Above my pantry door hangs this sign admonishing, "Simplify"! It's the inspiration for some lifestyle changes I'm making, and going to make.
I've done the groundwork! I've cleared out unessential, excess possessions keeping only that which is useful, harmonious, and beautiful.
I'm working to "clutter clear" my diet by incorporating good fats - olive oil, fish oil, a bit of honest-to-goodness butter...more raw, natural foods, more fiber, fruit, veggies, yogurt, high-density nutritional foods, such as greens, herbs, and whole grains. And, organic, free-range eggs from my Chicken Girls!
To the positive, I already eat some of these things, and very little meat, but I'm looking to super-charge my diet to offset and delay factors of aging and illness that are creeping into my life.
Specifically, I want to reduce the stress and anxiety that resulted in a gastric ulcer and rheumatoid arthritis, and age-related degeneration and attendant osteoarthritis issues that have arisen in the past few years with the entry into my 60's.
I love my Home and lifestyle, but it has not been enough to prevent the stress and anxiety that our modern-day lives are subject to.
I'm looking to find ways to simplify, reduce, re-image, re-define, eliminate, re-structure, etc.
In addition to whole food, herbal, and nutritive additions such as naturally-derived, food-sourced vitamins, I'm incorporating exercise.
Hand-weights and yoga are prime indoor exercises for the Winter season that strengthen and maintain flexibility and help counter the effects of the "arthritises" and natural "contractions" and stiffening that is age-related.
In the "simplification" realm, I'm needfully addressing my gardens. I want to garden less but still enjoy the "fruits" and beauty of my gardens. I want to spend more time enjoying my gardens rather than being a slave to them. Still, I want fresh, organic food to share and enjoy.
To this end, I've hired some people who will take over some of the more strenuous aspects of gardening - deadheading all the gardens, and trimming the elm hedge, and trees, as needed.
I also plan to grow enough food for fresh, seasonal needs, restricting most of my veggie gardening to the big raised bed in the Kitchen Garden. I plan NOT to grow more than I need immediately or for longer term storage...this year.
In the past I've been helplessly inclined to plant, harvest, and preserve far more than I need or can give away! Excess abundance does mean more work and responsibility!!! Both of which I want to forgo.
Right now I've got at least two years worth of canned, dehydrated, and frozen foods on hand! So for the upcoming growing Season I plan to plant only for immediate use rather than rather than storage.
Doing so for this growing Season will cut down on both my watering requirements and the energy and effort of harvesting, preserving, and storing more food than I need.
This year's gardening goals are fresh, wholesome food, more flowers, little or no food preservation, and more "time outs" to enjoy the look and feel of my gardens. To sit in them, read, journal, nap, and enjoy the company of friends!
Keeping simplification to the forefront of my mind - aided by the sign above my pantry door - should help me stay on track!