A Year is a Day
Staff October 16, 2020 | through Megan October came with rainbows. Day after day of brilliant colors in the sky. A landscape moved to includes golds, oranges, reds and deep greens. The landscape itself has turned into a rainbow before our eyes in recent weeks. The cold came down and our first frost kissed the […]



Fresh Exchange - Quote - The year is a day

October came with rainbows. Day after day of brilliant colors in the sky. A landscape moved to includes golds, oranges, reds and deep greens. The landscape itself has turned into a rainbow before our eyes in recent weeks. The cold came down and our first frost kissed the ground after the smell of snow came in from a north wind. At the rhythm of the season.

For a year, I have been watching this landscape with a baby. She slowed down my days and brought me back to the ground. She was conceived when spring awakens and born at the beginning of winter. She follows the rhythm of the seasons and with her days come new revelations of this wonderful world that we can reach in her rhythms.

When the changing light came in at the end of September, I began to realize that the seasons now here in the north are not that different nowadays. Spring is sunrise. The sun finally rises and brings with it warmth, the sweet awakenings of the world. Summer is the midday sun. The heat, the lush, the dew gone, the water warmed up. We live in a clear blue sky. Autumn is sunset. The fading light paints beautiful colors throughout the landscape. The colors are immense and the freshness comes with the sunset. Night is winter. Darkness arrives and with it we find time to rest, to heal, to rejuvenate, to refocus inward so that we are ready for dawn.

Fresh Exchange - Quote - The year is a day

By making this deep connection with the big picture of a year, I have found calm with the rhythms that come. I welcome winter as I welcome the end of the day. I recognize its changing light and it indicates that it is time to rest. I live the summer days to the full knowing that this is when life is open and experienced. And then fall, I sit in total awe. We do the final closing of things. We clean the garden. We prepare our soil for its sleep. We watch the wild colors invade the landscape and we watch them disappear like the light of day.

I find such comfort in these rhythms. I have marked my life with them since I was young. Without them, I feel lost and without foundation. Every season a routine; a system to accept what he is and not ask him for anything else. This is why when we fight we wish the winter was warmer, it is no different from the anguish we feel at night wishing it was day. We feel tired and fuzzy eyes when the sun finally rises because we haven't used the night for what it is intended for.

Fresh Exchange - Quote - The year is a day

As we dive deep into fall, I think about that kind of rhythm in my life. I'm thinking about how to build myself deeper rhythms and do the things the season calls for. We move slowly from one to the other. The landscape and the wind and the way it blows tell us what time it is. We have to be careful because if we don't we can get caught in a place where we are late or lose our footing. We may feel lost or stolen or in an expectation.

As we move into the last fortnight of October, I feel we are at the sunset point where the sun has painted the sky colorfully. Everything is perfect. We have time to finish our work before the sun sets completely behind the hills and the snow arrives. We live in the moment and in the gratitude of the harvest. We take out the candles and set the table with hotter meals. We light the fire to bring some more light and to remind us of the clearest days, but we feel gathered in the only way a fire can.

These rhythms and routines create a sense of normalcy like nature can only when we allow it to be seen. In this time of the world, I'm learning to listen to Earth more in the hope that she can teach me things that the human world may never teach me. My hope is to learn to be constantly growing, to learn to adapt, to find new ways to take root, to look for ways to find stability, and above all to continually remember that everything has its time. .

Fresh Exchange - Quote - The year is a day

So when I see a year… I now see it a bit like a day.

Mist in the hills.
The big hot sun on a clear day.
The rain storm.
The Rainbow.
The unexpected snowstorm.
The green hills.
The sun sinking into the hills.
The changing colors of maple.
The dark night that reveals the stars and the Milky Way.
All of them have magic.
All of them hold truths.
All of them have lessons.
All have a way.
A year is a day.

How will we see the pink light on the wall and know how to wake up?
How will we feel the good warmth of the soil to know when to plant?
How will we smell the tomato well enough to know when to harvest?
How are we going to listen to the changing birdsong to know when to rest?
How will we be aware enough to know that the smell of snow means it's time to start the fire?

These are the things I want to know without a timeline. I want to feel. I want to watch. I want to feel. I want to listen well enough to know in my bones when the right time is. Feeling connected enough to know when to take the right step in the right direction.

