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November 7th 2022

Author Interview: Jamie Beck

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I first started following Jamie Beck on Instagram after discovering her through a mutual flower friend and have been completely obsessed with her work ever since.

For those of you not familiar, Jamie Beck is a photographer and visual artist who lives and works in Provence. In 2016, Jamie left her busy life in New York City for a one-year sabbatical in the south of France and never turned back.

Jamie’s work has the ability to transport you into another world. It’s like falling down the most beautiful rabbit hole, getting lost in an entirely different time. In addition to sharing her beautiful work with the world, she also generously shares her creative process, which I absolutely love.

Jamie Beck poses with her book An American in ProvenceJamie just published her first book, An American in Provence, which is described as a “beautiful collection of exquisite portrait, scenic, and still-life photography.” Jamie sent me an early copy a couple of months ago and I finished it in one sitting, clutching it as I moved from room to room. As soon as I set it down, my mom picked it up and devoured it with equal intensity and it sparked a series of really meaningful conversations about how we spend our days and what truly matters.

This book has quickly become one of my all-time favorites and I highly encourage you to order multiple copies, one for yourself and for gifting.

I was lucky enough to get the chance to interview Jamie for the blog about the book and her creative approach. Get ready to be inspired!

Provence, France landscapeAn American in Provence is absolutely overflowing with inspiration, from breathtaking photography to candid storytelling, seasonal French recipes, and expert photo tips. There is so much to take away that it’s hard to know where to start! How did this book come about?

It all happened unintentionally if you can believe it! When I came to Provence I did not have goals in mind other than to just experience the culture and a different way of life that had captured my imagination. As I set out on my first year in Provence, I took notes in my journal of the observations I was experiencing, from the changing natural landscape to the provencal experiences of markets and how it felt struggling through a foreign language, what it was like living in a village 2,000 years old and without air conditioning, to the changes that begin to take place within me I had not expected to come from my year in Provence. I made these notes all the while photographing everything I was discovering. Eventually, the photographs became little visual stories of these lessons. This book, An American in Provence, is the culmination of these written lessons and visual art stories of what is now, the past six years living in Provence!

Jamie Beck lying in a field of wild lavenderThe book is organized by season, and reflects “a rhythmic cycle of life” you seem to have rediscovered in Provence. Can you talk more about the significance of reconnecting with nature?

Nature in Provence is EVERYTHING. It is what gives us the unbelievably incredible food ingredients sold at local farmer’s markets, the flowers, the wine, the bees, and butterflies. It’s all completely connected here and surrounds you in a way that folds you in. When I moved to Provence I became bewitched by nature and the closer I looked, the more magical the discovery. But it’s not just the pleasure of witnessing life unfolding before you, but, the way it feels when you live harmoniously, seasonally, with it too. I found it, for me, to be a healthier way of life allowing each thing to have its moment; an ebb and flow. That way you appreciate what is good in the present and it leaves you with something always to miss, and in turn, always to look forward to. 

Jamie Beck pregnancy self-portraitYou thoughtfully share about listening to your gut and your decision to move from New York City to the French countryside and note that “by removing everything I knew, I allowed myself to live in each moment.” What about leaving a city in the U.S. and living in a small village in France has allowed you to embrace that?  

First and foremost, you have no choice but to be stripped of your routine. On my first Sunday in Provence I remember walking outside, hungry, ready to get some food … and there was literally NOTHING open. Thankfully I still had some leftover cheese and baguette from the previous day that I could eat and picked figs off the tree in my garden. France is not about being accommodating and certainly does not live to make money like the USA, which forces you (thankfully, and rightfully so) into their culture. I came because I wanted to experience their culture but I didn’t know I would also have to participate in it! It’s funny now to say that, but I think as Americans we just assume access to everything all the time because that’s what we know. France is always and only just being France, which forces you into a way of life foreign to you and you have no choice but to embrace it—which is a wonderful thing! When you “give in” to another culture, it really feels like being a little kid again, having to learn all over how to act, what to do, and how to survive. You have no choice but to be present in each moment and each moment feels so monumental because it’s laced with discovery and survival!

Jamie Beck running in Provence, FranceYou were able to discover so much about yourself and how to feed your passion after moving, but you share that “Your own artist’s journey can happen anywhere, at any time—you just have to show up and have courage.” What are some ways to encourage finding a bit of that Provençal magic and creating a life you love?

It’s really simple, find what you love—whatever it is! Whatever you are into and just do that! Have the courage to focus solely on your passion. I feel as if we are taught that the things we are passionate about are our “hobbies” and not our “work,” which is why you need to have the courage to say, “no, this is what I am into and THIS is what I want to focus my life on.” That can be anything! It’s really up to you to define. Define your life by your passions, not by what is expected of you, which you can do anywhere in the world, at any stage of life. 

French dessert styled by Jamie BeckYour work so skillfully highlights the beauty in nature that is all around, from the “Terre de Lumière” of Provence to the seasonal food, flowers in every stage of life, and even bugs! You draw so much from the area you live in but I know you also have your own garden. What things do you enjoy growing yourself?

My garden is my second baby! The garden, which is a small interior garden (about 35 ft by 35 ft), is located in the center of the village and surrounded by old buildings. It has one stunning, large, fig tree that shades our old Provençal farm table. There is a bed of ancient lavender that grows in wild swirls like curly hair rather than the traditional manicured rows of stick-straight lavender. I have a lemon tree, a pergola of white wisteria vines, more than 17 different roses (a mix of climbing and shrub), a stunning section of hydrangeas that do surprisingly well, and a handful of mixed garden bed shrubs and flowers that I just planted. I can’t tell you the names because they are all in French and are wildly complicated to try to remember! I also have a collection of beautiful mixed herbs in terracotta pots: basil, rosemary, thyme, mint, etc. I’m not that interested in growing things to eat because the local farmers here have been doing that, organically, for so many generations. I would much rather eat what they produce!

Jamie Beck "self-portrait"In An American in Provence, you talk about visual storytelling and “writing your photograph first.” You dive deep into some of the unique techniques you use, including combining multiple photographic plates and painting in detail. Can you give a general overview of the process to compose one of your photographs? I know one photo can sometimes take an entire day!

Some of my more ambitious projects have taken weeks to edit! However, for most posts, I create one photograph a day. Typically, I start with a concept. This can be wanting to capture what was at the market that morning or growing in the garden. Sometimes, as with my self-portraits, they are autobiographical based on a particular season of my life. I then forage for my subject matter and props, looking for what speaks to me and stirs emotion or excitement to create! I bring all these elements together, whether it’s in the studio or at a predetermined location outside, and begin to compose my photograph. There are many layers to my photographic process where I take multiple images I call “plates” and then composite them in post-production Photoshop. This allows me to build out compositions or create scenes that might not otherwise exist in real life, but hopefully, feels natural in the final result. There are also days when I don’t have a subject or concept in mind but rather let the day unfold around me until that moment of inspiration presents itself. The easiest way to find myself in that state is to simply take a walk through my village or in nature. 

Still-life photograph of oranges, butterflies, and flowersYour creations are so abundant and romantic—from the self-portraits to the Impressionist-style landscapes to those that look like 17th-century Dutch still-life paintings. It’s often hard to believe they are photos at all! Do you have a background in art? How did you find your way to this type of stylized photography? 

I have always been artistic and drawn to art. I’m also someone who sees art in everything—from a music video to the way someone dresses to the packaging of a product. Art is everywhere and art is always an option. I am always creating. Every detail of a day, like getting dressed, is a way for my mind to create a story. What is the character, what is she doing, what is her message today about life? When you look at Dutch still-life paintings, every object is placed with intention and carries a story, a meaning. I think we have become blind to the world around us, the mundane things we touch and interact with on a daily basis. In my work, I try to reexamine those objects and their place in our lives. That sort of approach is very connected to past art movements when people had less in general and objects carried great significance. As far as my photographic style, I really do feel as if I paint with the light, and it is that painting that I believe makes my photographs of another time yet completely relatable to every single person’s human experience. 

A dining tablescape in ProvenceYou generously share so many helpful photography and styling tips in your book. What would you say is most important to keep in mind when taking a photo of a natural landscape or capturing floral arrangements?

To have fun! I think we get caught up in the rules of photography and one must remember to always play. It’s when we are playing that we are enjoying and then, no matter the outcome, it was time well spent. 

Still-life photograph of a wine bottle and fruitI loved the #IsolationCreation series you dreamed up and shared on Instagram during the lockdown where you created one piece of art a day, made prints from that work, and donated a portion of the proceeds to the Foundation for Contemporary Art’s Covid-19 Emergency Grants Fund. Can people still purchase your prints now?

When we entered our lockdown in France it was not only a scary time because of what was happening in the world, but also because I couldn’t travel to do my commercial photographic work for the foreseeable future; which is how I made my living for the majority of my life. I couldn’t control what was happening outside but what I could do was create something positive every day—to share this experience we were all navigating through while also raising money to support other artists impacted by the pandemic. We retired the series earlier this year to make space on the website for new photographic works where I have available posters, prints, fine art, floral paperweights, nightgowns, and a beautiful stationery series handmade in Provence. 

Jamie Beck pins her hair upWill you talk about the impact you’ve felt since Instagram began to prioritize videos and Reels over images? Do you see artists and creators shifting to another platform to share their work?

This has been really a tough transition as a photographer. My love is for the still image and Instagram has been a champion of the artful up until recently. It is a sentiment a lot of photographers, painters, and writers have had in conversation with me—that our work is what we want to share, and having to shift focus to animating that in order for people to see our posts not only adds another layer to the job but is not the job we want! I think the community of Instagram did a great job having our voices be heard about what we want, and for the moment they have listened. It’s not a surprise that social media is moving to video content, I think analysts have been saying this for a decade. The problem is in the algorithm that made us feel forced instead of inspired. With that said, being creative is also about adaptation and sometimes great things are born out of forced or constrained circumstances. Photography by its very nature based on technology and from its birth has been in constant evolution, so we must be too. 

Jamie Beck self-portraitBetween your photography projects, a new book, an online shop, and your beautiful Luxe Provence clothing collaboration, it seems like you’ve been busy! Are you working on anything new right now or enjoying a period of rest?

Kevin, my husband, and I always laugh when I say, “Next year I’ll rest,” and then next year never comes because there are just too many wonderful things to try to do in life and such little time! I absolutely love challenging myself, but even more than that, I love learning.

An American in Provence book with fruit and flowers surrounding it

Thank you so much, Jamie, for taking the time to share about your incredible book with Floret readers. It’s such a gift to the world!

To celebrate the release of Jamie’s new book, An American in Provence, we’re giving away five copies. 

For a chance to win, please post a comment below telling us if you were untethered from all responsibilities, where you would go, and what curiosity would you follow? Winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 15.

Update: A big congratulations to our winners Kate Riley, Cam Roberts, Charina Cabanayan, Kristina and Susan!

 

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978 Comments

  1. Merry on

    I’m 67 and almost untethered. Italy would be my destination, and I would not settle anywhere unless and until I found my “home”. Italy welcomes the visitor regardless of duration. I would go all around and find myself.

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  2. Rae on

    I’d travel to my roots and grow deep tethering connections to my past. Hawaii? Holland? Scotland? France? For now I wait in winters deep shadows for then I will be fully grown.

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  3. Christen on

    The thought of being untethered from all responsibilities gave my mind the space to wander and dream, and I am thankful for that. I’d love to travel and explore all of the parts of the US and Canada that have intrigued me – I’d journey across the country to Sedona, AZ, and explore British Columbia. I’d learn about my family’s origins in Greece and Italy and travel to those places too, immersing myself, getting to know new languages, people, food, traditions, crafts and fully experiencing life, one beautiful moment sliding into the next. My yoga mat, watercolor supplies, a camera and a journal would accompany me as I explored different workshops, retreats, gardens, farms and natural landscapes, learning to live more gracefully and in tune with the earth’s cycles and rhythms. After following my heart through travel, I’d settle with my husband on a homestead in an antique farmhouse that we renovate and create a home and family together with animals, gardens, and lots of love and learning. Thank you for this fascinating and thought-provoking interview! I hope to get the book soon and take the next step towards following my dreams.

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  4. Charina Cabanayan on

    I would spend a year traveling around the world to all the places I’ve dreamed to go, starting with Iceland, Sweden, Greece, down to Kenya, Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand and end my travels by going to see Machu Picchu. I have done a bit of solo travel and struggled with the loneliness of it sometimes, but also really appreciate that it provided me the ability to be more comfortable with myself and being by myself. Part of “who I am” that I so strongly identified with falls away, and leads me deeper into really discovering who I am. Thank you for this interview and inspiration.

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  5. Bethany Easom on

    I see another comment about gardening in England, and that’s what I would do too. I would love to go so many places, but my dad is from England, and my uncle and great uncle were master gardeners. I would love to connect with my family there and pursue this profession that is in my family roots (aha).

    Thank you for sharing! I have spent a long time curbing my creative side and designating it to the backseat so I can make a living. But I’m finally thinking about making the jump. Things like this spur me to keep taking steps in that direction. Wish me luck.

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  6. Kristen Postma on

    I would go to my dream destination, Australia, and explore every inch of it, land and water; be a traveller and not a tourist. Missed my opportunity at 25 when, looking back now, all I was tethered for was student debt!

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  7. Cindy Tucker Blangeard on

    I would go to Spain and take all the things I’ve learned in life and refine them reinventing myself into the best version of me.

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  8. Janet L. on

    I would choose the rocky coast of northern Maine, live on antique farmstead with ocean views and continue to garden, cook, bake, raise small livestock and stargaze as I do now. But I would continue to pursue my new interests of watercolor painting and photography, utilizing the beautiful surroundings of the old barn, the gardens, the meadows and ocean sunsets as my subject matter.

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  9. Sydney Turnshek on

    I would move to my friends house on the south coast of England and work in his small garden overlooking the sea… with daily walks along the coast ending with a seat at the seaside stand where all kinds of seafood are offered.

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  10. Allison on

    I’ve always dreamed of traveling and photographing as many rivers & streams as I possibly can. The way they all eventually intermingle, provide life & energy & change landscapes over time fascinate me. There is so much beauty, history & story in each river <3

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  11. Ursula on

    Global island hopping – led by curiosity for unique flowers: Iceland for Angelica (root). Madagascar for its famous vanilla orchid and hand made papers incorporating bright dried flowers. Japan (comprised of large islands after all!) not for the cherrry blossom but Kyoto’s temples’ camelias in the snow. The Easter Islands for banana flower salad and Hawai for pineapple blossoms.

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  12. Rebekah Picot on

    I would try my hand at gently restoring a small neglected property. So much has changed and what we perceive as necessary we can do without. I am finding that simplifying is way overdo in my life.

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  13. Cristina on

    Great post Erin. I would love to start my untethered journey from London where I live. Travel by train from the southern tip – Cornwall – all the way to the remote islands of Scotland then cross over to Ireland. I would rent different Airbnb and take workshops in Photography/Floristry/Painting and any other crafts. I will visit stately houses/markets/gardens/farms. I will document everything in a journal, and print every photo with my portable printer. The power of visualization😍

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  14. Audrey Kuhl on

    I would travel to northern Italy. A village in the Florence or Assisi area. I would love to spend time with families and learn the culture. I would want to learn to cook/bake/stitch, etc. I’m 85 years old so just relaxing would be wonderful!

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  15. Pamela labbee on

    I too would adventure to Europe and explore gardens, art work and people who are creative in their crafts! I love Jamie’s work and have followed her several years appreciated her details of beauty!! Congratulations Jamie❤️~Pamela

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  16. Pamela Blake on

    If I had the opportunity to choose a place, it would be Giverny. To lose myself into the absolute beauty of Giverny’s magnificent gardens, with its majestic beauty is staggering, gazing into the Lily ponds, while wandering through a maze of unending flowers is a dream.

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  17. C Tsang on

    If I am untethered from all responsibilities, I would like to have a custom traveling van and travel all through Canada and US, taking time to enjoy all the different places and experience. Say yes to all the adventures, make things with my hands.

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  18. Cris Avery on

    If I am untethered and money is no object, I would tour all over the World and visit different gardens. Ever since I started to get interested in gardening I’ve only seen those gardens only in TV and online.This is going to be quite a challenge because of the fact that I hate traveling. But I guess knowing what beauty is in store would make all the difficulties of getting there worth it.

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  19. Shelley Fitzpatrick on

    If I could meander across the U.S. and beyond, I would visit small towns and search out the home gardens. I would love to hear their stories, where they learned about gardening, who taught them, what inspired them and what they grow. I love to hear other peoples stories. I would listen. All that I learn will add to my story.❤️

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  20. Andra Hall on

    If I were untethered I would live on the big island of Hawaii and visit the Botanical garden to inspire me with my joy of felting. Felting requires long uninterrupted time and that environment would allow for that.
    P.S. I LOVE everything Jamie Beck shares with us💗

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  21. bookboxer on

    I think I would choose a series of locations in the United States and explore as each day unfolded … I’ve found that there are such interesting, seemingly small, things to celebrate wherever you go, and they pop up with serendipitous surprise whenever I let myself be open to the possibility. Thank you for your generosity!

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  22. Milica on

    My dream is packing a vintage suitcase, full of vintage clothes and bringing my camera on a *only train* trip across the Europe. I adore trains, I cannot describe what a dream the Orient Express would be. But to see so many cities and to capture the sights from window. To catch the excitment of people travelling. Travelling with trains might be slow, but I like that. You have time to read, to watch nature, photograph, you walk along the train. To go Prague, Amsterdam, Venice, Sevilla, Porto,Paris, London,Edinburgh. I hope one day I’ll have Jamie’s courage. She is my muse. This book is such a dream. Love you Jamie ❤️ Even if I don’t win this giveaway, I hope I could save up some money to buy it next year

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  23. Julie Cannon on

    We have a big family so it would be a dream to travel without worry and be untethered. I would love to go anywhere! I have visions of Europe, Asia… or sometimes someplace warm, exotic. I would love to follow my curiosity of food and the ways in which different cultures prepare and enjoy it with their families. Btw, from what I can gather, Jamie’s book sounds lovely!

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  24. Mary Dunn on

    The depths of color and light Jamie Beck has captured is breathtaking. The images she creates have so many layers of beauty and intrigue – yet at the same time are simple and pure. She inspires me to try and find my best self. I will continue to enrich my life with digging in the dirt and pulling others into my garden adventures, but I always intended to use flowers and nature as a basis for creating more. I would love to jump headlong into doing something more tangible with my art. Thank you for sharing.

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  25. Judy Neely on

    If I were untethered I would travel to the UK to visit the gardens there and, hopefully, be there at the right time to attend the Chelsea Flower Show. There is so much to see and learn in the world of gardening that goes beyond being a hobby. I like to call it my adventure years instead of my ‘retirement years’. It’s all just so interesting and we get to experience such delight in the wonder of it all!

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  26. Heidi Keller on

    Your book looks like a wonderful escape to beautiful Provence. I’d love to visit both the English and french countryside. Antiquing, visiting floral gardens and markets would be wonderful. My love of Provençal decor would be nourished as would my soul.

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  27. Amy on

    If I were completely untethered, I would spend my days roaming through nature (anywhere, everywhere!). Savoring the seasons, capturing the moments in photographs, sketches, essays or poems .
    I am endlessly curious about the ways of the natural world and the balance that is found throughout. In our increasingly tech centered world, I worry that we are losing the old ways, the old rhythms of seasonal living and being in close relationship with nature.

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  28. Areil on

    If completely untethered from responsibilities, I think the first thing I would do would be to go to India. There is a yoga teacher training course in the Himalayas that I have been interested in for years, and the same school offers a divine feminine workshop in Goa that speaks to a lot of the themes and curiosities I have been pursuing in my life. I think exploring India and pursuing these learning opportunities would help me to continue to expand my learning and find peace in my journey.

    I loved this interview and am so excited to get my hands on this lovely book!

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  29. Charmaine Anaru on

    How intrinsically, spiritually connected to all creations,I so loved the photography,I smelt the fresh cooked bread,the beautiful belly of child in crisp linen to accommodate growth while mama glows, I could relish in memories that were here and now not just a memory. Such a wonderful artistic gift ,sharing elegance what an amazing lock down.If I learnt so strongly of your journey it was I would be Present in the Now, breathe,laugh yes and my spirit was very child like thank you. I would travel to me in the NOW thank you from my core being very grateful

    Love light

    Charmaine

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  30. Renee D on

    If I was untethered from all responsibilities I would move to Ravello Italy… I would start a cliffside garden, rescue a scrappy cat off the streets, and stroll down the hill each morning to the aqua blue ocean water with supplies to catch fresh fish/seafood for my evening meal. Upon my return from town, I’d sit outside under a large stone pine (umbrella shaped pine tree) and use watercolors to paint “daily life” scenes captured on my phone and witnessed that morning. I’d continue to live in a simple way…. Nourish my body with fresh local food, relax in breezy afternoon sunshine, and surround myself with quality family/friends. I’d take pleasure in savoring the simple mundane treasures of daily living…the birds singing, the lone seedling that survived among cracked cobblestone and sand, and the ancient cliffside buildings painted in an array of every color shade of the rainbow. Hats off to all those out there with the courage to take the leap and dare to navigate new territory to follow their heart and dreams.

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  31. Riza Hilario on

    I’d love to go to France in general with my family or a friend. I’m sure they’d love to explore Paris but I’m down to discovering other regions, too. So the city first then the outskirts next. I have a much better understanding of the French language but I’ve barely travelled anywhere. It’d be cool to communicate with the locals.

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  32. Carra S. Cripe on

    I would love to travel to Mexico and taste all the wonderful food from each State, learn the cooking from the people who live there, and experience all the colors and flavors each has to offer!

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  33. Cristina on

    Beautiful article, it is so inspiring. My Untethered adventure begins in England where I live. I will start the journey from South West – Cornwall – travel all the way to Scotland and then cross over to Ireland from top to bottom. I will rent different types of accommodations through Airbnb, and visit gardens/markets/farms taking workshops in Photography/Florist/Painting and any other crafts. I will documents everything in my journal and print every photo using my portable printer. The power of visualization!😍

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  34. Susan Thornton on

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities, I would like to travel to Italy and France & meet with the farmers (flower and food farmers). Learn how they farm their land, how they live, and about their life experiences. Finding out about how and why someone ended up doing what they do is just fascinating to me. There is so much more than just gardening or farming going on. To be able to just go. Just do it. Hmmm….

    Here is a gentle hug from my heart to Jamie Beck = X. It took a lot of guts to do what she did. :)

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  35. Valerie W on

    I think I would go to France too and garden all day. I would love to live by the sun’s light.

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  36. Tracy Klie on

    Untethered…. Oh the beauty of that was just enjoyed by myself and my sister during our first ever three week trip to Europe in October 2022, we named ourselves’Sisters & Suitcases’! Our loose plans were to travel Portugal and Spain but two weeks of rain moved into those areas so we decided that since we were untethered we would follow good weather wherever it may take us…4 countries (Italy and Frances as well), 4 languages, 7 flights, 18 modes of transportation, many accommodations and now….the trajectory of the rest of our lives has been completely changed!!! To continue to travel BIG, to continue to be untethered throughout the rest of Europe and beyond! Sisters & Suitcases Part I shall soon be followed by Part II.

    Most of my life I thought I couldn’t afford to travel like that but by the end of our trip I realized that I couldn’t afford to NOT travel like that…. untethered! Forever changed and inspired and forever grateful!

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  37. Jenny Sterling on

    If my family were untethered, I’d probably homeschool my kids on the road for part of the year and spend with family for the other. I’d want to share diverse, rich experiences in nature with them and then for me, visit farms that are run by women and are working as part of their goals to save biodiversity and the planet.

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  38. Andrea Steele on

    My husband and I recently retired and are somewhat untethered (except for helping with grandchildren). I’ve traveled a good bit over the years. We’ve only been married three years. We’ve both lost spouses, our parents, other family members and close friends. We don’t take a single day for granted. We’ve found that we appreciate the beauty around us everyday. We are each just one breath away….

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  39. Debbie Blagovich on

    My husband and I have just untethered ourselves from life‘s responsibilities. Your interview with Jamie has spurred a delightful curiosity in us to exploring a new life of dreamy possibility, adventure, and the courage to do something about it. To make a change in the world, one person at a time. We have now decided to travel to the town of Karlovac in Croatia, where our family originated. We have a relentless heart to reach those who have never told their stories. Who have never been heard. To sit and listen. To crack the door open for the first time, enabling the ability to squeeze through that crack into freedom from the chains of the past.

    The art of love.

    And who knows, maybe we’ll never come back.

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  40. Deby Wright on

    Thanks for giving me an opportunity to reflect and dream of being untethered! I feel like I am tethered by my own inability to slow down and relax! I want to live in each moment wherever I am. To see the beauty around me, to appreciate the sounds and smells and small changes in nature each day. Thanks for your inspiration!

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  41. Eileen Johnson on

    “You just have to show up and have courage.”. You have described how good it can feel to jump into something new with no fear. Keep surrounding yourself with lavender! Thank you.

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  42. Nancy Flynn on

    What a beautiful and inspiring interview! So lovely….

    I would travel throughout Japan, visiting Buddhist Monasteries, experiencing authentic tea houses, exploring tea gardens, and visiting with local potter’s.
    For as long as I can remember, I have been intrigued and inspired by Japanese culture and ascetics,; their love of nature, food, and art. This has been a dream of mine for quite some time. One day…. One small step at a time.

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  43. lorraine Cotter on

    For me the most important thing in life at present is time. Precious time to think, reflect, spend time in nature, observe and just enjoy the world around me. I could eat just when I feel the need. Cook what takes my fancy and idle away deliciously my precious time… That would be heaven.

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  44. Elizabeth Elliott on

    My “untethered” adventure begins in Portugal. Years ago, I met the most beautiful person who lit up when she described her hometown of Porto. I want to see what she described so lovingly. I would follow the changing light throughout the day with great curiosity. In the midst of the City where does the light land and how does it change. And…I wonder if I can catch others marveling at the “highlighted” beauty.

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  45. Susan Noppert on

    Because of the writings of a Franciscan friar and your inspiration Erin, I have recently been liberated to allow myself to engage with nature the way I have always wanted to!
    If I were untethered, I would most certainly go to the Almalfi Coast in Italy! I would find a place up the hillside where the communities have gardens of flowers and vegetables and even community chefs!
    I would follow my lifelong dream to take in the local art, food and wine! I would pack my little puppy up and leave tomorrow if I could figure out how to cut those ropes that kept me so tethered!
    Thank you for such a beautiful interview!!

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  46. Lanelle Landry on

    How enlightening! I would love to travel and experience more of Europe. I am particularly drawn to the beautiful architecture, nature, and gardens! Ireland calls to my Irish roots, and France and Greece beckon to my love of the beauty in nature!

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  47. Brenda Renshaw on

    Thank you for sharing this interview & such enchanting photos…Jamie is truly an inspiration! If I was untethered I would surround myself in nature in Italy! Ride a bicycle through the countryside & take in all the sights & follow my heart where it takes me! Oh to experience the smells, food, culture and to walk through castles oozing with history! It sounds so romantic!!

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  48. Jillian Alexiev on

    I’m honestly not sure where I would go first if given the chance. I would love if my husband and I had the capability to take summers off when the kids were out of school and just spend the summers somewhere different each year. What an amazing experience for us and our kids. I would love to embrace the culture of wherever we go. My parents moved to Grand Cayman when I was 18, but I felt like they spent a lot of time trying to live their way of life in this new place. I never thought about them letting go of what they knew and trying to live the life that surrounded them. What an eye opener to read this interview! Thank you

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  49. Rose marie on

    I would go to Paris! I have had a love for Paris since my high school French teacher, decades ago, told me of her escapades there! I would love to see Paris in all seasons! After all, it is the city of love……..and I am ready for a new adventure!!!

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  50. Gen Brandy on

    Wonderful! If I was untethered I would draw and draw and draw. And then maybe paint! I like to go somewhere with a garden with a good water supply.

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  51. Nicole on

    I have always felt that Maine is my soul state but I have never been there. For some reason, I think if I ever visit I may never want to leave. So I think if I were untethered I would sell everything except the very special collected things and move East for at least a year to see life on a different coast. I have never lived anywhere except the Western states (Idaho – my childhood home, Alaska – my Army home and now Washington – my civilian life home).

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  52. Melanie Helton on

    If I were untethered , I would embrace nature and the simplistic way of life. The interview made me want to experience the same enjoyment that Jamie describes. Slow down and appreciate life around you.

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  53. Tracy Sundby on

    If I was untethered I would promptly go explore gardens in England and study Botany—I would follow many curiosities, like learning to speak another language and playing the Piano! ✨❤️

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  54. Jill Peterson on

    If I were untethered, I would take my grand daughter to London, visit Liberty’s and buy lots of their stunning fabric for her. Then we would come home to our farm, and I would teach her to make beautiful clothes. She is only 11, but already wants to learn to sew and design things.

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  55. Denise on

    Spain😊and just walk the Camino de Santiago, then walk to Portugal, then walk it again 🌻

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  56. Sharon Allen on

    What a lovely story you have shared with your readers! If I were untethered, I would go to Holland to see all of the flower fields during the tulip festival. I would take my camera and capture all of the beauty that I could observe. Oh to smell the smells and explore the Keukenhoff gardens. That is at the top of my list!

    Sharon

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  57. Teresa Karr on

    I have dreams of traveling all over Europe, learning new languages and sketching. But only if I could bring my family with me. Home is where those “tethers” are. 😊

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  58. Maja on

    It is hard to choose, isn’t it? I would go to Egypt and try to enjoy the beauty that exists in this world. The book looks lovely!

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  59. Veena Loftus on

    Hi,
    If I was untethered I would travel around the world to see all the gardens of the world. I can’t imagine the beauty and variety of color and flowers from each region and country . What a dream that would be.
    All the best ,
    Veena

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  60. Kim Decker on

    If I were untethered, my dream would be to go to Ireland. I’ve always been fascinated with all the photo’s I’ve seen.
    I have read a lot too!

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  61. jai on

    I have dreamed of living in Provence for years although I had not ever actually been…I had the opportunity to visit last May and no surprise fell in love. Dreaming of my return and how I can experience every day in a new culture, with that magical light and history! Thank you for the opportunity to experience a bit of your life through your extraordinary art!

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  62. Cam Roberts on

    If I were untethered, I would travel the world on my motorcycle. I’ve always loved reading about others who’ve sloughed off their old lives and taken their bikes on wild adventures all over the globe. I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to do smaller trips on rented motos in several different countries when I’ve had vacation time and have found it to be the best way to become immersed in a place – to ride through all the sights, sounds, smells, weather, bugs, etc, and meet all the incredible people who are excited to meet you and show you their country when you roll up on a bike… I’ve never found or felt anything else like it. I would love to be able to do that someday without any time constraints.

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  63. Candida on

    I am inspired. I few years ago I would have said I want to live in the south of France. Now I desire to explore beautiful places around the world before I settle on a place.
    I have a fantasy of living in Europe for a year. I would love to live that fantasy. Stay tuned….

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  64. Cathy Challinor on

    If I were untethered, I would sell my house, build a cob house by the ocean on Gabriola Island and plant a flower garden complete with fruit trees and interesting shrubs inspired by Floret Farm. I would learn how to throw pots and make vases for my flowers and sell both at my wooden stand near the base of my driveway.

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  65. Sarah on

    I think I would live by the sea and have horses and an amazing garden and write a historical mystery novel and bake and do photography.

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  66. Madison P on

    My heart aches for the world Jamie creates through her photography. She is the most influential living artist in my life, and I strive to grasp the same beauty in my oil painting. I have been able to carve out my own little piece of beauty in rural Iowa where my family and I grow a large garden, a baby orchard and wine vineyard, around 50 Iowa hardy-roses, and I grow cut flowers for market bouquets as well as bake rustic breads for our farmer’s market. We have local limestone quarries so I can build stone retaining walls for cheap, and a beautiful cattle pasture across our road with a creek running though it. My husband and I call it “Our slice of Italy”, however the only thing missing is the art and architecture dating more than 150 years!
    If all things practical were out of the question, I would do an extended residency in Italy in order to study art, art history, and architecture from medieval, to Renaissance, to Baroque periods. My heart aches to behold the masterpieces from these time periods, and inhabit the same lands the old masters who created them lived in. Perhaps when the kids get older, that dream will become a reality, but until then, I will continue to swoon over France via Jamie Beck and keep carving out my own little piece of Europe :)

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  67. Vanessa Smeding (vvplantspeak) on

    Inspired over here! Thank you for sharing!
    If I had no constraints, I would first off look in my community, (and then province and country), specifically looking to the elderly, to take me by the hand and teach me whatever handmade skill they have – be it woodworking, weaving, making a perfect pie crust, fishing and hunting, leather and bead work, sewing a beautiful quilt or dress, oil painting, pottery, creating jewelry with precious stones or natural elements, playing a mandolin or banjo…. I’ve a bucket list of wonderful skills, done by hand.
    Of course, travelling to beautiful and wholesome-feeling locations and learning there would be a dream, but I know that I actually don’t need to go too far to find skilled people of the older generations to find it. And there’s something beautiful about that: Community learning and sharing! Retrieving lost arts, and passing it from one generation to the next!

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  68. Jennifer Koenig on

    I would go to the Great Barrier Reef, the Amazon rainforest, all of the endangered locations in this world. Explore them, document them for people who won’t ever get to experience it, and try to understand how to save them. How to make people realize by changing their habits, just slightly, we could save these treasures. Together.

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  69. Keri Hawkins on

    I would travel throughout Europe to explore small villiage architecture and then I would set up a workshop to build small villages out of natural materials. They could be put in gardens or used as holiday table displays. I remember how delighted I was when I found a castle on a rock that my grandfather had built out of concrete and stone and would like to bring that kind if surprise and delight to others.

    Loved the interview and photos! Thanks for sharing.

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  70. Jocelyn Yard on

    Life threw me a few curve balls, and essentially forced me into being untethered a few years. While initially very scary, I am now happier than I’ve ever been. I still work but I get to choose for how long/when. I have a different relationship with money and time. This has freed me up to enjoy extended adventures abroad, learn new languages, spend more time in my garden, more “alone time” to try new recipes and/or design projects, more time to feed my soul. Next year I hope to do a few sailing trips (Greece, Philippines/Vietnam, BVI), a photography trip to Morocco, and snag visits to some of the world’s most famous gardens in their prime. I know the serious labor of love it takes to plan, create and maintain a beautiful garden, that I love to visit gardens “on another level/scale” for inspiration and reverence.

    I absolutely loved this interview, as well as reading the comments below. What a thoughtful contest, Erin!

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  71. Carole Scanes on

    Je voudrais déménage au sud de France avec mon mari. J’aime tout Français! La nourriture, le paysage,
    et bien sur les gens!
    I would like to move to the south of France with my husband. I love all things French; food, scenery and of
    course the people.
    Loved the Provence Book. Thank-you for sharing!

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  72. Jeanine Fouillet on

    merci de nous avoir fait connaitre ce photographe.
    Pour ma part j’aimerai faire le tour de l’Europe hors des sentiers battus, dans les petits villages et sur les routes de campagne

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  73. Ren Albon on

    I would go out into my own backyard and turn it into the farm I always dreamed of having. My own fear is the only thing I am tethered to that is stopping me from embarking on that passion. I have dabbled, i have a few chickens and a few raised beds but I’m terrified to really go for it.

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  74. Virginia Daily on

    So many secret dreams and places tugging at the edge of my
    Mind… how to choose just one? But maybe it would be Kenya…, to blend into the surroundings unseen and simply drink in the lives of animals making their way on the planet… oblivious to human ambition… concerned only with this day, this moment. Maybe I could learn how to live.

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  75. Christopher on

    I would love to be able to live different parts of the world for 3 to 4 months at a time. Bali, South of France, Italy, and Monaco are a few places on my list. To be able to experience cultures and most importantly people. I would learn more about life and myself than any formal education could teach.

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  76. bj pedersen on

    I would spend a year in Hawaii, 3 months on Kaui, 3 months on Oahu/Molokai, 3 months on Maui, and 3 months on the Big Island! Thank you for the interview – loved it!!!

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  77. Anna Marie Pizza on

    What a lovely interview. Her life is inspiring. As I read the interview I closed my eyes and tried to put myself in the moment. It is amazing how slow my breathing became and I felt a calmness and joy. To say that what we love to do is not a hobby but our life, it takes it from being unimportant to life altering. This is what we need to share with the young people of today. I may only get to where she is in my dreams but oh what joy those dreams will bring.!

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  78. Laurie Westerman on

    I would love to return to Virginia, the State of my birth. To walk the Blue Ridge Parkway. To fully enjoy every season of life!

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  79. Amy on

    France, for sure

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  80. Maya Chjn on

    I’m so inspired by not only Jamie’s stunning photography but also how she has integrated the way of life she has found in France to an aligned way of being for herself.

    I would love to spend time in Cotswolds, England to learn the art of things handmade – pottery, textiles, metal and woodworking. Early mornings taking in the cottage gardens and thatched houses, afternoons working with my hands to create beautiful objects and evenings with a pint would be heaven!

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  81. Elizabeth Cauthorn on

    I would go to England, France and Italy. I would love to experience all the gardens over there and delicious food.
    I haven’t heard of Jamie before but I’m now interested in checking out her website.

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  82. Amy Mayoral De Anza on

    Being untethered from all responsibilities allows one to step back and discover the consciousness within! Discover life beyond the program of the material world. Feel the vibrations and harmonize with the mysteries of our reality.

    To be untethered would mean freedom to discover our universe, unveiling the beauties and mysteries all around. To give and learn with gratitude while sharing those experiences with love, joy, and prosperity.

