Easing into 2018

Weather is interesting. The deep freeze has made it more tiring to go outside. Just bundling up is an effort, and then dealing with the cold another. So I’ve limited my outdoorsyness, and also learned that I am not crazy to think this has been my frostiest winter yet. I had never seen my studio windows completely frosted over.

Now my windows are finally defrosting, I don’t have to wait hours on end for AAA to jumpstart my car, and I am actually heading to warmer climes for another post-Harvey purge trip.

I am taking steps to get some accountability with my new year’s goals, but am also realizing that I need to pace myself a bit. Instead of implementing wellness steps January 1, it will have to wait until the 22nd, and that’s OK.

It is so easy to want to do ALL the things right at the beginning of the year, but truthfully I haven’t finished processing the past year. So both administratively, physically and mentally there is some house cleaning to be done before I can genuinely launch into 2018.

Meanwhile, I am also looking at the Q1 opportunities and have applied to those of course. So several things are on the books for February and March that I will start promoting in the near future. But this week, I am still allowing myself to absorb life, rather than rushing ahead.

Several sources are telling me to chunk out my goals, instead of tackling every single one at once. It is also about picking what genuinely motivates you, rather than focusing on external factors for living the best life. I know from experience that unless I enjoy it, a goal will not have staying power. That goes for eating healthy foods, for exercise, and for other activities.

So I will focus on tailored plans for me, and will follow my intuition on what is the right path to pursue for wellness, work, and life.

Winterscape

It got frosty again last weekend.

brunchingangel

In spite of the freeze, the skies are gorgeous.

WinterSky

Old snow got shoveled and turned into its own sculpture.

icesculpture

Hibernating included having lovely icescapes on the windows.

ijspegel

It’s neat to see what the combination of heaters and ice create.

windowscape

My original angel perused the winter wonderland.

1stAngelIce

Another load of snow came on a quiet afternoon.

snowing

Another blanket freshened up the world.

snowedblanket

Prompting a midnight shift for this snowplow.

MidnightPlow

It’s supposed to melt a bit again by the end of the week.

icedroplets

Seasons have an art of their own.

Frosty beginnings

The new year is off to a frosty start with the ice queen paying a visit again.

Beauty

Her crown is a bit different this year, but still gorgeous. I watched Frozen for the first time over Christmas, and then read the orginal Snow Queen fairy tale.

Iciclecrown

In the real world we are facing crunchy ice-capades with cars as the mounds create ice boulders that make parking an issue. Nonetheless, it still looks festive in some places.

Berries

I like this Narnia-esque landscape in spite of the cold. The blanket of snow softens the winter a bit and creates a clean slate (fleetingly).

Narnia

Here’s to a 2016 full of possibilities and an abundance of inspiration from nature and other sources.

Lake