Monday, January 4, 2016
2016 has dawned on our little woodland cottage with quiet, cold, frosty mornings. Finally, a little bit of winter after the warmest and wettest December in recent memory. The crisp air feels fresh and clean just like the new year, and I am filled with hopeful expectations for the future. I love, love, love the month of January. It suits me to a 'T'. I love the silvery outlines of the bare winter trees against the sky. I love how the morning frost coats everything in diamond glitter sparkles and makes the most humble objects seem magical. I love mornings like this one when the day dawns clear and cold and the scores of birds that visit my feeders chitter and chatter happily to their neighbors as if to say, "Morning! isn't it a fine day?"And most of all, I love the feeling of having a fresh start - a new beginning.
I have made many goals for 2016! I have to set specific, attainable goals rather than generalized ones or I don't usually make much progress. So, I have decided to set a goal of practicing my drawing and sketching at least 3 times per week (a couple of examples from this week shared above). I broke ground on a new butterfly/cutting garden back in October, and I plan to finish stage one before spring arrives mostly by preparing the ground for planting sun loving annuals and a few perennials that the fluttery beauties find attractive. I also want to enlarge the vegetable patch and herb garden and experiment with new ways of cooking and eating what comes out of them. I'm not aiming to become a vegetarian, but instead, adding lots more whole grains and vegetables to our diet while reducing the amount of meat gradually. All of these goals will be accomplished incrementally - slowly, gradually, with baby steps. That's the only thing that really works for me. Being specific and setting comfortable, attainable goals helps me make significant changes over time. There are many more, and happily a lot of them are just a continuation from the resolutions made this time last year. I have made great progress this year in de-cluttering our tiny little house, and it has been so liberating!!! so that will continue with increased zeal for creating s-p-a-c-e to breathe and to think. My motto for last year was "every object must earn its space". If it isn't functional and used regularly or if it isn't cherished, it does not earn its space and is therefore passed on to someone else who can use it or love it more. Now, there is still the matter of the 10 pounds I had hoped to lose....... at least I didn't pick up any new ones! I lost a few here and there, but gained them back eventually, so hopefully I can change some of those old die hard habits that prevent me from making lasting progress in that arena. And so many more! How about you? are you like me? excited to think about making positive changes in the new and coming year, or are you more like my husband who thinks New Year's resolutions are silly and a waste of time? (in fairness, I must add that he's the type of person who doesn't wait around for the new year to make positive changes - he's always striving to improve!)