Well goodbye 2018 and welcome 2019! Time slips by so quickly! I find myself again reflecting on the last year and looking forward to the year ahead. The problem with reflection and forward thinking is the lack of the present moment. I have inventoried the good, the bad and the ugly of 2018 and plan to move forward with lessons learned and gratitude for both the blessings and the mistakes. However, as my thoughts race towards warmer days, planting in the garden, teaching more workshops and spending time with family I forget to enjoy today. I cannot promise a whole year of being in the present moment, but I am dedicating this month to enjoying the downtime between the holidays and the busyness of spring.
I once despised January and February. The short dark days, the frigid weather, the howling wind, the frozen water tanks, etc., etc. But now I am learning to embrace this slow time of year and be in the present as much as my wandering mind will allow. I can imagine the garden being perfect (which won't happen), I can work on indoor projects (like the bathroom remodel that was started last February), perhaps finish the five books (some I have been reading on for years) that are stacked next to my bed, and maybe even finish some quilts and practice my spinning. Regardless of what gets done, my hope and plan is to enjoy it all, even if I am doing nothing at all.
So here is to a new year and a new resolution...a resolution of enjoying and being in the moment!
Teacher. Student. Mother. Daughter. Sister. Wife. Farmer (well... I try).