A Fresh New Start

Happy New Year everyone!
I still can’t quite wrap my mind around harvesting kale for dinner in January. It’s the first winter in 10 years that I’ve lived in a place with mild enough temperatures that we have greens overwintering outside my front stoop! The seasons are more subtle here, but this is definitely a time of transition.

I’ve always loved new beginnings. Part of the reason I’ve enjoyed being a student and working at a college for the past ten years is that there are so many chances for a fresh start. I like the idea of setting resolutions that are almost certainly achievable with just a smidge of extra intention. If I determine to do the things I’d like to do anyway, I’m more likely to be successful.

Last year my resolution was to take more naps, more walks, more baths, and drink more tea. I did pretty well at it! This year I will, of course, strive to find fun ways to be active so that people will still think I’m related to my little sister (who just got certified as a personal trainer), but that’s what they all say.
So for the next six months, in addition to continuing my habit chart, which for some reason continues to be a good motivator to floss my teeth and contact a loved one daily (what can I say, I’m a sucker for gold stars!), I intend to block out time each week for two things that I want to do for myself anyway:
1) supporting the tiny house movement, accessory dwellings, and cohousing by committing at least four hours a week to my Orange Splot internship
2) honoring a secular sabbath that I have the freedom to reschedule but not skip
Of course, I hope the naps and tea continue, too…
What are you resolving for the new year?
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5 Responses to A Fresh New Start

  1. Susie_Q says:

    >Your house is too cute, I love it! What's the square footage?

  2. Lina Menard says:

    >The interior dimensions are 18' by 6'8" so it's 121.5 square feet inside, but it's also over 10 feet tall at the peak of the roof, so it feels pretty spacious for such a small footprint.

  3. Jesse says:

    >Good resolutions! I think mine are to conduct a full sweat ceremony and run a good farm business with time to spare :)

  4. Lina Menard says:

    >Those sound like good resolutions, Jesse! Let me know how they go!

    • Pancho says:

      >The interior dinsmeions are 18′ by 6’8″ so it’s 121.5 square feet inside, but it’s also over 10 feet tall at the peak of the roof, so it feels pretty spacious for such a small footprint.

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