    I dream of going beyond the poles to discover Giannini’s findings. I share this passion with my loved ones as a wish. When I become untethered without worrying about the unknown and duties to my legacy (three children), I will attempt to embark on this journey!

    -Mayoral De Anza

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  83. Veronica Straub on

    I long to sit in France under a fig tree reading and wandering the villages looking for the perfect spot of land to slow down and cultivate. A year away to decompress sounds amazing!

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  84. Twila Smucker on

    I love following Jamie and have for a long time. Excited about this giveaway and enjoyed the interview. I would bike through England and explore all the English gardens if I could. We recently went there but only had 4 days and I got to just one garden. But it whetted my appetite for more. I love to garden and so paint and I’d love to sit and paint in their beautiful gardens.

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  85. Melissa on

    I would go to England, for a year, rent a little cottage and explore.

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  86. Gael birkenbuel on

    France too is my favorite place in the world! I love your book with such beautiful photograph and your descriptions on living there! Would to receive a free book!

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  87. Bonnie Buckingham on

    Thank you for the glimpse into this book, of what I read and saw it’s beautiful. For me, I get lost on my walks, I see trees and have to stop to take a photo, the way the light shines through or the structure of the tree itself.
    When I am able, I will travel to the countryside in England, Italy, Canada and any other place I can. Travel across the states. But for now…

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  88. Cindy Bridgman on

    I recently returned from a month in France…painting en plein air in Burgundy and the Loire. My paintings are of magic moments of travel and tell the stories of really being in the moment. That’s what travel and art do for me…remind me to live in the moment and really see….I found a magical place in France…Chinon. I would base myself there and live each day painting, writing, drinking great local wines and buying fresh flowers and food to feed my body, mind and heart. A romantic vision, but I can see me there. Merci beaucoup for allowing me to share a dream.

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  89. Kelsey on

    Cuba! I’d love to visit their small farms.

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  90. Christine on

    Thanks Erin! This was a great interview and sampling from the book.

    A big regret I have is never studying abroad in France, to be immersed in the language and culture I had studied in school. Though I’ve travelled to France, I never “participated” like Jamie had the courage to do. So if I was untethered, I’d like to spend an extended time there, and use that as a home base to travel & experience other regions. No schedule! This is why I love reading about Jamie’s journey in her IG blog; her photographs tells such a great story, it’s almost like being there. Thank you both for the book giveaway.

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  91. Cathy Seras on

    The interview was inspiring and such beautiful pictures. Although I am not a photographer I do enjoy taking pictures with my camera and I can say I always go to a peaceful place in doing so. Jamie’s style is beautiful and her story reminds me that the journey that I have recently embraced as a floral designer pushes me even more to pursue my passion and dream. When taking pictures of my designs I always try to find a unique place within my home using various objects to enhance the design as well as taking the floral designs outside amongst nature where these beautiful blooms began their life. I am blessed to find peace in designing and photographing these beautiful blooms; this is where I find myself to be untethered. Sometimes being untethered is where we are standing at that very moment, embracing what is before us.
    Thank you Erin for always sharing great resources of other artists, they are always inspiring.

    P.S. If I had to choose a destination it would be Italy where my ancestors began their journey.

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  92. Christine on

    Thanks Erin! This was a great interview and sampling from the book.

    A big regret I have is never studying abroad in France, to be immersed in the language and culture I had studied in school. Though I’ve travelled to France, I never “participated” like Jamie had the courage to do. So if I was untethered, I’d like to spend an extended time there, and use that as a home base to travel & experience other regions. This is why I love reading about Jamie’s journey in her IG blog; her photographs tells such a great story, it’s almost like being there. Thank you both for the book giveaway.

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  93. Olivia on

    Up and leaving is something that has tugged at my heart my whole life, so this post and this book stir that desire right back up to the surface. Since I was a child, I’ve ridden horses and always always wanted my own someday. And now my 5 year old daughter is showing me the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I would love to leave the city for anywhere I could slow down and have land and space to enjoy the earth. I’d love to buy myself and my daughter horses to learn to take care of and ride together. Austria, where my parents met, has always been at the top of my list to travel, and I couldn’t even imagine being able to live there with my family and a couple horses!

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  94. Ginger Sox on

    This reminds me of a quote by Dewitt Jones: “Creativity is the ability to look at the ordinary and see the extraordinary.” I too like taking pictures of “ordinary” things in nature. I would like to experience Alaska with its wild beauty and Scotland with its romantic landscapes. Both would offer great opportunities to capture this beauty.

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  95. sara on

    If I were untethered I’m sure I’d find myself exploring a career as an artist. I’d be making my own art, and sourcing art for others. I’d be an art dealer for the people, finding everyone affordable art they love.

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  96. Jacinda Carlisle on

    What a beautiful conversation! If I were untethered from all responsibilities, I would travel to spend quality time with my parents and my grandmother, who is in her 90s! Since Covid, I haven’t had the opportunity to travel to see them and when I traveled in the past for family visits, the time was always filled with to-do’s. It would be nice to simply just be and soak up the love of family with joy, happiness and ease! ❤️

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  97. Nicole Reith on

    I would move to Spain and become a homesteader where I could grow my own food in warm sunshine the whole year for my family (and myself!), and share the nurturing and fun value of freshly grown food with anyone who wants to learn!

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  98. Maretta on

    I have always said if I was to live somewhere outside the US, it would be New Zealand. It is a beautiful country with more sheep than people, and the people are beautiful too.
    However, there is a pretty long list of places I have never been that I would love to explore. At the top of that list is Ireland.

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  99. Kelly on

    I hope you are able to follow this amazing calling, and return to your “home”. It sounds like heaven.

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  100. Kristina on

    Wow. Wow. Seeing you (Floret’s) video post on Instagram and reading this article tied the theme of letting go and feeling. Trusting. There are so many incredible places my heart desires, from the mountains of Switzerland and Italy to the Spanish Pyrenees, to relocating to Portugal where I fell in love with the culture and landscape. However, having just moved to WA, I have to say, I feel like I’m right where I should be, soaking up the incredible beauty that makes up the PNW. I want to tap into painting and drawing more, gardening, paint what I’ve grown. All while just getting lost in the mountains.

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  101. Kelly on

    Oh, I would start by doing a grand tour around the world! I want to see, smell, taste and experience different cultures, explore their natural ecosystems, as well as the gardens they’ve inspired. Finally, I’d like to end in my own backyard, creating my own paradise and working to help our indigenous wildlife and plant species. Sounds like heaven.

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  102. Britt on

    There is just so much here! Gold!
    I was really drawn to read this because of my personal fascination, curiosity and desire to travel and explore France… in particular, Province!
    So should I have a year… France is where you would find me. I have always been extremely drawn to antiques, collectibles and heirlooms so I think my days would be spent toiling in markets, shops and museums. Looking for treasure, interacting with history. I would let the rest come to me. What a dream!

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  103. Sue Johnson on

    If I were untethered I would garden natives in my California mountain garden without gophers, deer, raccoons, or wood rats.

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  104. Rebecca on

    I run a sanctuary right now, and I’m not sure anything could match the beauty, wisdom, love and kindness that each rescue shows through self development as they push through fear, abuse, and trauma, to become, or blossom into someone of true beauty both inside and out in the most unique and individual ways. I love those moments, I love seeing my own truth of self through each new rescue. But If I was to truly become unhinged from my reality now, I would move somewhere, where I would be completely emerged in the culture of the small towns, the people, and their stories. I think I would start in Ireland.

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  105. Ab on

    I would take my daughter, who loves animals to see all the beautiful places where animals still roam free. And we’d visit other cultures and see how they farm and grow and live. This world is so full of tragedy and magic and I want to see it all with her.

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  106. Taryn on

    Untethered from all responsibilities… I would go back to St John USVI. Being from Michigan I do love all of the seasons, but visiting that tropical island did pull on my heartstrings.
    Pottery, tropical gardens, and revisiting scuba diving would be my curiosities to follow ~

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  107. Alexis Penzell on

    Oh, the book looks so glorious! I’d read, look, and then go back to look again. I love France but haven’t as yet explored all of it. Paris feels the most like home and yet each trip outside of the city has been wonderful. My desire would be to visit each wine region, learn about the wines there by staying a few weeks before moving on to the next. I’ve dabbled but not immersed myself. Jamie’s life is enviable!

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  108. Susan on

    Life is short and you have to savor the moments. I am a florist and love every aspect of landscape architecture to my everyday work of arranging in a vase. To just enjoy the moments and soak up the beauty in your surroundings is such a gift.
    My daughter is graduating from high school this May and I want her to experience more or the world than I ever have. We are planning a trip to France. She has had a picture of the Eiffel Tower in her room for years so it is time for her to see it in person. I want her to know that no dream is too big. Your book would be perfect for my daughter Hannah!

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  109. Gloria on

    I would be open to any adventure but would love to try living in a different cultural city with a beautiful garden area. Her book sounds amazing!

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  110. Cyndee Plaskett on

    My travel would take me to an area of untouched nature where I could live off the land, create my own shelter, weave my own baskets and cloth, find nourishment from the wild, and share life with nature. I would follow my desire to create woven or macrame articles from nature — what plants or animal fibers can be used to weave or work into something useful.

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  111. Aki on

    The vagabond life. It would be such an incredible experience to travel and visit small islands all over the world. From tropical to Scandinavia, East to West, and discover all the beauty each village/culture has to offer. To taste their foods, understand their agriculture and learn their heritage and beliefs, I’m sure it would be life altering! Thanks for the prompt!

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  112. Carol D on

    I would travel to Europe, especially France and Italy. I love the old buildings and that they aren’t just torn down. I would love to live in a warmer climate. Where I live we only have about 2 months of shorts weather and snow for about 1/2 the year. I would like the oportunity to get tired of heat.

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  113. Stefanie on

    Like Jamie, I’m interested in slow living and living in a way that’s tied more closely to the cycles of nature. If I had nothing to tie me down and a good travel budget, I’d love to spend a year living above the tree line of some majestic mountain range, like the Karakoram Mountains or the Andes. I think the landscapes at those high elevations are stunningly beautiful in their barrenness, like they have nothing to hide. It’d be challenging, for sure, but that’s what makes life interesting.

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  114. Maddison on

    I would love to travel and learn why different cultures treasure different flowers and the stories that accompany them.

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  115. Megan Draper on

    I would love to go to a small town in Italy, and learn cooking from real ingredients. Or a remote cabin in the snow somewhere far away in Alaska.

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  116. Joy Theriot Featherstone on

    I would definitely head for the countryside in Provence! I have visited Paris & Normandy and it is my dream to go to Provence one day. My maiden name is French and I have always had a yearning to visit anywhere in France. When I visit, it’s like I’ve come home. I love everything French related. French food, French decor, French wine, flowers, books about France. I guess you could call me a Francophile!

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  117. Kathleen Else on

    Wonderful article!!! I can’t wait to order her book. Thanks so much for sharing this Erin!!! You are so incredibly generous with your knowledge… and your contacts! Greatly appreciated!!!

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  118. Amanda Pratt on

    I would live in England and travel from garden to garden exploring. Her work is stunning.

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  119. Michèle Legros Adams on

    I was born in Paris and would love to be able to go back to live especially in Provence. I could never leave my children here in the States. The book is so beautiful I will definitely order one. Thank you for sharing this.

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  120. Lynn on

    What beautiful art and vision your photography shows. Oh to untether from financial responsibility! I would travel Mexico and engage in the culture and people that have such a joy in life. Such beauty around us if only we take the time to embrace it!

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  121. Susan Mulvihill on

    I would rent a cottage in a little French village and immerse myself in the surrounding countryside, visiting gardens, sampling the local cuisine, and making new friends!

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  122. Jane Penders on

    I would live for 6 months in the French countryside and then 6 months in the Italian countryside – live like a local, ride around on a motor scooter, eat and relax. In France, i would base myself in Provence and learn all about lavender.

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  123. Deborah Ream on

    What a wonderful interview and beautiful inspiring women Jamie is to many of us. I did have the incredible opportunity to un-tether (or cast off) on a 13- year sailing odyssey through Central and South America and up and down the East-coast of the US. I wrote in my journal and photographed every day and every stop we made. I love the quote from Jamie, “by removing everything I knew, I allowed myself to live in each moment.” This is so true, you focus more on your current surroundings, people, and landscapes than on yourself. You do become a kid again. You’re given the opportunity to learn about other cultures. Your interview and Jamie’s beautiful book have inspired me to get my journals and photos together and see what I can put together from my sailing adventures. My friends and family always ask when we are going to write that book. Thank you for sharing her story.

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  124. Carly Williams on

    Japan! I love being in a place with seasons and love the culture .

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  125. Marsha Neher on

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities, I would love to spend a year, the four seasons, working along side of my cousin on his organic farm in Northern California. I ache to spend the time with him, working, learning, cooking, getting dirty and tired!

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  126. Jenn on

    Where would I go? Somewhere warm, where my whole family can come with me. What curiosity would I follow? It’s hard to predict, and the whole fun of curiosity is seeing where it leads you. I would start with my love of art and textiles, and see what that takes me :)

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  127. Olivia on

    Truly beautiful presentations
    I enjoyed the read.

    Would love to be considered for a copy.

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  128. Samantha Burge on

    I was suggested Jamie’s house tour on YouTube and it was such a captivating and inspiring video. It’s so wonderful that she has created such a beautiful book to share her magical mind and all the wonderful things it creates.

    If I was fortunate enough to travel anywhere without a worry of any constraints I would spend a long while in Japan. I would love to explore the cities and rural areas, learning everything I could. The masterful crafts and beautiful traditions of the country have always captivated me, and it would be a delight to learn about them from the masters. It’s one of many trips I want to make in my life, with the overall goal of witnessing first hand the cleverness, resourcefulness, creativity, and beauty that humanity has to offer.

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  129. A Lampron (Amélie) on

    This book looks so gorgeous!!
    Also, Floret has been an inspiration since I discovered you on Instagram! I’m in love with your flowers, your passion and the way you share your heart, thanks for all the beauty you bring to our eyes!
    If I had no responsibilities… I think I would keep my life just as it is, I’m living my dream job as a painter, I live with the love of my life & my doggy in a little house by the Fleuve Saint-Laurent (a huge river connected to the Atlantic Ocean) surrounded by forests and lovely neighbors.
    But, my mind would change in every way… If I had no responsibilities in terms of time, money and tasks, I think I would let my creative-self flow freely and be, at last, as luminous, loving and colourful as I crave to be for my collectors and myself.
    I know I can make it happen right now right here, I just get a little lost in the bushes near my path! Haha!

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  130. Audrey Hollatz on

    Wow, what an incredible gorgeous book! I have been to the South of France, and it was surreal, making it SO difficult to imagine coming back to our little rambler in suburban Minnesota!

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  131. Guadalupe Dove on

    If I was untethered I would travel anywhere in Europe.. I am a photographer and artist and find peace in my garden, listening to my honeybees. I just love the culture the sceneries, everything about it to me seems so dreamy.

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  132. Robin Brinkman on

    I just returned from a beautiful vacation in Italy. Oh my goodness, the food and the culture!!! I would love to find a very modest home in a small village along the Mediterranean and make prolonged visits to all areas of the country. Exploring more of the history and art would be of great interest. I would find all the birds I can as I am a birder. I would definitely have my own garden and cook simply.

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  133. Patricia Adishian on

    Most likely somewhere in the south of France near Aix. I love cooking, baking and gardening and living with light! The light there in the summer when I visited a few years ago was truly magical as was the freshness and fragrance of the air. The open markets were colorful and rich with variety. The spices! Flowers! Linens! Vegetables and herbs! Plants! Baskets! Vendors and shopkeepers! It was life’s art.

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  134. Valerie Cundiff on

    I would travel to Sicily, the place where my Great grandmother came from, and incorporate the flowers and foliage of her little village into my botanical bas reliefs, which has recently become my new passion. I would imagine her running through the dewy grass barefoot as a child, and sitting in that grass making clover chain wreaths as I did as a child growing up in Pennsylvania. What emotions can I draw out of myself and others with these reliefs? What human stories can I tell when I add clay sculptures to them, a new twist I sometimes add to the reliefs? Nature is so much a part of what makes us all human; it surrounds us in times of celebration and heals us in times of pain. I would continue trying to capture that, no matter where I go..

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  135. Molly T. on

    I would travel to many different countries overseas to study the food and plants grow in different climates, at different elevations, and learn how they are used in the everyday for that country. Whether for beauty or holiday traditions, food or whatever.

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  136. Jacquelyn Howard on

    If I found myself untethered , I would go to a small village of the community beauty spoken of above in the posts. I lived with my family in Wales for 3 years and it was truly the height of my life. I knew it then and I still agree now, 15 years later. The smallness brought walking and connecting to those around as we moved thru our day. Fresh breads and the most amazing dairy, (we all gained weight in those beginning months) and produce from local farmers. It was a dream that I am so grateful to have shared with our 2 daughters.

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  137. Connie Klingaman on

    I live in a valley surrounded by mountains in Montana where I garden, write garden stories, create mosaics and collages, so I guess I’m already there. To be happy where you are is, I think, one of the greatest gifts of life, I am blessed. It is so wonderful to reach out and share my garden with garden tours and parties and my blog, it seems that everyone who visits a garden is happy to be there and there’s always flowers to pick. So many smiles!

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  138. Leana Bolliger on

    Inspiring, been following Jamie Beck for awhile and appreciate how she sees art in everything and purposely lives a life she envisions and desires.
    In my dreams, I travel to the Swiss Alps to relearn my heritage. I dream of wandering through the hills and meadows, collecting flowers and medicinal plants and becoming the healer I’ve always felt I could be. I would be living in union with the landscape, in ebb and flow as the seasons change. The life is so simple, so rewarding and so humbling. No complications besides the natural challenges present in the landscape and the natural challenges that occur taking on a healing position to others. Being able to slow down to rhythm and frequency of the Alps would make me a more present and connected healer to patients. Its satisfying to just write down the dream. Thank you.

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  139. Kate Riley on

    Thank you for this prompt, and for all of your beautiful sharings, and encouragement to find one’s true path.

    If I were untethered (which I am, as I recently lost my job!- and to be groundless can also be the most horrible of feelings:), I would return to Mexico, to the high sierra of Oaxaca.

    My son is from there, it is in his bloodline, but we have been so caught up in the American system, for so long (I returned to US when I was pregnant, so he could have ‘privilege’ and a ‘good’ education!). But it is time to return, for him and for me.

    It is hard to describe in words the quality of life there, that Jamie captures so beautifully in photography. It is palpable sense – the outdoor kitchens, the smells of tortillas and coffee on the comal, the colors, the woodsmoke, and the knowing of deep magic that lies with the land and people of that place.

    This is the curiosity that I would follow- the plants, the food, the farmers, the mamas. Why my body and mind so desperately need to be outside of the culture and systems here- it has felt like I have never belonged, never felt right. Hustled my ass off, have all the things one builds up here. But there- I feel like I can breathe. Like I have the right to design my days differently, and still make a living. And a huge part of that is more rest, and relaxing into the things that truly bring my spirit joy.

    That is where I would go, untethered.

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  140. Anne McGilvray on

    If time and money would permit I would go on a quest to witness the Aurora Borealis in all of it’s splendour. A tour of Yellowknife, Iceland and Norway would round out the tour nicely to be transported to another world completely.

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  141. Susan Horn on

    If I was unhindered by any responsibilities, I would travel back to my beloved England, specifically the Lake District area, where I would garden and study nature and history. Thank you for sharing this inspiring interview.

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  142. Vicki Sakioka on

    For my 70 th Birthday in June of 2019 I gifted myself a tour of English gardens. Some I had been to i my past travels, but each was better than the last and so inspiring. In the company of other gardeners and surrounded by beauty it made my soul sing. My dream would be to spend 3 months each in England, Italy & France exploring their gardens, food, and culture. I spend most of my time in my garden in Southern California. Seeing your dream for your Garden coming to fruition is so exciting and heart stopping. Thank You for sharing ❣️

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  143. Jani Graham on

    I would go to France, Spain, Portugal….. this book looks so dreamy!

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  144. Brenda McNicol on

    I want this book! So beautiful!!! If I was completely untethered, I would do exactly what I am doing now -growing and loving flowers. Having said that, I love reading about other lives and other choices.

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  145. Marcia Greatorex on

    Such a beautiful book!! Tranquility is what i feel when looking at these pictures. My spouse and I would visit Italy looking at the rolling hills , greenery, wine, food and most importantly spending time with one another.

    Thank you Erin for the reconnection to this beautiful artist.

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  146. Tracey Andruscavage on

    I would go to Machu Picchu and traipse around in those mountains. I’ve heard you can find God there, much like in the open sky of Montana and a blowsy dahlia.

    I would spend a few weeks in San Miguel de Allende with my boyfriend, enjoying the cobblestones and sweaty dancing past midnight.

    Then, I would come home and make gardens for my friends.

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  147. Katie Hawkins on

    If I could leave and go anywhere, My heart would move me towards the mountains. I love collecting leaves, flowers, and any kind of foliage to press in my flower press and them as I am looking at the landscape around me I am Trying to learn the ropes of making embroidery patterns out of the things I collect and see. That would be my goal and dream to live somewhere like that and be able to enjoy creating in that environment. I love using dried and pressed flowers to create beautiful wreaths and pictures and the mountains has some beautiful foliage to add to that. It is just a very refreshing environment.

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  148. Cheryl Kay on

    I found just these few photographs posted in this interview to be artistically inspiring I have yearned for 50 years to return to Europe where I travelled as a very young and very naieve 18 year old in 1971. Although I know everything has changed very much I find myself snagged back into that longing when I watch movies with wonderful little bits of old Europe. I was in SPAIN during May festivals and parades and would go there hoping to quell some of my longing and to find even tiny bits of the charm and artistry of old Europe. I will get this book and like Erin, know I too will tuck it under my arm and wander from room to room after seeing all the beautiful photos. Absolutely enchanting! Well done Jamie Beck!

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  149. Ewa on

    My husband and I would love to take a one year long road trip and travel the world in a 4WD, sleeping in the wild. Finances aside, it would be nice to leave work and not have to worry about what will happen after the journey (would I be able to find a new job, etc.). As to the direction, it really is hard to choose, because one would like to see the whole world. Each continent and region have something beautiful in them, a fascinating culrure and delicious food.

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  150. Jennifer McClendon on

    What a great interview and fascinating question to consider!

    I think if or when I could, I dream of traveling six months a year during the rose and wedding down season to another country and culture, to really learn and immerse myself. Perhaps study painting, cooking or new floristry techniques, all while learning a new language (or improving my Spanish).

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  151. Shawn on

    I had never thought to go to Provenance but in reading Jamie’s interview it would be a wonderful place to go. I have been studying painting and she has inspired me to concentrate more on developing that love and allowing that passion to grow. Provenance would be a beautiful place to flourish. What a blessing and inspiration this interview has been for me. I will follow her on instagram to keep fresh inspiration flowing.

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  152. Ann owen on

    Gorgeous! She’s very talented and I appreciate the thoughtful reflections as well.
    I would travel southeast Europe and bring a journal to write and draw!

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  153. Cynthia Mckay on

    I would love to travel to Italy rome Paris to indulge with different fabrics and textiles of fashion or Milan there is too many to say just one as a Texan I yearned to international travel one day thanks for this interview and the wonderful photos we can still dare to dream through Mrs Jaime experience thank you Floret

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  154. Anne Marie Estrada on

    That was a delightful interview with Jamie Beck and her photos are stunning. Thanks for sharing with us.

    I would love to explore Greece and Turkey for the architecture, culture and food. Maybe one day!

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  155. Kshea on

    I’ve had a garden since I was 17 and now I’m 52. I consider it a job to provide food for our family. That’s a lot of seasons to be tethered to the needs of growing things. The work is loosely structured, which is probably why I love it. But, the timely planting, harvesting and processing are demanding. If I didn’t plant my garden for a season, I think I would travel more (maybe to Provence or Spain.), camp and hike more. Maybe just drive down the coast with my husband and explore the coast and drink wine in Napa. .

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  156. Claudia on

    I like what Jamie said “Every detail of a day, like getting dressed, is a way for my mind to create a story”
    I need to read her book.

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  157. Ivy Zellmer on

    Where would I go? I would go straight to my town planning department and get a permit for a 9×12′ garden studio “she-shed” – that would become my focus. It would become a place to paint, take in nature, look at the mountains, listen to the water trickling from my French fountain, watch the flowers bend in the wind, and host afternoon tea sessions or cocktails with girlfriends. This area would become a creative space for floral arranging, painting, and small workshops, inviting other enthusiasts to learn about floristry and gardening – a magical place for floral and folly.

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  158. Vicki Pike on

    I picture myself somewhere tropical, I dream of what it would be like to live near the ocean.!

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  159. Theresa on

    Looks like a beautiful book. I am so content in my own space as long as I have my gardens and kitchen for baking.

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  160. Celyne Brouillette on

    It is so good for the soul to look at pictures like Jamie’s pictures,be creative is always been a little bit scary,I love to create,I love to paint,to grow lots of flowers, but for me it took courage, in a world where everything go so fast. Since I move in the country,my pleasure is to take time to sitdown and create one of my special barrista coffee and just sit and watch the sunrise. I want to make my everyday life full of creativity, taking time to paint a beautiful blue sky,picking flowers and bring them inside,light some candles,make any ordinary day, a really special day. I want to fill my life with wonderful moment and Jamie’s book is a good example of how to bring beauty in my life.

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  161. Jennifer on

    Would love to explore England, the gardens, the castles, the food. Maybe someday it will come true but for now I will dream.

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  162. Theresa Overcast on

    Honestly, I cannot imagine what I would do much less where I would go. Since I am not a traveler, perhaps I would go deeper in the woods. Maybe a cabin with a few amenities, such as toilet, running water, cookstove, fireplace, and a featherbed! Sounds like a trip to the past. My focus would be nature and a new view. I already live in rural Flat Creek, Tennessee, unincorporated! Still being retired finds me busier now than ever…often cooking for others, running errands for family, and helping or visiting friends. Come to think of it, I guess I wouldn’t change a thing because I really already love and appreciate my life!

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  163. Brenna Kennedy on

    I would definitely spend the winter months at the beach but coming home to my tiny farm will always be magic. I dream of days that I can work all day plant hunting and designing and cooking from my garden. (Now I run kids and have a small business that keep me hopping) uninterrupted!! Long enough to get lost in the magic of it all. Wouldn’t that be a gift.

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  164. Ammi Chung on

    Love Jamie’s work! She is such an inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing this lovely interview…dreaming of southern France 🇫🇷

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  165. Caroline on

    I would move to Finland. Live on a River and lots of acreage. My husband and I crave quiet solitude, surrounded by nature. We would have an outdoor sauna, and I would have my own greenhouse and hobby farm. Have less “things” and be fulfilled by the changing seasons.

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  166. Michele on

    I always thought I would love to go to France, go to exotic locales and beaches. But honestly just to walk around my gardens and the land around us, to go to my children and grandchildrens gardens and see what they have growing, to be amazed by the sunrises and sunsets; I truly feel so blessed and that I am living in Heaven on Earth.
    But her book looks so gorgeous! I will order one or two and travel with it!

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  167. Victoria on

    Provence PLEASE! A grand daughter of Italian immigrants, I’ve always thought Italy would be the star of my dreams. My passion is following why Provence! As a director/writer I try and bring provincial rhythms into my life here in central NY, and I know I’ll learn quite a lot more with Jamie Beck’s book. Part of my new morning routine is picking out one of the May Roses stationary cards and letting myself get lost in the scene.

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  168. Orsi on

    So hard to choose just one place, I would probably travel around the world and I would explore as much beauty as I can. But if I must pick one place that would be Italy the landscape, the food, the culture, the people everyrhing is so captivating there.

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  169. Mary Collins on

    I will spend this winter exploring my artistic side by painting as much as I can make time for. I live on beautiful Manitoulin Island in Ontario and appreciate my life every day. I’m also happy to travel but being an armchair traveller at times i( through reading ) is also so enjoyable.

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  170. Mary on

    Where would I go? Wow. Some days I visualize a whitewashed villa in the Greek Islands. Or a cottage by the English seaside. Or hiking in New Zealand.

    I would tend my garden and weave on a loom. After a swim in the ocean and a walk.

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  171. Mary Heizer on

    Jamie has her priorities right! I would start with a year sabbatical to Assisi Italy a small centuries old town on the top of a hill overlooking the Italian landscape of olives and figs. There too I would have to forage for food. Plentiful in the fields and then create in the kitchen. Nature is our inspiration and fills our heart. Thanks Erin and Jaime for giving me an escape and a glimpse of yours.

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  172. Sally on

    So beautifully written! Love the idea and plausibility of what paths you would take if you gave yourself permission to wander, ponder and let go of expectations. So often in life we run from one check mark off our things to do list to the next. So often I feel frazzled doing stuff, but none of it makes my heart sing. Thank you for reminding me that others feel this burden too.

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  173. Lee Seeger on

    Amsterdam. Amsterdam is my city. I would take a small flat on a canal. Each morning I would have my strong Dutch coffee with canned milk. Then I would walk the canals, dodging the cyclists, admiring the architecture, finding some new path through this magical city. I’d stop at the flower markets to admire the creativity of the Dutch florists. I would snap pictures with my iPhone as I walk. Lunch is a sandwich in a little cafe. Happy hour is a good beer, from a bar with a view of the canals. Dinner in my flat, looking out the windows watching the lights of peoples homes come on as they arrive home from work. The Dutch never draw their curtains. You look across the canal and see life going on in the houses – people eating dinner, someone paying bills at their desk, a woman having a glass of wine reading a book. You are never alone in Amsterdam. You just need to walk the canals, pop into the flower shops, and leave your curtains open, to let life in

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  174. Erin on

    When I think of being untethered of all responsibilities my young and curious 5 year old self pops out and says we’re going to Salzburg for the Sound of Music Tour! The Sound of Music has always been such a special movie for me as it combines beautiful scenery with uplifting music and the thought of going to Austria makes me feel so alive…with the sound of music :-)

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  175. El on

    My hubs was toying with a plan to retire from his I.T. job on 2/22/22, so I floated the idea of renting out our house and signing him up for culinary classes in Tuscany (he is “a born chef”). I figured if he entered some program, we’d have to stay for at least a year, learn some Italian, and I could pretend to be a painter trying to find her inner Michelangelo… Someone else would have to take over my yards full of California natives, fruit trees, compost and lettuce patch (w a fair share of year-round weeds and pesky moles) while I’d finally return to my first love. Sigh. He’s still working, and the rains outside are sprouting our “11th spring” of the year, w attendant volunteer sproutlets everywhere you look. Alyssum, Johnny Jump-ups, nigella, henbit, dandelion.

    So, Tuscany. That’s where I’d escape to. While it’s just a dream to get him to hurry up and retire (we don’t travel) it feels good to have a plan in the back pocket, just in case; maybe. You know ?

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  176. Kay on

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities, I would go to Southern Italy or Poland, my favorite countries, to capture all the beauty that I’d stumble upon while chasing the delicious food. In the meantime, I’m lucky enough to live in Switzerland and try my best to enjoy the beauty of mundane things and appreciate every season for what it gives.

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  177. L. Allan on

    In March 2020, I was starting to pack for a trip to Bali, a much anticipated trip of a lifetime. I was tempted by images of tropical flowers, ferns and trees. I was curious about the people, the landscape, architecture and their rich and colorful culture. But alas, it wasnt to be. Covid eliminated the dream….for 2 and a half years. I am now booked to go in March. As I enter the cold Canadian winter, the dream just becomes richer with anticipation of sun, warmth and all that is Bali.

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  178. Abby on

    Not to be a band wagoner but I would do exactly what Jamie did!!! 😆 I visited Provence and absolutely fell in love – it deserves so much more of my time. I can see myself falling into a slower and more nature based way of life. I’ll fall asleep dreaming about it tonight. Thanks Jamie for your beautiful inspiration!

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  179. Maria on

    Oh, I would go to a cabin in the woods and just read, take walks and eat great food. It would be lovely to spend more time getting to know the local community and exploring what the surroundings could offer with no need to rush!

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  180. Katya on

    Is it cliché to say that I want to get away and live a life full of art, and culture, and travel? I imagine living someplace like Florence, and apprenticing to an artist to learn skills I have always wanted to have and “never had the time” to pick up. People like Jamie inspire me but also fill me with awe, because, perhaps, out of fear of failure or reluctance to change, I feel on a deep, hidden level that I have held myself back from working towards my dreams.

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  181. Karla G. on

    If I could move anywhere it would be Florence, Italy and I would pursue bread making as well as cheese making…just the thought of eating delicious in season produce at the market and finding amazing wine and Olive oil makes me smile.

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  182. Quinn Sullivan on

    If untethered from all responsibilities, I would go into my backyard to build a mini homestead. With crops from my garden I would create endless recipes that follow the seasons, encouraging a community to eat sustainably and inspiring people to get creative in the kitchen.

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  183. Katie on

    Were I untethered at the moment I would head to France though perhaps not Provence but near Paris where our new grandson is due to be born this month. From previous visits I know there is yet so much to see and learn about the area, the customs, the architecture and art, the local flora and fauna. I’d love to have time to just take it all in so I can better appreciate the world our grandson where our grandson will grow up.

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  184. Brittany Smuin on

    Jamie has captured such beautiful images, I can’t wait to read her book!
    If I were untethered from responsibilities I might travel ,but also this would be a perfect time to soak in precious moments with my kids and enjoy more hobby time like gardening, reading and picking up a new skill such as photography or water coloring.

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  185. Toni evans on

    Wow wow wow. Isn’t it strange when the lines connect at the exact yr, month , week, day down to the second. I’m in that season of life where I know I need a change but fear of “what” stops me. Gardening mostly flowers started by seeds is my passion (thanks to Floret) but in winter books bring me joy. The American in Provence added to my collection would be a piece of artwork itself

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  186. Rhonda N. on

    France! And specifically Provence. That’s what interested me in reading this interview. I have a intense love of lavender and have wanted to experience Provence for many years. The one place in the world for lavender growing and learning! Circumstances were so that it was not possible. So….I bought a few acres in Montana and started a small lavender farm of my own. I have joined our local farmers market to sell my lavender and products that I make. A few florists like my fresh lavender and brides also. It has given me the joy of working with lavender until the day I can experience my life long dream of visiting the most beautiful place in the world. Like described in the interview, I imagine all the beauty in living there….not just the scenery, but experiences and culture. I believe I must get this book as it may inspire me to do as she did….just go…and see what happens. Thank you for sharing this book and the artists reflections on her experience. A perfect read this winter as my lavender lay sleeping under the snow!

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  187. HM on

    I’d love to visit my Iceland. It looks so different from anything I’ve ever experienced. The landscape is beautiful and strange!

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  188. Rebecca on

    Where would I go, what curiosity would I follow if I were untethered from all responsibilities?
    Choices are vast, almost limitless, though I would love to follow whatever whim I have; trace paths almost forgotten, commune with nature and enjoy wherever I happen to be, and to meet people from all walks of life. Perhaps even trace some family history, and enjoy where the stories and facts take me.
    Otherwise, I’m content with my life, and though curiosity is my quirky companion, I appreciate all I have experienced in my life, and look forward to new experiences.

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  189. Helen on

    My dream is to drive from North Pole, AK to the Florida Keys, visiting small towns in America and photographing rural America and Americans. The US is so rich in diversity when it comes to landscape, animals, flora. It would take a lot of time and funds, but I guess that’s what makes it a dream!

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  190. Myra on

    I would explore South East Asia and find exotic animals to photograph.

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  191. Lori on

    What a delightful question to ponder! I would travel around the world for one year. I yearn to see and explore more of the world. We are only here for a short time and I want to make the most of it.

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  192. Paula on

    I already have done it! Sure, there I things I have to do each day, but I do them because I CHOOSE to do them!

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  193. Lillian Del Valle on

    I don’t believe i would go anywhere, but find the deepest and richest of the present where i am and what im already doing. I live what im doing now and also see what God wants and has for me.

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  194. Erin Appleby on

    I think I would go to the sea. I have a fascination with fog, it intrigues me! I would travel to places where fog is known for being dense and just reflect and breathe in the wonderful moist air!

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  195. Kristin on

    Untethered is an unknown concept in our culture! But I do dream of it! I’ve always wanted to visit Italy and Greece…maybe a Mediterranean cruise for a few months! The history, the art, the food! I’d love to experience it…in an unhurried and untethered manner!

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  196. Denise Maurer on

    To be able to immerse oneself in one’s passion is to live your best life and always worth seeking. Understanding culture, sharing meals, learning their history and customs is to experience it totally. Let me be lost and enjoy the journey.

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  197. Janet Green on

    I would travel to Kent and stay in the Priest House at Sissinghurst and try and summon the ghost of Vita Sackville West so I could ask her about the plants in The White Garden.

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  198. Fionne on

    Following my heart and calling from God, wherever and whatever it may be; Finally!

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  199. Brooke on

    For me, it’s the Yucatan Peninsula, specifically the surrounding areas of Valladolid and Merida. I fell in love with a boy for the first time there and that land, those colors, that vast sky still tug at me heart. An old women once asked me if I drank the water from a cenote. I told her that after clumsily jumping into one I, in fact, had swallowed some water. She sighed and placed her hand on my arm, saying that anyone who drinks from the water will always return. I would probably fall in love for a second time, dedicate my time to reading Mexican history, learning to weave hammocks, writing, and taking so many photos. Oh, and of course, eating fresh fruit and tacos every night. I think I would go there to see if it was more than just a first love that enamores me. But the natural space and people. I suppose we’ll see. Maybe I’ll have to untether myself and see what’s on the other side.

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  200. Mel Flohr on

    If I were untethered, I would slip through a thousand of my life’s sliding doors just to see what is on the other side of possibility.

