The solstice has passed. The last day of December has gone to bed. The days are getting longer. It’s all uphill from here. Things are full of promise and hope at the start of the new year.
What do I hope for in the new year? Well, lots of things, I suppose, which is why I’m going to make a resolution or two.
A post or two back, I mentioned Nonviolent Communication. I haven’t started the book or the workbook, but they have it set up into a self-study. You read a chapter each week, month, or two weeks, and then work through that segment of the workbook. I am planning to start that the first week of January, and I may be joined by a friend for a small group study. I’m still deciding on timing, but I think either a chapter per month or every other week will work for my schedule. A chapter each week is too ambitious for me, I think. A chapter each month will give me time to get the reading done, practice, work in the workbook, and, of course, blog about it.
Which brings me to my next resolutions…
I really kind of abandoned this blog for a while last year. And through it all, my core readers stuck around. For that, I am so grateful. And I’m sorry. Because there were so many blog-worthy things that I did. I learned to bake bread, made kombucha, made sauerkraut (which was amazing by the way), moved across the country, learned all about square foot gardening, built three raised bed gardens, learned to be a stay at home mom, sucked at housework, and about a million other things. This year, I will be better. This year, I will share these things with you all. You can expect to hear about the following this year:
- the whole Nonviolent Communication thing
- more bread baking (can’t wait to share with you the awesome technique I learned last year!)
- Square Foot Gardening
- Garden planning, including companion planting, which I’ve never done before
- Cooking, even though I take really terrible food pictures
- The kids
- And goodness knows what else
So, I will definitely try to be better. Writing helps heal my soul, so it’s important that I keep it up and keep my mind limber.
And for something more tangible:
Yes, the garden. It’s ready to go for spring. I need to decide what to plant and when and how and where. I’ve got big ideas and plenty of space and I know that you will be hearing more about it soon. It will include veggies, culinary herbs, healing herbs, and some more surprising items that we don’t usually see here in the midwest, but that I miss so desperately from California. I will also include space for my kids to run, play, pick and eat what they want, and be outside enjoying nature and learning where our food comes from.
Really, these don’t seem like big resolutions. I’m not promising to join a gym or lose weight or run a marathon or organize my life or anything like that. But I do hope that, like last year’s resolutions, these small steps will lead to big changes for the new year for all of us.
Do you have any resolutions this year that you would like to share?