Dormancy is a universal strategy of getting through winter (at least that’s what I’ve been telling myself) and as I emerge from the groggy grasp of hibernation, each shedding layer serves as the signal to the new season. I was particularly inward these past few months - retreated, hunkered down and a bit slow moving - I’m not ashamed. When I wasn’t working, which is genuinely a narrow time frame, I regained focus through alone-time and by connecting with like-minded folks. I found daily “happy time,” restored my sleep and reconnected with things that I love (going to bed at 8:30pm, when I can, is definitely one thing I love). Barraged with chronic stress, these reflective days served as an antidote to my typical race-around routine. Somewhere within this lackadaisical disposition I found new energy, probably motivated through some much needed respite and relaxation. Heralded by warmer days and impossibly blue skies, I’m finally starting to wake up.
Renewal and fresh optimism are the harbingers of spring. With growth and change leading the charge, the calendar says it’s time to gracefully transition. In this month’s magazine we stacked the pages with stories to plant the seeds of goals and forward progression. It’s time to wipe the slate clean, get moving and start new [healthy] habits. It’s with this intention that we set out to Movement Terrain in Wilbraham, an epic full body obstacle course simulation that is equally as effective as fun. Owned and designed by Brian Miller, the unconventional fitness facility encourages camaraderie and motivates you to achieve something more than just a workout. In Stafford we get to know Yaakov Leeser, an experienced cook, a curator of pop-up style dinners, a student dedicated to the complexities of fermentation, and who wants help make local, seasonal, fresh food popular again. Later, we revisited Cold Creek Brewery, but this time at their new Tavern where craft beer and a fun menu boosts the slow-growing Ellington restaurant scene. In the spirit of a new season, we also explore regional CSA options, track down locally-tapped maple syrup, and share ideas to get out to enjoy some springtime events.
I love change - when I was little I used to spend hours rearranging the furniture in my room - satisfying these simple impulses still serve as a source of revitalization. I have this fear of stagnancy and when I get bored I lose motivation. As the natural world reemerges let the new season serve as the catalyst for positive shifts in your own life; even if it’s as simple as a change in mindset. Whether you’re inspired to redesign a room or yourself, embrace the sense of renewal spring has to offer. May your days ahead be happy and hopeful...cheers!