no new year resolutions here!

I don’t make New Year resolutions however, in recent years, I have chosen a word to guide my actions.  Sometimes this isn’t successful though and for 2015 I had to go back through Quinn McDonald‘s blog to find out what it was.  That hasn’t deterred me for choosing one for this year.  She wrote a great post of selecting your word here.

I chose the word ADVANCE . . . as a verb.  I’ve sat with it, considered it, for a week or two now and have changed it for the word ATTEND . . . again as a verb.  I will attend to now, attend to self-care, attend to my thoughts and listen to what is blowing in on the wind.  Nice and simple.  No earth-shattering leaf-turning changes . . . I will just attend, 100% as often as I can and forgive myself when I can’t.

There is a second idea I have for the year.  As I have most of what I need, more than what I need in some instances, I’m wondering how long it will be before I need something that isn’t a consumable . . . that includes books and art supplies, food and drink, basic clothing (public nudity isn’t welcome in my small corner of paradise), items to maintain the state of my house so it doesn’t fall down around my ears, and perhaps music.

Making basic art supplies . . . sticks of charcoal made from grape vine trimmings in a brazier (a large terracota flower pot wrapped in chicken wire so it doesn't fall apart).

Free basic art supplies . . . sticks of perfectly good charcoal made from grapevine trimmings in a brazier (a large terracotta flower-pot wrapped in chicken wire so it doesn’t fall apart).  The brazier was a gift couple of years back, the grapevine trimmings from my son’s house and the fuel was driftwood from the beach.

My needs are few and my wants can’t be bought.  Happy New Year to every one of you.

10 thoughts on “no new year resolutions here!

      • It’s true, there are no snakes and apart from a small bat there were no mammals prior to humans coming here about 800-1000 years ago. Then came the Maori with rats, mice and dogs and when Europeans arrived all hell broke loose with rabbits, wallabies and Australian possums, deer, pigs, cats, chamois, stoats etc. being introduced. Still no predatory mammals but the ones released have decimated the bird life . . . especially the ground dwelling kiwi. The only poisonous native spider is the katipo but bites are rare (related to the red-back but smaller, lives in the sand dunes usually but not seen one). The Australian whitetail spider seems to have found its way here as well.

    • Satisfaction is a grand feeling is it not?
      And the New Year . . . while it began here with such loud music, shouting and fireworks, the sound of which woke my grandhearts from their tent adventure in the garden, it has begun with a clear blue sky, no wind, birdsong, the sound of the surf, and, blessedly, sleeping children. Thank you for your New Year wish Grace . . . may you also have ease and always, enough.

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