In late 2013, I found myself drunk with possibility. So long, stinky 2013! It’s time for a new year! A new life! I concocted about 100 new year’s resolutions. Start rock climbing! Paddle board all summer! Learn to kayak! Eat a ridiculously clean diet! Plant and grow more food! Read 52 books! Purchase all clothes second hand! Fix up the bike and ride it everyday! Cook dinner at home every night! Remember every niece and nephew’s birthday! Be a better person! Stop eating so much cheese! Have never-ending patience! Do more yoga! Train your dogs to not act bananas! Slow down! Quit caffeine!
You may have guessed that my list was a little too long and ambitious. The new year hit and I realized that I needed to manage my expectations. Sadly, I can’t do it all. Maybe I wouldn’t want to – who wants a life without caffeine? So, first step: whittle down the list to my priorities. Second step: learn how to make things happen. I did what any linguistic learner would do. I read some helpful articles and blog posts about how to actually make resolutions work. It’s all about systems and support, my friends!
I broke down my resolutions into manageable chunks, and have hacked away at them by asking for support and by creating systems that I can use to tweak my schedule. It’s almost spring, so now the focus is on things I can do outside. I am going to build my gardening skills. Luckily, I work at the Library, which offers a plethora of tools to do just that. We have a great collection of gardening and cookbooks. We also have actual gardens and a seed library. And we have programs to help us become better, more sustainable gardeners. On Saturday, March 15th, in collaboration with Grow Pittsburgh and Phipps Conservatory, we will offer our second annual Seed Swap. This is a great way to get you motivated for the gardening season. In addition to the actual swapping of seeds, there will be workshops. We’ll have a seed starting workshop at 12 pm and a seed saving workshop at 1pm next door in the Oversize Room.
So don’t get overwhelmed by resolutions or by the fear of finding a way to work gardening into your schedule. All you must do is come to the library. We have you covered with the support you need to become a great gardener.