Good morning friends. It’s 18F degrees outside, but in my log cabin, all is cozy and warm. I hope that all of you are doing well in this brand new year. By the way, doesn’t Tap look like king of all he surveys? I caught him gazing off in the distance yesterday.
My family is changing again. With children, it seems that the teens and twenties are all about rapid life changes. Getting driver’s licenses; moving out; going to college; moving back in again–you get the picture. Bear–I still protect her name on the blog as she’s not yet grown–is now driving with me as her navigator every morning on the way to school. She must travel a long way in morning traffic, and we want her fully ready for this big step when she turns sixteen in the spring.
Can you believe Bear will be sixteen? Remember when I wrote about her turning nine? I started writing this little blog in October 2007, and I had young children. How did they grow so old while I remain so young? Brennan is twenty, and Megan is twenty-one. She’ll be twenty-two in a month of Sundays. For our family, the Christmas season and their birthdays that domino 1, 2, 3 are the busiest times of my year. I won’t reveal Ashley’s age because she’s a grown woman, and a woman should have a bit of mystery.
When Bear drives, things will again change dramatically for me. Just thinking about it, my eyes fill with tears. Some life changes are harder than others. I don’t really want Bear to grow up, but I know she must, and one day, I will need to let her go. Driving is the beginning.
I’m not sure I’m ready, but, ready or not, time marches on.
Like everyone, after Christmas is packed away, I make a few resolutions. I don’t like to call them New Year’s resolutions, because I try to make changes throughout the year. This year, my mind is full of health and garden resolutions–imagine that! After all, if you aren’t healthy, you can’t garden. Thanks to Leslie at Growing a Garden in Davis for sharing this article with me.
1. I declare 2015 the year of taking care of me: physically, mentally and spiritually. Last year, writing and promoting a book took more out of me than I expected. Writers are introverts, and although I don’t look like one in public, I definitely recharge when I’m alone reading, working outside and cooking. Since last July when I noticed Helen from Toronto Gardens wearing a FitBit, I’ve been walking 10,000 steps a day, five days a week on most weeks. The end of December made that hard, but I am back on the treadmill and elliptical again. I’m also taking better care of my skin. I have such dry skin, and eczema makes me miserable in winter. I found Tammy, who is an esthetician on YouTube, and she’s educated me on skin care. You may think that’s frivolous, but it’s all part of my plan to take better care of myself.
As another part of this “taking care of me” regimen, I am really taking time to think before I say yes to a project, writing or otherwise. I said yes to too many things in 2014. It took all of December just to decompress. I am also eating better, but not dieting. I am sick and tired of dieting, something I’ve done since I was twelve. I will just keep exercising and taking care to eat only those things I really love. I find I love sugar and most carbohydrates less and less. Chips, however, remain my kryptonite.
2. I will garden more. I mean this. I miss the soil. Because of my schedule, I didn’t get to do as much gardening as I wanted last year. Always playing chore catch up isn’t fun and doesn’t inspire. Like all creative pursuits, writing takes a lot of mental and emotional energy. I need gardening to maintain my writer’s voice and rosy outlook.
3. I will continue to get help in the garden and not feel guilty. Having Kari from Tender Hands Gardening help me last year was a God send. She’s promised to work me into her very busy schedule this year. Having help for the harder projects made gardening fun again. I also made a new friend.
4. I will make a point to see my friends more. I had a lunch date with a close friend this week, who I haven’t seen in two years. I am going to start making lunch dates every other week if possible. I’m also trying to see Non-gardening Best Friend, Aimee, at least once a month for coffee. Everyone is busy, but dear friends, life is passing us by minute-by-minute.
In connection with all of the above resolutions, I went to a class today with the Oklahoma Women Bloggers at Natural Grocers. It was very interesting. I was truly impressed by their business and public education models. More on that later. Find your friends, those people who make you happy, and work to keep them. Good friends really are silver and gold.
5. I will keep reading works that make me think, and those that give my heart wings. I’ve been reading up on aromatherapy. I love Young Living essential oils, and I find they make my family happy too. We haven’t burned paraffin candles since we found out they may be detrimental to our health. Instead, we diffuse oils, or burn soy candles. I find I like essential oil blends more than I thought I would.
I’ve also stopped being on the computer as much. I’ve made a point not to be on it most nights because I want to spend time with my family. Instead, we have reading nights. I found I wasn’t reading novels very often so I’m back doing that too. If you want to know what I’m reading, I have a page on Goodreads. My current interests are gardening, cooking (especially paleo), essential oils, along with novels and memoirs. I read a broad range of the latter two.
Another reason to get off the computer is to rest my eyes. I have dry eye problems, and staring at the screen doesn’t help.
Now, those are my current resolutions. What are you doing differently in the new year?