A peep into my human-ness - Becca Piastrelli

Call me nosy, but I really enjoy getting a peek into how we all live our lives.

I like knowing what you ate for breakfast, hearing how you begin and end your days, and seeing what your workspace looks like. I want to know the real story of what gets you out of bed in the morning and what keeps you up at night. Show me your cluttered creative corner, because I’m dying to know what craft supplies you’ve got leftover from your recent inspired creative project.

In this era of carefully curated social media feeds, it often feels like a huge sigh of relief when you can connect to the pure human-ness of another individual. To see them as just like you, and to learn from them as someone standing right next to you instead of hovering above you on some sort of pedestal.

In that spirit, I thought I’d pop open the hood and share with you a bit of a snapshot of what life looks like to me right now.

I’m Currently Reading:

Toggling between finishing Rise Sister Rise, Caliban and the Witch, and You are a Badass at Making Money.

Next Books Up:

My nightstand is stacked with books awaiting their turn, including Pussy: A Reclamation, The Mists of Avalon, and The Lake House.

Current Fave Podcasts:

I’m a full-on podcast maniac. I go through periods of obsession with one show and listen to all the episodes ever, then get burned out and move to the next one. This is my current line-up:

Ear Hustle (I really like this one, and it’s produced by inmates at San Quentin Prison)



For The Wild


The Type A Creative (I was recently a guest on this episode)

Current Morning Ritual:

Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays, I try to wake up at 5:45am and go to a CrossFit class, followed by a shower, drinking warm lemon water, and watering the garden/talking to my kitties as they sit in the sun. Then I make breakfast (usually while listening to a podcast) and take time to dress and adorn myself before getting to work. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I sleep in a bit more and start my morning with gentle stretching followed by everything else I mentioned.

Current Evening Ritual:

After dinner, Tim and I usually watch a show (lately it’s been Orange is the New Black, but we’re very excited about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones) followed by me reading a book in bed, burning some dried mugwort (for my dream practice), and light’s out. Tuesdays are our date nights.

What I’m Proud of:

My podcast - The Lunar Lab - that I record with my friend Maia Toll and release every new and full moon. What started as mutual admiration on the internet has turned into a beautiful friendship and passion project I adore devoting my time to over a year later.

Some recent episodes I really enjoyed recording were:

Episode 21: Summer Rambling, where I talk about my experience of summer’s energy in my life and business and share a recent tough boss lesson I learned with the re-launch of my website and brand.

Episode 20: Alchemize Your Envy, where we talk about our experiences with jealousy and comparison in business and life. This one is a powerful listen because we, as women, tend to stuff down our feelings of envy and judge them harshly when there is so much potent medicine being offered to you in that experience.

A Challenge I’m Experiencing:

My email inbox(es) and keeping up with text messages. All of a sudden, with this slower summer energy, it’s feeling so difficult to manage responding to everyone and in a reasonable amount of time. I used to pride myself on being able to manage my inbox (and keep it super clean and tidy), but then I was living in my email all day and it started to feel like another to-do on my list. But these days, the pendulum has swung the other way and it’s getting harder to manage any emails that aren’t from my clients or assistant. Is there such thing as pressing pause on communications in life and getting away with it for a few weeks?

What I’m Looking Forward to:

Getting to meet my 5-month old nephew Finn in September

Going back to New Orleans (talk about a witchy, sexy town) in October

Taking a group of magical women to the beautiful, sacred green hills of Ireland next spring. (Interested in coming with us? Let me know!)

Who’s Inspiring Me:

Ashley C Ford - I first heard her story on Lena Dunham’s podcast, Women of the Hour and really enjoy what she shares (and how she shares it) in Instagram.

Milla (aka The Woman Who Married a Bear) - I met Milla at Spiritweavers Gathering last month and loved her fierce energy, her approach to embracing the folklore of her Finnish culture, and her beautiful herbal products.

Illustrator Mari Andrew - her illustrations on Instagram make my day, every day.

My Latest Self-Care Ritual:

Watering the garden every morning, and walking barefoot through it as the sun sets each evening, admiring all the flowers, the new growth, and what little bits have been nibbled by our deer neighbors.

Goal for the year I still want to meet:

I just met my goal of re-launching my brand and website, now I’m moving on to my next goal: one strict pull-up.

Currently Listening to:

All things Bossa Nova. I don’t think I shall ever tire of The Girl from Ipanema.

Guilty pleasure:

I’m full on binge watching Fixer Upper right now. I can’t get enough of Chip’s antics, Jo’s love of shiplap, and the southern charm of Waco, Texas.

My latest Creative Projects:

I’ve been making use of the lavender in my medicinal herb garden and have been sewing eye pillows filled with flax seed and herbs. It was the guided handcraft this month in Hearthfire with our theme of Gentleness.

I’m also working on my very first medicine rag doll - a work in progress from a class I took at Spirit Weavers Gathering. We spent all day together, stitching, nursing babies, and singing in an old cabin while the rain poured outside. This little lady is made of fabric scraps, filled with organic cotton, herbs (rose petals, sage, and cedar), and stitched with love and the intention to soothe and inspire the child within. I can't seem to "finish" her so keeping her on my office altar—letting her tell me what she desires next.

That’s the latest with me, but I’d love to hear from you. What are you reading right now? What’s your current podcast obsession? What creative project are you working on this summer? Who's inspiring you? What goals do you still want to meet this year?

Let me know in the comments below.

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