New Year Thoughts

You may remember that I pick a word each year to help focus my efforts. Last year was NOURISH, which had some unforeseen twists. Turns out that what I learn from my word is as much about deconstruction as applying the word to my life. I redefined my way of think about what nourishing is, had a few experiences of not nourishing myself enough, and made some progress on nourishing myself as well as those around me. I adopted chickens and another cat. I increased the size of my household when my dear sister, Gabs, and Ace moved in. I finished mourning a relationship. I quit a job that wasn’t making me as happy as it had and started spending more time with the Spotts crew. I designed some great gardens this year. So all in all, a chaotic year, full of upheaval, which seem to be the ones that teach me the most.
This year’s word is POWER. I’m going to make things happen this year. I’m going to learn more about garden design and start really applying my own offbeat style to educating people about growing food and flowers, two of my favorite things. I’m going to stop undervaluing my contributions. I’m going access my powers of creativity, joy, and prodding buttock (so much more polite than kicking ass).
This year I’ll get around to canning those tomatoes. I’ll enjoy preparing and eating the food that I’ve grown. I’ve always loved giving away what I’ve produced–from fresh peas to fresh eggs to hand-knit scarves–but this year I’m going to learn to really relish these things myself. I’m going to by god break out that bread book I haven’t touched in 6 months and get cracking.
In 2010, I’m settling into my own skin, and anyone who doesn’t like it doesn’t have to hang around.
Because Spotts shuts down for a few months in the winter, I’m using this time to ferment ideas and clear out the cobwebs. I don’t want to go back to work in March and realize I spent two months watching TV, so I’ve made a list of projects, and I’m chipping away at them. So far I’ve:
–cleaned out the laundry room and set up a new laundry system.
–cleaned out and reorganized the tool room
–reorganized our furnace/storage room
–finally replaced the chains on the lights that broke about three months ago
–cleaned out the bedroom closet and dressers
–tidied up my garden book library and potting station
–finally figured out what to do about the kitchen floor
I’ll check in periodically report on what I’ve accomplished. Here’s to 2010 and prodding buttock!

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Fraudulent Farmgirl
I teach garden and homesteading skills—the stuff your great-grandmother knew how to do. But if there's a faster, cheaper, or easier way to do it, I'll find it!By day, I design earth-friendly gardens for Spotts Garden Service. By night, I don my Wellies to become the Fraudulent Farmgirl. On my small urban homestead, I've ripped out the front lawn to plant vegetables and fruit trees, turned the garage into a chicken coop and grown enough strawberries to feed half the neighborhood.

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