Chew Your Food


2021 is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I suppose I am in a bit of denial about this whole 2020 thing.


I’ve seen all kinds of posts about this year swirling around – some people want to burn it, some people are still stuck back in March, some are ready to erase the slate clean and start new in 2021. Others, myself included, have tried to put together the pieces to determine what all of this is really showing us about ourselves, as a collective society – and as individuals.


I’ve always been slightly amazed at the power of the New Year. I mean think about, we literally count down, create a mindset that has us pumped to crush our goals and we truly believe anything is possible in this ‘new beginning.’ And then what happens? We crush it, for a week, a month, who knows – maybe even the full year. I doubt that last scenario though, only because we are like the seasons. We bloom in some seasons, and in others – we are prepping the ground, preparing for the bloom. It ebbs and flows and so too does motivation.


But do you ever feel like we just need these new beginnings to feel reconnected to who we are, and why we are here?

I’ve never been a stranger to taking on more. From the time I was legally able to work, I got my first job at a state park. I wanted to learn the business, to connect with people – to be around nature. Well, no – at that time, I really just wanted a job so that I could earn some cash to pay for my cell phone and gas. But, semantics. Over the years, there has never really been a time in my life where I wasn't juggling a few really major goals.


I’m someone who wakes up some days, uninspired by life – and other days, so inspired that new ideas and goals fill my heart and spirit and carry me on to the next leg of the journey. I love the mystery of it all – which is cloaked in simplistic ‘in the moment’ reminders that all we ever really have is right here, and now.


When I really stop and think about nature, life, and the circle it creates to continue thriving and surviving – I can’t help but think about what it means to ‘let nature take its course.’ If we were to align with what we know is next and best for ourselves and then get the heck out of the way mentally, I truly do believe we would be able to enjoy those moments much more.