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Thursday, December 31, 2015

'prune' my one little word for 2016

So 2015 draws to a close and what an incredible year its been. With my trip to Africa and Annie's trip to China it will be a hard year to top.

For the last two years I've been using Ali Edwards 'One Little Word' concept to live by. Click on the link and Ali can explain. I haven't done her workshops as my one little word venture has just been for me.  In 2014 my word was 'No' but used in a positive way. In 2015 my word was 'Seek' and that fitted perfectly in oh so many ways

For 2016 my word is 'Prune'. Not the fruit, but as in to trim, to cut, to nurture new growth, to do away with the old wood. The word came to me when I was mowing my lawns and thinking about what am I going to do with time now that I'm not photographing families as part of my business anymore. Besides scrapbooking more than I have in the last couple of years due to lack of time, I need something else to stimulate me. And that's when 'Prune' came to me.

You see, I planted my gardens 15 years ago, when I had a blank canvas to start with. Kym and I scalped the front yard and started with bare soil to bring to life. This allowed me to plant a very low maintenance garden complete with automated watering systems and plants that didn't need a lot of attention. So when I was mowing my lawns it came to me that I hadn't once 'Pruned' my garden in all of the 15 years since I created it. So perhaps its time to give it a little attention. Besides the mowing and using Roundup I've done nothing else.That's what I call low maintenance.

And with further thought, 'Prune' can mean so much more. I can weed out time wasting activities and distractions from my life so I have more time to nurture my kids and family. That includes myself with caring for my ongoing shoulder/elbow/wrist issues. With careful and attentive pruning my close friends will remain rock solid and dear to me.

I'm sure as the year 2016 goes along, there will more occasions when 'Prune' will be relevant and applicable.

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