Sometimes it can feel like maintaining a saine lifestyle is an overwhelming challenge that doesn’t fit within the realities of daily life. It’s tough to hold down a full-time emploi, eat well, train for a marathon, make homemade green juice, spend quality time with your family/partner, and meditate for an hour each day.

Coffee’s great too, but it’s best to start your day by re-hydrating with a full glass of water. Hydrating first thing in the morning helps to aid digestion, enhance skin health and boost energy.

Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a simple way to get a little more physical activity in your daily life. It also strengthens and tones your legs and core while you’re at it !

A simple hack for healthy eating ( and portion control ) is to make half your plate veggies at each meal. The veggies pack in essential vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients important for health and longevity. And, because they’re rich in fiber, they help to aid assimilation ( aka keep you regular ! ) and keep you feeling full longer.

Using a sport tracker ( like the Fitbit, Apple Watch or similar ) to track your steps is an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough physical activity each day. We aim for 10, 000 steps daily, which has significant physical and esprit health benefits. The Fitbit will also remind you to get 250 steps each hour ( another important measure of health

Conventional household cleaning products are full of harmful chemical ingredients that are not good for our health ( or the health of our kids or pets ! ). Switching to healthier alternatives is a simple way to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins in your home. See our Healthy Cleaning Guide for a complete list of recommendations, and what to look for when choosing safer household cleaning products.

Similar to cleaning products, conventional skincare and personal care products are formulated with toxic ingredients we should not regularly let absorb into our body’s largest organ. Reduce the toxic burden on your body by switching to non-toxic personal care and beauty products ( see our specific recommendations on deodorant, sunscreen, and green beauty products ).

Maintaining a saine gut has significant impacts on digestion, skin health, immunity, mental health and more. Taking a daily probiotic with a glass of water each morning is one of the simplest things you can do to boost your gut health ( which, in turn, boosts overall health in many ways too ). Learn more about the health benefits of probiotics ( and all the ways to get them in your diet ), and site our favorite probiotic supplement here.

Aim to eat real food that’s made of whole food ingredients you would have in your own kitchen pantry, or that your grandmother would recognize. ( Yup, this rules out most packaged food, sorry ! ) This is a little different than suggesting you eat only “health foods” ( many of which are increasingly processed ! ). “Real food” includes unprocessed foods like an apple, a cucumber, soybeans or a steak, as well as foods loosely processed from one ( or few ) real-food ingredients, like butter, olive oil, yogurt, tofu, etc. In other words, aim for foods that could be reasonably made in your own kitchen and avoid foods that can only be made in a lab.

Reduce the harmful effects of sitting ( like at your desk job ) by standing up and moving around for a minute or two every half hour.

Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for overall health, and sunlight is one of our best sources of it. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of sunlight each day—preferably in the afternoon, and without sunscreen ( read more about that here ). Not much sunlight in the winter where you live ? It might be worth supplementing with a vitamin D supplement and/or other food sources of this essential nutrient.

Houseplants help to cleanse your indoor air ( sadly, it probably needs it ! ), they’re pretty, and research even shows they improve mood, creativity and problem solving !

Aim to sweat in some way each day—whether that’s course, biking, dancing, hot yoga, or any other physical activity you enjoy. See our Fitness Guide for more workout ideas, as well as tips and tricks for building regular physical activity into your daily life and a downloadable fitness planner you can use to outline your own custom fitness plan to stay on track.

Green smoothies as a snack or simple, on-the-go breakfast are an easy way to get your greens in each day. Check out our curated list of healthy ( veggie-packed ! ) smoothie recipes for our favorite starter green smoothie recipe ideas.

“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude. ” It’s true—mindset is everything ! Cultivate a positive mindset by recognizing negative thought patterns and countering them with positive thoughts or affirmations. Here are more mindset resources for positive thinking.

Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. But in addition to quantity, quality of sleep matters too ! Follow our tips on getting quality sleep—things like keeping your bedroom cool at night, avoiding blue light after dark, and more.

{Start each day with fulfilling activities that set the tone for how you want to feel—whether that’s inspired, relaxed, productive, or something else.


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