Clouds over the Smoky Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina. Taken in the late afternoon.
Where do I spend my time and energies? What do I need to focus on to bring along and develop? Wiktionary defines nurture as “that which nourishes; tender care, education, training”.
So what do I want to nurture this month?
- My photography and creativity
- My soul (spirituality)
- My body
For the next three weeks, those are the things I want to emphasize, grow, and develop. I didn’t put my family or pets on here, as I am already nourishing them.
For my photography:
- The classes I’m taking
- Investing in a new camera
- Blogging daily
- Decluttering the house more (it frees up physical and mental space)
- Taking better care of my body
For my soul:
- Praying regularly
- Doing my daily devotions (I use YouVersion for this)
For my body:
- Get back on my diet
- Walk daily
- Do 20 minutes of yoga each night (of course, tonight I was too tired and skipped it. . . again)
It looks beautiful, in the few minutes before the squash started to rot before they ripened and the vines died from powdery mildew. The tomatoes burst open from blight.
There are things I no longer want to nurture, mostly dreams and passions. I’m no longer interested in homesteading, gardening or food preservation. The garden totally didn’t work out despite repeated efforts (my husband think it’s not enough light in the yard). My husband is not interested in homesteading and I don’t have the time or energy to do it by myself.
I’ve cut back my writing. I don’t feel like sitting in front of a computer for hours on end to craft a book. It’s a great idea, but not for me at this time in my life. I want to record my life, so I’ve increased my journals and photographs. But writing anything else is not happening.
Cooking has also gone by the wayside. I simplified my diet as I lost weight, but there’s still a lot of cooking to be done. I’ve gone to cooking protein once a month and freezing portions for use later, supplemented by fish several times a week. I cook vegetables and a bit of carbs every other week. It’s not fancy, but it doesn’t have to be to nourish me without costing a lot of time.
So. . . photography / creativity, spirituality, and body. That’s what I want to nurture (nourish) this month.