Wintering

Dust of Snow

The way a crow

Shook down on me

The dust of Snow

From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart

A change of mood

And saved some part

Of a day I rued.

-Robert Frost

I have always loved the side of winter that is surrounded by the glow of a thousand Christmas lights, but come Jan that glow is gone and winter feels like trampled snow, cold dirty and never ending. That is why when I came across the book “Wintering : The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times” by Katherine May I was thrilled at the idea of someone trying to relate to winter in a different way. We used the concept of embracing the dark cold times in your life and re-contextualizing these moments to inspire us to live intentionally during every season of our life as the framework for the first three months of the year.

Many animals and plants use the winter time to rest and rejuvenate in order to come back in the spring ready to take on another year. We can do the same. This time of year can become one of preparation where we learn how to live joyfully and carry that throughout the rest of our year. The goal of the balance project for the first three months this year is to focus on “wintering”, embracing the difficult times for what they are, a change to grow and adapt and become stronger. Each month will have a theme that ties into the Wintering concept:

Restore-January
Hibernate- February
Prepare-March

2020 has been a challenge; (understatement of the year) and it may seem difficult to frame this new year in terms of joy but even small steps towards relating to a season you usually find to be long and dark is a step in the right direction.

Fall Bucket List 2020- COVID Safe

No matter where you are, Autumn can be such a fun time for traditions. One we always do in the New England area, is apple picking. This may seem crazy to some, to pay an inflated price to pick your own apples, but it is such a fun Fall activity, and we do it every year. With activities looking very different due to COVID, our bucket list for the season changed a bit. Less parties (unless virtual), no Harvard football game, and trick or treating on Beacon Hill is out. BUT there are still so many fun and cozy traditions to be made! Here’s our pandemic friendly Fall bucket list: 

Fall Bucket List

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  • S’mores by the fireplace
  • Paint pumpkins
  • Make pumpkin spice golden milk
  • Take a nature walk to see Fall leaves
  • Cozy up for a read-a-thon day
  • Take family photos 
  • Visit a corn maze
  • Make a gratitude tree
  • Go thrifting for a few new cozy Autumn pieces for wardrobe or home (online or in-person where safe)
  • Bake butternut squash bread
  • Go for a scenic drive
  • Apple picking with cider donuts
  • Have a food prep day and stock freezer with chile, soups and breads
  • Mail a care package to a loved one
  • Vote
  • Have a candlelit dinner
  • Collect leaves, pinecones, and acorns and make a fall craft
  • Throw a football at the park
  • Donate a coat to a coat drive
  • Learn about ancestors for dia de los muertos
  • Have a game night with family/roommates

30 Fun Ways to Move Your Body

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Joyful Ways to move your body

  1. Turn on a playlist of songs and dance!
  2. Take a walk around the block, take photos of your neighborhood as you do
  3. Take the stairs but listen to music as you do
  4. Walk a dog
  5. Walk or Bike to brunch instead of drive
  6. Do an online workout with friends before hanging out
  7. Yoga with Adriene YouTube video
  8. Play basketball
  9. Hula hoop
  10. Hike
  11. Pushups/sit-ups during a t.v. commercial break (or every 20 minutes during a movie)
  12. 7 minute workout (this is the app I use)
  13. Go to a pool and play water games
  14.  Make out with someone/have sex (had to include it 😉
  15. Deep clean your house while listening to a favorite podcast or album (save it for just when you clean so it’s motivating 😉
  16.  Throw on some spandex and do good old fashioned aerobics (jumping jacks, kicks, prancercise etc.)
  17.  Kick a soccer ball around with a friend
  18. LAUGH
  19.  Do just the stretches that feel good to you. Breath deeply during the stretching.
  20. Jump on a trampoline
  21. Go shopping (it’s true-it can burn calories). No purchases required.
  22. Put on a YouTube karate video and pretend you’re the karate kid
  23.  Play at a playground (just bring a kid, or go off hours so you’re not that creepy adult…)
  24. With support, try a handstand
  25.   Play a yard game with friends (tag, red rover, capture the flag, etc)
  26.  Sit on an exercise ball while hanging out, to engage core
  27.  Doorbell ditch treats to neighbors. Bonus points if you tuck and roll out of there to avoid being caught.
  28. Try partner yoga for a fun challenge
  29.  Run around with your kids, nieces/nephews, grand kids, or pet kid (plant kids do not work as well for this activity)
  30.  Stand in the sun, reach your arms up to the sky, breath deeply, and be grateful for your body.

I’m feeling better already! 😉

-Rachael

Backyard Kind of Fancy

I have the very good fortune of having a sister who is in a culinary arts program. Any time she needs us to try something for her I am first in line! She also likes to throw dinner parties a few times a year. This year’s Spring dinner was epic!

 

 

Nothing brings people together more than good food and my family and I really take advantage of this time. I remember when I was little, dinner time was sacred; no books (the equivalent to iphones now) allowed at the table-everyone needed to be present and engaged. I am so grateful that my parents instilled this in us so that now when we have the chance to get together and enjoy a good meal we take it.

The art of sitting down to a meal together and really taking the time to visit is still alive and well in many cultures, countries, and families. If this is not something that is a familiar look in your house take some time to figure out how to make it work-it is worth it!

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