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  201. Estefania D. on

    Thank you for the beautiful interview, Erin! I am looking forward to reading Jamie’s book. It might sound strange, but I have lived half of my life in the US, and if I were going to move somewhere, it would be back to my home state Oaxaca. I would love to live in one of the small villages outside the capital. Why? Because the pace of life is different because the culture and traditions are deep, and it would be wonderful to experience that. I would follow my curiosity for gardening and learning the healing properties of plants and herbs. Thank you for the chance to win a computer of this exemplary.

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  202. Laney on

    If time were paused, and I wouldn’t miss a moment of the magic of my children’s childhood, I would venture to Italy. I would taste the wines and learn the histories of the families and their respective vineyards and truly practice il dolce far niente without feeling the never ending guilt that we should always be doing something. I would go to learn about the vines and lose all sense of responsibility to pursue something I was truly passionate about. I would bring home art that wasn’t mass produced. And eat all the gluten.

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  203. Lena on

    I don’t think I’d want to be untethered from my responsibilities. I’m sure if I give up one, I’ll invent another. I love what I do because I now take time and am more mindful doing things, whether it is cooking dinner, baking a birthday cake, gardening or learning French. I love it all. I even enjoyed bringing wood into the house today. People would comment it’s not a woman’s job, but I do it anyway because I see the beauty and meaning in what I do.

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  204. Tricia Converse on

    Where to begin, we all dream about this constantly don’t we? It would be some magical and foreign where I could explore alleyways and side streets. It would be some where safe without guns and violence. It would be a place where people and friendly and nice to each other. They’re has to be great food and wine and sunshine e. Perhaps an ocean too or a beautiful lake. I could walk or ride a bike. It would have no homelessness, trash or graffiti. I’ll spend my life dreaming of going to this perfect place. I think it could be Provence.

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  205. Weston Rogers on

    I am a male (not gay) tethered in responsibilities to provide for my family. My tethered responsibilities will not allow for curiosity to travel to a different country.

    I want to reframe the question to simply “what curiosity would you follow”. I have been reading the Floret web site anonymously for 3 years and learned about the basics of gardening. The interview with Jamie Beck provides a fresh perspective on nature in our daily life.

    I have transformed by home parkway to landscape art with title “Parkway Windows”. Every year the parkway windows are different with flowers – this next year cut flowers. Countless people have paused to view the flowers. I have taken countless pictures of flowers over the years – without people.

    Based on the Jamie Beck article, my curiosity is taking pictures of people CONNECTING with my parkway flowers. This will be a challenge, requiring a change in landscaping maintenance. I must have my camera ready at ALL TIMES while tending my flowers to ask the question “may I take your picture”. Hopefully, I can capture the connection between flowers and people.

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  206. Megan A on

    I would go to Europe…not sure where. Maybe check out a few different countries I haven’t been to and go back to the countries I have been to. Garments and textiles are my passion so exploring new techniques would be a must! Playing more with colors and prints too.

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  207. Debbie on

    That’s so hard, because I would love to travel, back to Italy, hidden gems in the US but I love to garden, so I would have to stay put during gardening season somewhere. My hands in the dirt, watching things grow, and the way everything communes in nature, and the reciprocity of it all astounds me. The Art of cooking with the bounty and sharing flowers with friends is a bonus.

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  208. Deb on

    Love the shared photos; just makes me want to wander and get lost in the wonder. Anytime we travel, along our journey, I always say… I wonder what is down that road…. So, where would I go if untethered? Down a road, to an old place, to a new place, to an old new place or a new old place, a view, a feeling, a breath… just to be in that moment without the need to go anywhere or do anything…just flow.

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  209. Susan Wyatt on

    What an inspiring interview and beautiful photos. To give it all up and move to a foreign country and do what you love most takes so much courage. Jamie shows us photographs on a completely different level and that have so much depth in them. Truly inspiring. It has always been a dream of mine to run away to France. The art, the culture, the food, the flowers. I’d start a little market garden/nursery/ cafe. I love reading about those who have taken the leap.

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  210. Sarah on

    I would travel to different countries around the world and experience their unique cultures-cuisine, clothing, music, dances, traditions….and hear people’s stories. I love connecting!

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  211. Jessica Hambicki on

    I would tour all the National Parks, documenting with a photography journal. Due to pandemic lockdowns, we were all forced to change our normal vacationing habits. I was fortunate to travel to Utah and visit Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon. I had never experienced beauty on that level until then. It was an epiphany, there is so much more to explore outside of your comfort zone. Take the leap of faith, do the things people say, “I wish I could but..”

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  212. Terry Stone on

    A bike, a camera, an unlimited train ticket and all of France

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  213. Cam on

    I would love to be away from my normal routine, in a country with no Winter, in a house with a huge outdoor area, with a pool, and no agenda and most of all, be able to not have to work 24/7.

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  214. Claudia Jacobson on

    I like the idea that my hobby (which is gardening) really is my passion. I can be outside in my gardens here in Alaska all day 6 months of the year and the other 6 months I am planning what I am going to do next season. I enjoyed the interview very much. Thank you for sharing it.

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  215. Nick Ramir on

    Being untethered from all responsibility would take me to flower farms in Italy — a country that captures my heart. I would travel to wildflower fields in Umbria, flowering apple and cherry trees in Trentino Alto Adige and Vignola, and stunning landscapes of sunflowers and lavender blooms in Tuscany. I would walk among beauty. Sit in stillness among the quiet songs of nature. Consider my life and what awaits me when courage and optimism lead the way. All the while carrying my flower press in my backpack — a trusted companion for preserving treasures that hold so many of my life’s most meaningful memories.

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  216. Judith Lamb on

    I do hope copies of this book reach us here in New Zealand. If I was free of responsibilities I would travel to Central Otago in the South Island and revisit the haunts of my youth and write. Just sit and write. Walk and write . Eat and write. Sleep and dream and write.
    I have so many notebooks, jottings, thoughts.

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  217. Erin on

    If I was untethered from all responsibilities, I would head into tropical Australia to build a verdant, wild garden with a pottery studio. I’d swim at dawn, then create, create, create in my studio, until it was too warm. I’d swim again, then cook with local tropical bounty in the evenings.

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  218. Janice on

    I would love to see and experience some European gardens to marvel at God’s creation. With that inspiration I would write a song to sing and record.

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  219. Noel Angell on

    If I were untethered from my responsibilities I would gather 2 or three friends and wander across the world travelling by the seat of our pants- making only plans serendipitous to wherever we found ourselves. I am of an age where I don’t have to come home until I am ready!

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  220. Lindsey Graves on

    For a few years now, my hubby and I have been dreaming about buying a chateau in France, and creating a family and community within the walls of a magical castle. He has four more years before he can retire, so in the meantime, I’m learning french, and falling in love with the gifts that come with every day.

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  221. Jennifer on

    Wow, the beauty and creativity behind these photographs are stunning. We should all be fortunate to have a season where we can be untethered from responsibilities. The possibilities of the amazing things would we discover about ourselves. I would love to travel and explore the hidden gems of the US. Places that are overlooked and discover what makes them unique. Just spend letting your curiosity take over and lead the way.

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  222. Caitlin H. on

    Congratulations Jamie! I’m so happy for you! Your book is beautiful and I can’t wait to read it! If I were untethered from all responsibilities, I’d go country hopping in Europe, Asia and Latin America! The curiosity I’d follow would be learning about my favorite houseplants and flowers! I’ve seen and read about so many fascinating species, and I’d love to see them in person and experience their natural habitat!

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  223. Lorrie on

    I enjoyed this interview and art. I’m grateful. There are moments in our busy lives where we glimpse beauty pausing for an instant to absorb the intensity of it. And then we move on. Jamie Beck has captured these moments and more, creating images of beauty and romance. I am inspired to look more closely and appreciate the natural beauty that is in my life.

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  224. Suzanne on

    If untethered, I would move to the countryside (perhaps in Europe!), start a small farm, and create art! Great, simple meals , wine and stimulating conversations… oh, to imagine :)

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  225. Kate on

    I would go to New Zealand 🇳🇿 ❤️

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  226. Betsy Block on

    If I was cut loose from my current responsibilities in Pennsylvania, I’d move to Maine and start a flower farm 💚🌸🤞🏻🌸💚

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  227. Camille Walker on

    I would love to go to one of the countries in Africa to see the purest nature of the animal kingdom, Italy to taste all the delicious freshly made pasta, to Monaco to taste all the spices.

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  228. Katina on

    I would spend time in Europe, starting in Scotland, and paint!

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  229. Camille Walker on

    I would definitely love to read this book. I’m an amateur photographer and her photographs are inspirational.

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  230. Joan B. on

    Stunning photos! Deep, rich beauty is the description that comes to mind.

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  231. Karely Robledo on

    Ive been inspired by Jamie for years now, I I would love to follow her path into Provence but I think I would much rather move to Thailand and live immerse in the wild tropical surroundings, learn to get fed by the land you are in and fully respect and admire Mother Nature in the purest way.

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  232. Kathryn Flom on

    I would go to France and learn all I could about lavender, how to grow it successfully, how to use it in baking, and cooking, and oils, and visit many village bakeries, and bake with the locals. Visit vineyards, drink French wine. Learn to make French baguettes. And come back to the U. S. eventually, not soon though, 😊and teach others what I have learned. It would be sooooo much fun!

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  233. Laura Brumbaugh on

    I started painting during Covid and absolutely love your inspiring and impressive photographs! The way you capture the soft and dramatic light is incredible and so inspiring. It’s a very classic and old world style that is beyond beautiful. Love your compositions. If I had the opportunity I would choose to go to France and try to capture some of the essence that you have shared with your readers. I studied French years ago and would love try it out after all these years. Thank you for giving us such a treat! Please keep sharing.

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  234. Liz Frisbee on

    This was such a beautiful interview. I can’t wait to read this book! If I were untethered I have a few places I would visit to explore my love of spirituality within cultures, nature, and animal conservation opportunities. I would visit Machu Pichu, Nepal, Taize, Bhutan, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa, Thailand, and Australia. It’s a lot, but these are the places I long to visit and explore!

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  235. Suzy M on

    If I was truly untethered (even though I love to travel and experience new things and places) I would stay home. I live in a beautiful home and my home is in a beautiful place. I would slow down and really see the beauty around me. The sky in the morning as I milk my goats. The way the clouds move above me, are they angry, happy, indifferent, bringing weather or chasing it away. The way the light shines through my windows at different times of day and different seasons. I would observe more closely how things grow. I try and do this now but life does get in the way.

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  236. Debora on

    Get to know my neighbors by walking a dog, which I’d love to have but don’t have time to care for at this point in my life.

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  237. Karen on

    I’d be doing what I’m doing right now. Living out my dreams on our 16 acre farm. No desire or need to be anywhere else in the world and that feels pretty wonderful!

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  238. Cathy Bellerose on

    I dream of English countryside houses and gardens. I’ve been soul-searching to find my spark and flowers are definitely a part of it. I think I would visit places like Floret, for the breathtaking experience. I feel I need to more of those experiences.

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  239. Mélanie on

    I think I would just love to walk south and see how far I get in a year. Trying to see the beauty I meet with every step.

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  240. Kathleen on

    If I was untethered I would travel the world. Especially Europe. I would visit every farm and garden that I could find. I would take in the sights and scents and would draw and paint!

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  241. Christy on

    I would love to travel to beautiful historical places! I once lived in Europe and I miss the historic places there with all of their beauty and stories to tell. I would especially love to see fall around the world. It is my favorite season and it would be wonderful to see it in different places. Thank you for sharing your interview. It looks like a beautiful book!

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  242. Nic Ramir on

    Being untethered from all responsibility would take me to flower farms in Italy — a country that captures my heart. I would travel to wildflower fields in Umbria, flowering apple and cherry trees in Trentino Alto Adige and Vignola, and stunning landscapes of sunflowers and lavender blooms in Tuscany. I would walk among beauty. Sit in stillness among the quiet songs of nature. Consider my life and what awaits me when courage and optimism lead the way. All the while carrying my flower press in my backpack — a trusted companion for preserving the treasures that hold so many of my life’s most meaningful memories.

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  243. Cheryl on

    So hard to choose where I would go. But I know my heartstrings would pull me into every nook and cranny that speaks my Love language. Nature has been like a second mother to me. Maybe that’s why she’s best known as Beautiful Mother Nature. She has taught me love, respect and opened my eyes to so many blessings. I think I’ll step out to my own backyard.🌿

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  244. Teresa Hultquist on

    I would go to Scotland and hear their wonderful accent! Listen to celtic music, harp, bagpipes and the tin whistle.

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  245. Joh on

    Oh, a very difficult decision on where to go – but New York, if no responsibilities – endless discoveries to make, views to take in, people to study. Mostly, though, because of my personal circumstances today, I’d just sit and engage in a very lively world going by, inspiring me to live, live, live!

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  246. Daisy Henderson on

    If I were untethered, just stick me in a crate and ship me to Florence, Italy! Ever since I took mid Renaissance in college, my Professor inspired me through her amazing lectures to visit Italy. The architecture, the sculptures, the artwork and stories behind all the artwork I learned about really inspired me to look at everything in a different perspective. The curiosity that i would follow is going to Italy and simply standing infront of an art piece or inside the cathedrals and envisioning myself going back in time and imagining what life was like when those pieces were created. Jamies interview really excited me just by simply envisioning all the food, flowers, people, markets and landscapes she experienced. It really boosted my imagination. Thank you for sharing her interview! ❤️

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  247. Bess on

    I’d like to walk throughout the English country side and dive deep into the incredible estate gardens in every county. Just to wander, enjoy, create, and observe without the grind would be a dream.

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  248. Heather on

    A slow village life in England just close enough to a large city to be exciting, luxuriating in the mundane, and focusing on building intentional community with those I love.

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  249. Holly Garrison Roybal on

    I would take off on a cross county road trip, and be curious about every place that I go…learn as much as I could about the out majestic country!!

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  250. Mignon McIntyre on

    If I were untethered, I would invest in a small parcel of land, buy a small herd of cashmere goats, and make my big vision of building a tea house surrounded by flowers (which I have the privilege of growing) a reality. What a pleasant if not also fragrant day dream!

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  251. Alexis F on

    Can’t wait to read Jamie Beck’s book!

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  252. Kelly on

    Wouldn’t all of these amazing responses make for a fun book? Surely each of us could garner an experience…or 2…from perusing all of these nifty responses…so many ideas, hopes, and dreams❣️
    I think I might love to spend some time on a sheep farm! I have always loved them…so many fascinating breeds…and would love to learn how to care for them and learn to knit. I’m a total fiber enthusiast!!! A farm in Ireland would be especially wonderful❣️

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  253. Robin on

    If I was untethered….. I would grab what little working supplies I own and navigate a journey through learning native handiwork of Northern European countries .

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  254. Shannon on

    If I had no responsibilities, I’d find bolt holes in Provence, Edinburgh and Cork. Then I’d rotate between them, writing and walking the country side, and pop in on London and Paris. I’d also sleep so much 😂

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  255. Debbie on

    I would definitely head to the Northern California coast. The natural fauna and flora is amazing and I’m moved by the beautiful forests!

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  256. Dan Lora on

    Untethered would be cutting the invisible string that keeps me and my wife of 35 years here at home near our grandkids. I think and I know we would enjoy going to Ireland and Greece to enjoy for about 3-4 months. A smile forms thinking of those places. To sit and enjoy while tethered to my lovely better half and untethered somewhere is anticipated bliss. I better take a photography course to remember what bliss looks like.

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  257. Wendy on

    Untethered, I would roam Europe, eating and slowly savoring every scene and experience. For now, I will visit as often as I can!

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  258. Ann Stapor on

    Sooooo many choices….travel thru out Europe w no agenda other than live the life and culture wherever we are

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  259. Catherine on

    I would travel to Europe and discover how other cultures live. Dine on good food and wine and photograph all my new experiences. I’d also buy a cottage and grow all my favorite flowers. I’m an avid gardener and photographer and that’s what attracted me to Jaime and her work. I just gifted my sisters and a friend with copies of Jaime’s book. I’m obsessed with every thing she creates. I’d love for my daughter to own one as well.

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  260. Kathryn Godfrey on

    As a child I would longing look across the channel at the coastline that beckoned me. Now living in a land far far away that dream is not likely to be. When I saw the photographs and comments so generously shared it stirred a deep emotion within me. I not only want this book…I need it!

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  261. Auntonya on

    Ah if only. If I could though I’d travel around the world capturing beautiful unique hotels and experiences. Also if money was unlimited as well🙂
    Jaime’s work is always an inspiration. Glad I discovered her work. Congratulations.

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  262. Robyn on

    I have so many interests I’d like to follow, but it boils down to travel. I eoukd like to travel to different countries to experience nature and local cuisine.

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  263. Laurie on

    I think I would go to Provence and lie down in that lavender field! I also would study pinhole photography. I’ve had an interest in it for a while, and think it suits my nature, slow and non technological….

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  264. Danielle on

    What a beautiful interview!
    When I was 17 years old, I flew off to Paris to study French and the flute with someone from the Paris Opera Orchestra. While I was there stumbling through french and striving in music, I became quite sick and what followed that virus was chronic fatigue syndrome which has altered my life significantly; but never blown out my need to create every day. I think it creating has kept me alive. I have always wanted to go back to France, but Provence had captured my imagination. How would I choose between growing flowers, painting, photographing, creating music, writing or creating clothes? I seem to have too many curiosities and I just hope that one day I’ll figure out how they all fit together. For now I hover around with them all.

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  265. Liz Winslow on

    I would return to my home land, England and start a flower and vegetable farm. I would also start up a community pea patch (allotment) in a deprived neighbourhood to bring enrichment, hope, love and healing to a troubled place through gardening.

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  266. Cindy on

    If I were untethered, I’d go to the UK and like dandelion fluff, I’d blow into every garden I could find – large or small. I would love to visit and talk with every gardener in my path, journal in hand. It would be heaven.

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  267. April W on

    I wouldn’t have to travel too far. I would go to South Dakota, finding the old farm house my grandmother was born in. I would want to see the scenery and places which shaped her and made her the loving person she was. I would visit the places where here unwavering values and morals were molded. Spending time together as a family, either by working on the farm, or getting together for impromptu musical nights was what mattered to them.

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  268. Nancy Harris on

    If I was untethered I’d find a 50 acre farm and live off the land. Grow my food, raise my meat and chickens and have fresh eggs. Then I’d plant flowers all over my property and enjoy gardening every day!!

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  269. Shanae Lundy on

    I would travel to Italy as I have always wanted to go there. I love ceramics and painting and would love to see how those passions would unfold in new and beautiful surroundings.

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  270. Renee on

    We have a huge family that is spread across the US. I would love to travel and visit all our Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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  271. Teresa on

    I’ve always wanted to live in Italy and to be a writer and photographer.

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  272. Britta Adams on

    If I was unteathered for a year, spending time in Greece would be a dream come true. As an Alaskan who swims in the ocean during the summer season, spending time in a warmer climate would be a dream. I’d swim outdoors everyday. Maybe even try jumping from the rocky cliffs. In the cold Alaskan winters after I put my garden business to bed, I pull out my mediterranean cookbooks and bring alive my passion for food. Experiencing the local Greek cuisine for a calender year would be an incredible way to sync and absorb the culture and lifestyle. Ahhhh, to dream on paper and share those desires really does create a sense of warmth and inspiration. Thanks for asking the question.

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  273. Vasty Ram on

    I have loved Jamie since she was on tumblr! I’m so happy to see her follow her dreams. She truly changed my life, artistically, when she began sharing photography tips for her portraits and still lives. She’s always been so generous with her knowledge and just wants to see more of us create! Thank you, Jamie.

    I hope to one day truly follow my dreams. I would travel the world, maybe settling in different parts every other six months, to discover as many cultures as possible in the short time we have in this world. Really, doesn’t matter where I am, I just wish I had more time to pursue my photography and improve as a painter. I really hope this book inspires me enough to actually form a plan and stop talking about “someday”.

    <3

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  274. Sheila Adams on

    A great interview. I’ve followed Jamie since her NY days. And what and how she found a new life in such a wonderful country as France is awesome.
    If I could I was younger, France or England is where I would live my life.
    For now I enjoy reading about people like Jamie…

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  275. Mellisa Kelliher on

    Far away from here. I am 9 years married to someone who’s lifestyle is completely opposite of mine. I would love to find my true self, some good old fashioned soul searching. I have lost myself in my marriage and it is heartbreaking for me as a woman. I could use an outlet. I seek simplicity in life, not chaos. A re-birth!

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  276. Amber Doig on

    The Richness in all the photography and vibrant story sharing in the interview stirred so many hopes for adventuring again. I know the exact excursion I would embark on. For many years I have dreamt of summering in Nova Scotia; traveling by camping trailer, painting everyday and exploring the beautiful hidden Canadian towns. Reading this interview, started me putting those “curiosities” on the horizon once more; only this time I shall go. I shall paint it’s scenes and enjoy each new day.

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  277. janet hall on

    After getting a little “taste” of Italy and France recently, all I can think of is going back! What a beautiful country. I would travel all over the back roads and photograph the beautiful countrysides and then from my photographs I would try to recreat the image in art. I am not a professional but photograghy and art are my passions, and it would be so wonderful to be able to presue this adventure!

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  278. Sheryl Cooley on

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities, I would return to the Goulburn Valley in Victoria, Australia in the early spring. It is the most beautiful place I’ve ever lived. Tucked into the Blue Mountain Range, with its perpetual rain in the winter, the minute the sun shines, the land bursts into a panorama of saturated green, punctuated with golden wattles, huge red bottlebrush, and shimmering eucalyptus. I would go in search of the fecund smell of paddock mint in the mist, the feel of the sun rising through the wispy fog, and the sounds of lambs calling for their mothers. I wrote home once that it all reminded me of Ireland. Since when had I been there, my mother asked. Well, now I’ve been, and it is. When I lived in Australia, I took snapshots. This time, I would shoot for awe.

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  279. Anne Z on

    I would go somewhere warm by the ocean and read, read, read.

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  280. Paulette on

    My dream / vision is not about travel. It is to find that same spirit of the Gift of Provence here, on my own farm. To choose to slow down and create the aura that speaks beauty and peace into everything thing i can see and touch. I believe, that regardless of where we physically are, we can experience the Gift of PROVENCE. It is up to us to make the choice. A book like this is a gift of inspiration. Hope i win, but if i don’t i can still make ‘the choice’.

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  281. Jetta on

    I would travel Europe searching out the small farms producing high quality goods be it food, floral, or fiber! And then share them with the world.
    Thank you for the inspiration to dream some more!

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  282. Divya on

    I plan to move back to India after 20 yrs here in States. Looking forward to change my responsibilities from one to another and plan to involve in community work and get connected to the extended family to take care of elders.
    Aiming to relocate in the coming summer quitting my day job here and open up to new opportunities!
    I can’t wait to check this book !!
    Thank you

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  283. Cope Jamie on

    I would travel abroad and document my experiences with photos and a travel diary. I love nature so, exploring the surrounding Beauty would be top priority. I would also indulge in culture and meet as many people as I could.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

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  284. Divya on

    I am actually planning to change my responsibilities from one to another. Planning to move back to India after 20+ years here in states and involve in community work also connect with extended family!! Aiming to move coming summer quitting my day job here at states.
    I would love to read this and encourage myself to open up for new opportunities and to find peace within.

    Thank you

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  285. Alesya P on

    I would go to live small town (Greece) by Mediterranean Sea. I would love to write a book about my past and enjoy slow live with my two babies and have a huge garden of flowers mostly. My dream.

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  286. Wendy Fisher on

    I would go to Italy to pursue my Italian citizenship and take cooking classes, not professionally but with the nonnas. I’d immerse myself, learn the language, and study art and food. Eventually I would want to build a business that caters to tourists – throwing dinner parties in a traditional italian home and in the off season, travel, travel, travel!

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  287. Gayle on

    I would do what I am doing now! Eight months ago, my husband and I sold our house in San Francisco and moved to France. We are in the process of purchasing a house in the Var – in eastern Provence. There are plenty of challenges, but I love that we have met them all (so far!) And managed to persevere. We are so glad we made the decision to follow our dream! As one friend said, “I admire your sense of adventure, and I envy your lack of caution!”

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  288. Jess on

    I would love to set my foot on every continent, find the most beautiful horizons, and capture views of the sunsets in every place. I would want to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of local flavors! To find the uniqueness of each place and to find what they all have in common. To see the world and come back changed with my mind and heart expanded with the lovely!

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  289. Marcey on

    I love this questions and it’s given me pause to reflect. I’d get on horseback and ride through parts of the middle east where the Garden of Eden may have been.

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  290. Nanci Samek on

    I would buy a drivable camper and stop where and when I want. I would not be on a time schedule so I could follow the light…so to speak…and people’s suggestions of places to see. I did that once while on a three month back pack trip to South America. It felt like freedom! I would go to flea markets and to antique markets and shop or set up (I do that now, but just locally). I love family and friends, nature and traveling, and…right now I’m loving learning about my cut flower garden and seed saving and trying to figure out dahlia dividing! Thank you Floret for all your advice and beautiful and inspirational posts! Jamie’s book looks amazing!

    I’m a curious person and there is still so much to discover!!!

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  291. Robin Parsons on

    I would go back to Italy. I would study the language again, cook, drink wine, pick olives, spend all day in a museum, or walking the back streets to meet the locals. I would embrace it all, and it would be heaven.

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  292. Angela M Myers on

    If I could choose a place to go it would be Italy; I would teach cooking classes, grow flowers and vegetables, and learn how to make wine. It would be my dream! Fingers crossed to be one of the lucky 5 winners!

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  293. ERIKA on

    I would go to the UK or France and live in a cottage, living off the land. Grow lots of flowers and enjoy a quiet life with those I love.

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  294. Izel on

    I recently went on a taster scuba diving session in Portugal, and it was an indescribable experience- terrifying and exciting to start off, meditative once I got into the rhythm of breathing and moving underwater, and beautiful and humbling once I began to see the underwater habitat and creatures! If I was untethered I would learn to scuba dive independently and it would be a dream to see the Great Barrier Reef.

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  295. Sue Berlekamp on

    Hi Erin,

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities, I would go to the New England area in Autumn. For 31 years I worked in an elementary school library (best job being surrounded by books) and after having my summers off (which were spent doing lawn care/mowing mostly for elderly people) taking a vacation two months into the school year was not allowed. Now at 69 I feel I might be too set in my ways of being a homebody with a dog and two cats and also taking care of four lawns from April to November.

    I live in Ohio and we definitely experience all four seasons, I just think the New England area with the beautiful Atlantic coastline, amazing colors of fall and small, quaint towns would be a way to disconnect from the usual and just “be.” Was inspired by the interview you had with Jamie and am always hopeful that someday I might be brave enough to reach out beyond this life I live.

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  296. Nadia Lewis on

    I’d move to Paris and sit in cafés knitting my designs. ✨

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  297. Nancy on

    I don’t think I would travel too far, but I wish to explore places in the United States where I have never been. I grew up in the midwest and I lived for a short time in Connecticut and the state of Washington. I would enjoy road trips to anywhere, but I would love to see some of the natural wonders like the Grand Canyon. I would so enjoy bringing my adult children and husband with me if they wanted to go along. And isn’t it just a wonderful thing that we all have cell phones with amazing cameras so we can record some of our favorite places and events? It’s good for humans to explore and learn about new people and places.

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  298. Cheryl on

    If I was untethered, which is a lovely thought in itself, I would travel in Japan for a year. The unique appreciation of nature, the richness of their horticultural heritage and those scrumptious chrysanthemums. Over the course of the year there would be the joy of cherry blossom in spring and all those lovely Acers in autumn. Oh the wonder of it.

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  299. Mia B on

    I’d love to go to West Africa. I watched a docuseries on Netflix a while back and they do a good tour around west Africa and how it impacted American soul food cooking and how the slave trade impacted all of that and it looked so powerful and transformative! On the other hand I’d do a stay in a small country cottage where I would garden, bake bread, and sleep!

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  300. Aubrey on

    I think I’d pack up my backpack, necessities only + journal & pencil of course, & fly to Rome… find a bicycle, pedal all over, meet new friends, eat new food, see all the fountains… venture to Tuscany, soak it all in & just be. Meditate. Sit. Feel the earth in another place, completely unfamiliar to me.
    Thank you for the lovely interview content, book looks stunning!

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  301. Lollie on

    My husband and I are retired and tethered only to our home. After reading this interview I am ready to pack up and make a move. This is the pace and tranquility we wish for.

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  302. Lisa Buchanan on

    France beckons, especially after reading this interview but I think I would love to experience rural Quebec- the eastern townships. I live in Alberta , Canada but was born in Ontario. My few visits to Montreal have left me longing for “the Canadian French” and to experience more of the beautiful country I live in.
    Thanks for the inspiring interview. I hope I’m
    One of the fortunate 5 to win a copy of Jaimie’s book. Lisa 🙏

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  303. Dana Laborde on

    I would love to spend a month in Italy. That way you can really immerse in the culture. Definitely would need a garden as well; everything to make a pasta sauce or caprese salad! Can’t wait to be inspired!

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  304. Bayle on

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities I would go on an adventure exploring places that were new to me following the coastline of Australia, Europe, and beyond. Curious to understand local native wellness traditions with ample time to rest, reflect, and eat well.

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  305. Kate on

    I’d go to India or New Zealand – two very different places but both gave taught me a lot (when briefly visiting) about the importance of slowing down and enjoying what reality matters in life. The focus of environmental conservation and individual stewardship in NZ is truly inspiring to me and the loudness of Indian flavors, visual patterns, and some of the details of daily life (from an American’s perspective) make me rethink my priorities and day to day stressors in a way I’d love to challenge further.

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  306. Sheila B on

    If I had no limitations, I would split my time between traveling -visit old friends, visit new lands and waters- and gardening, cooking and being with friends and family at home. And see what else emerges without the leash of a regular 9-5 job diluting my inspiration!

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  307. Rachael Moore on

    I would move close to any ocean and have a huge flower garden!

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  308. Theresa Bryan on

    I have been untethered for 3 months and I didn’t do any of the projects I said I would do if I ever got that time to myself. I discovered I needed to heal from the burn out and guess what?….. the projects just waited for me to heal and be ready.

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  309. Ksenija on

    I would move to Spain or Croatia to live a slow and quiet life soaking in the beauty, culture and people while I paint away on my canvases.

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  310. Natalie Woo on

    As an Asian American married to a Parisian, I felt untethered and this interview also brought me back to my summers in the South of France. I continue to have a very similar experience and this reminds me to continue following my curiosity as I navigate different cultures. Thank you.

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  311. Elizabeth Frankart on

    I would continue to live as I do when I am at home. My family, community, and love for gardening already give me this pleasure that Jamie talks about… I have no need to go somewhere else. I wish I could just have more of these moments and less rush. I feel that putting down my phone and living for today helps me live my life connected to the earth and those around me and does help provide more of this time…. I sure do like filling up my time with wonderful new adventures and experiences though. So, I guess I will never have all the time I want because I will keep being inspired! Isn’t it great to be creative!

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  312. Margaret Kim on

    If I had freedom from the expectations and demands of my current life and could take only my family, I’d spend time reconnecting in Finland with my family culture and lost relatives. I spent a lot cocktails with my paternal grandmother before her passing. She’d tell me about the natural but harsh beauty; and her appreciation for the seasons.

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  313. Hilary on

    Thank you so much for sharing this book and interview! Absolutely beautiful and inspiring. Untethered? I would probably travel once or twice per year with my mom and 3 year old, and then spend the rest of the year recovering from the trip and gardening 🌸

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  314. Jennifer O. on

    If I were untethered I would move to a farm in Scotland and pursue a simpler way of life. Raise highland cattle, homesteading, find peace and fulfillment in the small things.

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  315. Jenifer Maxwell on

    I would travel to every museum that houses original Monet artwork and experience every culture I come across.❤️

    This blog was so beautiful. The photos are filling my soul with hope as corny as that sounds. Thank you for sharing.

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  316. Meridith Bergesen on

    If I were untethered I would move to Norway. First connecting with relatives and enjoying our wonderful heritage . Learning about local crops to grow and digging into Scandinavian farm to table cooking. Photography is a hobby that I would spend time with. Exploring nature and documenting an amazing experience.

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  317. Chandi Holliman on

    My dream is to retire someday in France. Nothing fancy but to live as a chef and work would be a reincarnated fantasy.
    I have know that I lived there since my first trip to Europe in 93. I have brought France here, through my culinary skills, love of gardening and photography. Thank you for your inspiration Jamie. .

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  318. Ginny on

    If I was untethered, I would love to visit all the iconic flower scenes in Europe such as the lavender fields in Provence, sunflowers in Tuscany, tulips in Amsterdam

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  319. Kirsten Drew on

    I daydream of Scotland — the mountains in the Highlands, the history of Edinburgh, the sea waves falling on the islands all call my name. The dramatic light and vast changes and abruptness of the seasons inspires me to slow down. Last year, I began taking pottery classes. The connection I felt with the Earth through the clay is something I’d like to go back to. (Especially as it allowed me to rest, recharge and experience my creativity during the winter and enjoy gardening and showing off my creations – plants and clay vases – during the summer.)

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  320. Linda Zink on

    This is beyond inspiring ! I would travel to Tuscany or the Almafi Coast and stay a month just to immerse in the culture and history. I’d savor all the local fare and take my time on the back roads. Hmmm I may just stay longer than a month now that I think of all I’d want to see. What a dream!

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  321. Roberta Shea on

    I am an artist. It has taken me almost 50 years to become an artist and finally admit it. It wasn’t until we moved to Newtown, Connecticut with a spectacular view across the street from our house, that I discovered my path and a new direction to follow. As a child, my canvas was the beach in front of our waterfront cottage. In the early morning I would rush down our flagstone steps to be the first mark maker on the freshly scrubbed sand. Today I enter my studio to leave my impression on the pure, unblemished, white canvas with artists like Joan Mitchell and Claude Monet looking over my shoulder.
    My old growth shows that it is never too late to start over and make your mark. Literally and symbolically I have attempted to paint the flourishing of human nature and power of human beings to grow. Influenced by my gardening and the seasons, my art reflects the green pulse of life in color, line, and form.
    My art is an expression of what I see, using the process of painting to reveal my vision. I am led to the light and colors that nature paints before me. Nature has been my teacher. Landscape in art has always been spiritual, feeding an essential need in human beings for which there is no substitute. This gestation and birthing takes a lifetime and like fruit ripening on a tree before you see what is before you.

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  322. Alia Fern on

    This is a really inspiring interview as my wife and I have been struggling to access affordable land to farm in Oregon for several years. We have talked about moving to Italy, a place I still have family in my lineage and happens to be one of LJ’s favorite countries in the world.

    Reading the commentary here reminds me of that dream and the fact that it is possible, despite the many dead-ends we have found stateside with respect to land we can caretake and tend. It isn’t exactly untethering from responsibilities as much as giving ourselves permission to be fully immersed in the moment each day, doing and growing what we love. THANK YOU for the beautiful reminder!

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  323. Nicola on

    Dream- to spend a year living in Italy. Learning the small villages and what makes them unique. Skiing from hut to hut in the Dolomites and eating delicious food along the way.

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  324. Kim Morrill on

    After a large, exciting career and a move from the NW to the Midwest I am reckoning with what’s next.
    Almost 2 years later, filled with everything from remorse to grief to angst, I have begun to feel this new found quiet slowly open my heart and soul and allow what’s next to filter in. In this time in my life I reject “breakneck”. I am ready to delve deep to experience this chapter of my life with authentic joy and passion.

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  325. Tisa on

    Oh this would be amazing to experience and I would love to enjoy this area with my family or Italy. But just for a dream trip I’d go somewhere with amazing water to swim in like Bali

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  326. Philippa Foes-Lamb on

    I loved reading this so much! Your words literally speak to my soul – it’s me! I live on 5 acres in the upper South Island of New Zealand and every day I am captured by the sheer magic of the natural world around me. I notice the tiniest things – I’ve done this all of my life – and it makes life so much more joyful. I would LOVE to win a copy of your book, but if I don’t I will definitely be finding a way to purchase it here. Aaah I can now continue my day with thoughts of wonderful Provence. I was fortunate to be there in 2012 – I have French blood, my mother’s ancestors came from Rouen and we can trace them back to the Huguenots in the 1600’s. I adore everything French! Smiles…

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  327. Suzan Dunbar on

    I always thought my dream was to go to France. I have traveled many places but never made it there. Covid sort of changed my thoughts about what untethered means for me! I decided to retire early and go to where my grandkids are…something I wasn’t able to do for all those months of lockdown “tethering.” My creative pursuits follow will me there and I am excited to find a new community of fellow artists to bond with and see what kind of a retreat I can build in our new home.

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  328. Judie on

    I loved the quote “you have no choice but to be present in each moment” and that is a beautiful way to live your life.

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  329. Mira Thomas on

    If untethered, I would walk the lanes and byways of local lands. Sometimes walking up a mountainside or on a prairie to gaze at the native plants, insects, birds and take in great gulps of fresh air. Taking into my heart and mind the joy of being alive to see the distant vistas, taking captured photographs to pour over during the quiet times.

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  330. Lori-Anne on

    If I were untethered I would love to relocate to Bermuda. The tropical vegetation, cave systems, and historical buildings make it an incredible place.

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  331. Phyllis Copt on

    If I could be untethered from all responsibilities, I would stop, breathe, look around and give myself the gift of time. I am curious to know what would challenge me and how I would react.

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  332. Pat on

    If untethered I too would move to southeastern France for a year, maybe more and search Germany, Netherlands, England, and Scotland for members of extended family.

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  333. Stephanie on

    Travel, make art, find myself again and re-connect with nature and loved ones.

