Something to look forward to

Hello world!
July 14, 2020

You may find it relatable that once gardening season ends and the cold, grey weather starts, you start asking yourself why bother getting up in the morning. For the past few weeks I have been searching for inspiration to make each day worth living and I want to share with you what I found.

  1. Dianne Morris Jones’s Advent Calendar of Self-Care

Whereas commercial advent calendars can be labelled as “forced consumption”, as my husband put it, this one comes consists of activities made to help you feel great and be present this holiday season. I found I was actually more excited about this idea, especially when coupled with dark chocolate of my choice. Here is a link to Dianne’s PDF.

  1. Natalie Ellis’s Find Your Passion Workbook

The best inspiration kindles your intrinsic motivation. Natalie’s 12-page workbook is both manageable and effective, especially for people with long term goals who begin to question their desire to continue. Go to to have the workbook emailed to you.

  1. Persimmons and Pomegranates are in season!

When everything else goes out of season and your diet consists of root vegetables and apples, something new is quite welcome. You can keep enjoying these fruits at their peak of ripeness until February.

  1. Cleaning and Decorating

Tuck in your plants for their winter slumber, whether that be with some fluffy mulch, with little Styrofoam houses, young tree protectors or bringing them inside with you. Cut back plants that are not adding to your winter wonderland landscape, some of which may look great in planters or other areas (dried swamp milkweed stalks, for example). You should be left with some pretty satisfying results to look at for the next few weeks. Lay out some fairy lights on your desk, light a beeswax candle and contemplate your decorating theme for this year (I am thinking blue, white and gold).

  1. Holiday-themed Teas (or Coffees)

Credit to my husband for thinking of this one. You can either buy them ready or use this season’s teas as inspiration to mix up your own from dried fruits, herbs and spices.

  1. Flavoured Lip Balms and Hand Creams

‘Tis the season for chapped lips and dry hands. Make sure to also humidify your home, if necessary, and drink enough water for your body weight to minimize the damage. Lip balms and hand creams are very pleasant, I always secretly hope someone will gift me some healthy ones (and actually, I received some lip balm gifts last week. Wishes do come true!). Just make sure you are minimizing suspicious ingredients, such as aluminum, benzoate, fragrance (usually means phthalates), glycol, mineral oil, petrolatum, and of course, parabens.

I hope this list brought forth feelings of inspiration and creativity. I would love to learn what you look forward to during the winter months and try your ideas! Please leave some suggestions in the comment section. Have a good one, neighbours!

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