new year’s plans and good intentions
I’ve found in the past few years that, while I’m fired up to begin the new year, actually getting things rolling takes me a couple weeks.
I am a person who thoroughly enjoys the promise of a fresh start and, yes, I do set goals at the start of every new year. Around our house, though, we sit around the fire on New Year’s Day, recall our favorite moments of the past year, burn any regrets or things we just want to let go, and then we declare our resolutions – except we call them Hopes & Dreams.
worth 365,000 words…
One thing I have got off the ground already for 2020 is a renewed commitment to daily creativity: the 365 Project.
If you’ve read the Welcome to Wildflower post, you know that my first 365 project (and blog avantgarden365) changed my life and shaped my artistic process of seeking out beauty in everyday subject matter.
The photos you see in this post are the first nine days of 2020. If you’d like to follow along daily, please follow me on Instagram @terrarathai.
There, you’ll also find more commentary on the images.
The practice of taking photos everyday is like a sketchbook for me. It’s a place to explore, push myself to see with fresh eyes, experiment, fail, play and commit to the rigors and revelations of any daily practice.
Some days, the last things I want to do is pick up my camera and try to discover something worth seeing in the same, ordinary, everyday surroundings of our home and neighborhood.
But, I do it anyway.
Seeing with an awakened eye, being open to beauty and discovery in the most familiar places, has become both an artistic and a spiritual way of being. It’s my brand of mindfulness – being present in the moment.
The daily photos also become a journal, a visual record of the places we’ve been, the way we’ve grown and changed, and the things that matter to us.
And, then, sometimes, it’s purely for fun!
There is nothing more earnest in a post about good (new year’s) intentions, than a green smoothie, is there? It’s the breakfast I turn to when I’m getting S E R I O U S about my health and fitness.
The fact that I drink it from a 20oz. beer glass tells you a little something about how I see the concept of “balance” in that part of my life…
On any given day, there are subjects I’ll turn to. Subjects that manage to be ever-changing and always new no matter how many times I’ve seen them. The sky is almost always a sure thing. The endless variety of cloud forms, light and color, mood and movement are always the stuff of wonder. And, although we see it every day, it is certainly worth looking at.
To follow along with the daily photos throughout the year, follow my person Instagram @terrarathai. And for even more everyday wonder, follow the blog @wildflowertheblog. Until next time, keep on turning.
Just in time for the Lunar New Year on Saturday (wink, wink), I’ve put together a playlist full of energy, hope, determination, dreams and rock ‘n’ roll. OK, 2020, let’s go!
begin (06: january 2020)
Start Me Up | The Rolling Stones
Setting Forth | Eddie Vedder
Changes | Langhorne Slim & The Law
Running Down A Dream | Tom Petty
What’s the World Got in Store | Wilco
Fire Starter | Honeysuckle
You’ll Be Bright – Innovacation Part 1 | Cloud Cult (*MN Band)
Awake | Freedom Fry
Don’t Stop | Fleetwood Mac
Brand New Day | Van Morrison
My Silver Lining | First Aid Kit
Let The Good Times Roll | JD McPherson