|Gratuitous squirrel photo, because I love squirrels!|
I love the fact that everything in the herb room now has a place to be put away which will keep my table from becoming a catchall of things to be put away "when I have time." I also found a whole box of files and notes I created for blog posts and new products. I knew they were somewhere!!
|I love winter so I take as many photos now as in the summer!|
One of the things that spurred my desire to simplify this year is that I want to spend more time traveling and experiencing things and I cannot do that if I am tied to cleaning or my tasks take twice as long.
I crafted a list of things to do in 2019 (it was supposed to be instead of new year resolutions,) but like a new year's resolution I did not make it through very many, so I decided to continue it in 2020 and make sure I had no "time excuses" to avoid doing them. Some of them are silly, some are fun, some are ideas to try to get my mind to stay active, and others are a bucket list.
Here is the list -- wanna try them with me?
- Learn to make a great Mocktail -- seriously I have a whole program on that now!
- Find a regular or one time event -- This we chose to be the Porter County Garden Expo (it was not held in 2019 so we went January 25, 2020)
- Get a scooter and have fun
- Take a famous hike
- Make ravioli from scratch
- Take an online learning course - just did that in January OLAB - a decluttering starter
- Shop somewhere you have never shopped before - we accomplished this at Christmas visiting a town called Lewisburg, WV
- Enjoy a cultural event for a culture not your own
- Cut something from life that doesn't serve you
- Take a spontaneous trip (or train)
- Visit a public garden and take a selfie
- Create something with your own hands
- Attend a flea market
- Grow a plant you never have before
- Swap coffee for green tea for a week (or maybe mine should be swap black tea for green tea for a week)
- Keep a bullet journal or garden journal
- Cook a recipe you have pinned
- Research something, not using the internet
- Try a food you are afraid of
- See fireworks somewhere new
- Learn or teach a game
- Attend a program at your local library
- Go stargazing / appreciate a solar event
- Join a club
- Go Geocaching
- Thank someone who helped you
- Buy a National or State Park Pass
- Support a local band or organization by going to as many shows as possible
|An accidental park find in Illinois|
I am working on a book series which was actually requested by my lecture participants and others I speak to about herbs -- Herbs are Easy. I am going to break herb use and growing into simple bits and explain techniques and share recipes and prove to everyone how easy it is to incorporate herbs into your life. The books will be small, easy to carry, quick to read and easy to use. The first two should be out just in time to be used with my programs at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show (March 18 to 22, 2020.) I am featured Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 pm.
So now you know my plans for 2020, share yours with me!