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It is New Year’s eve, and I’m here to tell you that now is not the ideal time to be setting resolutions, at least for those of us in the southern hemisphere.

Setting new year’s resolutions when our Gregorian calendar ticks over into a new year makes sense in the northern hemisphere, January for them begins soon after the winter solstice — a time when they move back into growing light. It’s the birth of the new year in a physical sense.

But here in the southern hemisphere, we should be setting our intentions, or ‘sowing seeds’ for a new year, at the opposite side of the year, after our winter solstice, towards the end of June. That’s our time for ‘new beginnings’. 

Surprisingly, our economists have it right, with the beginning of our financial year aligning closely with the birth of a new physical year. 

So I'll be declaring my new year’s resolutions in six months' time, in the depths of winter. The days will be short, nights will be long, and it will be a far more sensible time for seeking out solitude and for setting aside time to reflect on what has and hasn’t been working and on identifying what needs to change. 

But that doesn’t mean we don’t have an opportunity to set intentions until then….

The waning moon rising in the east at sunrise this morning. Over the next three days the moon will shrink, until she disappears, and is then reborn at the new moon — the beginning of a new lunar cycle — the perfect time for setting new moon intentions.

New Moon intentions are kinder and more realistic than New Year's resolutions 

Change is best made in little steps. We all know that. How often have you set new year’s resolutions, only to break them in the first week or so? That leaves a whole 51 weeks until you can try again. 

Setting intentions each month seems a far more sensible approach. 

Each new moon has the same ‘fresh start’ energy of a new year. A clean slate. A new beginning. An opportunity to try again and to start over each and every month. 

Setting intentions each lunar cycle facilitates a gentle waxing and waning towards your desired destination, rather than a once a year boom and bust attempt. 

So set new years resolutions by all means — but don't beat yourself up for breaking them  — because you have a dozen opportunities to tweak your intentions and try again over the coming year. 

With love,


P.s. Continue below for a chance to win a copy of Greenhood. I’ve given up on being specific about a publication date. It is soon. It is finished — waiting for me to let go and launch. I’ve realised letting go of a book that is all about giving in to the urge to retreat requires me to step out of that said retreat, something I’ve realised I need to do gently. 
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Greenhood is a nature memoir about discovering the delight in being dormant. 

It is the story of a tree-change, of living in a tiny home, and of focussing on living life, rather than earning a living. 

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A chance to win a copy of Greenhood

I would love to hear from you. So tell me—do you notice what phase the moon is in day-to-day? If not, would you like to? What is stopping you? 

By replying to this email you go in the draw to win a copy of my upcoming nature memoir Greenhood: the delight in being dormant.

Your replies are private; between only you and me. 

The giveaway is open to anyone in the world. 

So, no matter where you live—simply reply to this email to enter. 

Entries close at the full moon (Tuesday 18th January).

Last month’s giveaway was won by Kim. I appreciate all your beautiful replies and apologise for not replying to everyone. It was one very chaotic month given we finally moved into our new home. Kinda. At least we have doors to close. Please know, I read and treasure each and every entry and love that your emails feel like an intimate conversation. 
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