Thinking about my New Year resolutions, it seems only fitting to look to the trees for inspiration. I love all trees; some are special features in my garden and some mark different memories of my woodland. All of them have their own unique character so it’s no surprise they each hold some symbolic meaning and represent a feeling, attribute or essence.
Imagination ∗ Vision
Being a parent means you get to experience life again through the innocence and awe of young children. I love their imagination and vision. Listening unobserved to their play, watching them transform the most mundane of objects into magical worlds is inspiring and a reminder of what really matters. This one is for my little willow saplings, I vow to listen more and take inspiration from your untarnished wisdom. I also want to take the time to cherish every hug, cuddle, kiss and ‘I love you’.
Endurance ∗ Passion
With three young children our energies are taken up dealing with the needs, demands and wants of our little ones. Sometimes it feels like we have become solely parents. Now our children are growing more independent of us, I would like to draw upon the alder’s endurance in managing my parental duties to allow some adult time to creep back in. This one is for my husband, let 2015 be a year of passion!
Strength ∗ Stability
We have an old oak on the edge of our wood, just at the entrance to the secret field. It marks the start of many adventures. For me the strength and stability of the oak symbolises our tight little family unit. I’m happy in my woods but I’m even happier still when we’re all there together to enjoy adventures as a family. Here’s to more family outings and the new adventures that 2015 will bring.
Love ∗ Generosity
This is about extended family, watching the relationships grow between our girls and their cousins; watching the special bonds between aunties, uncles and their rascal nieces grow strong. It is about having a special Nana who spoils them rotten and believes they are little angels who can do no wrong. Our extended family is spread over England, Wales and as far as Canada but each one is so important in our girls’ lives. I hope 2015 will give us more opportunities to get together.
Expression ∗ Connection
I am blessed to have a group of friends who share our love of the outdoors, those who have seen our little woodland paradise grow and shared many laughs at our children’s muddy antics. This group have become our ‘Woodland Warriors’ and I value the friendships of likeminded, caring (slightly mad) people. The woods give our children the chance to run wild, to express themselves freely and connect with nature. I endeavour to create many more adventures for my Woodland Warriors in 2015.
Action ∗ Protection
It’s been a really hard year at work, the hardest time a teacher could ever face (OFSTED invasions for those in the know!) But work provides the stability and protection we need to have a happy family life and I’m thankful to have a good job. I’m also blessed with fabulous colleagues who keep me sane when it all gets a bit crazy. This year I want to take more positive action at work and bring back some of the fun.
Creativity ∗ Inspiration
2014 will always be special as I started off on a new venture to write some of the stories I made up for the girls. This led to a whole new world of social media, blogs and meeting a creative group of writers and artists. I am amazed by the friendships that have developed in this strange cyber world but also I am thankful for the understanding and support of the friends who I’ve never even met in real life. I get most of my writing inspiration from being in our woods, so for 2015, I wish for more opportunities to gather inspiration woodland style, and I would love to publish some stories.
Beginning ∗ Renewal
The silver birch has always been a magical tree for me; I once bought one for my husband as a birthday present and it now grows strong outside his window. It seems quite fitting that it should represent new beginnings and renewal so as we wave goodbye to 2014 I would like to bring in the New Year with peace, hope and a little silver birch magic.
I finish with a quote I discovered floating around the Twitterverse. In 2015, I vow to see only a forest of friends, a school of saplings and a workplace of trees to be trained.