Start here for context on A Thyme for Milk and Honey.
On February 23, 2019 (about a year prior to going live with A Thyme for Milk and Honey), I began doing a lot of research.
What did I want to call this website? And more importantly, why would I want to call it that.
It was all born from,
Everything is beautiful in its time.
Thus, thyme came to me and stuck immediately. (Side note: thyme vs. time because of my holistic, natural tendencies and I find a sprig of thyme completely charming.)
More than Thyme
Clearly the site would be named something more than just A Thyme.
So Ryan (my husband) and I started brainstorming. I was looking to add in two related, yet opposite, words. You know, peanut butter and jelly.
But it had to be more than that. The two words also had to have some sort of biblical reference.
Am I random and complicated or what? Stick with me.
It was Ryan who mentioned milk and honey.
We will discuss more about their various meanings later.
The reason I wanted this story to be on the ‘Start Here’ page is because, unbeknownst to me at the time, someone had already expressed exactly what I was trying to uncover.
Milk and Honey
At the top of my notebook for February 23, 2019, I wrote the words, “Milk & Honey.” Immediately underneath it, I wrote (because this was included in part of my research on the duo),
A book written by Rupi Kaur, and New York Times best seller – collection of poetry and prose about survival, the experience of violence, above, love, loss, and femininity.
A ton of research, words, and context followed those first few lines; never again did I mention Rupi or her work, though.
A Thyme for Milk and Honey was set. And there was absolutely, positively zero connection to Rupi’s Milk and Honey.
Or was there?
Fast forward to Sunday, March 1, 2020. This website had already been launched, but coincidentally, a Rupi Kaur quote popped up in my Instagram feed (maybe I was already following her?) No clue why, but I instantly remembered her connection to milk and honey.
With one quick Google search of “Rupi Kaur,” the stunning black-covered book, Milk and Honey popped up.
That same day, Ryan and I and the kids took a trip to Barnes and Noble. That’s right. I can go to Barnes and Noble and get something quicker than Amazon can deliver.
Anyways, I grabbed the book. Then, I immediately turned to the last page (doesn’t everyone love ruining surprises?!)
It was very simple, an explanation of what the book was about.
And there it was. In just 5 lines, Rupi stated what A Thyme for Milk and Honey is all about,
milk and honey takes readers through
a journey of the most bitter moments in life
and finds sweetness in them
because there is sweetness everywhere
if you are just willing to look.
Welcome to A Thyme for Milk and Honey
Thank you for joining me on my own journey. While Rupi stated it so beautifully, I’ll tell you openly and honestly that I won’t always.
I’m not Rupi.
I am Sarah Kay Hoffman.
My life experiences are vastly different than Rupi’s. And the way I share them is also very different.
Rupi is far more concise and eloquent. I am kind of a mess. But yet I’m right where I need to be.
The idea of a thyme for milk and honey is that not only is everything beautiful in its time but we don’t have to wait for the best to come.
It’s already here.