I appreciate you all. Love and love only. ❤

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I encourage you to watch this video about the campaign.

“Almost a billion people live without clean drinking water. We call this the water crisis. It’s a crisis because it only starts with water — but water affects everything in life.

Health. Education. Food security. The lives of women, especially.

We can end the water crisis in our lifetime. But first we have to let everyone know it’s happening.”

Make it a happy birthday!

Love, Tessa!



I finally started this book by Leonard Koren. It’s been on my amazon wish list for ages. I started to learn about Wabi-Sabi while reading Junichiro Tanizaki‘s ‘In Praise of Shadows.’ ‘In Praise of Shadows’ is an essay on one man’s view and personal experience with Japanese aesthetics, nature centered architecture, and living.

Wabi sabi represents a Japanese aesthetic centered around imperfection and impermanence.

From the book:

Wabi sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. 

It is a beauty of things modest and humble. 

It is a beauty of things unconventional. 

I’m also listening to the music of Dustin O’Hallaran tonight as it rains outside. I can barely keep my eyes open this evening. I’m exhausted and endlessly happy now to be spending my week day mornings teaching art. However, I am ready for bed at 7pm these days.


Dustin O’Halloran composes and plays gorgeous soft, quiet music. The kind of music you put on on dark, rainy days and fall asleep to or listen to in the early morning hours with a cup of coffee in a handmade mug  and a cat wrapped up on your lap.

Thankful for this cool, rainy evening.

Good night folks! Keep discovering good books and good music and anything else that will brighten even the rainiest of days.