It’s a beautiful day here in Chico. Sunny, warm, with flowers blooming everywhere. I’m looking at my yard and making a list of spots that need to be filled in, empty pots (three huge fake half wine barrels) to fill, and cleaning that is screaming to be done. Two days ago I wore capris to work instead of long pants, and I haven’t looked back. This morning I decided it’s time to make the switch between spring and winter clothes (not a big job. My clothing collection is sparse at best!). I tried on the pants that were too tight last year and was glad that they fit looser this year and disappointed that they aren’t just falling off me.
A new season, especially Spring, makes me want to collect myself, to make everything fresh and sparkly. It’s a new beginning, you know? I want to go through and distribute that pile of papers on my desk, clean the garage and clean my car. (Wait. My car?? Hmm. I don’t want to overdo it.)
I think apart from the freshening of home and garden, it’s time for freshening of spirit and body. A time to reaffirm goals and look at pathways to complete said intentions. Working out twice a week is a given, but what about the daily walks? Those seem to be a little more flexible than is optimal. What about my daily meditation time? Writing time? If I set a specific time for doing these things will I be more likely to actually accomplish them? Every day? In the past few weeks I’ve been haphazard about walking and meditating. Once the birds left the refuge I quit walking, there or anywhere. I”m writing daily blog posts in the month of March, but in what form will the daily writing continue? I read the blog of a fellow slice writer who challenges herself to a different kind or genre of writing each month. I love that idea.
I’ve made myself a weekly tracking sheet to make visible my accomplishment of these things I care about. On one side it has a food tracker and on the other a list of the things I feel are important to my well being, some of which are easy to lose track of. These include sleep time and quality, walking, ingestion of (or not) sugar and grains, water , meditation and writing. There is room for notes about each topic on one side and a space for a reflection below. None of it is new, but all of it is easy to lose track of. I hope it’ll help me jumpstart a fresh beginning. That’ll be the genius part. A supported fresh start.
Oh, and my flower barrels filled with flowers would be great too.