Mostly I think about sustainability and resiliency as lifestyle choices that affect our environment. But equally important, our lifestyles have to be sustainable for ourselves. Resiliency is something to be developed as a personal quality, as self care.
This is very much on my mind right now.
One of the traps that I fall into is "I'm tired," especially this time of year when grass allergies arrive and the days get longer so I go to bed later, but still get up early.
Loving how the evening sun lands in this corner. A change from last year due to some pruning I did.
To try to move past this I've been making a list each of day of five things I want to accomplish. Things that will remind me to take care of myself, to make time for things other than my "shut-down" behaviors of napping, reading to escape, and eating foods that are less than healthy because they are the only thing that sound good. My lists this week have included:
1. Work in the garden for 30 minutes.
2. Make something.
Knitting is almost always an act of meditation for me. It is the one thing I will do when nothing else seems possible.
3. Eat three healthy meals, no eating while walking.
My bus stop breakfast picnic. I had yogurt too.
4. Read something nourishing for at least 15 minutes and journal about it.
A couple more chapters to go and I will be finished with this. Years after I started reading it...a book to savor.
I think I am sliding into being quieter here because of the almost daily posts on instagram.
One important thing that I've learned about myself is that I tend to be more productive in the morning.
And even more so that there are rhythms to creativity. Time of year, time of day...there is a rhythm to it all.
This weekend I tackled a few big projects:
A lot of gardening. On the right, where the wire baskets are, I planted garbanzo beans and onions. To the left I will plant more beans in a couple weeks.
And painting the living room, which is going to need a second coat.
I've found that because of the orientation of my house (facing Northeast) and the amount of light let in by the windows, that lighter colors end up looking very washed out at certain times of the day. This blue just keeps on glowing.
It's a very interesting article, well worth reading even if you aren't interested in bees. For me, the most interesting point made is about how we, human beings, interact with nature. Is a technique sustainable or simply easier for humans?
Having said that, I also believe that doing something the way it's always been done isn't necessarily best. There is usually room to question and explore. It's more a matter of making thoughtful and informed decisions. Of being reflective.
I was more impulsive than thoughtful when I bought these, but at least I was informed. Local and organic.
Spending more time with Briar this week has me considering vulnerability.
The vulnerability of youth, of aging, of the choices we make and of sharing...
Yesterday I found this photo while cleaning the craft room/studio. Lola was so tiny.
A picture I took yesterday. Briar is so fragile now.
Something I made in a class months ago but hadn't shared for a variety of reasons.
One of the things I love about the world we live in is the ease of following ideas. After reading Kim Werker's essay in Craftivism, edited by Beysy Greer, I found her blog and book Mighty Ugly. And that led me to a year long challenge to make something every day.
This last year has really been about absorbing for me. Watching, listening, thinking; but not as much doing.
It's time for more so I am joining in and will share each day at Instagram.
Because part of being creative is being vulnerable.
feild notes: Soup weather, just started to rain. Chance of snow tonight.