“Being with the people- eating what they eat, listening to their stories and seeing how they live and play – challenges me to think in different perspectives, to question my values and beliefs, and to open my eyes to new possibilities.”
Ivy Rae’s world is not like ours. She lives a simple life, and she enjoys it. Being stress free and outdoorsy is what makes Ivy who she is, and what makes her blog unique. Photographing everyday life, Ivy allows us to get a glimpse into her life and her world. This is what she said when we interviewed her-
What made you decide to start Dwell & Delight?
I had struggled with a high intensity job for about a year prior to creating Dwell&Delight. After having a few meltdowns, I realized it meant more to be healthy and balanced in life rather than having the security of a career that left me emotionally drained. This was a pivotal point in my personal life where I began to question and evaluate what truly mattered to me: a journey of self discovery. Dwell&Delight is a record of my efforts to seek joy by living in the moment; by sharing it, I hope my audience may start this journey of their own so they can live their passion and an authentic self.
Growing up, was your lifestyle anything like it is now?
This is an interesting question because my lifestyle now is all the best parts of the different lifestyles I had growing up. I lived with my grandparents when I was very young, spending my days playing in their garden, and helping them around the house. My grandma was a Martha Stewart type (minus the prison time) in her days and I absolutely adored her. I’d like to think all my inspiration and love for cooking, hosting and homemaking came from her. My parents love the outdoors and travelling, they really took me everywhere since I started walking. Naturally, I developed an appreciation to travel and expand the horizon.
What inspires you so much about traveling?
One thing that inspires me most about travelling is how much new experiences change and move me in ways beyond my expectation. Being in nature always makes me feel rejuvenated and deeply connected to all the creations in universe. Being with the people- eating what they eat, listening to their stories and seeing how they live and play – challenges me to think in different perspectives, to question my values and beliefs, and to open my eyes to new possibilities. All in all, travelling is a great source of creativity, friendship and invaluable life lessons!
Your posts are so beautifully written! Where did you learn to write like that?
Why thank you! I’ve always loved poetry and I definitely put poetic words into my short posts. I also started out by mimicking my favourite writers/poets Mark Nepo, Leonard Cohen, Maya Angelou…the list goes on but you get the idea. They all have a soft healing quality yet a quiet strength in between the lines.
Your photos have such a raw and rustic look to them. How did you learn to take such quality photos?
Well, you’d be surprised at how profoundly little I know about cameras and I always ask people this same questions on instagram when I see amazing photographs. I’ve learned a lot by asking, and there are so many talented people on instagram who love to help =) I have a sigma 35mm lens, and I love it for portraits and food photography. I’ve also taken online courses on food photography through creative space that I would recommend anyone who’s interested.
A lot of your posts are inspirational and helpful to those reading them. Is there anyone in your life who inspires you?
So many! My sister-in-law is embracing her new motherhood with amazing patience and grace. My long time friend and confidante still tries new things and challenge himself daily in his 50s- he just went to a vegan restaurant for the first time with me and loved it! My husband Jon is the face of positivity. He always sees the best in people and finds his happy moments in the smallest things, like making a killer mushroom soup. Oh, and he makes me laugh all the time.
Where do you hope to take Dwell & Delight in the future?
I would love to work on building a community of like-minded people and there is already a small group of incredible artists around the world that I connect with. My dream is to host small events, philosophy meetups and dinners on a small hobby farm. Dwell & Delight would continue to be my way of sharing dreams, projects, and inspirations.