So, I started my January full of intentions for a nourishing year. The problem is, I had so much enthusiasm for committing myself, I’ve been trying to fit in a year of activities all at once! I’ve been worrying about being late ordering my allotment seeds (which happens every year) and getting anxious about finding the time to do all the lovely things that I want to do. It was all getting a bit counter productive; intentions should be less demanding than goals, and yet I was treating them in just the same way.
Thankfully, Susannah Conway’s ‘Love Letter’ email arrived just at the perfect time. In it, she talked about pacing herself through her year, and it was utterly perfect.
I need to remind myself that I’m not late ordering seeds at all – most of the thing I love to grow don’t need sowing until March. Besides, on my new plot I need to do more groundwork instead of dreaming up grand planting schemes. And I don’t need to make a start on everything else all at once. There is plenty of time. Eleven and a half months of my nourishing year, to be exact.
To keep this in mind, I’ve drawn up a list of intentions just for January. Nothing more. No grand plans, just simple ideas for the next two weeks. And I’m wrapping those intentions around the season I am in, instead of worrying about what’s to come later in the year. It’s the way that Gemma and Annie have both approached their year, and it makes complete sense.
So, here’s to the rest of January. To doing those nourishing things that belong in January. I will be reading, hibernating under blankets, cooking, and remembering the importance of slowness. I’ve been making marmalade, sowing broad beans, watching favourite tv show and old films and walking in the woods. I’m writing letters to old friends, doing a bit of sewing and slowly filling the schedule for my Makers’ Day. And remembering that there is plenty of time. My overall intention is this: I will fill today with just enough for today.
And I’ll leave the rest until the time is right …
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden