I woke up this morning to a chilly 35 degrees outside. I headed out to my car, bundled up in gloves and coat and scraped ice off my windshield. But on my way home, the sun shined and beat down on me as I drove. My car heated up under its wrath and I had to remove my coat. It was a cool, sunny day and as my ride continued on, I admired the flowers starting to emerge and the trees growing back their leaves along the road.
Witnessing all this growth got me thinking about some steps I’d like to make for myself to help me grow and become a better person. One of those changes is to start eating healthier and with more intention. So I researched CSA’s today. CSA’s are essentially a way to get produce, meat, and more, straight from your local farmer. CSA’s are a great way to eat locally and support your community. They are also a source of healthy eating information and a pathway to seasonal eating. If you want to find out more about them, there is a great post over on thefreshexchange.com.
Among all this research, I started thinking about our garden. We recently moved and our first big project is establishing a garden on our land. I’ve been doing a lot of planning for it and it is something I am really excited to begin. Digging one’s hands into the soil, getting dirty, and putting in effort to produce something with your own two hands is really something. It cultivates the land and something within yourself. Watching your hard work grow into something that nourishes your mind and body is invigorating. Tilling the land gives it another chance. And that’s what spring is all about.
I love this time of year. There is something about spring that speaks to me. Spring is known as a time of change, a chance to start fresh. The earth resets itself and so do we. As I listen to the wind blow, it speaks to me. It tells me that now is the time to begin anew.
I think we all need a restart now and again. My life has been a series of ups and downs lately and it seems that now is the perfect time to click that reset button.
So I’ll sit on my porch and listen to the birds chirp. I’ll watch the sun set at eight in the evening. I’ll nurture my garden as it grows and water my abundant flowers. And as I breathe it all in, I’ll feel myself letting go and awakening refreshed and ready to take on this bright, new world.