Sunday, January 8, 2012
Hide and Sweep
Happy first week of January! Or as I like to call it, "the time of year the Valley gets cold and dark and I struggle to function at a semi-normal level and not just hide for a month."
If you've read my blog for any length of time, you'll know that January is tough month for me. While December brings small joys with the bustle and holiday insanity, January is quiet and cold. The wind whistles against the windows, and although we know that the light is returning, we still wake to darkness and the sun seems to ride too swiftly through the sky.
While I work on my wellness this Winter, it's important for me to remember that my energy has seasons too. January and July will never be my peak months. Giving myself a break, and realizing I don't have to be a perpetually bubbly ray of sunshine who magically gets all things done in perfect time with poise, is my mantra for the month. (Yes. It is a rather long mantra.)
Instead of tackling new projects when my creativity is low, I'm using my little energy in other ways. Organizing, going through my clothes and giving away those that I just don't wear anymore, cleaning the forgotten places (the top of the refrigerator, behind the desk,) are all small ways of making space for new energy to flow. So when inspiration does hit, I'll have whatever I need at my fingertips and be ready to go!
The above photograph of Dexter hiding in the Maiden's Grass was taken two days ago. The weather here in Southern British Columbia has been stunningly mild for this time of year. New grass is coming up, buds are plumping on the trees, and I have a few little lettuce seedlings coming up in the garden (we had a hot spell last Spring after the rains and my lettuce bolted and must have left seeds behind.) Although it snowed last night, the forecast is for more mild weather.
With the weather so forgiving this Winter, I'm hoping my hiding spell will be short. I'll endeavour to pop in as much as possible, but if my blogging falls short this month, you'll know why. Thanks in advance, as always, for your amazing support!