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  334. Renee on

    If I were untethered, I would move to the South of France to be an apprentice for local gardeners to cultivate as much knowledge before one day opening my own floral shop.

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  335. Stana M on

    If I were untethered I would visit any museum, from the large to teeny tiny in every town I visited! I love seeing things from other times and imagining the love and care or just respect people had for the items there. The worn wood handles or tender sewn items that someone left their heart print on.

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  336. Lindsey on

    I actually think about this question & dream on the daily! I’d go to Italy. <3 My second choice would be Ireland. Have never been to either..and I'd have to bring my 35mm film camera with me, to capture everything I see.

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  337. Susan Felley on

    Paris, definitely Paris. I would make it mine. I’d stop being a visitor and become a neighbor. Find the tiny things in each neighborhood that make it special. Find every market, chocolate shop, patisserie, and bread maker. I would wander…mostly on foot. People watch. Explore. Make friends. Indulge.

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  338. Fran on

    I’d be off to explore/ experience Australia and New Zealand. Need to figure out why I’ve always been drawn to that part of the world since my teen years when my mom’s New Zealand Pen Pal’s son and daughter in law stayed with us for a brief time while they were on their own around the world adventure.

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  339. Rosie on

    I would love to travel to more of Europe, Indonesia, Africa, Peru, Mexico City, Japan and many more places!

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  340. Shaye Benoot on

    Untethered for me would be back to France I would stay longer this time, I so would want to travel to all those beautiful little villages the smells, food and flowers yes I’m a florist here in Australia, don’t misunderstand I’m grateful for what I have. But I was born in Europe and now in my later years it calls to me unfortunately I don’t believe I will ever be able to return.

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  341. Valdone Venclovaite on

    I would love to spend live few years in South America. I would love to immerse in their dance and food culture. Travel around as I feel it’s so unexplored place and people full of real feelings

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  342. Julian Blue on

    I think for a long time I would’ve said I’d live and work in some other way. However, recently I manifested the life I’ve been wanting. Where I live and how I spend my time is now inspiring! So I’d stay here in the Appalachian mountains, growing flowers, healing people and animals, and writing :)

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  343. Melissa Jackson on

    If I were untethered, I would travel the Mediterranean going to those countries exploring old ruins

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  344. Judy Fullan on

    Since retiring I’ve gotten more involved with photography and travel. I have the fortunate luck of having family that live in New Zealand and am able to visit them yearly. When I arrive for 2-3 months from the United States it always feels like I am able to lose myself in their culture and enjoy the way of life and the nature of that area of the world. I’m heading back next week and will be happy to be all consumed in the kiwi experience – camera in hand.

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  345. Denise McDonald on

    If untethered by life’s commitments. I would spend the year immersing myself in cultures across the globe. Italy and Greece, Belgium and Germany, Russian countryside, Thailand, Africa. To experience others is to also experience self.

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  346. Rachel on

    I would travel to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. There, I would really try and pursue my writing and maybe even my painting. Two hobbies dear to my heart. I can only imagine the inspiration I’d gather from traveling to the places I’ve mentioned.

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  347. Nita Gibbs on

    I grew up in West Texas & have lived in most Western states & Hawaii but would love to begin in Spring in the South following the azalea trail & seeing the wonder & beauty of every new, tiny sprout come to life, watching new blooms open whether beautifully landscaped by man or our creator. Then in the Fall move on to the Northeast as the trees begin to color the world with shades of yellow, orange, & red bringing awes at every turn. I would walk through the piles of leaves, following paths across quaint bridges up to white steepled churches with animal footprints that have frolicked in the snow. Knowing underneath new life is preparing to merge with new colors of green & vibrant hues of color. I’m still enamored by the wonder of the cycles of life through nature & how everyday I find a reason to be joyful & thankful for my 82 years of experiencing each year.

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  348. Susan on

    I always daydream of a simpler life. Living off grid. Living like our pioneers. I want to have a small cabin, few animals, my flowers and vegetables garden. My family could live happily ever after. 💓

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  349. Lynne Beclu on

    If I was untethered from all responsibilities I would move to France and wander…camera in one hand, baguette in the other!
    Photography and nature are my passions…oh, and France too. Spending my days wandering through the markets, the fields and forests, walking through the villages, talking and sharing stories with the people and wondering, just wondering at everything around me, and playing….with life.
    No wonder I love Jamie and all that she inspires!
    I spent six years living in France with my French husband, a former dancer at the Lido in Paris, raising our three daughters and learning to navigate life in a new country and culture. Now, in the Autumn of my life, it is France that whispers to me and calls my name.

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  350. Laura Stark on

    I know I would love this book! I have been following Jamie on Instagram for a while now and get her news letter. I love how she transports you to France, it’s so magical!

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  351. gretchen on

    Such beautiful dreamy photos!

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  352. Cindy Van Schooten on

    Untethered. In spirit. That’s the hard part when considering the mindset that the physical location, family and work obligations and responsibilities “tie us down.” As I age, it’s become easier to use daily freedoms to explore, create and bond deeply with people and my animals. Travel, immersion in cultures and history is so enriching, and being present to soak in daily blessings and appreciation for our own life is a gift to oneself. I find easy access to this mindset whenever I’m riding my horse. Animals and nature force me to be present, and I welcome it! Anywhere!

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  353. Teri Hamilton on

    I’m always intrigued when I read of someone that has been able to transport themselves to a completely different way of living. Foreign surroundings, unknown language and not just survive but THRIVE. It’s a little vicarious thrill to know that maybe just maybe I could too. Scotland is my dream and ancestral home but I could also see myself somewhere temperate with the ability to grow just about anything!

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  354. Anna on

    I would go to Europe and hunt for antiques to sell at home!

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  355. Amber Rhodes on

    All I do is work as we are on a sheep and cattle farm in Australia and I have my small flower farm as a part of that, which keeps me busier than everything else combined. I homeschool three kids too so certainly couldn’t become untethered here, but having said that, there’s no where else I’d rather be than here, at home on my farm in the hills of Budgeree.

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  356. Susan Hayek on

    I am retired and old, so I would hate to leave my dogs and my family here in North NorCal, but…..if I was young with no obligations I would investigate Iceland or Finland. I like the cold countries.
    I wonder what they grow and eat there. It would be fun to find out.

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  357. Faith Pitts on

    I love having different cultural experiences. Visiting Provence to see the lavender in bloom had been on my bucket list for several years. I was finally able to visit with my husband two years ago while we were stationed in Germany (we are a military family). It did not disappoint. I would love to read this book!

    If I was untethered and able to go and do anything, I would go to Indonesia with my family (because being “tethered” to my family is the best thing ever), experience the culture on land and explore the ocean while SCUBA diving. Nothing reminds me of how big and truly wonderful our earth is than exploring below the surface . It is like a different world being in the ocean and seeing all of the life therein. Indonesia is supposed to have some of the best diving in the world, and I would love to see all it has to offer.

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  358. Lynn Barclay on

    I have found my inspiration in the Aveyron, a department in the SW of France. My husband and I bought and renovated an apartment there in an 18th century hôtel particulier. I agree completely with the author that one needs to “give in” to another culture, and the French culture is the one that speaks to me. In France, the people, the food, the wine, the outdoor markets, the language, the culture all coalesce into a deep appreciation of beauty and living life to the fullest. I find I do not need to study how or practice how to live in the moment there — it just happens.

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  359. Kathy on

    This book looks lovely, especially for the creative eye that formed it. It’s said we already have enough time to do what we wish most to do. Not sure why it’s so hard for me to prioritize in that way but my dream is to read and write poetry everyday.

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  360. Rachel on

    I always say I’m living the dream. I would continue to create the magical forest garden and tell the story through imagery of its’ beginnings from a blank slate and how little by little planting and caring for each new seedling and flower it evolved through the years well beyond my existence leaving a legacy for new generations to experience and continue enjoying a special place in nature by being custodians of the land.

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  361. DiAnn Bottomley on

    Thank you for the great interview with Jamie. She is such an inspiration to those dream of changing their course, and maybe, just maybe, her story will encourage others to do just that.
    Had I the courage, or thought of possibility when I was younger, I wonder how my journey would have played out. As it is now, I am much older than I’d like to admit, but now is my time (what is left), to open that door, to set sail for the adventures kept locked away for all
    those years.
    I now have the courage to take chances, and to those I meet along the way, I encourage them not to wait, but meet their dreams head on.
    *I am a
    *Creature of curiosity
    *Wanderlust at heart
    *World traveler
    *Global gardner

    “Never stop digging. You never know what treasures you will find.”

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  362. Roseann on

    What a great interview!! I adored watching Jamie create her isolation creations series in 2020 and her tulip poster from April of that year hangs in my bathroom. Just ordered her book. I love where I live so much and feel lucky to have arrived here. I live in the Sierra Nevada foothills in northern California and am constantly in awe of my environment. I wish I had more time for walks in nature and time to enjoy swimming in the river. I would like to travel to Montana and Canada and see more of vast landscapes. We are planning a trip to Croatia this summer, and I am very excited to experience a totally different environment. I definitely want to spend more time photographing my family in nature.

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  363. Carly on

    After reading this, most likely Provence! The south of France has captured my day dreams for a long time…

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  364. Kristy Kasprzyk on

    Being untethered from responsibilities sounds a bit scary and exciting. Working a corporate job and having a young family, I daydream about open picturesque fields and mountains and soaking in the beauty of the landscape. Living in a small town and being married to a man from Poland, I would love to travel the world: visit the states neither of us have been to; travel to his home of Zory and taste the local food, go to the markets and immerse ourselves in the culture wherever the wind may blow us. Perhaps one day we’ll get there but for now we enjoy the beauty of our family and friends.

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  365. Julia Eidson on

    I would go to Italy. The Italian people and culture have always fascinated me. They seem to do everything from cooking, gardening, loving, dressing, wating, fighting and making up, with an unhurried passion and sexiness that I find intoxicating.

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  366. Julie Eidson on

    I would go to Italy. The Italian people and culture have always fascinated me. They seem to do everything from cooking, gardening, loving, dressing, wating, fighting and making up, with an unhurried passion and sexiness that I find intoxicating.

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  367. Courtney on

    On a personal level I would love to travel to Scotland to enjoy the landscape and culture. Edinburgh is like a real life Harry Potter. The architecture in Scotland is so beautiful. If i was traveling for art and food I would love to go to Italy. There’s nothing better for the soul than art, food and nature.

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  368. Debbie Gaughan on

    Beautiful interview. Untethered from responsibility? France! A place I’ve just read about and seen pictures of and EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. my heart is a flutter with thoughts of transporting to France. Thanks for introducing us to Jamie Beck.

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  369. Kris McCulloch on

    Untethered is a wonderful idea, but seems far for me to grasp. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy, maybe the Puglia coastline region and experience the family restaurants & artisans there. And also a wine region to view vineyards and taste the bounty, and cook with a local Nonna too!

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  370. Raven Yohannan on

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities… Ha! What a great question. Well, I have never been outside the US and it has been a dream to travel through South Africa. To truly live in a culture, a home that is far different than my own. To experience life with people in a different way. From there, if I have the money to match it I’ll travel through the world. My curiosity will certainly lead me to stage theatre in England and possibly a performance of my own ;) Russian ballet and orchestra, Painting on the Austrian hills and …curiosity is endless so the list continues…

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  371. Melinda Stemmer on

    Such beautiful and exquisite art!! Absolutely following Jamie’s beautiful work now! To me, these portray the very essence of beauty with a vintage aspect to it. It captures the need for adventure and beauty seeking among the world around us! I most certainly gained the desire to travel to Italy or Ireland to experience the raw culture and history they hold!

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  372. Margie Eis Aghion on

    Provence has been in my soul since the 80’s, when my French husband started bringing me to his family summer home in vaucluse. The smells, visuals, & tastes are like no other that I’ve experienced. My goal for over 35 years was to retire & move to provence from NYC. And I did! Now happily living in Provence I also, like Jamie, get to enjoy all the area has to offer. I❤️Provence!

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  373. Colleen Humphreys on

    If I was lucky enough to be truly untethered from everything! I would travel through Europe going to every garden possible to then be able to create an English garden at my home in the USA. The reason behind this is that was always a wish of my sweet mother. To have an English garden, which she was never fortunate enough to have for many reasons. She has been gone now for 14 years and I think about her every day. Therefore this is what I’d love to do to honor my Mum.🍀

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  374. Tracy Olomi on

    I have always felt a connection to nature, the seasons and the magic of watching plants grow with their seasonal changes. Having just recently found out that I am from a long line of farmers and tenders of nature, I would love to pack up and find myself in Denmark with hopes of connecting to what seems to be genetically engrained in me. I can’t wait to read her book and enjoy her imagery. Thank you for introducing her to us!

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  375. Jasmine Garcia on

    If I was untethered from my responsibilities I would seek to live in every present moment and physically roam different parts of the country and worldwide to learn about other cultures and speak to others. I would be more involved in the special needs community and find a way to help children and parents through the art of gardening.

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  376. Nora E. Carson on

    If I was totally untethered, I would want to see the Flowers at Flowers at Floret Flowers (your photos are beautiful), and the Flowers and Gardens in England and finally the Flowers in France where the the book “An American in Provence” by Jamie Beck was written! It would be a Dream come true!

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  377. Leslie on

    Reading Florets words made me dive deeper within myself to appreciate the life around me and how I need to pay more attention to all the gifts I have. I get caught up in the farm and gardening chores, instead of the seasonal beauty around me. An American in Provence has given me an Ahh experience. A light has gone off inside to experience the presence of the moment and the beauty of life and the amazing joy in the variety of nature around me. I must do more ART too!

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  378. Paula List on

    Looks like a beautiful book! I think I would go somewhere in the US that is still forested, hopefully with a variety of trees and I would learn about the different woods and their special characteristics. Then I would work with the wood and create things made out of wood, furniture, bowls, toys, maybe even attempt to build a log cabin.

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  379. Randi Pratini on

    My work, (owning and running an organic plant nursery), blesses me with two months off; November and December. Having this window of time off allows me to ‘unteher’, to travel to somewhere warmer than my California Sierra mountains enclave.

    My heart lies in Cuban dance and with the many gracious inhabitants of this country. I love to go ensconce myself in their dance and social culture as well as experience much of the physical beauty of the island.

    I am grateful for an extremely full and balanced life!

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  380. Elle McAndrews on

    I cannot wait read this book with a good cup of tea and a candle, all my comfy pillows around me. If I were untethered from the financial constraints of our society, I would be living somewhere in Europe (I’m in Alberta) writing and recording music all the time. It is my lifeline, it is my passion and part of my being.

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  381. Betsy Kenney on

    I’d live in Maine, grow lavender by the sea, tend to an organic vegetable garden, and raise alpacas for their wool.

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  382. Leslie Aungst on

    France! I love Paris 💕
    Exploring the French countryside would be enchanting.

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  383. Tracy Marino on

    If had an opportunity to be untethered I would find my way by traveling through Europe going from one garden to the next. Especially places like Cotswold and Provence. I love the cottage garden and the care free aspect of it.
    This book is gorgeous and the photos have an ethereal quality to them. Thank you for sharing

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  384. Sophie on

    A lovely interview between two of my most favorite people to follow! I have always wanted to leave my job in finance and start a small (flower) farm in New England (hence my following of this page!). Reading about Jamie’s experience is another gentle nudge to pursue this dream. Wishing you both the best!

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  385. June Demers on

    While I love visiting the southern countries of Italy,France and Spain, I would like to spend more time in the Scandinavian countries. Those are my roots, and I feel the “tug” when I see the light and water. The hardest part of visiting is returning home and letting go of those things that are unimportant..things that we “should do” instead of those that make us truly happy.

    Yours, June Demers

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  386. Suzanne Meyers on

    I’m trying to find time for writing a novel that includes something unusual that happened to me when I was teaching at a primary school in France in the 80s with the backdrop of the life of one of the female Impressionists. Ha! That probably makes no sense. (The narrator is studying the Impressionist whose life mirrors her own in a way) If I could go anywhere to do this, it would probably be near Paris so I could continue my studies to inform the book. I just want to say how grateful I am for Erin and Jamie’s art. Putting color, inspiration and joy into the world is spiritual work and benefits all humanity. So thank you…et merci mille fois pour le courage que vous montrez!

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  387. Sharon Battaglia on

    I could smell the Lavender in that photo. I’m obsessed by it. It was the only souvenir I wanted on a resent trip to France. I bought last dried bundle of it in a small shop in Versailles. I’m an artist who uses dried flowers in my paintings. On this trip we also visited the Amalie coast. So ,I’m torn by being able to gather flowers and create painting all day in either country !

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  388. Susan Flint on

    Yes, I too Loved “A Year en Provence”! I don’t know if I would have the courage to go for a full year by myself, but what fun! Give me a month, and I would go to Australia, New Zealand and the Great Barrier Reef!

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  389. Michelle on

    Oh! Let’s see, if I was untethered and healthy (I have been living with chronic lyme disease for almost 15 years) I would love to go to Ireland and live on a farm, grow flowers and just explore the countryside.

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  390. Lauri on

    Thank you for this inspiring, delightful interview and Jamie’s gorgeous art! I’m headed to Instagram right now to follow her. My passions are flowers and watercolors. If I was untethered from everything for a year it would be to travel from garden to garden and spend each day painting en plein air. And not just the big famous gardens. My grandmother was a home gardener that somehow was able to grow delphinium that seemed six feet tall to me when I was a girl. Those sweet, lovingly tended gardens scratched out on a little patch of dirt by souls desperate to create a bit of beauty to enrich their life while they do their dishes or rock their baby sometimes contain the greatest beauties and hidden treasures.

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  391. Ann Neal on

    Home is where your heart is. I’m at a stage in life where my hands are wide open for every possibility. I am uncertain where I will live next month! Hurricane Ian turned our recent move to Florida upside down. I moved to be near family! My children are scattered but if I could move anywhere it would be where we could all be together. It’s about love, family, passion, beauty, truth, peace, nature, a garden(!) and life. I loved this interview! I will certainly check out the book. It provokes everything at a deep heart level. The photographs transport you to Provence and beyond. Merci beaucoup!! 💖💫

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  392. Kelsey on

    This book looks amazing! And I love reading through everyone’s answers!
    If I were untethered (which in this scenario means I don’t need a job or make any kind of money to live!) – I’d stay put on my farm but all my responsibilities would be done with more of a frolic and less of a frantic race against the clock! And I’d probably learn how to decorate cakes and pastries.

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  393. Leonie on

    Oh, a hard question: so many dreams… I would love to try out living close to the ocean! Wether in the Pacific Northwest or the Baltic Sea… I want to see the seasons change. And I would probably write a book there, taking long walks on the beach and then curl myself up besides a fire with a cup of something hot;-)

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  394. Emanuela Didita on

    I read a book a few years ago… after that I had the courage to leave my job. Now I am still trying to find my peace and joy, I do have moments of bliss and moments of questioning my choice… meanwhile I stich flowers and plant seeds and try to get closer to my son. And I am grateful.

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  395. Donna Kennedy on

    The book sounds so intriguing. I would love to go back to Italy and stay for a while to get to know people and discover all their culture. It seems life is slower and less complicated. I love the closeness of family and friends.
    I truly admire and am jealous of all the discoveries Jamie has found in Provence. And the wonderful life she has found.

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  396. Karen Smith on

    I am at a point in life where I am trying to untether myself so that I can travel a bit more. I would love to visit Italy and enjoy the food, wine, architecture and landscapes.

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  397. Mandy on

    How exciting, I cannot wait to read this beautiful book. If I was untethered I would stay right here in the PNW and paint my peonies to my hearts content.

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  398. Kathy Stevens on

    I would spend time in Italy on the coast.Surrounded by nature, walking the trails and making time to breath and take in nature through my eyes and my camera.

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  399. Stacy Miller on

    I would love to live in a little village by the sea, watching the ever changing beauty around me.
    Taking part in a tight knit artist community.

    Love the stories Floret and Jamie Beck tell, have followed both for years. Thanks for the inspiration ❤️

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  400. Jennifer Smith on

    The photography in this book is truly amazing. Seeing the beauty that exist in the world makes my heart leap! I have always loved photography & would love to travel the entire world capturing Gods beauty & essence.

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  401. Jade on

    I would go to Paris to soak up all the beauty and love and slower living. Imagine how that would impact the way I live my life from then on?!

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  402. Katie Le fleur on

    I am tethered with responsibilities that I love. My family, my garden, my kitchen, my life. I am so blessed to have an abundant, healthy, creative life with everything I could possibly need and more.

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  403. Annabelle Koglin on

    France! Soputhenr France/Provence/Aix en Provance… If I was truly untethered, I would have left for France years ago! and if my (grown) kids keep on behaving the way they’ve been recently – there is not much more reason to stay here! so- I may just go anyway! “A Year in Provence’ captured my heart years ago and I’ve longed for that life ever since. I speak enough French to get by until I really up my language game! And then – it will be: Au revior Englaise!

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  404. Judit Smalley on

    I moved from Hungary to Germany, where I got to know my australian husband. We might move to Australia in the near future but I quite love my life at the moment here and how it is, but I always think my best decision was to move away from home.. So would it be better to move again or better to stay? I wonder if this book would help me to have a different perspective. On the other hand I am learning english, so reading another book would help that too.
    I live in Germany, so I hope it is okay to enter, if not, just exclude me.

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  405. Yvonne Hendry on

    If I were untethered, though I do so enjoy being tethered to growing flowers (how lucky?!) I would buy a one way ticket see the birds of paradise in Papua New Guinea !
    Apparently, they are elusive and hard to find in their habitats, so it’d have to be an open ended trip. Patience and sitting quietly are not my strongest attributes, so I’d hike around and enjoy all the flora and fauna, as well. The idea of seeing the beautiful plumage and ridiculously hilarious mating rituals of these mysterious birds would bring great delight…
    ….that’s the first thing I’d do anyway, there are so many wonderful things to see and experience in this world!

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  406. Juli S on

    I would move to Oaxaca Mexico and learn natural dyeing and weave to my heart’s content!

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  407. Katie on

    I would plan a trip around the world…see the cherry blossoms bloom in Japan, smell Indian spices in their markets, learn about perfumery in France, feel the wind on my face in Iceland…meet as many people I can to connect with while enjoying the wonderful sights and delicious cuisines the world has to offer.

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  408. Marilyn Terry on

    Oh oh oh looking forward to this book. The grand escape. I’ve never been to Europe, let alone Provence Italy . It would be a dream come true. But if you can’t go, this sounds like an adventure in my mind. I love books and the adventures they offer.

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  409. Adonna Ebrahimi on

    Oh, to be untethered! I’m a mama of two boys, 25 (almost ) and 20. To be honest, I’m feeling guilty for feeling “not free”. I’m divorced, single, and ready for adventure. Ever since I went to Orquevaux,France in 2018 for an artist residency, France has held a part of my heart. I promised myself I would do an art residency every two years. (Covid happened. enough said.) Lined up another one for Oct this year, near Montpellier. My youngest suffering mental health issues, had to cancel. I want to rent my home for a year, pack it up, and explore France for a year. I’ve read about sabbatical homes….maybe I’ll start there. I have a friend, near Lyon. I have thought about a few months there. I suspect I would need an expat type community as a single to feel comfortable. I have alot of research yet to do, but Aix-en-Provence is high on my list! The photography in this book is absolutely STUNNING.

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  410. Mary McGuire on

    I feel relaxed and inspired after reading this blog post. Her photography is stunning. Brava!

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  411. Allie on

    I’m so excited to get this book! I would go boating around the world with my husband ♥️

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  412. Joy on

    What a lovely book! What lovely inspiration!

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  413. joanne cosh on

    I absolutely cannot image a life without responsibilities.

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  414. Maureen on

    I would keep my garden each day.

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  415. Erin on

    Untethered I would travel to Ireland to be enveloped in green! I would write about the pull to visit and to explore its Gaelic roots…. sigh :)

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  416. Maria Kyrychenko on

    If I really were untethered from all the responsibilities, I would like to buy a car and go travel around Europe, and paint its nature and people. Here in Ukraine my passion has always been to paint old local huts, and I have always dreamt of having this trip to Europe, free from all troubles, in my car, with easel, canvasses, pigments, and brushes. Stopping where I would like to, talking to people, learning about the local culture, seeing sights, and depicting that amazing and breathtaking beauty. For hours, fully immersing in the painting process. That would make me absolutely happy.

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  417. Circe on

    Untethered ? Although I have dreamed of living in France, I have come to realize that I would miss my family – children, grandchildren – too much to be happy. So I try to enjoy the everyday life here, reading recipes and cooking them, knitting, gardening a little. I used to have a wonderful vegetable garden until my neighbor’s tree grew so tall that I no longer have enough sun to grow much. The trees, however, have inspired a new love – birdwatching.
    Jamie’s photos are so delicious, so inspiring, so beautiful! Thank you, Erin, for the interview!

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  418. Lisa on

    Very inspirational about giving yourself to your surroundings. I love the approach and beauty of this remarkable story. I am vacationing in Paris in spring of 2023, and will carry along this wisdom. Thank you!

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  419. Jessica on

    Such beauty! Thank you Erin and team for asking such thoughtful and dreamy questions and Jamie for this book! The idea of an untethered year to pursue curiosity has my head swirling with possibilities. Argentina, to horse-pack through the Andes and spend a year with the gauchos, if they would have me of course. Reading through other responses is a delight!

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  420. Ellen on

    I would love to be in France, living and eating seasonally. Learning about and photographing all of the beautiful native flowers would thrill my soul! Collecting and sharing seeds and experiences with other growers would be so fulfilling. Can’t wait to read this book….thanks so much for sharing it!

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  421. Taylor M. on

    I’ve followed Jamie’s journey since early 2018 and am so happy to see her Provençal life not only unfold daily, but see her true growth as a woman and artist. Thank you for the splendid interview with her about the book. I cannot wait to enjoy it thoroughly.

    Also, if I were untethered completely, I would return to Florence, Italy and finish my journey through that city where I once lived for a year in my mid-twenty’s. She still holds my heart like a long lost loved one.

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  422. Katarína on

    This might sound cheesy, but I would leave the city and start a flower farm, or rather go work on a flower farm for starters 💗

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  423. Lisa on

    Very inspirational about giving yourself to your surroundings. I love the approach and beauty of this remarkable story.

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  424. Kristy on

    What an amazing journey she was so blessed to have. I feel I would choose the same area or nearby. To have the simplicity of just living in the moment would be so refreshing. Thank you for sharing your journey with the world.

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  425. Maryse Hudon on

    If I didn’t have all my responsibilities, I would be spending more time gardening, exploring gardens around the world and start watercoloring on a regular basis. So much inspiration in the world!

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  426. Julieann Maahs on

    If life would give me such joy to choose I would return to Tuscany from where after but a dream only deep in my heart since a young girl in jr. High school some over 50 years now I was most Blessed to go toTuscany ! I felt such peace and belonging ,the Art found even in the cobbled roadways. One day again and maybe get to be one of the people to help in the restoring of the Frescos all but gone. And that Espresso with Ginsing Yes Please 💕

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  427. Susan Moorehead on

    It isn’t “if” but rather when I become untethered I will see embrace Italy’s beauty and I will eat as much pasta as I want without any guilt or regret.

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  428. Lynda on

    I would love to live in Tuscany for a few years and work on the farms there.

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  429. Alaina Strahm on

    I am so incredibly ecstatic to read Jamie’s lovely book!
    If I were untethered I would move to Eger, Hungary. I have visited Hungary, for the first time, a few years back and the sort of sanctuary it afforded me was incredible. It is so rich in culture, history, architecture, and yummy foods:) My grandparents were both born and raised in Hungary, so this country and my family that it houses has found a special place within me. While there, I would love to pursue my curiosity in writing. I would use my time there to hone in on my love of words, whether that be writing music, memoirs, poems. Documenting anything and everything my heart desires to pour out onto paper!

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  430. Julie Graves on

    I would go exactly where Jamie went, the countryside of France. It has always been my dream. And honestly, after reading this today, I’ll be daydreaming even more today! I would spend my time discovering food, markets and the many beautiful layers to the French country cottage home. The materials, natural and man made. The stone and wood that fills their homes are the most beautiful, timeless and inspiring visual form of art to me. Not to mention the visual feast for the eyes in nature of the French countryside.
    Ugh, just smitten!! 😍 Thank you for sharing beauty!

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  431. Mary Kay on

    Wow! Thanks Erin for the opportunity to learn about Jamie and her extraordinary book. To be”untethered” brings my mind to travel dreams of English gardens…I want to smell Rosa ‘Abraham Darby’ again and take in the glorious joy of an extended season of spring to fall. Also remembering scent memories of Tuscany lavender, rosemary and a local grower’s dinner. Travel is a blessing but to really “be” there requires more extended time than a tour.

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  432. Rebecca Hatfield on

    I would live in the Swiss alps, hike with my family, learn how to make bread and cheese and keep bees. I would paint, have a garden, and learn a new language!

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  433. Charlotte Ziems on

    Let’s see, I just returned from an experience that “untethered me from all responsibilities” — I walked the Camino De Santiago in Spain. For 5 weeks and 500 miles, with everything I needed on my back. So it’s challenging to think more about what I’d do and what I’d explore if I were again untethered. But I think I’d 1) move to the U.K and 2) enroll in the Chelsea botanical art program and paint lovely flowers in my own style. For a year. OR I’d go back to Spain and do the same thing there, in a little town called Itero De la Vega.

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  434. Carolyn on

    Right now I don’t want to be untethered from my commitments. But once this phase is over I do want to travel. Go someplace and stay there for a few weeks or even months. Then move on to the next. At some point I know I will want to get back to my garden.

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  435. Marie on

    This is a very inspiring interview and the photography is amazing. We have visited many beautiful places in this world, yet to be close to family and our ancestral roots is always what brings us back to our home. Being “untethered” for me would be the freedom to create each and every day…. through gardening and quilting!

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  436. Amy Whiting on

    If I was untethered, I would follow my dream to spend three months in Tuscany. I would stay in a villa with plenty of rooms so any of my friends could come go and share the experience with us. I would grasp the language and get to know the locals who I believe would show me how their sauce is made. I would prepare dinners with lettuce from the garden, still warm from the day’s sunshine. I can picture everyone pitching in to help spread a rustic table cloth and mismatched, brightly colored bowls and silverware on a table in the open air. There we would enjoy conversations about what we did that day, where we want to explore in the next village and what we would love to prepare for the next meal. Ciao!

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  437. Holly Hagy on

    Beautiful interview and photography!!! Oh, my goodness…if I were untethered…I would probably got to France to Italy to live for a good while…and explore all the heritage rose gardens in Europe, when I could pull myself away from my own garden! I have been growing heritage roses for years and have always wanted to see the old roses of France, Italy and Germany…in addition to the rest of Europe. I think I would absolutely LOVE to be living there as well. A simple life, surrounded by nature…living mostly outdoors in nature, is the life for me. Working towards that goal now…hoping I can make it happen!

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  438. Shannon S. on

    If I had no tethers, I would turn towards my back yard with my children to soak in nature rather than live beside it. I would want to wander the great plains to see the grass go from green, to the multi-layered red to the brown. I would want to look beyond the grass and see the bugs making their way through the bramble to their homes. I would take my time to cook with intention and not speed, living for a fire to help in the winter and experimenting with vegetables in the summer and spring. But most of all, I would look at my children and take the time to see where they are pointing me. More than anything the awe they hold looking at anything (near or far, familiar or novel) is something I would want to soak up every day. Just be with the little loves of my life experiencing life together with intention.

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  439. Leilani on

    I would go to New Zealand on a trip curated just for what makes my eyes light up.

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  440. Mary on

    I need this book. Having just read the blog I think I’d be drawn to the France countryside. I’ve heard so much of Provence. But Croatia and the Greek island call as well. I’d like to paint. I’m an art major who went into the graphic reading side. Painting was a passion I’d like to pursue.

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  441. Alexandra on

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities I would rent a small cottage by the sea in the Azores, plant white roses and lavender, bake bread, paint wildflowers and sky, and share love, joy, kindness and lunch with everyone I met.

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  442. Betsy Flowers on

    Beautiful book with gorgeous photographs. Each time I step off a plane in Europe, whether it is France, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia…..I breathe a comforting sigh. It’s such a down in my heart good feeling that makes me smile as I think of these places. Flowers have always fascinated me and been a part of who I am. There is beauty in each one and I love them so.

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  443. Susan on

    What a dream of a life! I’ve never been to France but hope to get there yet.

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  444. Alexis Meadows on

    Untethered from all responsibilities, I would grow as many plants (flowers, trees, crops) as I possibly could, raise many different animals, and travel to learn more about interesting species. Pausing my responsibilities at the moment to enjoy this blog was just what I needed. Thank you!

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  445. joy on

    I am currently in a place where I have a bit of freedom to pursue my dream of being a full time gardener. Gardening has been a life long love. I am working at sharing that passion with others by creating and tending beautiful little spaces for people to pause, find peace and make memories in their own backyards . If I was untethered I would take a break to travel to a number of garden related destinations – botanical gardens in the U.S., along with returning to England and Italy – where I would study, learn, grow and return to fulfill my dreams <3

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  446. Alana on

    I would sell everything, buy a run down historic farmhouse in rural Italy, and renovate, design and create a historic farmette with guest quarters to rent out for agri-tourism. I would learn to forage mushrooms and grow local herbs, veggies and fruit! Maybe even start a seasonal cafe… I could go on but I’ll stop there.

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  447. Joyce Winget on

    I would build a small log cabin. I would live without clutter and noise. I would gaze at the mountains and nature. I would forget about all the stress and life’s obligations for a little while.

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  448. Cathy on

    My tether is now my love for my family. They give me such joy. I love where I live, play, love and garden. Jaime’s art and words display her freedom at her home which is an inspiration I strongly relate to. Travel to explore place and culture is a strong draw and I continually discover new places I’d like to go. I have learned that to discover the depth you need to slow travel, planting some roots if just for a few weeks. Jaime reveals this depth in her art.

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  449. Holly on

    Thank you for sharing this talent with us! I loved reading the interview and am looking forward to visiting Jamie’s website and getting swept up.

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities, I would get a long-term visitor’s visa to Japan and try to walk from the bottom of the country to the top. I would try to take as many dirt paths as possible, passing through small farming communities, forests, and wilderness. When visiting Japan in 2016, my husband and I walked part of an ancient trading road-turned-trail between Kyoto and Tokyo. The forest was lush and green. The trail passed small cottages with large gardens, and meandered across small rivers and past rice fields. It was magical. Japan has such an amazing diversity of environments and cultures. I would love to experience it slowly and on my feet.

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  450. Sarah on

    If I were to become untethered, I would bring my girls from snowy Calgary to Nelson, NZ to show them where their Dad and I met and fell in love. Would love to transport my cut flower garden with us. Start a little flower cart downtown perhaps.

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  451. Lorelee Christensen on

    I think you can make the place you love where ever you are…traveling is lovely and I enjoy it and Provence is on my list. But, I have dogs and making my home my beautiful place is my goal. I’d love to be able to expand or find an older farm to move onto with my husband and said 3 dogs. Planting and harvesting and following the seasons is my joy. I love taking photos of the beauty of nature and sharing that with family and friends old and new would be wonderful!

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  452. Mary McFarLand on

    I would love to live in the country on about 100 acres. Where I could be self sustaining, growing several varieties of fruit trees, veggies, and a huge flower garden. Of course a large pond filled with living things, fish and plants. A comfy bench to sit and read under a large oak tree.

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  453. Mary Dalrymple on

    I have much more exploring to do in Tuscany. We enjoyed one of the favorite meals of our life in Florence! We would like to continue our tasting journey as well as explore more wineries while viewing & experiencing the beauty along the way.
    Exploring more islands of Greece would be a dream also.
    The curiosity I would like to follow is having more interaction with locals and hearing of their life and from their hearts, to be exposed to their passions.
    The image above that struck the greatest chord with me was definitely Jamie in the lavendar field – exquisite!

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  454. Kathy Michaels on

    I planted a tiny lavender farm in the Pacific Northwest while I was working through the grief of losing my beloved husband. It gave me space and time to heal. I have recently retired, and I love sharing this farm with others, spending time surrounded by the lavender, bees, and the summer sky! If I were completely untethered, I would love to learn to paint, and spend much more time with my grandchildren. I would love to move closer to the ocean with a beautiful garden to tend and a view of the sunset each evening.

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  455. Stacy Clore on

    I would love to travel back to Europe and visit as many open air markets, farms, and flower shops/gardens as possible. I would love to use this information to bring a sense of the open air market to my farm at home. People would be able to get a sense of culture through different types of flowers, pumpkins,recipes, and antiques from around the world.. just by entering my little shop❤️

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  456. Ralph Hammock on

    Stunning photographs. Love the lady lying in lavender.

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  457. Elizabeth on

    What a wonderful question – a state of mind, really!

    If I were to become untethered, I would pour my full essence into house-hold scale food (and subsequently, “growers”) literacy. Dreaming and drawing up beautiful, though deeply practical, garden spaces for homeowners or community garden plot members so that they may feel that planting a seed is attainable and rewarding to them and their families.

    Congratulations Jaime on such a beautiful creation!

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  458. Sherry on

    Traveling to coastal areas first and enjoying the gardens and sweet dewy weather that most coastal areas present. Then a trip inward to the warmth of our country and our gardens , floral and all other beauties can grow and provide for us and the earth we are on.

