Are you settling into 2015?
It’s hard to believe just one short month ago marked the start of a new year. The holidays and their aftermath can be a chaotic whirlwind, paired with festive parties and busy schedules. It’s always an anticipated part of the year, but it’s easy to get wrapped up in the frenzied nature of it all. January is a great time to reflect on all that was, and all there is to come in the new year.
And then there’s February: the calm after the storm. It’s an interesting month, and can be hard to characterize — especially here in Wisconsin. It doesn’t have the same fresh, new quality as January, but we haven’t quite made it to early spring and all that a new season brings. The bright snow has turned to slush, and frigid temperatures are just beginning to warm up (sometimes!).
Settling into this month can feel comfortable in a positive way, but also, unfortunately, brings a sense of relaxation that has the potential to slow momentum and drive toward recently formed New Year’s resolutions and goals.
The content in the following pages of Nature’s Pathways is fresh and new each month, but like February, holds easy, comforting favorites that you can always count on. Monthly staples like Healthy Kids, Healthy Pets, Herb Blurb and Healthy Eating are among several articles that will provide new motivation and the tools to continue the momentum that started 2015.
If one of your missions this year is to learn to self-love and self-care, pay special attention to “Self-love and the healthy ripple effect,” by Emily Niesen (she also provides a delicious recipe for Portobello Open-Faced Sandwiches in this issue!). Are you working on becoming more organized? “The emotional baggage of clutter,” by Jeanine Hanson Lewis is the perfect read to get you started.
Maybe being conscious of your health is a new goal. We’ve got you covered! Did you know snails have over 25,000 teeth? Amy Sergeant, D.D.S., offers fun crafts for kids and more cool facts in, “Children’s Dental Health Month.” In “Heart work,” Deb Freeman takes a more spiritual approach to health and focuses on how to stop fear from defining you.
We’re looking forward to really delving into 2015, and experiencing all February has to offer.
The Nature’s Pathways Team