Miracle in the Mundane | “Tourist in Your Own Town.” 🌞

Hello my lovely bookish friends,

I hope you are all having a magical Tuesday so far! A couple of weeks ago TarcherPerigee Press reached out and was kind of enough to send me a copy of Tyler Knott Gregson’s new book Miracle in the Mundane and I was beyond honored (and flipping excited). For any who follow me on Instagram know that I enjoy reading poetry on a daily basis. It’s a small way to add some beautiful words or thoughts to your day. Tyler Knott Gregson has captivated and touched so many people with his typewriter poetry, myself included. But in Miracle in the Mundane we don’t just get poetry, Gregson challenges us to look beyond ourselves and challenges us to look at the beauty around us and be mindful of it.

There are so many brilliant challenges in the book. My wandering heart was called immediately to the “Be a tourist in your own town” challenge. I called my cousin up, and we took it upon ourselves to explore a part of town we haven’t been to in a while, Historic Sanford, Florida. This part of Central Florida reminds me so much of one of my favorite cities, Savannah in Georgia but SO MUCH CLOSER TO ME. It’s full of gorgeous old homes and plenty of restaurants and local breweries. Now, we originally had plans to go see a play, but when we decided to slow down and enjoy lunch and take our time, we ended up doing things we usually never do: ran into friends at a local indie market, had refreshing drinks on a hot winter day (the kind of winter you can only get in Florida), and had an amazing lunch at a German restaurant. It was absolutely lovely.

The day started with some much-needed lunch at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, a little slice of Germany in Florida. Although I have been to this cafe before, my cousin never has so it was a lot of fun trying out the food with her for the first time. The crowd is so friendly and it was definitely busy but we found a spot real quick. They had live music and we were lucky enough to sit right in front of the musician!

I treated my cousin to some Kleiner Feigling which is a fig schnapps and so DELICIOUS AND SWEET. It goes down way too easy (haha). We cheered to the beautiful weather and to the hearty lunch we were about to have.

We walked around the neighborhood and there were so many people outside on their wide porches enjoying the weather! We passed by this beautiful house and my cousin convinced me to take a picture in front of me. I was kind of nervous at first because… well… people live there. But everyone was friendly and just waved at us! Seriously, guys, it was so cute and looks so much like Savannah! All the houses are different shapes and colors, flags billowing in the breeze, with plenty of yard and porches to entertain. I want to buy a house and move here and have a drink in my hand and wave to people too!

We obviously are not good at taking pictures but oh well!

After lunch and walking around a bit, a friend saw that I was in Sanford from my Instagram and let me know that there was the Sanford Indie Market that day, RIGHT DOWN THE STREET. I looked at my cousin and was like “shall we?” We met up with one of my friends, Nihan who had a booth that day. She makes harem pants from reclaimed fabrics in Turkey (where she is from) and also makes head scarfs and jewelry! You can check out some of the things she makes here! My cousin bought a scarf that looks so pretty on her and I bought sunglasses straps. Everything is made so beautifully and delicately. There were also a lot of other vendors there with so many cool handmade things! We ran into a group that had turned a trailer into a photo booth and we took our picture. They are called Rutledge Photo Co. and they had a lot of cool props to play around with!

It was indeed a magical, tiring, but serendipitous day. We cooled off with some drinks at Celery City Craft and couldn’t help but smile. Thank you to Tyler Knott Gregson for pushing us to seek beauty where usually think there is none.

Until next time friends!

Read something wonderful and stay curious…

xo, Gisela