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  459. Billie on

    This is an amazing interview, it left me wondering where do I need to be in my life. It gave me inspiration on where my next step was , and it gave me hope of finding a peace that has been gone for quite some time , so many things rushing through my mind but one thing is true this spirit that she has is a calming effect on everyone her book touches and it will stay with me forever. Thank you for sharing

    Billie

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  460. Claire Boulaud on

    Thank you for this interview ! This is so inspiring. If I could go anywhere tomorrow, it would be in Italy. I went there once several years ago but can’t wait to go back since I left. As a fashion designer I’m drawn by italian culture, historical costume and way of life. I would settled in a Tuscany village but close enough to Florence (such an amazing city!) so I could work my designs at home and go to Florence to work with sewing workshops, enjoy the beauty and creativity of italian craftmanship, open a shop… a dream !

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  461. Jennifer Gray on

    Untethered, I would go to Sicily to pursue the intersection of the classical world and the medieval world through studying the movement of ideas, language, culture, and learning via the mingling and clashing of Muslim and Christian cultures there.

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  462. Sarah Rackley on

    If I was untethered, I would go home to the farm in Appalachia, where the Cumberland gap starts. I would ground myself in the black walnut and sassafras trees. I would sew and garden and learn the old granny ways that pull at the strings of my heart always begging me to come home. I would go home and feel at peace. I will go home one day and feel at peace. I will.

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  463. Candace on

    I do believe there are may places to go to become unencumbered by daily responsibilities, so it would be hard to choose. I would like to go somewhere that walking in beautiful surroundings would be available every day, and I would have a studio in which to create and make my quilts without interruption. I’d also like to practice the piano. The south of France has great appeal, but never having been there, I can’t be sure.

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  464. Kendra Waggoner on

    I would travel to every botanical garden in the United States to see the inherent beauty imbedded in every region.

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  465. Sandra Christiansen on

    I would travel and visit local gardens in various countries. I would find the small gardens, the plots, the backyard gardens since they would teach me so much about the people through the plants they grow – the type of flowers they grow to nurture their souls and the foods they grow to nurture their bodies. I want to learn about the people, places, and climates through gardens and want to share those experiences with others.

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  466. Chelsie on

    Anywhere with an ocean view, I love the ocean and always dreamed of being a Marine Biologist growing up. Funny thing is, I married a Nebraska cattle rancher and now live in North America’s point of inaccessibility (furthest land point away from all 4 coast lines).

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  467. Courtney on

    I would love to abandon all responsibilities and head to Orvieto, Italy.

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  468. Marcie Sextro on

    I would love to see Tuscany. My hone is decorated in Tuscan colors and textures. I am starting to watercolor paint and the warm colors and tones really inspire me. I would love to paint at the top of a hill overlooking a valley in Tuscany.

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  469. Pauline Sanderson on

    If I could be untethered for a while I would go to Greece, to one of the western islands I think. I would look forward to getting to know the people, embracing the rhythms of the community, enjoying the Mediterranean diet and taking many photographs to compile into a memory album.

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  470. Shirley Barth on

    I would return to England where I was born. Moved to the US when only 1 year old. I have visited several times but have always dreamed of a quiet life in a little English village. The photographs in this book are amazing! I look forward to exploring it!

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  471. Linda on

    What a lovely interview and photographs. I’m blessed to be able to pursue my joys and not have to be employed outside the home. I’d love to travel to learn more about garment construction, weaving, knitting, gardening and travel to see beauty (loving all the ideas people have offered above). Everywhere we go there is something to enjoy. Everywhere we leave there is something to miss. For now I want to focus on enjoying what I would miss if I left where I am.

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  472. Dawn Regan on

    Ever since the first time I saw Under the Tuscan Sun, I’ve always dreamt of being Frances and going to Tuscany. One day. ;) Love this interview and can’t wait to take this book in when it comes out!

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  473. Catherine Dean on

    Somewhere where there are seasons so that roses and peonies will grow. Somewhere where there are no fires, floods or tornados. Somewhere where I can live from my garden and orchard. Somewhere where I can listen to the wind rustle leaves in the summer and turn bare branches into zithers in the fall. All this near water, near an airport and near good medical care. Come see me.

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  474. Heidi on

    Absolutely I’d head for Provence, or Italy. It’s been a dream of mine for years now to experience the beautiful French culture of Provence. Four years ago I started learning the incredible French language as well. I’d definitely say I have a passion for all things French!’

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  475. Diane Ruley on

    Thank you. I am unable to travel and I just took the best vacation ever. For a few moments I was lost in daydreaming and just imagining the quiet tranquil life. It gives me a free feeling to just be me.

    We all need to unclutter, rewind, find happiness and enjoy life.

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  476. Jodi Sware on

    If untethered, I think my first stop would be The Amalfi Coast. I would love to enjoy a slower pace, try all the delicious food and wine and take photos along the way!
    I am so inspired by Jamie. Thank you for sharing.

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  477. Jody Bishop on

    Such a refreshing experience just to read about her work, and breathtaking to see it. As you mentioned in the blog the photography/works transport us in time, and while they bring us back visually, they also move us forward with excitement for our own creations, and inspiration and hope in how we can see the everyday world and what we can do for it!
    As I have been struggling on how to share my own creativity, your question is a good one. I think I would go first to dig deeper into my ancestral roots in Norway. I have always felt the connection, but never been there.

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  478. Heather on

    Jamie’s photographs have such a painterly feel – they are so inspiring. It’s hard to think of where I would go being anywhere other than Provence after reading this blog and seeing Jamie’s images – aren’t we all packing our bags to move next door to Jamie and run around lavender fields and take romantic pictures? If I were untethered, I would probably go to France or Italy, make a garden and take pictures of it and paint it and drink tea with friends in it.

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  479. Lisa on

    It is hard to say where and what I would do if I was untethered because I live in an amazing place already ,a little village on the Delaware River in Titusville,NJ,and get to do what I love pretty much anyway but I would LOVE to go to France and Italy and stay in a village there and just soak up the village for awhile!!

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  480. Liz L on

    If I were untethered, but also free of illness, I would travel the world, hiking into high vistas in the mountains and exploring tide pools in low places. I would try every flavor I came across, pet every friendly animal I see, find a place music is performed, relish the good, bad, and ugly of seasonal weather, and appreciate how the locals live. I would ask people for their stories and find out what excites them, what worries them, what they extend their hope toward. It’s a lot harder to do when you’re tethered to hospitals, but when I do get to travel, this is what I already do.

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  481. Kathie on

    Spain – I would live in Barcelona where the streets are so alive!

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  482. Wendy on

    If I were untethered, Florence would be my go-to place, hands down! Architecture, art, food…all of it glorious. I haven’t been to the south of France, but Jamie’s images inspire me to put it on my bucket list and also to consider taking more time to create art right where I am. Thank you, Erin, for sharing this interview and book!

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  483. Carina on

    I spent my junior and senior years of high school in Argentina, and I’ve felt a pull there ever since. I’d love to take my kids there, and to all the places their father and I have lived and traveled in before they were born.

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  484. Marcella Kammerer on

    Visually the pages you shared are stunning! Would you know if they are photographs with special effects? The story telling and blog are equally amazing. Thank you for sharing. Marcella -Kammerer Heritage Farm, Ontario Canada,

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  485. Martinah Brown on

    Love it! Thank you so much for sharing the inspiring photos and her pursuit of beauty! If I were untethered I would want to go back to England somewhere in the Lake District or the Dales… find a small cottage close enough to a village to connect with community and build meaningful relationships but far enough out to invest in cultivating beauty through growing and arranging my own flowers, seeking out silence and solitude in nature, and testing the waters of painting by developing my skills at watercolor and calligraphy!

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  486. Andrea on

    I would love to live at the Amalfi Coast and become a painter! The beauty of the landscape would be so inspiring.

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  487. Sandra MacGinnis on

    My husband and I just returned from a month travel to Europe. It was glorious to experience a different culture and slow down. Thank you for this post and I can’t wait to order a few books for gifts this Christmas. God bless you both.

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  488. Ruby on

    If I was untethered from responsibility, I would buy a couple acres and start my flower farm. Since I was a young mom of 30, I have always had a flower garden, working the soil, watching the seeds grow, and Instead, i have been working as an office assistant the last 27 years to help make ends meet. Jamie Beck says “have the courage to focus solely on your passion”, and now that I am 57, I would love to be at that time in my life. Floret has really inspired me to start flower farming and while I can’t quit my job, this past summer I dug up all the grass in my backyard, bought seeds and started planting. My husband built me a flower cart and I have been selling my flowers to our local community on the weekends, and loving it.

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  489. Kim S on

    I fell in love with Provence three years ago and I would love to find a little spot to settle in…to go to different markets (and Eloise’s cheese guy), brocantes, cafes, poppy fields, towns and on every day would be a dream come true! I love following Jamie and am so inspired by her! Merci!

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  490. Sangita on

    I untether myself for small moments just to relax from life’s difficult moments. Having grown up as a nomad moving from place to place every few years, living in one place for last 25 years has allowed me to grow in a different way. Now that kids are grown up I’m ready to explore again. I’ve dreamed of going to a new place, anywhere, I want to know again the thrill of meeting new people, learning new paths, not knowing what to expect…I feel most alive when I travel and am pushed to be out of my comfor zone. So whether it is Timbuktu or Cartagena, I know it will be an adventure.

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  491. Grace on

    I would go to the south of England! All those fields and tidy towns and old houses :)

    Jamie and Erin are two of my favorite people to follow, loved this interview!

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  492. Malissa Lauritzen on

    I would find a small beachside village and explore the world of pottery! It’s something that I have already been interested in doing but make excuses on why I can’t or that i simply don’t have time. I love Jamie’s story and she inspires others to take that leap and see what happens!

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  493. N on

    I would love to travel to “home”. Enjoy my rural property. Live by the seasons. Grow a flower farm , have chickens, get back to weaving and to enjoy cooking. Not be in a rush all the time. We live in a beautiful area but unfortunately have little time to enjoy it with responsibilities we have in life.
    This book sounds like the inspiration needed to get back “home”

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  494. Karla Babcock on

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful book with us I look forward to purchasing for my daughter. She loves that part of France. If I were untethered I would take time to just breathe and be grateful for the beauty surrounding me and grow more flowers to share with the world!

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  495. JC on

    I would love to rent a place in Germany for a month or two where I could use that as a temporary home base for whatever family wanted to come stay and travel around all different parts of Europe. I am German/Danish/English/Czech on my father’s side, and what a treat it would be to spend time with my sisters and cousins and their children walking in the footsteps of our ancestors.

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  496. Carole Keffer on

    If I were untethered of all responsibilities, I would go to southern Sweden, the birthplace of my father and his family. I would spend my time exploring the countryside around his childhood home, and I would pull the sleigh out of the barn and ride it through the snow!

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  497. Julie Gosen on

    I, too, am a gardener. And while I am no longer tethered to a job, I feel a happy tether to my children and our grandchildren who are, for the most part, close by. So I think I would just continue to landscape my little 1/2 acre as I have been doing. I would also learn to draw botanic images. I could combine my drawing with the ongoing landscaping of my yard. I entertained the idea of starting a garden design business, and there was good support for it. But it became a negative for a couple of reasons. I grew a lot from this period of exploration.Being tethered only to what I choose to be, and having the freedom to continue working on my yard, is so… freeing. I am so grateful. I am also definitely a work in progress. This story isn’t over yet. Not even a little. I need to take the drawing class!!

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  498. Robin on

    I think Provence would be it for me also! I studied French for a couple of years in my late 20’s and was soooo close to moving there for a while. But alas, it didn’t happen and now I have a family. It will always be one of my “should haves”.

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  499. Claudette Cook on

    The experience of living abroad is unparalleled. Exposure to different cultures and point of views lends to the appreciation and tolerance of uniqueness. Can’t wait to read this book. It looks so beautiful!

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  500. Renée Sala on

    I would re-trace the steps I took around the world in my 20s.

    To experience Europe, Africa & Asia with 25 years of life and learning within me would shine a light on how far I’ve come, and would be an entirely different adventure!

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  501. Sara on

    This interview is such a breath of fresh air, thank you! If I was untethered, the first thing I would do would be to travel and hike all the national parks. Then I would start making my way to all the famous landscapes and gardens around the world.

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  502. Sheryl Delap on

    Jamie’s photography and conversation is inspiring.
    I had the good fortune to adopt four wonderful girls from China. I absolutely loved the people and country. So taken by the culture, I hoped someday to return and spread the message of these beautiful, kind and courageous people living off the land and providing the best they can for their families. Another culture brings you back to earth to be thankful for your blessings and country.
    Everywhere we traveled in China on our journey, the people would tell us “lucky baby go to America”. We said, we are the lucky ones and truly were that.
    Jamie’s messages are inspiring. Growing up, I told the girls, now 26, 25, 20 and 20, choose a life around your talent and doing what you love as you will be doing it for a long time.
    I felt this same message from her words. My father was an amateur photographer and myself and sibs enjoy the same.
    Thank you for sharing this lovely story, Erin. If I do not win the book, I plan to purchase. Sheryl Delap, STL, MO

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  503. Sharon S on

    Travel to all the foreign countries that have been “calling” me the past few years. And by train as much as possible.

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  504. Andrea Coyne on

    Gardening and cooking , enjoying stillness

    Please pick me :)

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  505. Krysta Czech on

    I would travel to Australia to study photo-journalism, and then start a new life of creating an art channel, interviewing crafts men and women in the English countryside and beyond!
    A most inspiring post. Thank you both.

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  506. Annie on

    Would take our daughter to see the world. Right now, we are tethered by school, work, and the limitations of traveling with a wheelchair and scads of medical equipment that has kept our travel relatively local. If we could surpass some of those tethers, I’d love for her to experience more of the world!

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  507. Alison on

    Ooh, great question! I did untether myself, once, and moved to France in my 20s. Lived there for four years and eventually thought I would stay forever. Circumstances changed and I moved to the PNW, sight unseen. Now, given the chance again, I would move to one of the islands here or a coastal town, at least. The draw to water is so strong. I would paddle out on the water in the morning and walk along the beaches afterward. I would have a smallish garden, but it would be cram-jam full of all the things that make me happy. Afternoons, I’d putter in the garden, slowly working my way around it. On cold days I’d retire inside with a mug of something warm, a book, and (hopefully) a window from which I could watch the rain fall.

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  508. Lisa on

    I recently untethered myself from a dead end job to one that will allow me start a flower farming and floral design program working with children. I am so extremely excited to stay just where I am:)

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  509. Lindsay on

    If I were untethered from all my responsibilities, I would travel around Mexico to learn about the culture that my Grandmother grew up in and experienced. I am feeling the need to connect with that part of my family having not really known so much growing up. I’d love to enjoy the food and the landscapes and experience all the beauty Mexico has to offer.

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  510. Sandra Squire on

    I would love to spend a year in city of Porto, Portugal, learning how to cook the wonderful seafood of this beautiful area. Also how to make and paint pottery.

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  511. Katie on

    I love where I live (in Ontario, Canada) but every winter I always wish I could just leave the cold and do a three-month tour of warm places, haha. My husband and I work remotely so an itinerant winter really is the dream. I’ve also always wanted to go to Italy.

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  512. Jess on

    I have always dreamt of living in France, people who are close to me know I was a French person in my last lives. For a person who was born in Thailand and have never step foot in Europe but to feel so comfortable and at home in a place that I have never is amazingly wonderful. I listen to French music daily, it is my escape, my sanctuary space, and my daydreaming session.
    I am absolutely in love with all the beautiful pictures in Jamie’s book. It is a must have for me.
    Thank you for sharing your journey, Erin 😊

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  513. Phyllis Hansenn on

    I would travel to my backyard. I turned 65 this year but won’t be retiring quite yet.
    My whole life I only wanted to be in my garden and I have never felt that I have had adequate time to spend there.
    That sounds sad but life happens and you don’t always have options.
    What is that saying, gardeners are the ultimate optimist, always planning for the next season.

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  514. Karlena on

    The whole concept is so exciting and my head is spinning, maybe a bit of jealousy since I ‘ve always wanted to go to Provence , Paris not so much. The other place that pulls at me is Japan. But i want to go to countryside, not the cities. To basically do the same thing, immerse my self into the culture, season by season. Not wanting to be “tourist” but share in the lifestyle. Lucky

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  515. Chere Tournet on

    First, I was entranced with Jamie’s artistic work as well as her descriptive prose. Her “call-to-passion” made me think of our youngest, a hard-working, creative musician. I’ll share this interview with him.
    Were I to let go and pursue another path, it would be to move to a venue full of good soil, flat land, and among fine people. I would, much like Erin and husband, increase and expand upon the small flower farm we now have. And, I would love to incorporate a second tier of passion, providing skills for those who have not had opportunity as so many of us have had. Shared blessings.
    And, I would definitely pursue this venture in the company of my husband! Thank you for asking!
    Chere

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  516. Christina Lueking on

    What an amazing experience to share with everyone about her own personal growth but how everything works together in a spiritual way. Love Love

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  517. Hailey Hardy on

    Wow wow wow. My two absolute favorite accounts and inspirations in one blog post. Made my whole day!
    Thinking about this question has me feeling all the emotions. I would pursue a slower life that allows me time to love and help those around me. There would of course be a huge garden of flowers and vegetables, chickens, a cow, a goat and a pig (because every dream should have a pig). My days would be spent teaching my kids to dream and creating beautiful spaces for others. Life would be slower, holding more space to feel all the wonderful things around us.

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  518. Debbie on

    Beautiful book. Can’t wait to buy it. Would love to move to Europe. It’s a different and slower vibe.

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  519. Jeanne Celeste on

    If I were untethered I would move to a small, off the grid garden community in Amsterdam and focus on learning the language, gardening and making handmade books.

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  520. April Singer on

    I recently became less-tethered when I was laid off from my 26 year job and I have been finding my way back to my former hobby as a glass artist, planning how to build on that. I am also a photographer though and I have long thought that if I was able to leave for an extended period I would spend time in the UK, driving along the coasts and photographing my way through Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and England. I would take my camera, of course, and watercolors and brushes, and perhaps come back (some day) inspired with more ideas to render in glass. Jamie’s book (and life) is lovely. Thanks for sharing it and the interview.

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  521. Jamie F on

    Ah … I’d either become a horse rancher in Montana or buy a villa in Tuscany and explore the world of my ancestors. The freedom to create and stillness those spaces would give would provide boundless opportunity – opportunity my current career do not provide

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  522. Martha on

    Two of my favorites, thank you both for your work and insight. You bring joy to my life!

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  523. Raylene on

    I just want to be near my family, so if I were able to, I would travel to spend time near each of my children.

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  524. Miri Thoens on

    Absolutely beautiful. Makes me want to move now.

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  525. Stacy on

    If untethered, I would find my way to a space/place to be as creative as I want and have dreamed of being for so long. I would explore a life long yearning of the world of ceramics, fiber arts ( clothing and non) and watercolor painting. I would continue to explore my own passion of growing, sharing and enjoying a beautiful garden space. I would also love to create as close to a net zero existence in terms of my own carbon footprint and energy use as possible. Lastly, but most importantly, I would seek reconnections with distance loved ones.

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  526. RJ on

    I think the meaning in life comes from the tethers you choose for yourself. My favorite tether, my daughter, and my work taking care of and trying to find new treatments for children with leukemia…they get me up every day. But my work isn’t easy, and I need little beauties, especially when the grief adds up, or I feel like I’m failing. I too find these in the garden, at the market, in the change of seasons, and an excellent chocolate croissant. But if I were to take a long vacation, I would take my daughter too see the northern lights, swim over the great barrier reef, and maybe go lie in the lavender field with Jamie. Looks nice.

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  527. Desiree Garrison on

    Such a beautiful, thoughtful interview. What many of us would love to have the courage to do. I now live in the country and find not having the “quick” access to everything really does make you appreciate your life and what is around you. It certainly has for myself and my family. From our over 25 year life in the Military to our current gardens, beehives, and making what we need leads to a more relaxed, yet busy, lifestyle. One I would never change. So thankful for this life.

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  528. Laura B on

    Wonderful interview! Jamie’s work is so divine! If I could go anywhere it would definitely be the Swiss Alps to experience the beauty and immerse myself in a completely foreign culture. The slower pace of life sounds dreamy.

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  529. Tracey Williams on

    My imagination runs wild with possibilities but one image keeps popping up … a boho camper van with my two dogs staring out the window as we journey to New Hampshire in the fall dancing in the leaves, we mosey down to breathe in the moody smoky mountains of Tennessee, dropping by a nearby peach farm in Georgia in hopes of finding a mouthwatering late harvest bite, turning west marveling at how the countryside slowly unfolds like a soft blanket as we enter Missouri & Kansas where the fast prairies and farm lands welcome the most ferocious and stunning storms, we start to see the snow capped Rockies, tiny snow cones in the distance, eagerly and gingerly we make our way, winding thru the magic of winter in Colorado and the hard edges of the Tetons, mittens, scarves and gloves are shed as slowly we feel spring in the sunshine as wave goodbye to Montana and welcome the lush wet green of Washington and Oregon, there ‘s a dreamy feeling, secrets are hidden here in the spring rain forests, the California redwoods are calling, their voices full of ancient wisdom and grandeur, the Pacific Ocean rhythmically sings as trail her outline down the coast, veering left we feel the full power of the sun and summer crossing through the dry mystical energy of the desert, the first signs of red plateaus and spires appear like pawns and knights guarding the Grand Canyon, she feels expansive and steadfast yet fragile. Oh what a year we have had journeying, feeling, living … so much to see!

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  530. Rachel E on

    If I was untethered, I’d rent a little cabin, ideally with a woodstove, in Big Sur. No wifi – just the rhythms of the day and walks in the woods and by the sea.

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  531. Susan Gerweck on

    Newly retired, I do feel untethered and it is sometimes daunting. I am inspired to look for art in my everyday life. This looks like a beautiful book. Thank you for sharing it.

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  532. Jenni on

    Quite honestly, I would likely go to Provence or somewhere in France. I love Jamie’s work and following her on IG is always a highlight.

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  533. Cathy Tsiao on

    I would love to move overseas (Provence, Blue Zone?) and live by the seasons, gardening, creating. Jamie’s life sounds devine!

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  534. Jennifer on

    After reading about Jamie Beck, I would definitely go with my girlfriends to spend a lovely time in Provence. We would shop at the markets, wear beautiful linen dresses, smell the roses, drink the wine, eat baguettes, take long walks, smile lots, practice our French, and make many happy memories.

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  535. Peggy on

    To a seaside cottage with a garden to care for.

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  536. Peggy Dlugos on

    I’d stay right where I am. My journey is within.

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  537. Rita on

    I would go to the desert– existing in the in-between of solitude and expansiveness.

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  538. Wiesje (Weesha). Baskerville on

    What a lovely book! I’ve been an artist and a dabbler all my life, while learning the art of truly “seeing”. The interview and photos have inspired me so much, that I have decided to go back to my “first love”of photography – even at the age of 70! It’s never too late right? I plan to go back to the country I was born in (the Netherlands) and capture the true culture and experiences i had as a child for my grand children and generations that follow.
    Thanks so much for sharing this Erin!

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  539. Preethy on

    If I were to go anywhere in the world, I would go to Amsterdam during peak tulip season. I have read and seen the beauty in photographs and would like to experience it once in my lifetime.

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  540. Anna Liisa on

    I would return to Finland, where my mother was born, to explore and photograph the forests. I used to love running through the woods there when I was a child, finding amanita mushrooms, moss, lichen, wildflowers, blueberries and other delights under the trees. I miss everything about it, including the smell of the pine needles and leaves on the forest floor. It was magical, and I want to return to that magic.

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  541. Nancy on

    Hi I would go to Sicily and live in a safe remote village and travel around the area. Visit churches and swim in the sea and eat wonderful food
    I would hope to talk to people there and learn about thier history there if they were open to it.

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  542. Kelly on

    I would love to escape for awhile into Australia and explore all the different parts of the country.

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  543. Gail Barth on

    I would spend six months of every year in Haiti, photographing it’s natural beauty, way of life and shift away from our materialistic world. This can only happen when peace is restored to this Caribbean nation.

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  544. Michele on

    My grandparents were from France and I have always loved seeing pictures/portraits from that area! This book seems so exciting and beautiful! Finding myself untethered from aging health issues, I would love to visit France and experience all of the wonderful places that my grandparents were a part of.

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  545. Anthea Kwan on

    It’s tough when some of the responsibilities I have bring me joy as well! As a new mom, life at home can get monotonous with a baby (even though he’s so cute!). If I were untethered from financial bounds, I’d take my family on a slow trip around the world, spending time in countries to soak up the culture and try all types of cuisines. We would spend an extra amount of time in Taiwan and the islands in Polynesia.

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  546. Emily Latham on

    If I could go anywhere and be completely untethered to responsibility I would love to visit the national parks and take in all that America has to offer. Growing up I never got to explore much or go onto vacations due to my family’s low income. While I’m not bitter about my situation, I do feel as though I’ve missed out on lots of things growing up. I’d love to appreciate all that’s in front of me and to have the ability to soak it all in at my own pace, however long that takes!

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  547. Audra Trantahm on

    This was truly so inspiring. I have been feeling this itch in me to live more creatively, even if it goes again the grain of the world. These words and these pictures are just so beautiful. I have always dreamed of traveling to Italy — so many places there I would love to experience. The different pace of life you talked about is so appealing to me. Thankful for your work.

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  548. Megan Bradford on

    I absolutely love escaping to countries with big, beautiful, loud cultures – the ones that manage to be busy in the streets and yet also so relaxed. I could definitely imagine myself switching over to a completely different life somewhere like that. Somewhere with great food and people with big thoughts, large laughs, and community.

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  549. Anne Richen on

    I’ve always wanted to experience my ancestors countries. So I would go to Poland and Sweden. I would love to immerse myself in the culture and explore the villages. Thank you for this inspiring interview and the absolutely stunning works of art

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  550. Olivia Hall on

    If I was completely untethered, I’d move to a little home in the Irish countryside. Or a flat in London. I would spend my time writing and taking photos.

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  551. Bondi on

    Right now I would go anywhere I could be connected with nature, with God, discovering myself and who I am.

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  552. Betty L. Heck Rohner on

    Yikes!!! That was beautiful. I sat entranced by the interview and Jamie’s photographs. The idea of moving somewhere to “experience” the culture has always appealed to me. Jamie also articulated that the immersion into the French culture was somewhat of a shock – as Americans, we live somewhat separate from our environment with everything we need always at hand 24/7. In France, it seems the seasons and food availability go hand in hand: we must learn to live more rhythmically with nature and the environment.
    I found myself thinking about change!! At 73 I’ve always just felt like I’ll coast along in life now remembering all the fantastic times I’ve had and done. Jamie’s experience sort of tickled my fancy wherein I thought, “can I still do the fun, untamed, unexpected things?” Why couldn’t I go to a foreign country and live a different lifestyle – AND experience life once again!!!?????
    Yikes again!! Is there something new awaiting me at 73????
    Stay tuned!!!

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  553. Robin Berrie on

    What a beautiful book! I’m dreaming of retiring in Cornwall in the south of England, where my late husband is buried. I’ve visited many times and love the coastal walks, little villages and ancient monuments there. I’d revel in the beauty of nature and express that in my artwork. Also have family in the area whom I adore. Thanks!

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  554. Justine Murdy on

    Honestly? If I was 20 years younger I’d look to an international locale but I really do love the PNW. I’d love to just become the best gardener possible. I take great inspiration from people like Jamie. Congratulations on a wonderful life! (I’m new to Floret and LOVE what you do too Erin!)

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  555. Catherine MacNeal on

    What a wonderful interview! Provence inspired me in 1999 and I now live on a small lavender farm in the Pacific Northwest. I plan to return to France in the next couple of years and I have been diligently brushing up my school French of 50 years ago in preparation.
    Such inspiration – and she can grow hydrangeas there? Who knew.

    Gratefully,
    Cathy

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  556. Nikki Ford on

    what a question to think about, hmmm.. the idea of traveling around the world to experience and learn about other cultures cooking might be the perfect thing to combine two loves of mine- seeing more of the world and food.

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  557. Claire Pluecker on

    I will soon be 76 It is never too late to start with an artist vision. Thank you for bring this inspiration to me.

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  558. Sheryl Skinner on

    Untethered I would love to move to Israel and spend my time photographing the country.

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  559. Chris Millyard on

    I would love to win a copy of Jamie’s book. Nostalgia for me since I left Provence over ten years ago. Wonderful light, a beautiful part of the world, like no other. What would I do? I’d head back to my spiritual home of the Luberon, perhaps even get to meet Jamie?? Thank you for your blog.

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  560. Brittany on

    Oh my goodness if I had nothing holding me back I’d go live in the French countryside and bring all my dahlias and precious seeds with me and have a lovely garden with a cute little house and enjoy the small town I’m in. Maybe ride a bike into town for coffee and the market. Just live happily and in peace. That’s the dream

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  561. Efrat Amanda Cidon on

    If I can go anywhere, I’d travel to Ireland and Scotland. I’d savor the hills, moors, and history. I remember seeing the “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara when I was a child. It was then and there that my wanderlust took off.

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  562. Linda D'Elia on

    I spent a week in Jemez Springs, NM in July as part of a joint art residency with my daughter. I would love to go back there. I WAS untethered from responsibility, connected with the inspirational landscape there, slept soundly with the windows open, ate local food, and painted with my daughter.

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  563. Rong Rose Liu on

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities, I would be happily right where I am currently… because being able to live well anywhere is the ultimate art.

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  564. Maureen on

    I would fly away to Japan so that I could immerse myself in their beautiful gardens Especially in Kyoto! I would love to learn everything about the Japanese culture. With an interpreter 🥴

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  565. Tammy W. on

    If I were untethered; I would purchase a plot of land and grow tons of flowers. I think you are living my dream! I am so enchanted with growing flowers and hybridizing them. I love watching seed grow and then waiting to see what they become. Its like Christmas everyday!

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  566. Amber Bickmore on

    I would travel to Ardara, Ireland to see the place my family comes from. From there I would just go where the road, sea or air takes me.

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  567. Judith Halliday on

    I will live my dream of visiting/living in Provence vicariously through Jamie’s artistic, gorgeous, romantic photo journal of her fun and beauty inspired book.

    Judith

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  568. Amy Nabors on

    I would go explore Scotland & Ireland. I’ve always been drawn to them and after doing some ancestry research realized I have ancestral roots in both.

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  569. kathleen whelan on

    I have felt more and more untethered as I age but the gift of being completely untethered is a curious question to ponder. I’ve always wanted to see Morocco and I think I might be happy there. Certainly have spent a fair amount of time in the south of France and I can’t imagine anyone not being happy there! Especially with it easy travel to Paris Spain and Eastern Europe. I love my job, I’m a sex therapist and it seems as though the world that we live in is making it easier for me to be able to do it not just now from the comfort of my guestroom but perhaps anywhere in the world! These images are absolutely gorgeous and I would love to experience the entire book! Thank you

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  570. Fran Cole on

    Bravo to Jamie!! If I were to change gears, I would live somewhere on a big lake or a vast bay and set up my kayak so that it’s ready to paddle anytime! I’d paddle in all weather that comes my way and explore all the coves where the birds hide. I’d swim everyday and later look for shells and stones. I’ve always wanted to live on the water.

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  571. Davia on

    I would spend months traveling with my husband and kids exploring and really becoming immersed in the culture of Ireland as their dads heritage is rooted there and I fell in love with the country when we visited.

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  572. Cheryl Wright on

    Florence, Italy, the Amalfi coast. To be close to the land, near the water, a slower pace intentional. I would pursue floral gardening with the aim to ecodying and sachet, perfume making.

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  573. Mary Dickinson on

    In fall, 2021, my husband and I had HAD it! On top of Covid, he had retired. I had closed down two offices and faced a tough year of health issues. With our family cautiously cheering us on, we got our booster shots, donned our masks and got on a plane to France to join a small tour with the village of Apt as our base. When we walked into our second floor apartment and looked out the window, we looked at each other and said, “We ARE in France!” We could see the river, local cafes, shops and church spire through the beautiful wrought iron grates on the windows. The next day and every day, a neighbor, with her cat looking on, would wave to us as we passed by on our way to coffee. We had fresh croissants for breakfast and whatever our server brought us for dinner. Our French is limited and we didn’t always get what we thought we ordered but it was always delicious! The countryside and markets filled our days. We got to know our tour members over wine in the evenings and are still in touch with them to this day.
    This trip helped us embrace this time of our lives. We came home in better shape than when we left and are determined to walk everywhere we can. Our garden keeps us planning for the next season. Our big, extended family keeps us together with Sunday night suppers. Every day is truly a gift!
    Note to Jamie—When we were in Apt, there were posters everywhere announcing your upcoming show/signing! Wish we could have stayed to meet you! Your photography is beautiful and inspiring!

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  574. Samantha Michael on

    I’ve followed Jamie Beck for a while now, as I am also a photographer just dabbling into still life photography, and I am continually inspired by her gorgeous work. I would most definitely be found in the English countryside, living in a cottage with old world walls for romantic backdrops. What a dream.

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  575. Christl Michele on

    If I was untethered, I would travel and live in TWO places: the South Island of New Zealand, with its fascinating dichotomy of glaciered mountains, prehistoric lush fern tree forests and raw surrounding ocean, as well as the starkly soaring, beautiful mountains in Nepal and Tibet with their brutal serenity. I would write, and paint, and immerse myself in learning everything from Maori jade sculpture to yak milk and butter breakfasts.

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  576. Renée on

    Ahhhh…untethered!! New Zealand calls to me first! Then, traveling to and taking any and every class I always wanted to sign up for…THAT would be a dream come true for me!!!

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  577. Amy S. on

    I think I would find myself in Germany and Austria, exploring and enjoying the lives and music of some of our greatest composers!

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  578. Cassielle Bull on

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities and resourced I would take a year to travel the spice trail and learn about the journey of color and trade, studying natural fabric dying, weaving, and and all textile art along the way. I would particularly follow the trail of reds and blues and always step into any garden that beckoned.

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  579. Jennifer on

    I absolutely cannot wait to get my pre-ordered copy of Jamie’s book! Oh to be untethered! Well, Provence, of course. Or Tuscany. Or The Cotwolds. Or the Irish countryside. Or Scotland! So many places to consider.

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  580. Valarie Anne Dunlevy on

    Thanks so much for sharing your passions, Erin. the photography, the flowers, the sharing of information so easily for others to grow their flowers and make the world a better place. I love the book and how it makes you feel ‘fluid’ and one with sights, sounds, and one with nature.
    My gardens (thanks to you and FLORET) are my place I always go to for inspiration, comfort, and that sense of being close to the heavens.
    My great grandmother Emma taught me about roses, so a wonderful rose garden with a place to sit and be one with nature and good friends is my place to go!

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  581. Debbie on

    I would go to Scotland, Ireland and England to follow the paths to the beauty and wonders of these beautiful countries.

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  582. Leslie on

    Jamie has it right. I’d go to France. It’s been my dream to live there. Maybe Provence… maybe a little coastal area that is close to the Côte d’Azur but lesser known. France definitely has a different pace of life… it’s to enjoy, not work work work … and I love that.

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  583. Elizabeth Ginter on

    Nothing like the vastness of nature with elements of depth and scale to keep life in perspective. I’d go into the southwest and paint. Maybe Tucson with the mountains and saguaros and constant reminder that life is fleeting.

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  584. Lauren on

    If I was completely untethered from responsibility, I might go somewhere pastoral where I can reconnect with nature and just slow down. The south of France maybe? Truly, though, I would find a piece of land somewhere beautiful and just putter around growing flowers and enjoying nature.

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  585. Patti on

    What beautiful inspiration for my dream trip, with family, to Morocco, then up through Spain, Portugal and yes, France, over to Italy, and last but not least, Croatia. Why not dream big; eh? I was lucky to backpack extensively through Europe in my 20’s. I’d love to share and experience anew the thrill of gypsy life with my grown children now.

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  586. Julie on

    I would certainly retire from my day job! I would spend my days in the garden and drawing. It’s getting closer every day! This is a beautiful book and I’m headed over to instagram to follow. I love still photography and don’t watch stories – just to put my two cents in.

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  587. Tonya Thornton on

    Thank you for such a wonderful interview. This book sounds amazing.
    I love the word untethered. I have not felt untethered, lately, I feel unmoored. My children are almost grown and I am struggling to find myself. I am also an artist and feel the pull of creating- why don’t I let myself go to my art, to play?
    Going to Italy or France sounds amazing, but so does being untethered right here in my own “backyard”. There is beauty everywhere . If I were untethered, I would allow myself to play and create and play.

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  588. Kim Ackley on

    My “go to” place would be Sicily. I realize that time and people change places but, it would probably still be humbling to experience the culture and landscape of where it began for my grandparents. As a child and now I often wonder what it was like for them to leave their birthplace and make the trip to Ellis Island by boat at a very young age? Looking back I wish I was more inquisitive instead of taking it for granted they would always be here. I wonder if they found a calmer more peaceful life here in America? Did they have any regrets? I believe most people are chasing a calmer and quieter life but, our lives and heads are constantly filled with “stuff”. I’m sure I’m not alone wondering if life would’ve been better someplace else? Perhaps just a different better? I’ve always been told life is life no matter where you are, it’s what you make of it? Floret’s interview w/ Jamie makes you believe otherwise….

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  589. Rebecca Byrne on

    Absolutely wonderful interview, thank you for introducing us to Jamie! I would muster up the courage to go to Italy; I know I’d be surprised by it all. But I think I’d love the warm air, the coasts and water, the food prepared in restaurants and all the amazing scenery. I’d also love to create my own food there from what I find in markets and bakeries and meat shops. And I’d love to win this gorgeous book! If I could part with it, it would be the traveling pants in my group of lovely creatives, for one month!

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  590. Kathy DeForest on

    If I could run away I would explore the western Unitrd States, the land of my birth. I would try to learn more about native people, plants and art and crafts. I would try to feel my roots and expand my spirit. I’m a pretty simple person. I have so much to be grateful for and I want to share my abundance through creativity.

