Much as I wish it were otherwise, work often gets the better of me and my time writing here becomes limited, if not nonexistent. Such was the case this last semester – I had quite a few students (and lots of grading), an extra writing project to complete, and various other bits and pieces of life getting in the way, some lovely and some challenging. Happily, the semester’ winding down and I have a good bit more time on my hands. Of course, there are new classes to prep and conference papers to write and hopefully some publishing to do, but I feel like I’m surfacing again as I relish the slower pace of these last few weeks and ponder what else I’d like to do with some of my time.
One thing – a big, general thing – that’s front and centre in my mind is stepping up my sustainability and resilience game a bit more. I’ve allowed the craziness of the last semester to let me slip a bit in terms of some of the standards to which I hold myself. I need to take some time to get back to basics and build some new habits. There’s a lot of room for things like producing less trash, reducing what I consume, eating lower on the food chain, and growing and producing more of what I eat and use. I’m also excited at the prospect of simplifying my life a bit more. Just yesterday I took a huge load (huge enough to actually be kind of embarrassing) of books and clothes to the thrift store for donation, and I’m only just getting started. I’m hoping to spend a bit more time on projects that help with these goals and a bit more time here writing about them. Living more lightly is something that’s always on my mind and I see the summer break as an excellent time to put theory a bit more into practice in a meaningful way.