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When it comes to New Year's Resolutions I tend to be a bit skeptical...

The whole New-Year-New-Me thing just doesn't seem to stick year after year.

Would you agree?

Or are you a stickler for that January 1st-Fresh-Start?

I'm with you, it is nice to have somewhere to draw the line from old to new, 2022 to 2023, and possibly habits you dislike and ones you would prefer to have, but why do we put this practice off for the New Year?

Why only once a year?

Personally, I like using the Solstices and Equinoxes to reevaluate my intentions and practices 4 times a year.

It just feels more natural, and in-tune with the seasons to have self-reflection on these four days, and it takes some of the pressure off of the New Year.

I already keep a journal on a somewhat regular basis, so it works well to make sure I write these four times per year and really delve deep into where I have been, where I am now, and where I want to go.

Since today is the Winter Solstice, I won't make resolutions per-se, but I will take some time to write down ways in which my life does and does not reflect my intentions. I will list out things I would like to improve on and directions I would like to focus on taking in the next few months as the days start to shift from darker to lighter.

This feels more positive to me, than setting goals I know deep-down may not be realistic or sustainable.

Realizing that the days will be getting longer from now until June helps me to feel inspired- rather than overwhelmed. The focus becomes using that extra bit of daylight every day to become more of the person I want to be, and to do things I value, rather than acting out of subconscious habit.

Bringing awareness to my actions and re-aligning my intentions with what I am doing, is something I make an effort to do for a good amount of time on both Solstices and Equinoxes.

What are your New-Year or Solstice Rituals?

One of the things I need to re-align in my life this winter is my diet.

This year my diet really changed a lot through my pregnancy. There were things I simply could not stand to even smell- one of those was coffee and I still can't stand to drink it. (I'm actually so grateful for this aversion that has seemed to stick so far!)

I would say I generally shifted away from eating lots of fruits and vegetables because they were so unpalatable and towards the end were giving me outrageous heartburn.

I have since noticed a negative difference in my health, which I believe to be due to a lack of fruits and vegetables lately.

So one of the things I am focusing on this season is eating more fruits and vegetables that are

1) In-season


2) Locally produced.

How do I pull this off in the Winter?

My awesome friends at EAT Wyoming!

LeAnn Miller, fondly known as "The Veggie Lady" in Casper Wyoming, puts together produce boxes using products from all over Wyoming, and sometimes other nearby states too.

A Veggie Share from the Veggie Lady is an option to add-on to our CSA this winter.

It is unbelievably affordable, and having fresh vegetables and sometimes fruits delivered to your door, is a sure-fire way to add some fresh produce into your life. I'm a cook-by-what's-in-the-fridge kind of person, so when I have veggies on-hand I use them!

If you are more of the meal-planning type, the Veggie Lady sends out recipes to go with the box contents as well!

EATWyoming makes cooking with veggies so easy, and they deliver to my door every month. I LOVE it!

If you are a 2023 CSA Member with us, you can add a Veggie Share to your subscription and have your veggies delivered with your CSA monthly along with several other Add-On options HERE.

I hope you thoroughly enjoy the rest of the shortest day of the year!

Merry Christmas!

-BJ and the Taste of the Wind Crew

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