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  591. Cheryl Lynn on

    This is the heart and soul of untethered…”To have fun! I think we get caught up in the rules of photography and one must remember to always play. It’s when we are playing that we are enjoying and then, no matter the outcome, it was time well spent.” Once you allow yourself the freedom to let the mind wander, picking a place to physically go is icing on the cake.

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  592. Johanna on

    Wow, I love the pictures, how she described her garden. It will be an adventure to read her book. There are places in the world that have a magical calling, a connection you didn’t know was there, but you want to explore more; for me will be the countryside of the UK. I can imagine a small cottage and a garden, big enough to have a rose garden and a patio area and a conservatory room.

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  593. Dena Tiemeier on

    Discovering Floret has ignited a passion in me that has changed my life. As I have grown older my garden has become my escape from the stresses of life if only for a few hours that have made it possible for me to see my life in a much more positive light. Floret brought a new outlook for the future, new possibilities that have made the future look brighter. My garden is my place for recharging. For years I have had a love affair with England. From my first visit I felt a connection there that is hard to explain. It feels like home. It has been a dream that someday I would live there for at least a year to embrace everything possible. The gardens, the overwhelmingly beautiful countryside, the culture, the lovely people, the shops, everything is magical and casts a spell over me each time I visit. I can never get enough. I am very blessed to have a very dear/best friend that lives in a nearly 400 year old dwelling in Belper that is just full of history and has a magnificent walled garden that is absolutely beautiful. While there on my last visit I was recovering from being unwell right before leaving. I had my trip planned and fell ill the week before I left and didn’t think I was going to be able to go which was going to be such a disappointment. However, my loving friend told me to go ahead and come and I could spend my time recuperating with her and her family so I went. One of the most memorable experiences while there was being able to tend to her garden. It was Spring time when I was there. I spent hours in the garden discovering all that it had to offer. It was wonderful! And so healing. Though each year that passes makes it more difficult, I hope someday to be able to spend at least an entire year there in my own little cottage and soak up everything I can. There is a sweet little cottage that sits right behind my friends house that would be perfect. I can’t wait to invite her over for tea. Someday…….

    I love reading about the experiences of others who have followed their dreams and how they took advantage of opportunities to fulfill their dreams. I look forward to reading this beautiful story.

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  594. Jessica carie on

    Ohh if untethered… I would galavant to the opposite side of the world, to the continent of Africa, to spend months exploring the less touched parts of the natural world. Experiencing very new cultures and places always fills my soul.

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  595. Tracy James on

    I would absolutely head to France. In 2004 I did just that and ended up living in Paris for 10 years.

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  596. Lisa Edelhuber on

    I would absolutely love to tour flower fields in other countries to see how they farm. Especially the beautiful rolling fields of lavender around the world!💜 Other cultures have always fascinated me.

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  597. Chris W. on

    I would definitely go to France. I love the small villages and the people. Then again, I love Paris with all its neighborhoods and art. So much to explore.

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  598. Allison on

    Leaving America would be hard but sometimes I feel like I am in the wrong place. If I could be untethered I think I would live in the countryside of the UK or Ireland, tend my garden, and read my books. Such a beautiful and inspiring interview!

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  599. Tierra Harris on

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities, I would travel back in time to the 1800’s where my true pioneer spirit belongs. I would love to experience the excitement of an untamed land, living to create a comfortable home from things around me, growing what I need, enjoying the rich joy of harvests.
    ((Screech!…since that’s not even a realistic option…rewind baaack to the future))
    I’ll take that pioneer time travel idea and place it in the foothills of Montana where the sky is large and the land is vast. It has always been my romantic pioneer dream to own a large piece of land where everything is grown right there, not only for sustenance, but abundance.
    There would be an amazing farmhouse-destination-getaway location on the property that would use all the resources grown right there on the ranch. Meats, vegetables, flowers.
    It would also have workshops for artists to be inspired to create-sculpture, woodworking, painting, drawing.
    I would document the beauty of each season with photographs and paintings as an expression of joy.

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  600. Marie Ferreboeuf on

    I would shave my head, move to a monastery and tend the garden.

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  601. Starr Linden on

    I moved to my dream place 5 years ago where I met a wonderful man, a farmer, now my partner. We are living on a 20 acre homestead at the end of a dead end road in beautiful Santa Cruz County, California. I’ve been blessed to travel a lot so my yearnings are not huge in that area. Watching the seasons unfold here is delightful and I have learned so much by seeing the stages of the flowers and plants on the farm unfold over the seasons. It is a treat to be in one place long enough to experience the seasons in this way. But, last year we visited my partners friends and amazing flower growers the Arnoskys in Texas. They encouraged us to grow marigolds for Dia De Los Muertos. We did and it was amazing, we met many wonderful Indian people in our area and the Oaxacan people found their way to our gate with smiles on their faces. This year being our first we did not have many sales outlets. At the height of our sales we sold 450 bunches and bundled them in one day. That very day the Arnoskys bundled 9000. I couldn’t fathom it. I looked at my partner, a very seasoned farmer and said “If we could just go on a “Sabbatical” I would live with the Arnoskys for six months.” As it turned out the next day Pamela Arnosky half jokingly but very seriously said we should hop on a plane and join them to pack marigolds. This is now my dream! We just need to find someone to care for the home, the three kitty cats and our two wonderful donkeys. Seriously working on it. Thanks for asking!

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  602. Cheri on

    Italy, specifically A small town in Tuscany where my family is from. I would eat, garden, walk, paint and just be.
    Lovely interview and photos, thank you for sharing.

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  603. Kayla on

    If untethered from all responsibilities, I would follow my curiosities for sustainable food and flowers! Not only would I love to eat my way through Europe, I would love to soak in as much knowledge as possible about the history of French and English gardens as well as the future of gardening regarding sustainbility. Exploring different topographies such as Iceland and how they grow in their climate would also be a must. Last but not least, I’d explore as much of my home country of Canada as possible, discovering our diversity through food and flower farming!

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  604. Darla on

    I love the seasons so would likely stay right where I am in British Columbia. My dream to grow beautiful flowers and food is playing out better than I ever imagined. The book looks amazing and can’t wait to be inspired as I slow down this winter.

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  605. Brenda Washburn on

    I’d travel to Norway & Sweden to explore my newly found Scandinavian ancestry….and relish never punching a time clock again.

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  606. Paula Knutson on

    If I were untethered from my work responsibilities I would stay exactly where I am in Canada and be able to finish my visions I have for my place in a more timely and enjoyable fashion. My vision is to create a French château ambiance. I am getting there but not as quickly as I would like as part of what draws me to French gardens is maturity. This book looks like it would give me some nice inspiration to create my own visual portraits.

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  607. Jan Jeffryes on

    I loved this interview and the opportunity to delve into Jamie’s world in Provence. What an inspired artist! I often dream of living in Portugal, Italy or areas near Provence. I love the light and feel energized by it to grow my lavender and other flowers and botanicals. I love her thoughts about engaging in your art every day, and being in nature to find inspiration!
    Thanks for sharing and getting to the essence of this beautiful journey in your interview! Jan

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  608. Ellen on

    I would what I do everyday, entrenched in the life I long planned for after retirement. Painting, creating, cooking and gardening. An idyllic life all accomplished by envisioning my future many years ago. We can all do that.

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  609. Kathy on

    Having visited Italy for ‘way to short’ a vacation… I would go back and stay longer. I would take my time exploring and learning more about the local communities, architecture, florals and food. I would walk through the winding alley ways and pop into all sorts of shops. I would simply observe and soak in all things Italy.

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  610. Elizabeth Hesselgren on

    I would sell it all and travel the world with my family. Show my children the beauty of global cultures. Teach them to be citizens of the world and nurturers of Mother Earth. And eventually set up house in a small farmhouse, somewhere inspiring, surrounded by beauty and nature and live a slow, intentional life of grace and beauty.

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  611. Allison on

    If I had no responsibilities keeping me home, I would head to The Lake District in England. I would spend the days exploring the small villages and going on hikes through the beautiful hills and valleys. This is where my parents lived before moving to North America. We went back there for a few days when I was a child and I’ve always wanted to go back for an extended visit.
    Jaime’s book looks beautiful, it’s definitely going on my Christmas wish list!

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  612. Mary Kukla on

    I would move to Provence! Spent a college summer school semester there and always wanted to return. I have a “passions list” primarily focused on learning artisanal crafts. Would love to win the book! I’m an inaugural Floret school grad, refining my flower-growing skills by learning how to create healthy soil communities.

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  613. Amri Dobbins on

    So beautiful. I would head first to Ireland to explore, but can imagine I’d bounce around a bit. I want to follow the curiosity of music and accordions.

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  614. Nicole on

    I would definitely travel to either Italy or France! I’m very much drawn to the slower pace and to good food and wine and I can’t think of a better place to enjoy these things.

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  615. Pamela F. on

    I would go to the SW coast of Ireland. The moodiness and richness of color and place is the calling on my heart…to immerse myself into my watercolor painting finally. Along with exploring the nooks and crannies of the area for inspiration.

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  616. Caitlin on

    In this season of my life, if I was untethered, I would explore Ireland and Scotland. There is so much magic hidden in those places. I would love to explore and create a story around it.

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  617. Sydney Lewis on

    If I were able to go anywhere it would probably be France or Italy! I love the textures and beauty they have and I’ve never traveled there before. I would still follow my love for flower farming <3

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  618. Laura on

    Italy always calls to me through her art. Mexico tempts me with her delights. Thailand wants me to return. Somewhere new might be nice. And always I discover connection and creativity to bring home.

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  619. Jenine Elgarico on

    Stunning photography and stories told in them. I think I’d like to be in Australia by the sea and all the gorgeous creatures and landscapes. Or maybe even New Zealand. What a beautiful woman that makes us thin what could be. Thank you.

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  620. Karen Boren Gerstenberger on

    What an inspiring conversation and book. If I were “untethered” from all responsibilities, I would travel in Europe and England – on foot, as much as possible – and then, travel in British Columbia – by boat, as much as possible. I would let nature direct my steps, and hope to shop at street markets, learn to make pasta from scratch, watch olive oil being pressed, eat truffles in season, take notes, photographs and paint.

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  621. Caroline Ferreri on

    I would leave the city and head to parts unknown but somewhere with trees, mountains and sky as far as you can see.

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  622. Gloria Nash on

    To be untethered… I became a mom quite young, a single mom for 12 of 16 years (the last four having an amazing partner and husband) …
    I cry thinking about it. I would paint, I would linger much longer in the woods and sunshine. I would travel again, visit the waters and soak my body in streams.
    I’d give myself a break from the constant cooking, cleaning, working, trying to make ends meet.
    I’d work soley on beautification~ the creative flux I am always pulled towards but don’t prioritize because of all the other needs of the day.

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  623. Christi on

    Oh my goodness, what a lovely book. I live on a small farm and try to live a slower life with my family…but it’s so hard to maintain a slow pace with all of our responsibilities! But I love that a huge amount of our life is centered around the weather, animals and growing things. If we could get away for a chunk of time we would go to France and Germany and hike, eat, ride, walk, learn and play as family.

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  624. Robbie on

    I would go and explore my Dutch roots in the Netherlands. The one time I was able to travel to Europe it felt like my soul caught fire. I still am curious about the culture, the food, the language, and the traditions. Sometimes the only way to move forward is to go back and explore the beginning. That is what I would do, explore the beginnings of both sides of my family.

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  625. Annie on

    I would travel to Italy with my husband and experience the food, culture, and architecture of a foreign place. I dream of the inspiration it would bring!

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  626. Holly Herron on

    As we are seniors in our 70’s, life centers around our kids, grandkids, our 2 cats and doing our best to stay healthy and fit!! A dream would be to put our things in storage, sell our home in Ontario, Canada, and move to the south of France with our cats for a few years. We could slow down, live a more simple life and have our family and friends visit often!
    Excited to read this beautiful book!
    ❤️Holly

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  627. Sheri Johns on

    Hmmm…crazy as it sounds I would like to enjoy the beauty of where I currently live by slowing down and taking in the beauty with my camera by my side. . I’ve lived on the same 5 acres for 31 years and I know there’s plenty that I’ve never focused in on. I love where I live:)

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  628. Katy on

    Two of my favorites- Jamie Beck and Floret flowers 💕lovely interview you both inspire me!

    I would love to live in France or Italy and get bake/cook all day, explore the area, have a garden, oil paint!

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  629. Deb H on

    I’d either head back to Northern New Mexico where I got to know so many wonderful people or to Portugal.

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  630. Ellette on

    I would stay here in NW Montana in the summer through fall then be off to the ocean somewhere. I would then make watercolor a priority instead of fitting it in when I have my “list” done. The book looks beautiful and I’m anxious to view her photos online.
    Thank you!

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  631. Carla Hanson on

    Beautiful photography and scenery…Provence is such an inspiring place to live.. so much natural beauty and variety in the culture. Thank you for creating this book!

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  632. Jessica on

    I would move to a stone farm cottage on the sea maybe in England or Croatia to run as an Airbnb or BNB with a large garden to grow vegetables and flowers to share with the local community. Love following Jamie on Instagram, her content is always calming and pleasant.

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  633. Lisette on

    Sounds silly perhaps, but I would go where I go every day, to my own garden. I love to enjoy the flowers, the wildlife, the wind and sun and rain, together with my dogs. I feel so lucky that I do not have to wait for a far away dream to come true to to feel utterly happy.

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  634. Jackie Hiebert on

    If I could untether and if I had the financial freedom, I would head to the northwest and islands of Scotland. The hill walking, the sea, the wildflowers, and the quiet beauty. This was the place that introduced me to botanizing as you walked and holds a special place in my heart.

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  635. Amanda Erickson on

    A place with four seasons, beautiful hiking and biking trails, magical nooks of bubbling brooks, a community flower and veggie garden in the middle of town and still has cobbled streets adorned with local shops, work life is a balance of three days a week, and the pace is much slower in fact most people don’t drive or own vehicles because you can walk or ride your bike everywhere and there would be outdoor summertime movies under starry skies and festivals to celebrate each change of season – where people were kind and lived in harmony of the land.

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  636. Heidi on

    This is such a beautiful interview! It gave me a look into photographers her life… life in France, and her work! Beautiful photos, beautiful questions and beautiful answers!

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  637. Michele on

    I suppose we are all untethered to some degree, we do participate in choosing our own constraints.
    But if I chose to let go of the tethers….. I would go to Europe, France and Germany specifically. I am a first generation Canadian, grew up in a very German household. My dream is to fully explore my history. My Great Grandmother was French and I know so very little about her. My Grandmother grew flowers, so many flowers. Pretty sure that’s where my love of gardens came from. My Grandfather was a photographer. I have looked at those photos my entire life. My adventure would be to find all the dreamy places my Grandfather photographed and create some memories of my own. A year? Maybe more!

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  638. Joane on

    If untethered of all responsibilities I would go to Norway and learn about their culture and explore knitting at my own pace , from there I would go to France and attend Cordon Blue and improve my cooking and baking skills while enjoying the beautiful things France has to offer. After that I would go to Italy and learn Italian and work at a vineyard, learn Italian cooking and enjoy the Italian culture. From Italy I would fly to South America and spend time in Brazil exploring its country and all it has to offer. I would then go back home from my Nomad’s life and set in a quiet town where I can focus on my gardens , cooking and creating a beautiful life. Thanks for this interview, very inspiring it!

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  639. Kimberly on

    I have been to France and stayed in Provence. I could literally move there in a week if it were not for my children and grandchildren. In another life then…

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  640. Katie on

    I would go to the southern Oregon coast and grow bonsai. 🌲 🌳

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  641. Katie on

    I am half Sicilian so I have always had a strong pull to go to “the Motherland.” A slower lifestyle, the cooking, eating fresh and in season, the history, the language–all these things and so many more I could list are appealing to me. I am a designer and I find that there is nothing like getting out of your everyday environment for inspiration. No matter where you go, a change of scenery is great for opening up your mind!

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  642. Monica on

    I would take my family to Scotland, Ireland, or anywhere in the English country side to enjoy the slow farm life in a small historical town.

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  643. Jennie Miller on

    I would travel to see the world and enjoy nature in each region. I would love to see the farmers markets and flea markets and experience the wares of the world along with the beauty of it all.

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  644. Allison Judge on

    I’ve always been interested in photography, but have never been able to really pursue it. I think I’d want to go somewhere completely outside my comfort zone and be a birth photographer. Just not sure where I’d go.

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  645. Deborah Smith on

    Sixty years ago I attended a small French speaking preschool in Brussels. While I did not speak the language, the songs have remained with me. My favorite was Sur Le pont d’Avingon which we sang and danced too regularly. A family trip to d’avingon gave me the opportunity to sing and dance on the bridge. My dream is to someday return to d’Avingon with my granddaughter so we can dance and sing together.

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  646. Tiffany Lewis on

    Being untethered from all responsibilities would mean that I could explore traveling throughout the United States and other countries and writing about my adventures as well as any other novel ideas that come to me. I really feel like my responsibilities keep me from desires of writing and creating.

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  647. Cherie Friend on

    Lovely.
    I would do what I am doing now: building/tending my garden and spending time with my loved ones. I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

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  648. Gilda Mata on

    Erin,

    I would love to take my time and visit the beautiful country of Italy. There is so much to learn and it is definitely on the top of my list. Thank you and I can’t wait to see Jamie’s book.

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  649. Michelle James on

    I would totally love to go to France, learn the language and just devour their way of life! I can’t think of anything more romantic and exciting. Most people just dream about that, but she did it!!! Her photographs are truly breathtaking and I cannot wait to get ahold of a copy. Thank you for introducing us!

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  650. Tonya on

    Untethered from all responsibilities, I’ve been working for 30 years to experience that. What an incredible time that will be. I hope to travel to new places, inside and outside the country. We’re looking into Thailand, Spain, and Germany. I want to stay for as long as possible, 4 months minimum. I want to enter the community as a servant. Visit the old in the parks, play with the children. I want to be open to the new ways of being. I want to document this journey with words and photos of people and foods. I want to include my YA daughters when they’re available. This time will need to start soon. There’s a small window ahead when we’re healthy and available. I want to be changed and be a light.

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  651. Regina on

    My latest obsession is Lake Como in Northern Italy. After visiting once, I cannot get it out of my head! I’d love to go back and actually live there for a few months—or longer. I think these more immersive living experiences are the ultimate way to become one with the people, environment and culture.

    What would I do?

    Nothing. Just breath in every stunning moment.

    The book looks breathtaking! Jamie has a definite gift for capturing gorgeous imagery. 🤍

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  652. Renee Cornue on

    If untethered by responsibilities and finances, I would do almost exactly what Jamie has done, which is why I’ve followed her journey so closely over the last few years. I would travel the world, meeting my incredibly dispersed family, and settle in a small European village, perhaps near the Black Forest. I’d spend my days making more photographic art and writing, exploring the surrounding areas with my partner.

    As a young female photographer, in the beginning stages of my career, Jamie’s path both personally and professionally have REALLY inspired me more than anything else to pursue photography whole-heartedly. Even tho I don’t personally know Jamie, I know there are a myriad of folks who feel as tho they do. I am one of those folks and I’m so proud of her!!! What an achievement. She’s shown us all that success follows passion. Thank you!

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  653. Danielle McKinnon on

    If I could drop everything and move it would be to Northern New Mexico. The mountains, the skies, the beautiful rock foundations the art and the people are so wonderful! I could photograph Santa Fe, New Mexico everyday. We live in Dallas, TX and don’t get me wrong I love the city, but every year we go to Northern New Mexico and it is the highlight of my year. The rest that my soul feels when we leave New Mexico is something spiritual.

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  654. stacy glavinos on

    If I were completely untethered I think I would explore many locations until I felt perfectly at home somewhere lovely where I could garden, be close to the water and be myself.

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  655. J. Renee on

    I would live closer to the ocean and take walks every morning on a pebbled beach while learning the arts of photography and water colors

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  656. Michelle Gooding on

    Like Jamie I would go back to the south of France to a village we visited in 2010 called Montpeyroux. Our friends were on a year long sabbatical and allowed us the priveledge of experiencing this magical place. It was life changing for me to hike the surrounding hills and along the gnarly grapevines. To be able to clip rosemary for the evening meal growing wild everywhere was such a treat as was the wine and the mussels from the market. There were small inconveniences but what’s life without adventure? I wanted to weep when I saw the beauty in Jamie’s photos. I would begin a daily practise of mark making in the hopes of creating beautiful art pieces with the backdrop of French culture and cuisine.

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  657. Julie Richardson on

    I’d love to go on an extended visit to the UK and find my Scottish, Welsh, and British roots. I’ve been so drawn to everything in that part of the world, and I can’t help but think that it’s for a reason. This book is an incredible inspiration to “let go” and LIVE!

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  658. Sandi Thompson on

    My husband and I rented a villa for a month in Umbria Summer 2022. Magical. Just to explore and wander the countryside and incredible small town filled with wonders. We had always wanted to drop out and take an international assignment to live abroad. That would have been nice, but this month was terrific training for what we do next.

    I did wonder as I read Jaime’s interview how the pandemic inpacted their lives there. It had to.

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  659. Pia on

    If I were free from all responsibilities, I would go to the warm south by the sea, where I would for example follow the movements of the tide and dip my toes in the soft warm sand.

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  660. May Merkle-Tan on

    Thanks for the introduction— Looking forward to following Jamie on IG and reading her book!

    I’ve lived in about 3 other developed countries for study and work in the past … However if all stars align… it would be lovely to spend time discovering how people grow their food, make their cuisine, and celebrate special festivities across the world… ♥️

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  661. Anne-Marie on

    Merci beaucoup for this beautiful and inspiring interview. If I were untethered from all responsibilities, I would move somewhere by the water, close to a small village, where I could live in tune with the seasons and fully enjoy what nature has to offer.

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  662. Barbara Norris on

    I’m always drawn to water and gardens. So an untethered lifestyle would find me exploring oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers and streams searching for the beautiful things that grow naturally or through thoughtful cultivation. I love a gorgeous view, no matter how humble or how grand. Throw in a dash of historic buildings, a disintegrating structure or carefully restored, and I’m in heaven. 💖

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  663. Lindsay on

    I would move to a small cottage in the country, create the gardens of my dreams and spend my days gardening, knitting, spinning, and weaving. I would probably need some sheep to spin my own yarn as well!

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  664. Susan Walter on

    I’m drawn to the ocean. The sight and sound of the waves crashing on the beach.
    If given the opportunity, I’d like to follow the beaches – from up North far above Canada to as far South as I could go.
    =~>§<~=

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  665. Carin Vries on

    I would love to visit new places , new countrey’s and discover nature somewhere else . I am a painter and ceramist ,love flowers and good food !
    It is just not possible for me to go everywhere but i am very happy that there is so mutch in books and painting and nature around me !
    Books like this one inspire me for creating new art and i think i can really enyoi it .
    The pictures are beautifull!

    With love Carin from the Netherlands

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  666. Dana Goodson on

    I believe I would spend a year near the TN/NC border and just wander from trail to trail. Finding myself again. I spent a couple months there last Fall and it brought me so much peace to hike almost daily in the mountains and be in nature. I’d pack tomorrow if it was feasible to spend a year doing the same. Life has been overwhelming and it sounds so enticing right now.

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  667. Kylie on

    This was wonderful! Her #isolationcreation series was a great source of inspiration and comfort to me during lockdown. The idea of being untethered is just opening up at the edge of my mind, something to ponder during these darker evening hours this winter.

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  668. Jill Alban on

    Should I become untethered, I would visit as many islands in the world as possible, without rushing each visit. Seaside feels like home to me, the edges of land and sea, and the unique lives of plants, animals and people existing at those edges are endlessly beautiful, adaptive, fascinating. I would eat and swim and make botanical sun prints…. being open to each moment.

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  669. Jennyfer Parra on

    I think like the rest of the world we have endured loss. I got divorced, my dad, 2 uncles and my mentor (9-5 job) sadly passed away.

    I have felt very un creative being myself a photographer, I hope which I will be emailing and hopefully Jamie Beck sees t this is to even for a week have her a mentor.

    Regardless of who wins, it’s beautiful to see how woman are supporting other women

    Thank you for offering us this great lgift

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  670. Catherine Hamilton on

    If magic happened I would be able to travel all through Europe, to be able to seamlessly know all traditions and speak all languages. I would always be smartly dressed and be able to eat all the wonderfully different foods and not gain weight!

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  671. Susanna Castro on

    I dream of me being able to run my flower farm super successful and feel this happiness everyday of my life 💖. Thank you for the interview, always inspiring. I’ve been following Jamie on IG for quite a long time now, but interviews always give more detail and so more “humanity” to the artist. Love you both!

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  672. Jacky on

    I think about this often, and I wish I could travel and work on other farms, so that I can learn from others while being helpful.

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  673. Patty McClellan on

    I traveled outside of the US for the very first time this last June. At the age of 64 I went to France alone so that I could visit Monet’s Garden. I’ve loved his story and pictures of his garden for years, and with my husband’s encouragement, I made the treck to experience it. While the garden itself was lovely, it was the other things in France that I saw that tugged at my very soul. The countryside along the Seine, the old homes and farms….I fell in love. If not for the family that I love so much here in the sates, I would never have come home. France has my heart forever.

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  674. Gabriela de la Vega on

    I have three sisters who are circus performers and live in Bourgogne. Our trips there have been few and far between as it is So expensive to travel and virtually impossible to get away. But traveling however difficult has always been a transformative experience. In a new context we are allowed to reinvent and rediscover ourselves anew. It’s a privilege really and priceless because of its power to change us.
    Adventure, awaits! I always wanted to travel through the Chinese countryside visiting tea houses and seeing wild animals. Hiking, bicycling and river boating. Sound good?

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  675. Orysa on

    As I write this post, I am trying to patiently await my copy that should arrive in the post today! This article has me ten times more excited for it.

    I spent my first two years of teaching abroad in England and I believe if given the chance, I would return there to roam more of the country and nature with my husband and our baby (who is on the way!). I am also a photographer and would love to take more time to explore Europe and the UK.

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  676. Arlene Amorim on

    Switzerland for sure would be if I had any choice. I have only seen videos and as we all know that does not serve any justice . Your photos are incredible that capture that moment almost as if you want to reach out and eat the orange or drink the wine. Imagining the smell of that lavender. Thanks for sharing!

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  677. Emily Gibbs on

    My decades-long dream is to raise my family in the verdant and idyllic landscape of Switzerland on a small, picturesque farm, full of animals and children. Thankfully, I am already living out most of that dream on our family farm…apart from the fact that Eastern Montana is just not quite the same as Switzerland.

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  678. Marcia on

    Having lost my husband a few years ago, then my mother a few months ago and with grown children I suddenly find myself very alone. An entire life of caring for others and not myself has made me realize it’s time to care for myself. So maybe it’s time to get back into all the creative things I’ve loved but put on the back burner. I love cooking, gardening, photography, jewelry making, the list goes on. Getting in my car and hitting the road without a set destination or maybe a one way ticket to Italy or Paris would be a dream that maybe I can make a reality.

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  679. Jinger on

    Lovely photography and interview! If I were untethered I might go to the French Alps or visit the castles of Germany, or trek the south of New Zealand from yurt to yurt. Thanks for the wonderful thought!

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  680. Corinne M on

    I would explore my love for water starting in Corfu and then waiting to see and feel when it felt right to move on to my next location furthering my new relationship with water.

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  681. Jennifer G on

    First of all thank you for sharing this book! I look forward to now following Jamie in IG and learning more.
    As for your question, I currently find myself untethered from a job I have had for 21 years, my husband and I are now empty nester and just as COVID lock down happened we moved accross country from California to Massachusetts. This too feels like a whole different country but one we are enjoying. I am at a crossroads currently. We have debt and things we want to do to our 1st home we now own after 30 years of marriage so do I find another 9-5 job puttingnin time for money or do I find me! I follow Floret and have a passion for flower gardens, my spirituality and my family. I am looking for that inspiration and nudge as to what road to take.

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  682. Erica on

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities I would ho to the UK and spend a year following the history and also the many amazing authors like Jane Austen and Emily Dickinson’s lives and learn from their inspirations. I’d also love to visit Greece and immerse myself in their culture, history and food. A more recent idea would be to travel to South America to visit and follow the hummingbirds and other native birds there. 🥰❤️

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  683. Maria on

    I think if I could have a little English cottage with a beautiful Garden surround or a little farm in Austria. That would be a happy life. Whatever it is I would want to be surrounded by flowers and growing things.

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  684. Polly on

    I am adapting to a new natural environment having moved from Maine to North Carolina. I seek to explore and learn about new foods, new places to experience nature, and new artistic outlets. The goal… making regular life a creative experience to be shared with others.

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  685. Laura Davis on

    I would love to travel to the Italian coast..well honestly anywhere overseas…there seems to be a much slower pace…I’m ready for that.

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  686. Donna Crouch on

    I’d love to revisit areas of England that I have loved on earlier visits, then choose one in which to settle, where I can be inspired to write poetry. I would be interested to see how my responses to the beauty of the formal gardens as well as the fields and streams would differ from my first responses, beginning as a college student. Now that I’m retired, I have more time to really observe the glories of nature and to ponder about the wonders I see. I can follow the urge to express my emotions if I allow creativity to flow. I imagine myself basking in the quiet solitude not found in my everyday life of created chores and supposed duties.

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  687. Gretchen on

    When I retired, I lived my promise to myself by moving to Ireland for at least a year. I had been each year in May to fly fish the amazing ‘mayfly hatch’. But 1 week the same time of year does not give the full picture. My goal was to walk the hedgerows, picking the makings of a floral arrangement each month from what was on offer. If I could only show my results here. It was wonderful. And I absolutely agree with Jaime’s feelings on letting go of the ‘known’ and immersing in the new. I joined a camera club where I learned from some amazing artists, a book club to meet ageless ladies, volunteered sharing my tech skills with the ‘elderly’ (most were far younger) and lived each day to its fullest. I will be ordering this book!!

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  688. Kelly Blount on

    I would go to the Luberon area of southern France and write a cookbook. A story telling cookbook that took readers on a sensory journey exploring all the magical ways of this part of France. The feelings the food evoked and the inspiration and people behind the recipes. I would also talk about the awe and wonder of this area of France. How the landscape and the people influenced me. The ways food and wine can nourish but also wake up our senses to new ways of enjoying life. Thanks for sharing Jamie’s story. I loved it❣️

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  689. Eileen Albright on

    Oh my goodness, the possibilities are endless. I had the privilege of going to Provence for three days this spring, and it changed my life. The slow pace, open markets, and natural beauty everywhere I turned just spoke to my soul. My next dream is to walk the Cotswolds in England. This book looks amazing.

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  690. Savannah on

    If I could go anywhere and do anything, I’d pack up my husband and babies and set off. We’d travel the world slowly- cross oceans by boat and continents by train. We’d look for opportunities to volunteer with organizations all around the world, meeting locals and learning about the specific joys, strengths and trials they face. And learn about history first hand!

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  691. Beccy on

    I love her intentionality to see and experience regular moments in life.

    Our family is untethering next year to thru hike the Appalachian Trail- something that captured my imagination when I did a week hike on it in college and encountered thru hikers.

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  692. Kim on

    Beautiful! I look forward to spending time with this book- great fodder for winter time dreaming and planning. Thank you for this interview and introduction to Jamie Beck’s book.

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  693. Beth on

    A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home to grow flowers. I am still trying to find my groove during winter. I would love to visit a different ‘beach y’ place each year for some R & R and also visit family.

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  694. Nancy Smith on

    I love France and have been blessed to visit a few times, but never to the south of France. My husband and I had planned a wonderful trip to Southern France with the Provence region being the highlight. Unfortunately, the Pandemic put an end to our bucket-list trip. I loved reading your prespective on living a simpler life and how your love of art plays such a creative way to work and live. It would be a dream to be able to cross off that bucket-list trip to Southern France in my lifetime.

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  695. Roxann Hadley on

    Jamie: Absolutely stunning photography, incredibly inspiring, and lusciously captivating chiaroscuro lighting.
    Erin: Amazing question – perhaps I would take my family, Bread-baking supplies, Bible, camera/lenses, and my journal and explore the UK for 4 months and then go on a bread baking/learning excursion around France/Italy for 4 months, explore Israel for two months and finish the last two months visiting and photographing Erin and her team . . . And perhaps all that in reverse order. ;)

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  696. Lynda Lunn on

    Consumed by work for years, my family would tell me to,”Get a hobby”. It felt like an insanely insulting suggestion. My rebutal was, “You all are my hobby.” Where did they think I held time or mental space for a hobby? They were always right but the time wasn’t. Now they are grown, the driving career is over, and I live among the mountains and along a river with a small hobby flower farm. Keeping the word “hobby” in flower farm has had to be intentional. Regularly I am asked why I don’t make it a business. Oh the paradox. This interview inspires me not be drawn into the idea that success in anything must become commerce.

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  697. Rebekah on

    What a fun read and very inspiring! It’s hard to pick where I would go. Probably traveling through Europe.

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  698. Cindy on

    I have a passion for all things floral!! Untethered, I would go on a journey of meeting and learning from floral designers (at least to start). I would also want to meet and learn from growers because the whole floral process has me enthralled. I can’t stop thinking about flowers and the joy they bring to others. I would go on a journey of figuring out physically and artistically how my flower passion fits into my life so I can share with others. There is something beautiful and life giving about flowers and I want to share that.

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  699. Laurel on

    I am in the fall of my life and in so many ways, envy the people who take the leap to follow their inner calling….a very wise fellow said that if you can find a way to do what you love, you will never work another day in your life…I am so very fortunate in my relationships, our family, our home, but, there is something missing. I am searching for that missing piece. There are far too many regrets and in this life, there seems to be so little time. Thank you for Jamie’s inspiration and for Floret and for Erin, making what you truly love and your passion available to others… If I could depart for a time, I would build a cozy cottage with lupins, hollyhocks, and orange blossoms and more. I would have a stone floored cafe nearby to serve tea and biscuits and homemade jam and desserts. I would have an area with floral couches and wicker chairs for nestling to watch for the butterflies and bees and just to be. I would also have a shop full of treasures, some old and some new, for people to meander and find something, meaningful and always affordable, to tuck into their own cozy place in their own life. That would be my dream….

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  700. Emma Finn on

    My wanderings have taken me to many places with breathtaking beauty and humbling lessons. At this time in my life my journey is more rooted and internal. This travel landscape is by far the most exotic and quixotic. The subtle details noticed pondered more deeply. The joyful moments savored.

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  701. Melodee Andrews on

    I lived in Germany many years ago for about 2 years and it was magical. Jamie put into words exactly what that experience did for me and how it felt. I always tell people when asked about that time that it was like I was a child who has to learn and explore life all over again. It was life changing and profoundly wonderful! Thank you Erin and Jamie for this delightful conversation. It made me feel that experience all over again. It was such a gift!

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  702. Petra on

    Such a wonderful work! Thank you for sharing the beauty. I’m one of those lucky people who is just happy where I’m in my life.
    Just as Jamie, I moved many years ago to another country, specifically from Europe to Oregon. Not only I had to learn how to live here but I also redefined my career. Now I create gardens and I couldn’t be happier in another place.

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  703. Leslie Emanuels on

    I would delight in spending a day all by myself to love and do what I enjoy. As Moms, a lot of us sacrifice what we want to do continually.
    Last summer and for the last few years, My heart has been pulled back to Italy. My relatives are in the Dolomites and I spent a semester in Rome a lifetime ago. We had planned to go and spend a month. But my son was struggling and needed to change schools. The dates didn’t work anymore. We only had a week tops. Normally I would say never mind and another time. But I hadn’t been back for 30 years! There was always something. This time, I said, please let’s just go even if it’s short. And we did.
    I walked all through Rome speaking to the beautiful merchants in the language just sparked again, we ate octopus and swam in the sea daily, I cried and they cried when I saw my cousins.
    Now I am taking mini vacazioni. We don’t need a year or a month. I’ll take a weekend or the day and just slow down and enjoy what’s right in front of me. And if you’ve said, I want to go then go sister.

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  704. BRENDA BITTINGER on

    If I were untethered, I would explore Spain more in depth. It reminds me of the US but with such a long rich culture. We have close family friends there who are tied to my heart, as well. It’s such a beautifully gilded country that I could easily dive deep within.

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  705. Meg Nisbet on

    I dream of Scotland where I would plant heather and have sheep that produce beautiful wool that I would put through a loom. I would walk the hills and lowlands and discover the centuries of living in that timeless land. I would have pub lunches and talk with the neighbors and have my breath taken away with the views and the lochs and the islands.

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  706. Sylvia Whitesides on

    My first thought was France, I have always wanted to see Paris and then the thought of being in southern France, which sounds amazing. But Italy also has been a place I’ve wanted to see and experience, so I think I would love to spend time traveling all around Europe!

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  707. Karen Tavolacci on

    We recently had a 3 week trip to Provence that was magical! I would love to untether and go stay there for a year! My favorite stay there was in Goult. Gardening, boulangeries, cooking, history, beautiful countryside, people, petanque. I’d love to soak it all up for a year. But then I’d want to come home, for my grandchildren are here!

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  708. Erin Day on

    I appreciate your words… as an American I wanted to experience the culture but didn’t expect to partake in it… if only we could all walk in another’s shoes- beauty, peace and unity may be closer to us in America. I long to get outside of our American culture and find myself in a setting of community living off the land, completely mindful and in touch with it and each other. Yet I long more to move my fellow country men to seek these ideas here on our native soil.

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  709. Kate on

    So inspired by Jamie’s work: the textures, light, and vividness of her images is so sensuous and makes her stills nearly feel three-dimensional or as though they are in motion. Loved reading this in-depth review, and wish I could win a copy of this book!

