Winter! The most Important Season??
Around this time of year I often get asked this question: “Ok…. so what do you do in the winter?”
Well, scheme and plan obviously!
In the horticulture world, we are often a few seasons ahead: In late summer we’re designing and ordering spring bulbs, and right now I’m elbow deep in designs and orders for summer containers. Outside my window is a winter wonderland, but inside, my computer screen is filled with new Coleus combinations and tropical foliage varieties, and my desk is covered with seed catalogs.
Sounds a little like paradise? Well yes…. But It’s actually not really jiving with my ‘Living Seasonal’ vibe that I’ve been trying to maintain....
It feels a little bit like cheating, and also tiring, like I’m in a perpetual state of ‘Wow Factor’ with no rest.
So I thought I’d take a moment to really appreciate winter. Take it all in. Witness the architecture of the trees against the sky and feel the stillness and quiet of the afternoon (the only sound the crunching of snow under my feet :)
My husband gave me a book about Hygge for Christmas- have you heard of it? Hygge is a Danish word (pronounced hue-gah) which exemplifies a way of being in the world that promotes mindfulness, comfort and simplicity. Think curling up by a fire with a cup of tea and a cozy blanket, and just appreciating the company around you. Um, loungewear and candles? Count me in!
Winter is an opportunity to go inside, to contemplate, to mull things over…to let our consciousness take a break from being overly hyper and ‘on’ all the time.
Let winter cleanse your palate of this past growing season, so you can refresh and hatch new plans and triumphant comebacks.
As 2017 ends and the new year approaches, let yourself have some real downtime. See what epiphanies arise from there.
(If your new year goal-setting routine includes creating a vision board, click here to see how I used one to manifest my experience at the Floret Workshop last year ;)
Have a beautiful New Year,