Whether homesteaders, preppers or survivalists, we all have a common connection with our environment. We are affected by the seasons as they change. We learn to change with the seasons. We plant differently, dress differently, carry different items, and are generally aware of different things around us in the different seasons. You might say we all live seasonally.
A friend and fellow blogger Kathie Lapcevic has written Homespun Seasonal Living – a great workbook to help us all connect with nature and the seasons in a more meaningful way.
You can use this workbook for every season. There are 12 lessons, each for a different week of the season.
In one section, Kathie recommends you keep a journal as a way to make seasonal living a priority. Gardeners, it’s a good tool for you to figure out the ebb and flow of the seasons so that you have better results with your planting, as well! She says to uses your senses and record everything you see, smell, hear, taste and touch. She also says to record how you feel (your “sixth sense”). Looking back, you will see how the season affected you, your mood and your general well being.
In another section, she talks about “blooming where we’re planted.” This one really hit home with me. You can dream about what you would love to have – a huge home on 40+ acres… a small home in the mountains… a lakeside cabin… but don’t forget to be thankful for where you are and what you have. Don’t let your dreams take you so high that you fall too hard upon the shore of reality. Stay in the moment while you’re dreaming. This was a problem for me for a LONG time. I was always daydreaming about being on a huge homestead, but when I opened my eyes, I was stuck in this tiny apartment. When I learned to do stuff HERE, I learned to balance the dream with my present reality. Things will change, I just have to let them.
There are sections for the seasonal kitchen, finding seasonal resources, and planning for the season ahead. The entire book is a constant stream of thought-provoking encouragement meant to drive you forward while keeping you rooted in the moment.
I recommend this eBook for anyone who needs to reconnect with nature, the season and yourself. There is a lot of self-growth to be found within yourself, and Kathie helps you along that journey!
You can purchase “Homespun Seasonal Living” on Kathie’s website for $8.50. Print it, keep it in your nightstand, and use it daily to keep yourself rooted and growing!Image Credits: Kathie Lapcevic