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  710. Joanne Lee Scouler on

    I would love to visit and stay on a farm in Canada where there are wide open expanses of land to learn and appreciate the work that goes into successful growing and cultivating of both food and flowers. Provence sounds like a great place to live and go to the markets which I love visiting anywhere in the world.

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  711. Allison on

    I think I’d want a communal homestead in the countryside of some European country. Or on some remote land here in America. I’d devote all my time to learning to nourish my family and community in a sustainable and simple way. Part of that learning would look like traveling to other countries to see how they do it and combining and shaking out to find what worked for me. Ohh and now the dreaming begins!

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  712. Bev Johnson on

    This sounds so dreamy! Would love a chance to win a book to sit & dream with as I sit & read it!❤️ Fabulous interview, by the way!🤗

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  713. Deborah Beisel on

    Even though I am “retired” I still have a soap making business and volunteer with youth teaching environmental science. I am fortunate to be doing the things I am passionate about. If I were “untethered” I would buy a travel van and go wherever the urge took me. I love remote and wild places so that would be my preference. And at some point, I’d like to go and live for a while in France where my grandparents came from. They also lived in an area of fields and woods.

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  714. Laura Hale on

    Erin thank you for sharing such a lovely interview! A French author Marcel Proust told us long ago, “The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” I believe Jamie describes that well when she encourages us to follow our passion wherever we find ourselves. I can be “untethered” by chosing to have “new eyes” at any time and any location. I’m 63 years young and still working on this, but what an incredible journey.

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  715. Amy on

    I would go to Ireland to explore the landscapes by foot and connect with the people. The landscapes seem so wild and the people so kind. I have Irish heritage so I feel a pull to connect with the land and the people. I’ve also heard they have a great Farm to Table scene, and I’d love to explore how they approach their relationship to food and land.

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  716. Katie on

    I would either become a glass blower in Italy, a sheep rancher in New Zealand, or a tea farmer in Japan. I think the reason I haven’t is because I can’t make up my mind on which to do

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  717. Lynzee Brival on

    I finally feel untethered from the rush of corporate work, getting to be at home with my son and raise him. My dream will hopefully continue as we buy a property in northern Georgia and I can learn and grow a flower garden to share with my community. There’s freedom in following your dream, I’ve found, it just takes continued doses of courage along the way. Would love to be continually inspired by Jamie’s book as I keep taking steps.

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  718. Melissa on

    I would love to travel with my family and have the time to write and illustrate children’s books. One day. :) But for now, thankful to be living my current dream everyday of raising our little ones and serving my family.

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  719. Bev Walker on

    I would move to the UK…probably The Cotswolds and paint plein air everyday! I would savor discovering more about life in the area.

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  720. Holly Snider on

    Stunning photos and an inspiring interview. If I could go anywhere and do anything, I’d follow my dream to move to the Northern Great Lakes and open my Lakeside boutique full of all the things that draws me to the Great Lakes lifestyle. I wouldn’t care if I made a dime! Just to be in that environment! The Great Lakes water has such a magical hold on my soul. Every time I visit, it gets harder and harder to leave. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  721. Linda Boyer on

    Untethered…that word screams joy… but is also a bit scary. Joy because I would head to Europe and do my best to blend into every aspect of the culture I was in. Europe is a bit like stepping into history…which I love. But scary because the one thing I am most tethered to is…my family. It would mean stretching that tether out rather than keeping it tightly bound. Possibly I could have two tethers. One that I can hold onto and another that I can let go of. My passions are growing flowers…painting…photography…history. So I’d like to roll them all into a ball and throw them into a castle.

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  722. Mary Sutherby on

    As a 62 year old, I would take a year and divide equal time between the “Blue Zones” …the 5 places on earth where people live the longest (and well). My mother died last May and was 100 yrs old, sharp til the end and a true wise elder. She epitomized how people, and especially women, age well. I think our generation is seeking more on how to create personal transformation in the latter half of our lives to live well, happily, content…to become the best version of ourselves. I think her generation celebrated different things and there in lies the clue. I feel like I understand her generation of women and ours …and the bridge we need to build between the two …to offer that wisdom to all the dynamic women in America trying to figure out how to become their best selves after 50. These 5 places (The Blue Zones) show that this desire to live well is a universal human experience and can be done anywhere on earth. I’d just love to see each of these five variations. I know the book has outlined how these places do what they do. I’m struck by how it hasn’t translated to us personally tho. Is there more of a bridge I could build so it translates to more women in America?

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  723. Amy on

    I would go to Kerala in India and study yoga and Ayurvedic Medicine. I would visit the elephant sanctuary, eat mangoes off a tree, and learn all about the plants and flowers that grow there. On the way home I would stop in France and spend a year with a lavender farmer, learning the trade. After stopping at Monet’s Garden, I would have a layover in England and go to Shropshire for an adventure, David Austin’s Rose Gardens and catch a lecture séries by Monty Don. Then I would come home and try to build a tiny home on our farmland and spend my days living and learning all I can about flowers. ☺️

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  724. Lynn Simonye on

    I was and still curious about American in Provence. Untethering may be somewhat painful for me being a sexagenarian. However, I would immerse myself in the Italian regions, beginning with Tuscany. A recent visit there has made a huge impression on me, stirring interest and curiosity surrounding the never ending value in the land and culture. Spending time with a foraging chef, I would love to grow and cook, working within the cycle of farm to table.

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  725. Rebecca on

    Definitely by the water. The curiosity I would follow is writing and living more slowly. I have given myself a year to fully pursue the first one but I am still working on the second. I can’t wait to dive into this book to be inspired more for seasonal living, creativity led by that, and appreciating it all and what it brings. Thank you for the deep interview which has me thinking!

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  726. Jackie Mauzy on

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities, I like to think I’d travel a bit until I find the perfect place to settle – my paradise. Greece, Italy, Egypt, France, Spain, Scotland, Ireland, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Fiji – just to name a few. I recently went to Saint Lucia and while the experience and culture was incredible to be apart, there is so much more I’d like to see and experience. However, there is a certain peace when you can go anywhere and do anything – immerse yourself in the culture and places you go. I’m somewhat adventurous and would love to see what more this world has to show me. One of my favorite things in Saint Lucia was the abundant flora and I would love to find another place with so much vibrant, natural beauty.

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  727. Lori on

    If I had time to be untethered, I would simply sit and really pay attention to my surroundings. The thought of just being able to sit on the deck and listen to the birds, feel the breeze on my face and enjoy what is before me while having a good cup of tea sounds delightful!

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  728. Heike Carlson on

    I would go to Germany. I was born there, but moved to the US at the age of one so have no recollection of the country. I would love to see where my mom grew up and just soak in all I can.

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  729. Louise on

    My heart is in Provence as curiosity led me to visit last year. My goal is to live in France and garden there as well. Very inspiring interview with Jamie!

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  730. Marianne Reinhold on

    I think I would go to Kyoto. I have only been there once for a few days but it seems like a very special place with many stunning gardens and amazing old building along with new artists who are doing interesting work as well as wonderful markets for food. After touring the geisha district with a descendant of a geisha we wandered the old part of the city by a river during cherry blossom season and it was quite special—the mix of old and new against incredible beauty.

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  731. Pamela Zelman on

    My husband and I restore old houses. It’s a good challenge to honor an old structure but make it personal through color, art and quirky old stuff. It’s become my passion. If I could, I’d travel for inspiration, then come home and help others apply these same ideas to their old houses.

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  732. Julie on

    I would love to go to Italy. To experience the landscape through the vineyards, people, food, and a gondola ride in Venice. The entire country draws me. The lifestyle is much more relaxing and less stressful. Gardening is therapy for my soul.

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  733. Sharon Retzlaff on

    What a beautiful interview! Thank you for sharing and asking sooo many good questions. Untethered and knowing I could only succeed, I would create an annual event gathering all the wonderful strong admired, smart and sassy women I know. At this gathering we would celebrate each other and our individual talents. The guest list would include older generations and the youthful women that are ushering us to the bright future. The event would feature a long table that is dressed in casual yet elegant dinnerware, mismatched candlesticks of height and texture. A line of garden flowers dance willy nilly down the table in low clear found vases. A piece of heavy parchment accompanied with sharpened pencil would serve as a placemat but also as a place to write a name and number, sketch that new idea before it gets away and a place to collaborate an idea with the gal across the table that you just met but is your new friend. Every guest would have a french linen napkin at their place setting and a lemon water served in a heavy bottom glass to sip while they acquainted themselves with their table mates. The napkin and glass ware that doubles a vase, would be take home gifts at the end of the night. Strings of endless garden lights would frame the setting and provide soft glowing light for the evenings celebration, sharing of stories, memories and desires and projects for the future. And of course, endless laughter. The location would change every year to keep it new and allow us to slip away together to a magical place that we have never been before. Check your email frequently for your personal invite :). ~ Sharon

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  734. Cindy on

    My dream is to move to a farmhouse surrounded by gardens of flowers and vegetables, and by neighbors that become fast friends that feel like family. The loveliest part of that dream is watching the excitement of my grandchildren running through the gardens, picking something pretty or yummy for their mom to enjoy!

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  735. Ray on

    I imagine my new life would be totally transformed somewhere on the northern border of India and Nepal. Thanks for the moment to dream.

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  736. Laura on

    I’d move to a Caribbean island perhaps Martinique or St Lucia to live amongst the trees and grow tropicals. I’d watch for butterflies and hummers as I relaxed with my breakfast. I would need to live close to the ocean for the call of the sea is strong.

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  737. Cindy Galotti on

    I have followed Jamie on Instagram from the beginning of her wonderful journey to Provence. She has a magical way of transporting you into her life. I know firsthand how wonderful it is to live the sweet simple life of Europe having lived on and of in Italy and hopefully soon to retire there. I especially love watching her beautiful daughter Eloise going up. Can’t wait for the book!

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  738. Jean C on

    Provence. It has been a dream of mine since Jr High, when I took French. The ladies in my family are getting book for Christmas!

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  739. Ashley on

    Oh, what a wonderfully curious question.
    Half of me would love to travel the US and discover all the hidden gems and landscapes while photographing everything and spending hours writing in my journal.
    The other half of me would love to hide away on secluded land and create and build my own sanctuary, full of adundance from the Earth.

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  740. Chelsie Solie on

    Amazing! If I could go, have zero responsibilities, I would do humanitarian work. Nothing overseas, help those right in my own backyard. Give back, enjoy life and get through things together as a community. Such an awesome interview, inspiring!!

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  741. Lucy nye on

    Just quickly scanning the interview I was immediately attached to the book. The photographs are exquisite not only in composition but also in color . Once again it reminds me of that ‘life’ that France can offer. I applaud you on this accomplishment. Good job and thank you

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  742. Joyce B Johannes on

    Thank you Jamie for this beautiful life giving and authentic book filled with inspiration! Love this interview, thank you Erin for all you do! I am half Italian on my Father’s side and feel it in my soul…I dream of the warm Mediterranian air, slowing down, eating the local seafood and vegetables, the sea lapping at my feet, the lifestyle that is a part of me through my past relatives.

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  743. Danielle on

    Hmm…I’m thinking about an Italian villa with vines climbing up the walls and an olive tree. It has a small vegetable garden and a kitchen covered in flour. I would love to cook with all the neighbourhood’s Nonnas.

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  744. Melissa on

    Beautiful photography and inspiring interview. I would explore all the gardens, taking in all the creativity, and also photographing, drawing and painting them.

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  745. Michelle Enns on

    If I could travel to my heart’s content I would go around the world visiting the most beautiful places. And, ideally, I’d still have a space of my own to grow gorgeous flowers and create arrangements to bless and inspire others to see the beauty around them.

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  746. Bernie Meade on

    As a retired senior , I feel truly free to discover the places of my life’s dreams be it for real or in my imagination – this book would be how I could do the latter – all is possible

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  747. Pat on

    I love that Jamie let’s the farmers who know what they’re doing grow the food! With no responsibilities and the capacity to go anywhere, I would spend a year or so researching and visiting other flower gardens in the world, learning more about regenerative practices, plant combinations, more about edible flowers and drying flowers. Then I’d come home and apply what I learned to make my garden the best it could be and to share what I learned with anyone interested.

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  748. Robyn Alise on

    This is an amazing experience! I love to travel and experience other cultures. Hmm , that’s a hard one on where I would go. Some place like this would be a dream. But I also adore Switzerland and would love to return there one day. Doing a year sabbatical would be breathtaking! I could see living in a small village in the alps somewhere and getting all fresh fruit and vegetables to prepare. Making my own bread and just breathing the fresh air! Then again, my husbands family is from the Naples area in Italy. We know his grandfathers family still has a store there that we would love to visit and be a part of that culture to learn more. That area seems like a step back in time to me. So can I just keep traveling…🥰

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  749. Destiny on

    What an inspiring idea! The curiosity I would follow is exploration. I’d love to travel the United States, taking my time, driving, finding pockets of beauty and inspiration. I would photograph and journal everyday about what I found and what inspires me. I would love for my family to be untethered too so they could join me and make memories.

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  750. Kelly Wood on

    If untethered, I’d head to Sicily for plenty of introspective time to explore the hobbies to which I’d love to create a living from. I’d absorb the landscape, the people, the culture and history, the food and so much more. My thought would be to begin in Sicily and once my nomadic heart yearns for new experiences, to let my heart lead me to those new textures and aromas, to the cultures, people, history, foods, energies and creative processes – the moveable feast of life. Aaah to dream …

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  751. AmyChristine on

    Always dreamt of seeing Scotland, the Italian Coast, or ancient gardens in Japan…but I think what I’d love to experience now is a day with each of my adult children, one right after the other. There would be five days filled with five different stories and yet all somehow connected.

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  752. Brianna DuMont on

    Like others, I wanted to read the blog and the book because we dreamed of going to Provence- and had our tickets nearly booked for May 2020. Postponed so many times, we’re hoping September 2023 for three months with our two little kids to help our children immerse in the language my husband speaks. French! (I have the feeling that, thanks to isolation of lockdown and our geographic area, they are convinced we’re making nonsense words up.) And then a bit of travel, including to Bethlehem and Morocco, where we have old friends and can show them a new world. And really good falafels.

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  753. Jessica Dreisbach on

    Gosh. If I could go any where it would be the Catalonia Region of Spain. Where I’d throw myself in their wine making and invest my time on the fields and the cellars absorbing every spec of detail, slowly and blissfully.

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  754. Jennifer on

    What a wonderful interview and inspiring book. I would explore gardens, local and abroad, sit in them and soak them in, listening to the birds, walking, drawing and painting them.

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  755. Connie on

    I would ride an E bike across Europe for at least six months. I would love to “see” beyond the surface and be a part of the country sides, the cities and the people!

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  756. jo ann shults on

    So beautiful! Provence to see the Lavender fields for sure.

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  757. Charlene Skalmusky on

    Jamie, you were very brave to make this change! It sounds so magical. If I were untethered from all responsibilities I would like to experience many different cultures. However, in doing so it would be at slow pace where I could suck in the joy and mystery of each place. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed the interview.

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  758. Greta on

    As I’m getting to the later stage of my life and slowing down I feel the pull of nature everywhere. There is never a day that goes by that I don’t look up at the sky and am mesmerized by the color and shapes that appear. I would love to escape to a small cottage in the Lake District in the UK. I’m not there now but feel the pull of my birth country so much that at some point I might just follow my dreams.

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  759. Missy Coffin on

    As Jamie said, “ there are just too many wonderful things to try to do in life and such little time!” I have been dreaming about untethering my life and moving somewhere that I could grow wild flower fields and cutting gardens and somehow share it and inspire others.

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  760. Sheila on

    I’d go to Ireland and Czech and find long lost relatives. Would love to bicycle throughout Ireland. Find a knitting community there and knit tam o shanters and sweaters.

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  761. Deborah McMillen on

    If I were untethered from my responsibilities I would find beauty and peace wherever I am and create it and share it. This would be through my love of growing and experiencing plants and flowers and bees providing nourishment, beauty, and love and through creating art from found objects in nature to share simplicity and wonder.

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  762. Carol McKey on

    My time of being untethered would take me to Scotland. It is a magical place that my husband and I visited several years ago ; we were enchanted by the surroundings and sites. To spend a longer length of time there would allow us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in history, day to day life and culture- a dream come true!

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  763. Rona on

    I would split my time between England and France. I can’t explain it, but both would feel like a homecoming. I’d settle in a cozy area, nestle in, and record my daily adventures through writing, photography, painting, and share what happiness I could with all.

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  764. Kayla McDougall on

    Heading towards my 72 birthday, I am still inspired to immerse myself in learning to follow my passion of gardening and photography and art. This interview hit my heart. Living with my son and daughter in law, enjoying my very first grandchild creating their garden in their first home has given me such pleasure. It has been a fresh palette to create with and give to them. I am ready to find another space, be it photos, paintings, or artwork to create a new garden of flowers, new plants, adding birds, bugs, butterflies to the mix. I keep looking and learning. Thank you for sharing your experiences and your insights and photos. I am inspired.

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  765. Jessie on

    To be untethered I would return to Cinque Terra, Italy. I would hike the beautiful trails along the coast daily with my film camera dangling around my neck, taking shots that can’t instantly be reviewed, but to savor at a later time. I would immerse myself in Italian culture, food, language, all of it. I would grow a garden on the side of the cliff where the trails weave in and out of the villages and vineyards overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. I would learn the secrets of their pesto and use it in everything as they do, I’d soak in the sun, take long swims, and just soak it all in.

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  766. Ginger Peppers on

    First of all, I love the phrase “ to be untethered…”. I would pack my two geldings and head to the Blue Ridge mountains. In my gear would be my trusty Fujifilm XT3 with the hopeful intention of capturing the mountains from a perspective not yet seen.

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  767. Lynn on

    A little farmhouse in Greece would be my dream amongst my many dreams. A few years ago I was forced to reevaluate my working life and it’s really the best thing that has happened to me. From there, I explored this passion deep down that you mentioned and dove head first into what makes me the happiest, never looking back into mundane life as you described in your interview. Waking up each day saying, hmmmm what is in-store today. Thank you Erin and Jamie, this is a must read! Very inspiring indeed.

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  768. Marilyn Murphy on

    I cannot explain how much this interview has ignited the deep feelings I have had for many years to go to France and live in a small village and just be me. The me that loves to cook, garden , make jewelry and entertain friends and family in the simplest way. I have live in eastern Canada and experienced there way of life, I have lived in Yellowknife, NWT and experienced living in the North and now I am home living here in beautiful White Rock, BC. Enjoying what the Pacific Northwest has to offer and that is pretty spectacular but my desire still is to go and try that living in a small village in France has to offer. I am 84 years old so I had better get myself in order to make my dreams come true before it is too late. Maybe 2023 with bring that opportunity to me. Thank you for getting those juices revived up.
    Marilyn Murphy

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  769. Amy Powell on

    I’m surrounded by much beauty in my everyday life in South Carolina. Teaching my four children everyday has been an inspiring journey for me this past three years. We are free to learn and explore what we like. It’s pretty amazing.
    Thanks to Jamie for sharing her lovely life and art with us!

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  770. Karla Whisenand on

    I would love to go to the Alsace region of France! Since it’s on the German border it is a mixture of French and German culture that looks like a charming village right out of a fairy tale! I’d love to experience the sights, the regional foods, vineyards and people. I’d like to challenge myself to fully immerse in speaking French after a lifetime of studying the language. The fantasy of “untethering” myself from my ongoing cancer treatments and chronic disease would be a dream come true, if only possible. Dreams are what allow me to hope for the future! I can’t wait to read this book.

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  771. Alysse Hobbs on

    I would live somewhere in nature, maybe the mountains! Somewhere where I could wake up and see something new and beautiful. I would have a big garden and roses everywhere and a cute sitting area under a tree to read books all day.

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  772. Denise Dersch on

    Recently we moved to Rock Hall, Maryland on the Eastern shore of the Chesapeake. Bay. At one time watermen reigned the waters fishing for crabs, oysters and fish. Over the years, this craft has decreased from over 200 watermen to about 21. The landscape and seascape are beautiful. The seasonal changes bring new colors and textures. As a watercolorist, this environment is a haven for artists. So, right now, I cannot think of a better place I want to be.

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  773. E Stutzman on

    Such lovely photos! Thank you for sharing these. I don’t even know how I would pick just one thing. If I were untethered, I would want to go with my family to spend some time in a Mediterranean country, like Spain, France, Italy, or Morocco, so that we could all be immersed in the language and culture, food and clothing, art and architecture, along with building relationships with the people there. I would love to learn how to paint frescoes or learn how to craft and install tiles. I would also love to learn oil painting. Thank you for this fun thought experiment!

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  774. Leslie McNeilus on

    I would go to Italy to soak up the rhythms, creativity and wisdom there… food, nature, art, cooking, making, growing. Connecting with people and new loved ones. Slowing down to savor life.

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  775. Anusia Grennell on

    I have long followed Jamie on instagram and I just love her portrayal of her life, particularly how the quotidien and mundane, like visiting the market, becomes filled with fragrance and sound and texture, all as if you were really there. I think I would like to have an Irish translation of this life, move to the wilds of the West of Ireland, grow food and flowers, and spend my mornings harvesting and foraging, and my days engaged in slow-craft projects. I would have a cottage with a stove, and windows spilling over painterly light onto vases of hydrangeas and delphiniums. Or bowls of tomatoes. And I’d have a dog following me around as I work. That would be bliss <3

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  776. Dola Posh on

    I would stay here in the UK. I moved from Nigeria to the UK 3 years ago for love. Being away from home resulted in loneliness, weight loss, and declining mental health. Due to this, I was unable to have a child.

    One day, I found Jamie on my explore page and saw how she made her photographs and documented her life; seeing that showed me all the possibilities of life.

    Around that time, Just before I started treatment, I had the most wonderful news I was with a child. I picked up my camera and began making self-portraits – documenting my pregnancy journey and motherhood, and I was so happy and promised to celebrate my daughter every day. My life has since changed- I have found happiness here in Hertfordshire.

    She is my inspiration and a visionary, and I hope I get to hold this book, read and experience it.

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  777. Julie Frederick on

    Hi Erin and Jamie. Thanks for the beautiful interview. I hold in my mind and imagination, a comforting picture of a small Victorian house with a long, narrow back yard. There is a large back porch where my dogs and I sit late in the evening looking out on a glorious flower garden. It brings me great comfort especially when it’s 14 degrees and snowing in Montana. Jamie I felt the same connection to your work as I did when I viewed Under the Tuscan Sun. There’s that same connection to the past, the cycle of seasons, and the present that connects your photography to me and me to Erin. Thank you for staying in your dream.

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  778. Moe on

    I would escape to Dublin, Ireland and traverse the entire country to follow in the footsteps of my ancestors. My Granny and Papa grew up there and it would be an absolute dream come true to follow their footsteps around their home.

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  779. Beth Giannone on

    My husband and I will be visiting Provence in October, 2023. Of course, your email definitely grabbed my attention. John is a lover of food, I am a lover of flowers and we both enjoy wine! This is our first visit to this region of France so we are anxious to embrace its culture and soak in the amazing landscape. I would love Santa to place this inspiring book under our Christmas tree this year!

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  780. Elisabeth on

    I’m an avid gardener so much of my tethering is self induced, from starting and nurturing seedlings to tending the gardens. And pets, and an elderly parent. I travel several times a year but mostly for only up to 3 weeks (which I realize is already a luxurious spread of time for many people.) I would like to go for longer, to meander more, to stay in places longer.

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  781. Susan on

    I would live in England and immerse myself in its history and culture. A small thatched cottage and a vegetable and flower garden are my modest inspirations. But most of all, I would write.

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  782. Karina on

    To the oceanside!…somewhere in So.Cal, Mexico or France!
    I would read…a lot! Start a flower-coffee-bookstore.

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  783. Sharon Arscott-Mills on

    In my retirement, I have had time, finally, to focus on my passion of gardening, both flowers and veggies, fruits and berries. I have been inspired by Erin’s journey and now yours to follow your passion. I’m also involved in a nonprofit which aims to restore two beautiful historic buildings in our small village with the goal or revitalizing a rural Appalachian community by emphasizing the art, culture and beauty of the area. It’s an opportunity to make a little bit of difference in people’s lives through beauty and hope.

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  784. Kathy Palmateer on

    As you are well aware this is a really busy time of year. Buttoning up the farm for winter has always been a fairly big task. Add in flower farming and it becomes a “bit” more challenging to finish before the snow flies. With that being said, I tend to put most of my news letters away until I get a breather to catch up. However, the moment I read the word Provence I was immediately taken to the place in my mind that I have dreamed of for years. The answer to your question, it is without hesitation, France!! Not so much Paris, but how could you not go there. North to Normandy to complete the bucket list of riding horses on the beach. Through ancient forests that make you feal as though your in a different century. Into and through stone villages that have endured through time and war. Then of course, on to the south. The architecture in all those amazing stone villages, cobble streets, window boxes with flowers and herbs cascading, reaching down to the ground. The Markets….The food…The rolling pastures.. The flowers…The Architecture!! I know I already mentioned that, but I’m just obsessed!! For real!! Of course, I cannot forget the Champagne!! I see myself transported to a rolling meadow. A blanket laid out under billowing tree, as a warm spring breeze gently makes the flowers and the grasses dance in the air. A basket filled with cheese and wine from that mornings market. The sounds of nature, birds singing songs I’ve never heard, the rustle of the leaves and the sound of water from the creek, not far from where I am. The sun dappling through the canopy warming my face. Even now, as I dream of such a place, I feal present and peaceful. Thank you for taking me there today. I really needed it!! Great Article!!

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  785. Kandy on

    Absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing. I would escape to the Scottish highlands to paint, hike, and become a shepherdess.

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  786. Dakota Lewis on

    Thanks for a wonderful interview and introducing us to an amazing artist! I had not been aware of her previously but this work is exactly down my lane that I enjoy. I have always dreamed of going to Italy since I was quite young but I also had a foreign exchange student from Norway and she has sent me many pictures of which were just mind blowingly gorgeous. Fjords and all sorts of different lakes and amazing Viking heritage have sort of captured me and the culture is fascinating! Would love to visit her for a year and have no set plans but just to go each day and explore something new.

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  787. Stephanie Snyder on

    Naturally, I’d love to say everywhere—I love learning and experiencing new things, cultures, people, ways of life. Everywhere would be difficult, but realistically untethered, I’d want to pack a single bag and my camera and wander through Europe by walking, biking and taking a train. I did that recently on a very small trip in the US. It changed my experience with the environment around me. I noticed so much more just being present, every step deliberately leading me to each destination, but enjoying the journey along the way. I felt closer to the moments in my life. It was inspiring to me. My curiosity lies with finding experiences outside of the fast-paced day-to-day I currently live. One thing I’d love to seek out during this untethered adventure would be culinary experiences—it would be amazing to learn how to cook and bake using local ingredients from each country!

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  788. L. Marie Willard on

    Being in the Pacific Northwest suits me just fine. I grew up in the mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon which has some of the best growing conditions of soil and length of growing season with long established family farms. Respect for the soil is the basis for success.

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  789. Elaine Pew on

    I would love to go to Sicily, or any place in Italy. Ever since spending my semester abroad while studying Art History I have been in love with Italy. I have a passion for fashion textile design, and gardening.
    I’m lucky, I see art in every facet of daily life.

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  790. Paula Small on

    It would be France, for sure. Visited once and almost never left!!!

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  791. Pegge Bogle on

    Ireland. It offers stunningly beautiful scenery and the people are genuine, friendly and great storytellers. I’m a writer and I love gardening and storytelling. I’d rent a small cottage in a village and immerse myself in local culture, tend a rose garden, take long walks by the sea and record the local stories, as well as my own from past and present moments.

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  792. J Williams on

    Oh I have several things! I actually love what I do (pharmacy/medical profession), so I would actually continue that. But if untethered I would pursue it in a different way, and pursue travel. I want to see, taste, touch, hear and feel the pulse of other places- pacific coast, New England coast, Great Lakes coasts, and would love to return to Geneva, S France, Italy- I’ve tasted untethered before and would love to return. It’s interesting to explore why I’m more tethered now, and sometimes I think these come in seasons meant to be explored in different viewpoints in each season.

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  793. Julie on

    If I had nothing tying me down (and endless funds ;) I would visit and photograph every corner of the earth. Travel and photography are my deepest passions and I have so much of the world left to see.

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  794. Bonnie Olesko on

    I would go back to Provence (I’ve been twice in my life) and live there with my dog in a small village .I would learn the language, garden and paint and live out my last years watching my life fade beautifully towards its end, like an exquisite faded bouquet.

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  795. Leigh Ann Wathen on

    I am an amateur photographer and this story captured my heart. It would be a dream come true to live like that. I also take photos of everything I see around me that grabs my interest, especially all things in nature. She is living a dream and I can’t wait to purchase the book to read about her entire experience. Thanks for sharing!

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  796. Marcia Lucas on

    Every garden in the world I ever wanted to see! It would be wonderful to have the time to walk slowly through each one.

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  797. Linda Rainey on

    There are so many options! I think my first idea would be to travel the country visiting all the national parks.

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  798. Gerri Barosso on

    There are so many beautiful places that intrigue me. Maybe I would go to Maine, picking a spot with woods and ocean. I would settle in to weave, sew and cook. And listen to the ocean!

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  799. Mandi on

    Oh, what a dream … to be untethered from responsibilities! If I ever happen into such state of being, I would travel the United States, finding and calling small towns home for periods of time. I would garden and cook. My dream is to be a Master Gardener. I love having that sort of knowledge and would follow that quest across the country to learn about all the plants!

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  800. Sherry on

    To enjoy mother nature every day with all of its beautiful flowers and gifts that she gives us.
    To take the time to do so.

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  801. Mary-Lou Robb on

    I would like to simply escape to our little cabin on our 100 acre farm, accompanied daily l am sure with visits from our two “tamed” chickadees, who clearly enjoy my company (a pocketful of sunflower seeds). I would take the time to do the writing that has long been in my mind and my heart.

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  802. Karen on

    Free from responsibility, I would travel with my husband to Norway and visit where his Moms families roots are. Exploring the country, its rich culture and visiting remaining relatives.

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  803. Eileen deCamp on

    Hello Erin,
    Thank you for sharing Jamie with us! What a great interview and the photos are gorgeous!

    I would love to take a month and go walk the Camino and just take one day at a time. I think just living in the moment would be fantastic! I love to take photos as well and would love to photograph my walk and the people I meet!

    Thank you!
    Eileen

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  804. Carmelina Villani on

    I would go to Italy, specifically to the province of Puglia to absorb the food and culture. I would love to see where my family lived before coming to the US.

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  805. Jennifer on

    I would travel to Sardinia and study archaeology/preservation. I had to pass up the opportunity in college due to lack of funds, and I so wish I had just done it.

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  806. Peggy Bryan on

    If I could be untethered from life’s responsibilities, I would travel to the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota in early June, while it’s still chilly at night and there aren’t many people about. I would revel in the quiet peacefulness, paddling my canoe to the music of the loons. I would gaze at the bright moon and stars, ticking shooting stars off like fireworks on the 4th of July. The smell of earth, and pine, and woodsmoke delights and refreshes my soul.

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  807. Jaci on

    I have several thoughts of where I’d go if I had nothing tying me down. One would be to the south of France to find a cottage and garden to renovate. The next would be to the hills of Tuscany in Italy to do the same thing. The island of Santorini would be another place where I would love to go to enjoy the ocean views and relax. A more likely scenario would be to find a small farm in the countryside somewhere in America, have a couple of horses and a garden that I could dabble in.

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  808. E. McDougall on

    My destination of choice would be the Galápagos Islands to observe the flora and fauna of a place that is truly untethered from my everyday world of urban North America. A feast for the eyes and a restoration for the soul, this journey would fill me with joy, both visual and physical.

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  809. Linda Hoenigsberg on

    I cannot explain how much this interview reignited something deep within me…I think of it as a shadow self I get glimpses of at times. I know that I will be putting Jamie’s book on my “Wishlist,” for Christmas and cannot wait to devour it (God willing!). I had to retire as a psychotherapist after two brain surgeries and floundered for several years until I found a new passion, painting. I am lucky enough to have a fairly large studio on a piece of property in Montana, where I live with my husband Tom, and it is now officially, winter. I looked out the window and saw what looked like at least a foot of new snow. Slowing down and embracing each season and totally giving in to my passion without feeling that strange sense of false guilt is who I want to be. Jamie’s book, I’m sure, will inspire countless others to do the same.

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  810. Rebecca on

    I would go to Sweden. The greenery, the landscape the mountains! I have always wanted to travel there, to take in God’s creation, slow down time, to remember who I am.

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  811. Anne Jakob on

    I would travel to Scotland. My grandfather came to the US from Scotland as a young man. I’ve always been fascinated by the beauty and culture. As a visual artist I’d love to experience and capture the images I’ve always had in my head. Plus, meet family I’ve never met.

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  812. Alicia on

    I would chase the beauty of ordinary life somewhere in Europe. My ancestors came from Italy, so maybe a small village there would be a good place. The beauty and the ancient history give it so much character!

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  813. Chelsie on

    I would like to pick up my stakes like Jamie did, and I think my first stop would be Slovenia. I would love to study their beekeeping practices and paint the beautiful landscapes!

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  814. Charlotte on

    I would go to Provence for sure.. my husband & I want to travel there & stay for a vacation to experience the day to day lifestyle.. but oh to up & move there… if we had no children or grandchildren.. dreamy.. we love to pursue our love of cooking

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  815. Michelle on

    I read this interview with enthusiasm, as I have daydreamed about living in Provence for years after visiting one sumner and falling in love with it. Jamie’s description of living in a way that follows the ebb and flow of the seasons struck a chord with me and reminds me to embrace fully what each season brings and be thankful of all that comes with it.

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  816. Andrea on

    I would go traveling. I have a few spots in my hit list, but cannot wait to visit Japan and take my son hiking there in the Fall. Another spot is the Balkans also for hiking in Montenegro and Croatia. 😍

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  817. Rachel Finn on

    I would go to the Scottish Highlands or to the Cornish coast! I’d love to wait until my babies are just a bit older and we could make the memories together 💕

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  818. Karen Hall on

    This question stirred such an onslaught of yearning, and surprisingly, images of where the mountains meet the coastlines is where my imagination went. So if I were untethered from responsibility, I think I would follow the calling to where sea meets sand and explore all the beautiful shorelines I could find.

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  819. PF on

    I would move to Delft, Netherlands and learn how to make beautiful pottery. A wonderful craft and a beautiful city.

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  820. Inger Prescott on

    If I were untethered from all my responsibilities, I would go to Norway. It is a dream of mine to explore the country where my Mom grew up and lived for her first 29 years, and where I still have family.

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  821. Karolina on

    Free of all responsibility, I think I would travel to Spain and France to culinary school. I love to cook and read culinary books, but it would be a dream to properly train and learn from masters.

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  822. Daphne Luttrell on

    Paris. Culinary and landscape photography. Loved the interview and photography!

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  823. Kat Faulkner on

    During recent events in my life, I have been really struggling with continuing on my current path. While I love what I do, I feel there are other things that could bring me more fulfillment joy and peace. My children are grown, for the most part.. Lol and I think it’s time to slow down and embrace my passions without feeling selfish. I believe this book would help me on that journey.

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  824. Az C on

    I would take my camera and go to Italy, where my husband’s roots are from. The people, culture, food landscape and the simpler way of living is so enticing to me.

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  825. Giuliana on

    I’d travel! I’d travel slowly and everywhere I’d love to go to visit museum exhibitions, gardens, cities, friends, mountains, country and woods.. taking all the time it needs and taking pictures sometimes :) Thanks for all your inspiring words, life and flowers :)

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  826. Annabelle on

    I would either go to the countryside of Italy and paint, lay in the sun, and take long walks or go to Ireland and paint and take long walks!

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  827. Michelle Ann on

    I would travel, perhaps live, in the UK. My family background is all from the UK, so I would like to discover my history. I have also wanted to live along the coast or a lake. There are a lot of coast lines and lakes in the UK. Thanks for sharing.

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  828. Jane Martone on

    I’ve been very fortunate to live on the Gold Coast of Long Island so I would happily stay here and pursue more organic gardening. I would grow less grass/lawn and plant more flowers and vegetables on our property or create opportunities for the community to have access to organic vegetables and plants.

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  829. Debbie Vieira on

    Untethered, I would find a cottage in the highlands of Scotland and paint paint paint…pictures, not walls😉It is achingly beautiful there…

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  830. Barbara on

    Perhaps Portugal, though love southern Grancexand Italy. Portugal to try to have the sea AND the fabulous color of Portuguese ceramics, history and the food!! Love immersion and becoming local, walking walking walking to explore with camera in hand and journal in a backpack or tote.

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  831. Mollie W on

    After this interview, I am so incredibly inspired. Makes me want to go full Julia Roberts and embrace my Eat. Pray. Love journey. There is something so monumental when exploring solo. You find yourself without even knowing it.

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  832. Courtney on

    My goal has always been to travel to England the moment my daughter finishes a school year and return when she has to start in the fall. Europe has always had a special place in my heart as my husband I were married and Ireland. I know one day we will live there. For now I will settle for the summer getaways, soaking up the different countries with our Daughter. We’re trying to start this this year. This interview really gave me all the travel feels.

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  833. Frances on

    Such a wonderful, soul-stirring interview! Thank you ever so much for inspiration that carries a propensity to elicit change – beautiful change. As for a life-altering change in my life would be to live out a dream I have kept nestled inside, seeping out every time I take a photo of a flower or hike through a forest. In my dreams I travel near and far to botanical gardens, flower growers, forest and field photographing all the loveliness growing both intentionally and without a formal plan. It seems to me that the creative and gracious hand of God makes it all possible. I would have opportunity to speak to those who make their living fueled by a passion for the miracle of a single seed that can become food for the body and the soul – all the while creating a visceral body of work resonating with fellow flora lovers and awakening a newfound love in others.

