Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Spreading Wellness: Are you giddy about harvesting season?

Photo and harvest by: Jodi
L. Tervo Roberts, Owner of
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." 
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Fall. The time of change. Another season has passed, and another one is before us. For me, fall is harvesting season, but it is also a season for personal transformation...a time of healthy change and reflection.

Harvesting season brings me back to my childhood. When I was a little girl, harvesting started in July and ended in October. July marked the time of strawberry picking, then blueberry, and finally late fall was potato season. In between, I watched (and probably got in the way of) my Mom in our family garden. My favorite harvest was potato. We got to ride on the harvester, smell the fresh turned dirt and the damp, cool air, & feel the grit of the earth on the hands and beneath the fingernails. Potato season meant we were back in school, sports had started, and winter was coming. At the end of a day on the harvester, I loved being able to take a long, hot sauna, and wash all of the dirt down the drain. Aaah!

Now, I have a dream of growing most of my own food. I no longer have access to such acreage as my family farms had, nor a fantastic sauna, but rather, I have a small city lot, with insufficient dirt...and often seeds that do not produce. However, after 4 seasons of working on improving the soil, the gardens are beginning to flourish, and our freezer is slowly being filled with fresh greens and tomatoes. Our shelves are loaded with squash, and our potatoes, beets, and other roots are yet to be picked. But, thinking about digging these roots up, makes me giddy inside. Just thinking about the crisp fall air, the dirt under my nails, and ski season around the corner (I hope). School has started, my sports (although, different now) are in session, and the snow, it will fall before we know it.

With this new season before us, it is time to check in with our personal wellness, and make cognizant commitments to our personal goals. As a client recently told me, "the season where I want to just hunker down and become a hermit is coming, so I need to figure out how to stay active, so I can stay positive and healthy throughout this upcoming winter."
Week 4 of the fall 6 week series class, at the top of Ely's Peak!
We learned about positive habit formation and stretching on
this beautiful outing. :) For questions about our next outdoor
programs, email Jodi at info@e3twinports.com.

Yes, ask yourself, "What activities can I get involved in with the community?" "Should I create a habit of exercise by myself, or do I need to commit to a class?" If your answer was that you need a class, should this class be inside or outside? E3 has both. First, we are starting yoga and dance classes at the Fairlawn Mansion. Tonight is our FREE Open House from 5-6 p.m., and classes begin next week on Tuesday! Pre-registration is greatly appreciated, simply email Jodi at info@e3twinports.com to register. Details can be found here.

If you answered "outside" to the above question, then please stay tuned. We will be rolling out our next outdoor programs in the next couple of weeks.

Earlier, I referenced fall being a time of personal transformation. This is a time when I reflect upon the year passed, and ponder the seeds that I planted within myself, wondering if I need to water them so they can blossom over the winter, or allow them to go dormant, to re-plant in the spring.

And, as a person who strives to spread wellness, I want to "plant a seed in you," and ask you to ponder planting a simple little garden next year, or even this winter. Gardens can be planted in pots, and grown all year around as long as you have a window. Growing your own food can have significant benefits on health, and if you have kids, gardening is a great way to get them to eat more vegetables and fruit! :) Take the winter to think about planting a garden next year. A small pot garden, herbs in your kitchen, or a backyard garden are all great options. Start wherever you think you can succeed. Then next year, you can become giddy about harvesting season too! :)

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E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

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