16 Hours of Sunlight: A Manifesto

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No one tells the flowers to bloom and grow in springtime–they just know. The air warms, the sky brightens, and they open their faces, turn heavenward, and reach for the sun. Like these blossoms, the arrival of balmy spring air and long-lit days are stirring me to action.

Here in the Upper Left Coast, during the depths of winter, daylight lasts from roughly 8 am until 4 pm. Since I work a standard schedule, I pretty much never saw the light of day during a regular work week. But spring and summer are flipping the script on this pervasive darkness and on the longest day of the year, June 21, the sun will rise at 5:12 am and set at 9:11 pm. Do the math: sixteen lovely long hours of sunlight. I intend to maximize every minute.

I promise to rise early to make the most of each day. I promise to strap on my running shoes with the rising of the sun. I promise to spend every Sunday in the great outdoors and I promise to finally wear out my hiking boots. I promise to eat weekend breakfasts on the patio. I promise to get some dirt under my fingernails plant things that will grow. I promise to soak up as many sunsets as I can because the sunsets here are phenomenal. I promise to go barefoot whenever possible. I promise to watch outdoor movies at dusk. I promise, no matter what might be lacking in my life, to simply live.

February 2014: Looking Forward

In terms of the goals I set for January, I only accomplished a couple, namely finishing a small knitting project and reading Jeanette Haien’s The All of It. February is all about re-learning to focus. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the past few weeks related to making goals that are achievable and that matter for me right now. Reading and knitting are all well and good, but the purpose of this goal-setting exercise is all about getting on track for the life I’ve envisioned for myself. Without further ado, here’s how I plan to keep it moving forward in February 2014: Continue reading

January 2014: Looking Forward

If I’m being honest, part of my hope in starting to blog about my daily life is to inspire myself in little ways to focus on choosing fulfillment over less satisfying pursuits. In effect, I want to live a life worth writing–and reading–about. As I look forward to the first month of 2014, I’m making a list of short-term goals and posting them here to keep myself accountable. In January, I plan to keep things pretty simple and start small. Continue reading