    That is what I would fling myself, straight headlong, into.

    Many thanks.
    Frances

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  834. Joanna Wang on

    Untethered with no constraints I would travel to Switzerland and experience slowly the countryside where my Great Grandparents called home.

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  835. Kathleen on

    Alaska or Iceland to follow the curiosities of the aurora borealis and glaciers.

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  836. Hannah Best on

    I would love to win this book it looks so beautiful, and I’d gift it to my friend who is a wonderful photographer of gardens and florals, she would enjoy it immensely I think. As for where would I go – I would go travelling around the world looking at peoples wonderful gardens, being inspired by flowers and nature. In the hope to bring some more creativity to my own garden and floral designs.

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  837. Melanie on

    To be untethered would be an experience all by itself. As a teenager I always wanted to be a world traveler and find the place that values the earth and its relationship to man rather than a place exploited and stripped of its beauty. That would take some traveling! Jamie seems to have found that perfect balance , her work is beautiful!

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  838. Kristin Troop on

    If my current tether of managing a childcare center were to be removed and I had the space to move fluidly, I would fully embrace the beautiful land I live on with my family and pets In Lancaster County, PA. Just like Jamie talks about in the begining of the post, I would choose to “live harmoniously, seasonally, with it too.” Working with children does provide these small vignettes of living in the moment although it can be chaotic at times. My small property has the potential to give me all the things I would need to live, eat and play if I gave myself the permission to move through it at the seasonal pace. The picture of Jamie laying with the lavendar captivated my spirit, senses and passion. I look to matching some of the ideas I have read about through Floret and Erin’s team and want more freedom to flow in creativity.

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  839. Stephanie Wright on

    If I were untethered, I would plant myself in Aruba. It’s a magical place, a desert surrounded by the sea. I would try to grow my lavender there.

    Thank you so much for sharing Jamie Beck with us! She is an inspiration, her work is beautiful, and just from this short blog I know I will love that book! My 16 yr old is obsessed with France. She will be getting one as well! Xo

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  840. Linda on

    I would move to New Zealand and be surrounded by all the beautiful gardens. After traveling there 20 years ago , I fell in love with the Flora, people, and food.

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  841. Amanda Temple on

    My heart aches when I read this post; from joy and pain. I am a francophile with a BA in French literature and a BFA in photography. I am lucky to live by the ocean in Bermuda which is heavenly, but I have not been to France in almost four years and the hunger I feel is almost unbearable.
    During the pandemic, like Jamie, I was unable to shoot for work, so I started painting. I use mixed media and make a total mess! But there is a freedom in the tangible process that is not there with photography. I am currently painting a still life for a friend who has a house in Spain. It features a stone jug with olive branches, and resting beneath, on a rough wooden table are three pomegranates and two pears.
    So, were I totally free to jump on a plane and escape to anywhere, it would be to France to paint.
    Provence, is divine, so time amongst the endless fields of sunflowers would be a dream, or Bordeaux, to get lost in the rows of vines, or be barefoot on the pebbly beaches of the Cote d’Azure. But I find my soul is really fed in Paris. I wander the streets and every door, filigreed arch, bridge, and slate rooftop makes me smile. I would sit on the grass in Place des Vosges, wander through Musée d’Orsay and linger awhile in front of Seurat’s ‘The Circus’, I’d feel the fine gravel crunch underfoot in the Jardins des Tuileries and indulge in a freshly baked croissant. I would relish every moment, and let all my senses be revitalised.

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  842. Eric on

    Such a wonderful interview, filled with so many gorgeous photos. The whole thing feels like a big Dutch still life painting.

    I would love to move to northern Spain, to the Basque Country. I studied there in college for nine months and was determined to permanently move there, until my grandma became seriously ill and the plan became untenable.

    I love the spirit of the Basque Country, the energy, the kindness and generosity of everyone there, the gorgeous beaches, the rolling countrysides. I would love to have an estate just outside of San Sebastián or Bilbao and try my hand at gardening. And finish learning Basque!

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  843. Lissette Harwell on

    What a wonderful interview! I’ve been following Jamie for years and it’s been an inspiring to see her journey as an artist. I’m an aspiring photographer and would love to travel to Oaxaca to explore my roots and be able to similarly turn that journey into an art.

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  844. Leanna on

    If I was untethered I’d definitely travel around Europe and take in all it has to offer. I think it’d be an amazing place to slow down and unwind and really get an idea of how life was when things were simpler, which I feel can be hard to experience in the US.

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  845. Melinda on

    I believe I would go somewhere in the Mediterranean for awhile. Learning a new culture is fascinating, but the food is what is tantalizing to me. Learning to cook there would be incredible. What a fun thought, thanks!

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  846. Aine Magennis on

    I would love to go back to Japan and study pottery and textiles with Japanese masters. The Japanese art of raku and Shibori are just so stunning and unique. I would love to learn more.

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  847. Suzanne on

    I would explore France, its small villages, its markets, its puces, and learn to converse with the locals in French!

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  848. Kelli on

    Untethered from all responsibilities. Such a powerful thought! One that requires some deep diving into my heart and soul for a true and authentic answer. Although the thought saddens me, I have to assume no children, no husband, and no animals to care for. With that said, the first thing I would do is have a heart racing romance with some tall dark and handsome younger man in a faraway European land. Once that was out of my system, I would explore the places in this world that call to me. New Zealand, Portugal, Italy, Alberta Canada, Greece, Israel and Iceland. I would photograph and/or paint one thing that defined my journey to that land before I was off to the next adventure. Eventually I would settle back on my flower farm and in my little hidey hole of heaven. I love where I am and what I do but that doesn’t mean I don’t crave something different once in a while.

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  849. Derbi on

    Wow… what a very inspirational interview and I can not wait to get the book and soak in more. Before reading this I would have chosen Holland and probably still would. Being a florist I love all things floral and to have easy access to beautiful blooms would be a dream come true. I love the sound of the slower pace of the France countryside she spoke about. To be forced to slow down and enjoy each moment would be life altering. Beautiful interview!! Thank you

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  850. Michelle on

    What a lovely interview! Jamie’s photographs are gorgeous. When I grow up I want to be just like Jamie. :) If I could live untethered…I would go where there would be cobblestone underfoot and fresh bread at the market everyday. I would sit in a cafe drinking espresso while writing in my journal. I would spend time in nature, too, being present with the changing seasons…hmm…maybe I could start right where I am…

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  851. Amy Smith on

    Thank you for sharing this interview. An untethered life would take me to to Switzerland where I would walk and walk up and down the beautiful countryside.

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  852. Denise on

    First and foremost, thank you for carving out the time to share such inspiring lives with all of us!
    Being able to live in abroad (military family), we saw a glimpse of the history, beauty and way of life in the countries where we served. I was always the first to raise my hand to chaperone our children’s field trips, and we went on family road trips every weekend.
    Because my American roots were planted by German and Irish immigrants, to better know these cultures is always on my mind. We were able to explore German history, when stationed there. How awesome it would be to spend time in Ireland and dive into that part of my heritage!
    Even with that being said, I would love to first stay on the North American continent, perhaps riding the rails to capture the landscape… stopping along the way to allow my soul to soak in small villages and the people, architecture, gardens and how they go about their days.

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  853. Jessica Antonyuk on

    Oh I loved this interview!! If I could do whatever I wanted just for the heck of it, to make my heart happy, I would probably want to find an island away from everyone I know (think Mama Mia), learn pottery, have an orchard of persimmons, and bake cakes as my side hustle. I think that in a place like that, you can’t live your life and not find peace ♥️

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  854. Lisa Skarb on

    If all responsibilities melted away I would take myself to Italy. Reconnect with distant relatives and find myself on the countryside. Playing with clay, with flowers and maybe even work a vineyard. Eat lots of cheese and drink all the wine. Write a book of poetry about the landscape, nature and how we’re all connected.

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  855. Maribeth on

    My grandmother inspired me to love flowers and quilting. Thank you Floret for encouraging my love for flowers. And now for encouraging me to truly find my passion and go for it.

    If I was untethered, I would find a home in the mountains near a River where I could relax and enjoy nature. There I would have time to dream and make beautiful quilts using new techniques that I’ve only had time to admire.

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  856. Arlene Trabona on

    I would go to Italy and look for any relatives I have there. The country is beautiful and full of farmers selling their vegetables and fruits. Love learning about my heritage there.

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  857. Saundra on

    I would go to Scotland to paint and explore the land of my ancestors.

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  858. Pam on

    As a lifelong Kansas girl, you’ve inspired me Jamie to journey more deeply into America’s Heartland and explore the simplicity of the prairie and gaze upon spectacular sunsets. Thank you Floret for sharing!

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  859. Pamela Graham on

    I would go to a beautiful island, build a shack, hand embroider, sow seeds and grow vegetables for a small community.

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  860. Tiffany L on

    I’ve been following Jamie for a short while and I think Jamie was definitely put Provence on the top of my list of a place to fully immerse myself.

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  861. Laura on

    I was literally daydreaming of moving my family to France the other day! If I were untethered, I think I’d definitely consider a home base somewhere in France. I would love to explore other European countries — Scotland in the summer, Sweden and Finland in the winter, walk the Camino in Spain. I love to write, so I’d love to follow wherever that curiosity takes me!

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  862. Nancy Martinez on

    Finding myself untethered I would curiously follow the monarch butterflies during their migration and photograph the journey. I learned so much about them when I watched them take a break from migrating to frolic amongst my garden flowers. I would love to inspire others to create flower havens for these beautiful creatures.

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  863. DAndrienne Jones on

    If I could be completely untethered from my daily responsibilities I would literally go and explore my small piece of property and become in sync with its biorhythms and plant natives and flowers to generously share with others.

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  864. Mylène on

    Ohh how this interview speaks to my heart!
    I’ve always been drawn to the French countryside, but also all European countrysides. The lush gardens, stone buildings, homes crafted with stories and life lived. If I were untethered from all responsibilities, I would travel across Europe, or rather let myself be traveled across Europe. Unhurried. I can close my eyes and see myself sharing smiles and stories with strangers, and learning new crafts, discovering new and old traditions.

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  865. Virginia Fling on

    I would go to a little town in Italy where my family still lives ..Sora…and enjoy the natural beauty and serenity and delicious food and family.

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  866. Tina on

    Amazing, it is like stepping back in time. I love love love her! thank you for bring this to us!

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  867. ANNE CANNY on

    My current position is in the field of law that allows me to assist those who incur medical debt through balance billing ( and I love it) but….there are creative ideas that tug at my heart! I’m an avid needlepoint enthusiast and I’ve been thinking about painting my own canvases using my garden as inspiration. I Love Kaffe Fassett’s needlework (okay…all his work) ….and would begin to explore using glorious color and shape to interpret my garden elements….on needlepoint canvas. It’s a specific…but lovely dream. Cheers!

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  868. Krystyna on

    Jestem na emeryturze i rozpoczynam przygodę z ogrodnictwem. Marzę o podróżach po ogrodach europejskich i stworzeniu własnego ogrodu ekologicznego.

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  869. Lucy on

    “Untetheredness” aptly describes flower gardening. You get lost in the caretaking and beauty of your plants as they develop,without the distractions of time or schedules. I am where I want to be to dabble with flower gardening on my parent’s old Homestead in Northern Michigan.

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  870. Sara Sharpe on

    I would go to the Ireland coast (Flaggy Shore!) to write a children’s book. I would walk the three mile loop every morning, take a cold plunge swim in the Atlantic, followed by a mug of (the BEST ever) coffee from the tiny cafe/gallery there. And then I would write. All day. Dreamy!

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  871. Tammy on

    Well, for me I’d make a stop at Floret if Erin would be so gracious !!!! 😊. My husband and I went to Greece in our honeymoon and I absolutely loved it there’s. I would also think Italy would be my second place. What would I do? Garden; maybe work in the olive orchards (a dream of mine), live simply and quietly, and be by the water. Erin, what would yours be?

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  872. Candice on

    I would thru hike the Appalachian Trail with my husband! To be connected to nature and stripped of material possessions for such a length of time. To be immersed in nature and pushed physically needing to adapt to all kids of weather. We’ve done sections of the trail for a week at a time and I was hooked! I wonder what it would to do this ‘to list junkie’ :) I would love to find out someday!

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  873. Denise Lazo on

    My husband and I have been fortunate in being able to travel extensively (not expensively) in our lifetime. We are now older (not old) and he has numerous health issues that must be considered when planning trips. The two places we’ve never been but I would love to go to are Kyoto and the Greek islands. Not for us, I’m afraid because of the length of time it would take to travel to Kyoto and the lack of access to immediate medical care if visiting the Greek islands.
    In my next life!!

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  874. Debbie McCreary on

    This interview has stirred the childlike aspect of my being. Exploring and doing what comes my way usually creates a sense of renewing from within. Last week we explored the botanical gardens in San Francisco. Enjoying the beauty of nature ,wandering from one area to the next was enlightening and so very satisfying. It’s food for the soul…

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  875. Arwen Notobartolo on

    I once was an amazing skier. I was asked to be on a ski team. Then I got married and had a family. In the process skiing was given up. If I could go anywhere it would be out west (Colorado) to to per-sue my passion of being outdoors and being as close to flying as I’ll ever be!

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  876. Pat on

    Thank you for this interview with Jamie. I will give her book to my 12 year old granddaughter. She is very artistic and I think has a marvelous talent for photography (imagine a grandmother thinking that of her grandchild). I feel the book will inspire her and will also allow her to learn from Jamie’s techniques.
    I am going to pose the question to her as to where she would go and am anxious to hear her response at the age of 12.

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  877. LeeAnne Singer on

    I’ve always said to my husband that when we retire and the girls are settled into their own lives we should move to Italy or Spain. We have travelled to both places and love the people, the culture, the food and the history.

    We are entering retirement age now and although the idea of living in Europe is still intriguing, I know that we would miss being surrounded by our families and the beauty of our province, Nova Scotia, Canada.

    So for now, we shall continue to dream, live vicariously through others journeys and perhaps one day we will fulfill that early desire. After all, it’s never too late!

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  878. Sharon Kegerreis on

    Once my husband retires, we hope to move to Croatia for a year to revisit a country we fell in love with five years ago. I wish to enjoy more of the seafood, wines, culture, history and natural wonders of this region. I am inspired by Jamie and her statement “write your photograph.” This inspires me to explore a passion that has been buried for awhile.

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  879. Jackie on

    Perfect Christmas gift for my mom. She loves beauty and reading and this book she will enjoy! Thanks for sharing.

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  880. Lindsay on

    We used to live in New Zealand and I’d go back there – the access to nature and simplicity of life is beautiful!

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  881. Gwen on

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities I would move to the woods of northern Michigan and find a plot of land that would let me grow all kinds of stuff. I have not seen any of Jamie’s work before ghis article but the images in this article are beautiful and very provocative. My photography would be part of my un -tetheredness as well and I hope to share images that make people feel emotions when they see them.

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  882. Stephanie on

    I would absolutely go to Provence. I crave time to slow down and savor life’s simple pleasures- good food, coffee, art, breathtaking landscapes, meeting new people, and learning about a different culture. I studied photography in college, but life has kept me away from my real camera. Getting lost in Provence with a camera in hand sounds dreamy!

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  883. Jenny on

    Morocco is on the top of my list. I’d go for the food and the colors. I’m curious how all this informs the cooking and the daily life in this culture!

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  884. Lorna Burley on

    Beautiful interview! If I were untethered, I would move to Scotland and partake in the reforesting efforts there. I would love to experience their rural country life,living in a cottage and planting and tending to my gardens. What a dream!

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  885. Patricia Broom on

    Wow what a book full of beautiful pictures ..
    I would go to the Georgia Mountains…and get away from the 8-5 life I now have …
    Patricia from Mississippi

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  886. Lisha Zulkepli on

    I would go to Chianti to grow olive trees and dance in the rain.

    Jamie Beck is inspirational. I wish I could be as brave and bold as her.

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  887. Susan Hood on

    Oh my goodness! How I loved this interview! As a photographer who has hit “burn out,” Jamie’s reminder to play again brought me to tears. I’ve lost that ability and need to find it — to experience that joy again. From my backyard to the Rocky Mountains to Italy back to beautiful Africa, any of these places would be perfect as long as my joy has been restored.

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  888. Michele on

    If I could go anywhere, I would live by the sea in Greece to learn to paint the beautiful landscape there and to better learn the Green language.

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  889. Barb on

    I would dig myself into a big old national trust estate garden as a volunteer to learn and work beside experienced gardeners through all the seasons of a year in England. Thank you for sharing this Erin – loved your questions!

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  890. Amy Mumbauer on

    Oh my… I were untethered from life , I would free myself from the stress of American busyness and consumerism and noise and find myself lighter for being rid of the weight of all that. I would move to a tiny village where the buildings are old and the people are generous and the language is foreign. There would be more bicycles and donkeys than cars and I would engage with my neighbors in charades and in laughter as I learned their ways. I would grow into a deeper appreciation of my connectedness to time and to being and I would marvel at the world around me with fresh eyes. … if I were untethered from life, that is.

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  891. Hannah Graham on

    I would take my husband and children to Europe (do I have to pick just one place?) where I studied abroad many years ago. My husband has never been and he has incredible wonder at everything. I know Europe would amaze him (Italy and France please). Between the food and adventures, I would let the curiosity of our children and my husband’s wonder renew my already strong love for the cultures there and follow it wherever it takes us

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  892. Nichole Baird on

    Florence, Italy – I would love to visit and explore unhindered and not on a timeline. What beautiful pictures you shared on the blog post, wow! Thank you for sharing this book and author!

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  893. Martha on

    I would leave home with a one way ticket to Paris and then roam through Europe. With no schedule and no hurry. I have not traveled much and there is so much I want to see. I love big churches, museums, old architecture. Honestly I would loose my mind. How wonderful

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  894. Joanna on

    I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as the country areas of England. So many of my favorite authors wrote in those settings that the area is forever fixed upon my imagination. I’d love to see it in real life.

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  895. Debbie Whitesel on

    I would love to settle near the ocean where I could look out my window and create seaside inspired quilts.

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  896. JoAnn Wharton on

    Years ago, when my four children were young teens we spent 10 days in Italy. We traveled to Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence and several other Tuscan
    towns. Rome was impressive. The history and architecture was fascinating. But, my favorite was Tuscany. Tuscany felt like home to me. The rolling hills, the vineyards, the mid evil buildings and pottery. I didn’t want to leave. My husband promised to
    Take me back for an extended visit someday when the kids were grown. We’d rent an Italian villa, and use that as our home base to take short trips throughout Italy and Europe. That time came around the time Covid hit. Hopefully we will go back in the near future.

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  897. Sara Kostelnik on

    Like Jamie, my heart belongs in the French countryside. I’ve never been, but when I see photos of the of country roads, gardens, winery’s , & château’s it’s as if my soul has been there before, perhaps in another lifetime. Thank you for sharing this interview. I’ve been a long time fan of Jamie’s – living vicariously through her life in France ❤️

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  898. Melinda Ching on

    I would buy a eurovan and go camping and rock climbing all over Europe :)

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  899. Cate Pomelow on

    I’ve just begun learning to oil paint – I would follow this curiosity anywhere. I’d love to paint my way through the lives of some famous impressionists, going where they lived, to the places they painted, seeing it with my own eyes and interpreting with my own paint brush.

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  900. HMTrent on

    I love the life I have made for myself and my family. However, if untethered, I would go in a heartbeat! I would want to live in the Netherlands and learn the culture of my ancestors. My father was born in a small town called Wyck. Is it if there is on my bucket list. One other thing I would do is grow more flowers!

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  901. Kimberly on

    I would love to spend time in Ireland and see where my family came from.

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  902. Cynthia on

    Such an interesting question! Since the pandemic and since the amazing photographs that people posted of clean air over Los Angeles and similar places when we all suddenly stopped traveling (to name just one example of what a cessation of travel gave us a chance to notice about our planet and our climate) I am very very torn about returning to even a fraction of the travel that was my habit previously. So one really big part of me says that if I had that year untethered I would spend it in my own garden (which I love and currently don’t have nearly enough time for) and would have friends over for tea, and for dinner, and to play music. But I might also take one big train trip to visit my family and a few friends around the country who I have not seen since before the pandemic (I love to travel by train and had already switched most of my travel to that mode pre-pandemic – this doesn’t help if one wants to go overseas but, as mentioned above, I am probably giving that up). I would also continue the dive into more cooking that I began during the pandemic which has in its own way been a fascinating and revealing window into other cultures, as has reading. And I’m pretty sure that if was really untethered I would make more art, whether that would be music or photography or drawing or painting or something else. This interview was fascinating and the book looks absolutely lovely.

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  903. Denise on

    Reading this brought me back to my own similar moments when I went to visit relatives in the Virgin Islands and decided to stay… until hurricane Hugo blew me back to the US. The lush large mangoes, lying half in and out of the surf feeling the caress of waves, the feeling of flying while scuba diving. The first time I fully understood someone speaking in colloquial English. The street names still being in Dutch so people give directions by stringing together a series of landmarks….

    To get to open up and discover like that again a few places come to mind, Indonesia has been calling me for a long time, but also Spain, New Zealand, Australia, and back to the Greek farming village I lived in as a child.

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  904. Karen E on

    It’s so hard to pick just one place, but water has always intrigued me. So I would want to experience living by or on the water, in a place where the water and weather define the place and it’s activities….perhaps Canada’s Maritime provinces or the San Juan Islands.

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  905. Kimberly Johnson on

    If I were untethered from all responsibilities, I would be right here at my home “piddling”(that’s what I call it) in my garden. Over the last 5 years I’ve truly come to love all the joy and fulfillment I get from working in my garden. From growing various flowers from seeds to spreading compost😊 although it’s not easy work, I truly enjoy it. It’s my happy place. I know this too because it’s always on my mind and the next project in my garden. Other than raising my family, I’ve never had anything which captured my attention and brought me such joy.

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  906. Jonathan on

    I would travel by van, dig for records, and make mix tapes with the samples. Inspiring read! Thank you!

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  907. LeeAnne Singer on

    I’ve always said to my husband that when we retire and the girls are settled into their own lives we should move to Italy or Spain. We have travelled to both places and love the people, the culture, the food and the history. We are entering retirement age now and although the idea of living in Europe is still intriguing, I know that we would miss being surrounded by our families and the beauty of our province, Nova Scotia. So for now, we shall dream and perhaps one day we will fulfill that early desire. After all, it’s never too late!

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  908. Brenda on

    I would spend time in Scotland, enjoying the outdoors and the history.

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  909. Carole Stone on

    I am a nature photographer by hobby but now having read your blog I would re invent my hobby and make it my work! I would stay right where I am in Forest , Va and continue to capture bluebirds, zinnias, and butterflies along the Blue Ridge mountain trail! Carole Stone.

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  910. Sharon Hoyer on

    My dream is to travel by bicycle as a “woofer” in Europe. Ideally, I will stay on farms following biodynamic principles in ridiculously beautiful places.

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  911. Janet Vainikka on

    Oh, to dream! I would visit the National parks throughout our American lands. I would bring watercolor paints to paint all the beauty in nature.

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  912. Janet on

    Even though it’s not possible, I would love to go to the lavender fields in France to experience the smell, the colors, and the beauty of it all. But for now, I walk out my back door, and go to my little gardens around my postage stamp size property and enjoy my beautiful lavender plants, honey suckles, and rosebush when she behaves! I can usually count on my lavender and honey suckles to show off.

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  913. April Taylor on

    I have always wanted to go to Rome, Austria, or Greece and I would love to garden full time. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photography and interview.

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  914. Sally Bainbridge on

    Good morning! I, too, have followed Jamie’s Provence journée and have enjoyed and look forward to each and every posting. I preordered her long awaited book and I’m eager to not only receive it but to have uninterrupted time to savor the pages with a very nice tea or wine. In addition to Jamie’s amazing talent, watching darling Eloise is a delight. If untethered of my responsibilities I, too, would return to Provence. I have spent time exactly where Jamie lives and the whole of Luberon has my heart.
    ♥️🇫🇷⚜️

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  915. Maureen Goronson on

    I would do exactly what I’m doing now – running a small, certified organic fruit and flower farm in Maine. This is my passion. And despite the sometimes challenging climate, I am grateful.

    I’ve been following some of Jamie’s work with @Provencepoiriers. This interview was fascinating and would love to win a copy of her book. ❤️

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  916. Connie on

    Provence has always been so intriguing to me. Living in Maine, I have often visited Downeast Maine and I love the simplicity and quiet there as well as the calming power of the ocean.

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  917. Danielle on

    I honestly don’t know. It’s a great question that I’m excited to sit with and marinate on today. My partner works for Twitter, so, if you’ve been following the news, it’s a question he’s suddenly asking himself as well. “Untethered” has such a beautiful and scary/exciting ring to it though. Really loved this interview and am eager to challenge our little family here. I hope you get to do more of these!! Xx

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  918. Heather on

    I would go to Bavaria, Germany. I’d walk the green paths, soak up the incredible mountain air, enjoy the locals who might reach me how create their comfort food, and plant a garden in the rich soil found there.

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  919. Amy in MN on

    I would eat my way through India and Thailand. Curries for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

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  920. Cheryl- Dragonfly Farm on

    I loved this interview and the photography. It’s so sensual and how I look at many things. But there they were on paper in front of me. I would stay right on my farm, but always carry a camera, because many inspirations and moments are so fleeting. An artist/painter once said about our farm, “ There is a still life around every corner”. I would spend more time capturing those still life’s, and drinking them in, instead of scurrying around checking off tasks. I would love to use Jamie’s book as my compass…….

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  921. Amber on

    I would take time to learn from a farmer florist and more about growing food organically. Living in simplicity, focus, and inspiration can happen anywhere!

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  922. Melissa Kane on

    If I were untethered, I would explore different culinary traditions -France, Italy, Middle East, Latin America and study edible flowers. I would then return home to grow and share the flowers and culinary traditions with my community.

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  923. Lynn Juhl on

    Untethered I would love to spend time in the Cotswolds tending to a flock of sheep and living in a small thatched cottage just being.

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  924. Margarita K on

    Thank you for sharing your talk with Jamie. She’s been an inspiration for me from the day I accidentally stumbled upon her Instagram profile and I wait impatiently for her each and every post and story. This coming summer I’m going to Provence – a trip inspired by Jamie’s art and experiences. I can’t wait for American in Provence to arrive in my mailbox today 🤩😍

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  925. Mary ippel on

    Untethered from all my responsibilities would look like a trip to the Netherlands for me. Growing up in South Holland Illinois and having a stepfather who lived in Holland Michigan and grew gladiolus and dahlias for a living all inspired me. I live in the middle of Indiana now but I grow dahlias, gladiolus and all kinds of other flowers for my enjoyment. The first growing season of my life included growing 10 wonderful children who are my pride and joy.
    I would take a trip to the Netherlands to visit family that I’ve never met and visit off the flower growing fields that I can possibly see and especially windmills and travel down some of the canals are things I have heard about from an early age.

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  926. Cecilie Coward Schøyen on

    If it was possible… if I was not married, had no children, nor a job… I would just dream of going to the Floret farm and work and learn for a year. Just saw, plant and pick and breath flowers all day long… until I collapsed in bed … happy for having fullfilled my dream :) How I wish…

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  927. Amy on

    The South of France would be an amazing place to go to slow down and savor a more seasonal life, or perhaps the west coast of Ireland? There are so many beautiful places where the focus is less about producing, and more about experiencing.

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  928. Charlotte M. on

    I would love to live on a farm, in a small community. I love the idea of farming and all the other things that make up a simpler life. I love to bake, was a professional baker for 15 years, and I love to paint and I am also a quilter. I love almost any kind of art, and I would love to have a studio in a big barn, set up for all the different types of art I enjoy doing. This book looks so beautiful. It would be a wonderful companion to A Year In Provence, which I have read several times and dearly love.

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  929. Chacha García on

    If I was untethered of all responsibilities, I’ll definitely go to Paris or the country side; maybe Provence or any other magical part of France. I’ll go discover small towns, going to the markets, lavender fields, Brocantes…. I’ve been following Jamie Beck on IG and I am so inspired by her style, her photography and her aesthetic is so very dreamy. If I don’t win her book it’s on my top list to buy before the end of the year!

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  930. Amy on

    I lived a year in Paris during my studies. I would love to repeat such a carefree year in Paris, to feel like the city is mine again.

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  931. Beth Gilliam on

    This was a great interview, thank you for sharing. I would head out every morning and find trails. Take my dog, Grace, and a canvas or two, some paints, and sit in a place I have not visited before. Watch the morning unfold and if I am inspired then paint something nice. If not, just sit and be thankful.

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  932. Fred Vandewetering on

    I loved this interview. What a beautiful way of life. If I were to pickup and go, I would travel to South Africa. I have seen some beautiful pictures and love the accents and mix of cultures. Being on the opposite hemisphere I could grow flowers the opposite seasons from most commercial growers in the world. (And visit Adene’s flower farm.) I am a flower grower but also love photography.

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  933. June on

    Another inspiring story and beautiful photos! I would go to Greece or Italy if I could go anywhere.

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  934. Kerry on

    When I grow up, I want to be Jamie Beck 😂

    Untethered, I’d explore Greece, scuba diving shipwrecks and sunken cities. I’d traipse around ancient ruins until my feet gave in. I’d live off fresh seafood, local fruit and veg, artisan baking and family wine / all blanketed in warm glow from the setting and rising sun. I’d explore coffee in my nightwear on a Sunday afternoon – the inexplicable world of passion and romance. I’d waltz under the watchful midnight starlight.

    I’d hold hands with curiosity. Together we would tiptoe in to a new day, / sometimes singing, sometimes dancing, sometimes weeping, but always together and always with hungry eyes.

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  935. Stacy on

    Starting my untethered self this year by spending 4 months in Queensland, AUS. The goal is to blend into the local communities and not rush around being a tourist.

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  936. Marla on

    I had a pen pal from Australia when I was 10 years old which is now 60 years ago. It was always my dream to visit. I would imagine how it looked from a 10 years old perspective and now approaching 70 years old it would be the perfect birthday present.

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  937. Sue W on

    What an inspiring article!!! I have always wanted to live in New York City for 6 months. Just to take in and enjoy all that the city has to offer without rushing around only doing “touristy” things. (Then maybe 6 months in Rome, 6 months in Paris, 6 months in London, 6 months in…..!)

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  938. Inge on

    I am living untethered on the farm doing what I love the most… growing flowers! This happened after years of wild travelling around the world with my husband… we finally found home 🙂

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  939. Marie Crissman on

    I would also go to Provence to absorb the culture there to which I have always been drawn. I would LOVE the challenge of trying to master the language and immerse myself in that way of life! Raising a family has always been my priority, and my children are all launched into lives and families of their own now. I have found myself making commitments to very worthwhile projects in my community over the past several years, which is good in so many ways, but I have always had a longing for more time and space to explore creative opportunities, rather than squeezing them into my already busy schedule. Gardening, cooking, painting, etc. are truly my neglected passions, and I am at a place in my life that I am realizing that I need to carve out space and tap into these more fully as none of us are guaranteed endless opportunities forever! Can’t wait to grab a copy of this book!

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  940. Martha Duffy on

    If I ever had a chance to go somewhere inspirational it would be Ireland and Scotland. All of those beautiful green fields and rich ancient culture.

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  941. Loi on

    I’d go to Tuscany to make art, cook, and eat.

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  942. Brandy on

    Passion is the driving force behinds me. If you don’t truly love what you are doing than you will easily quit.

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  943. Patricia on

    Untethered i would go to SPAIN! I want to relive my study abroad time now that I see life in a different light.

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  944. Hannah PH on

    I would go to southern France as well

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  945. Anna-Maria on

    Untethered from all responsibilities, I would go on a one-month horseback riding tour of Patagonia to be fully immersed in nature. I’d be curious to live entirely disconnected from the digital world, only focused on the true beauty of nature, so I could re-charge and re-centre on what really matters in life.

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  946. Bonnie LeBlanc on

    What an utterly beautiful and inspiring book! Untethered, I would return to the South of Spain to explore deeper, rekindle acquaintances, and simply ‘be’ in one with this beautiful part of the Earth.

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  947. Loes on

    I would move to a place within nature, as untouched by humans as possible and with a reasonable change to stay that way for the foreseeable future. I would go there with my husband and live a life in sinc with nature. I would aexplore ways to be a positive force for nature (our planet as a whole), probably by making sustainable (floral)arrangements and storytelling.

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  948. Deborah Witham on

    Perhaps The Cotswolds or The Scottish Highlands. Stay for a spell. Breath the air. Eat the food. Just be. Perhaps, finally learn to paint.

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  949. Summer Voelker on

    I would travel to the village in Poland my grandmother is from and immerse myself in the language, folklore, and traditional wisdom.

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  950. Diana Dent on

    I would stay exactly where I am – in the beautiful countryside halfway between Lyon and Geneva – only I would give up my office job and focus fully on making and creating. I live in such stunning and peaceful surroundings, that is seems all wrong to do anything else. Like Jamie, I have a deep appreciation of art and beauty and feel compelled to immerse myself in these. I would love to have a deep dive into her book…

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  951. Debbie McFarland on

    Ohhhhh such incredible photography. Seeing just a glimpse and reading her story inspired me. I am a photographer and make a living in portrait photography but she inspired me to do it for fun and for art sake too. If I was untethered to making a living, I would stay right here on our new farm and do just that…do the things I love, paint, draw, plant flowers, photography, kind acts for others. That’s what I would do.

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  952. Shannon Parker on

    Untethered I would LOVE to go to Ireland & Scotland first and continue through Europe to absorb the history, architecture and cultures.

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  953. Polkadoter on

    I’ve been following Jamie’s work, for so long. Her journey has been so inspiring. I deeply connect with her work and her life views. I am so proud of her!
    So, to be untethered from all responsibilities, I would go to France! I’ve been practicing my french for a few years, I guess I am preparing myself for that, and I have the same desire as Jamie had, to move to France, but not yet the courage 🙂. To decorate an old appartment, visit brocantes,photograph everything everyday, and travel the France from north to the south. Visit all of the chateaus, I know ambitious, but hey, life is long 🤗. I have so many photoshoots in my head, and they can only be shot in France😬. Also, on my bucket list is visiting Chateau de la Motte Housson. Let’s say that it’s the only place in the world where I want to stay. No 5* hotels, only chateaus 🤗.

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  954. Pilar Bauta on

    I would chose to travel to Cuba, the country where my father was born and raised. Like Provence, Cuban culture wholeheartedly embraces anyone who steps onto its shores. The delicious flavorful food, the crumbling yet colorful architecture, the joyful music pouring out of every cafe, young people dancing in town squares……Cuba is a feast for the senses.

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  955. Angels Kuhl on

    I would leave behind my stressful law practice and would travel to the beautiful island in Greece, which is Ios.

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  956. Marie French on

    I would pack a suitcase, jump on a plane and follow Jamie to Provance, and the south of France, then Italy, then let my heart guide me to my next stop until I find a place to perch, grow flowers, make vintage and antique french garden ware, and a life based on the seasons of nature.

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  957. Susan on

    I would LOVE to read this book! Provence is one of my favorite places!

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  958. Linda on

    I would go to Japan to learn Ikebana and to explore the gardens there.

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  959. CookingwithJayB on

    I’m not sure of the exact town or city but I would go to New Zealand! I think it’s a stunning piece of earth and I would study the indigenous plant life there. Thank you!

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  960. Linda on

    Untethered , I would pack up with my husband and our two kids and travel over to Europe. Stay for a while in some countries and move on to the next.
    To take in cultural differences and to have our kids see and take in different cultures and habits.
    Great blog !

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  961. Kim Richardson on

    What an incredible journey for Jamie! I believe I would also choose Provence or Tuscany! Thank you for this inspiring blog.

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  962. Sarah on

    Oh, what a delight to be untethered from all responsibilities! I would pursue a dream of being an international wedding planner. Growing up I never was caught up in the romance of weddings and marriage, but in my early 20s fate steered me towards wedding planning. I was exceptional at this job – I have an innate ability to see around corners and helping advert disaster before it happens. I’m extremely comfortable at guiding a couple through one of the biggest days of their lives, and what is ultimately the first step towards something even bigger for them. I love cultural weddings, traveling, hosting, and being a guide to someone visiting an area (as with many weddings). As an international wedding planner it incorporates all of my loves…people, travel, cultures, pure human joy, celebration, food, flowers, music, sacred moments, being helpful and making someone feel at home even if they are 1,000s of miles away from their own. Being part of someone’s wedding day and really bringing your all to the execution of a perfect day (with the help of a team, of course) is so rewarding. In theory, it was one of the happiest days of their lives and you, as the planner, helped conduct that orchestra! Pure joy! And to discover new lands, visit the sites they want the ceremony to take place and the reception, plan the nuances of how to the day will go and making people feel comfortable and welcomed that are traveling from another part of the world – the logistics and detail needed give me a thrill of goosebumps even thinking about it.

    Why am I not doing this if I’m that passionate? A steady Monday – Friday work-from-home marketing job allows me to be at home when our three young kids wake up, able to sit together at the dinner table, and to be able to kiss them good night before they drift off to dreamland. And at this time in their lives, that is the most important place for me to be. They will only be little for a short amount of time. Perhaps by the time they are out of the house, I will be able to combine my love and mastery of event planning, along with my newly found passion for growing cut flowers to really round out my capabilities of not only executing a flawless event in a distant land, but also ensuring it’s beauty is stunning and memorable.

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  963. Julie on

    I would go to Murano and study glass lampworking from a master. My passion is glass. I love learning about glass and how to manipulate the medium.

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