Happy 2016!

The new year is upon us! I hope you’re excited by what 2016 has in store; we sure are over here at The 2016Family Tree! Since it will take some time to get used to everyday life again after all the excitement and festivities over the holidays, why not use that time to change your routine and get into some better habits? Even if you don’t make New Year’s resolutions, it’s still an excellent time to start fresh.

Organization – I don’t know about you, but my house still has Christmas gifts lying around looking messy! Going into 2016 with a plan for organization is a wonderful idea. In fact, the #1 New York Times bestseller is a book titled The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo. The key to successful organizing is going through everything and deciding what is worth keeping and what you don’t really need anymore. Kondo states “Having devoted more than 80 percent of my life to this subject, I know that tidying can transform your life.” Organizing your home and workspace will have a positive influence on your life, empowering you to make other changes as well!

Exercising – Maybe you want to work off all those sweets you ate over Christmas or maybe you’d just like to feel more fit. Either way, studies have shown that, on average, people who exercise regularly lead happier lives than those who do not exercise. Over here at The Family Tree, we tend to think that gardening is a superior form of exercise. Sure, gyms are nice, but nothing beats planting seeds and then watering, weeding, and caring for them until they are mature and bear a bumper crop of blooms or veggies!

sproutsHealthy Eating – After weeks of cookies and other Christmas treats, January can feel like a letdown. However, you can make that work to your advantage by changing to healthy eating habits. Gradually introducing low-fat, organic, and other good-for-you foods into your diet will make it easier to make the change. Another way to begin healthy eating is by growing some of your own food! Gardening was mentioned above as good exercise; why not combine the two and grow your favorite veggies and herbs?

Happy New Year from everyone at The Family Tree! We hope that you have a fantastic year and that at least one of your resolutions involves more gardening in your life! We have many great gardening ideas for the new year, so we can help with your outdoor endeavors by sharing some tips and tricks for successfully planting and caring for a healthy garden.