Everyone seems to roll out their resolutions around the New Year. Some folks are very passionate and work hard on these resolutions. Then there are those of us who try. We really, really try. You can see what I was “Gonna Do” last year. I was about 50/50. It can be stressful trying to meet these goals you set for yourself so I have decided that I am not setting goals this year.
Now before you starting thinking how is that possible, it really is about perspective. I have read a few posts (Zen Habits; Be More With Less) recently about going goal free. Its more about going with the flow; making choices not goals; creating a list of things you’d love to do. When you make choices to do things they can easily turn into a habit.
So I am beginning to work on things as I feel like it, and setting myself a few reminders for things I must do at work. Now if I do decide to do things it is because I want to, not because I have to or feel pressure to improve. It is not improvement but a choice for me to explore something and cultivate healthy habits or habits that bring me joy. It has been a hard concept to accept myself, but I have done a much better job these days. So I put my choices/love list to paper in an effort to keep the creative juices flowing; to keep the joy front and center. In this way there will be less likelihood that the negatives will sneak in often.
So in 2012, I choose to be:
-designing with wildlife and the planet in mind
*Healthy-again these are habits I practice because I choose to
-be gluten and sugar-free because then I feel good, less pain in joints and none in stomach
-exercise will be harder because of all the joint pain; starting with 5 minutes a day and adding 5 minutes each week; biking in basement or walking; starting yoga
-I get to grow more foods I enjoy; more seed starting of veggies I will be growing this year
-hoping to lose weight through these healthy habits and choices, and boost my immune system more
*Live in the Moment
-find happiness in those little moments
-noticing the wildlife around
-doing what I want as I want
-discovering more things I like and noticing life more
*Simplify Life-this will be next weeks post
My biggest challenge to this list is boredom. I cannot tolerate doing the same thing, the same way for too long. Some routine activities must be done especially at work, but I am looking for pleasurable ways to break up the boredom and engage the mind. Sometimes it is good to have a routine without getting bored with it. It is when I am bored that old, bad habits rear their ugly heads.
I started 2012 with a nasty cold virus, but I made a point out of getting out in my garden. Perfect time to join in with Carolyn@This Grandmother’s Garden for her Walk in the Gardens monthly meme the first week of every month. And there was much to see. The weather has been ebbing and flowing from spring-like weather to winter. Days of 40s, sun/rain and puddles all over the water-logged garden given over to frigid temps in the 20s and lower, wind howling and snow blowing.
It was the one of the least snowiest Decembers on record with only 6.6 inches of snow when we normally get 32 inches in December. Last year’s record snowfall for December led to one of the snowiest winters.
Here’s the garden New Year’s Day 2012. We are expecting cold frigid winds again this week with possibly 10 inches of snow. I have to say, one pro for the snow is the plants would be happier and fewer would be browsed by the deer. The con is the voles would start their destructive tunnels under the snow. Oh well, it is what it is. Above is my newer rain garden overflowing its banks. Looks like we will be expanding it yet again and taking out more grass.
Gardens Eye Verse
The poems this month evoke sights and sounds of cold winter storms that we find in January. I hope you enjoy the images they may conjure for you….
in mid-air as if
time is standing still-
leaf and blade,
Do you hear the sound
of the wind whipping round,
all the snowflakes swirling down
to light upon the ground,
as they pile up around
As you can tell the best shots of my garden are the back yard. Love the snow in the back yard. I hope you enjoyed a few of the spring blooms from the 2011 garden sprinkled throughout the post. I am joining Katarina@Roses and Stuff for her Blooming Friday meme. This week is Remembrance. Very timely for me. Needed to remind myself what it will look like soon.
Next week I will have an update on the Herb and Seed Growing Experiments, plus my garden gift from Santa.
In coming weeks I hope to explore colors and the garden and some of my favorite natives. Please join me at Beautiful Wildlife Gardens for my latest post going live this Thursday January 5th. It is the thrilling second part of my Favorite Fall Natives. Not to be missed.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday. So drop by to check out all the blooms this Friday.
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