It’s time for another interview with one of the Women That I Admire! I’m so pleased to introduce you to Hil (of Hil the Thrill), aka the Lucy to my Ethel. Hil and I have been friends for …gosh…10 years now?! We initially connected over shared experiences and realized that we were in kindred spirits in so many ways. If I could build a tiny village for all of the people I love to live near me, Hil would certainly be across the street.
What I admire about Hil is her strength, her humor, and her dedication to her family. She has overcame so many hardships to raise her two beautiful daughters into fun, beautiful, free spirits. Hil herself is a free spirit, an artist and a writer with a HUGE heart. Did I mention that she is an artist? She paints whimsical nature inspired paintings that perfectly capture her spirit. Okay, okay, on to the interview:
NAME Hil Eldridge “Hil The Thrill”
AGE, HOMETOWN, OCCUPATION
35, Rednecktopia, Pa., Artist/Farmer’s Wife
ONE WEIRD FACT ABOUT YOU
I paint with both hands at the same time. The paint is in my left hand and a wet brush is in my right.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VINTAGE STYLE
Edwardian. I’m dying for turbans with feathers to come back. I’m not kidding.
WHO WAS YOUR FIST STYLE ICON?
Punky Brewster *
WHO IS YOUR CURRENT INSPIRATION?
So many! Probably the biggest inspiration to me currently is the environment around me in rural Pennsylvania. I use my iPhone to take pictures every day, and this trains me to constantly be in the lookout for the beauty around me.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
Post industrial utilitarian
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF?
I love my hands because they can do so many things!
DO YOU HAVE A SELF-LOVE MOMENT TO SHARE WITH US?
I used to entirely live my life based on “what needed to be done,” regardless of how I felt, or what I liked, or needed. In this manner, I built for myself a “suitable” life, but not a juicy, joyful, passionate one. I became extremely ill with an autoimmune disease that took years to diagnose. I was depressed, in pain, and could not work. I had my affairs in order and I was ready to die.
At age 35, I began taking myself to the lake, and putting my ill, plus-sized body into a bikini for the first time in my life. I wasn’t there for an outing with the kids, or to accomplish anything for any one. I was really just there for my own enjoyment, my own oneness, my own quiet. I found myself coming back day after day, alone, while my daughters were at school. So decadent! And also, so free! This became a pivotal moment in changing my worldview.
I learned that “juiciness” is necessary for my health. You can eat right, exercise, have a full career, a balanced family life, and an organized sock drawer, but that electricity, that beauty, that connection to nature and the universe is BASIC. Without it, I was literally dying. The autoimmune disease was only the modality of my near death. The lack of “juiciness” was the reason for my near death.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT YOU REALLY SPLURGE ON FOR YOURSELF?
Time. I give myself and others time. When my kids were small, I went through a horrific marriage and divorce. I decided that I would be rich in time, for my kids and for myself. I work hard to make more time.
i just LOVE this answer and this is part of why I admire Hil so much! For me, when I think of splurging, I immediately list the items I purchase for myself, but she just doesn’t think in those terms.
WHAT IS ONE WAY THAT YOU WORK TO IMPROVE YOURSELF?
I discovered, through meditation at the age of fifteen, that the three pillars of life for me would be Art, Nature, and Spirituality. When I want to improve myself, I go towards one of those three things. I also love a good “Infinite Waters” YouTube video, where he says,”Breathe in that good ass PRANA!!!!”
HOW DO YOU PRACTICE DAILY SELF-CARE?
Coconut oil, Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, Tumeric Tea, Kombacha, and throwing the ball for my dogs.
Paintings By Hil Eldridge
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