The One Word Inspiration series is a guest post series on Clear the Way which asks different visiting bloggers to share whatever they are inspired to share when they hear only one word. The word changes each month and today Diana Willard is here to share her inspiration from the word fresh.
“Here, try this!” My husband presses a small glass of juice into my hand, his grin nearly splitting his face. I take a sip.
It is spectacular, sweet and tart and cool, with just the right amount of pulp. Fresh squeezed orange juice, our new tradition this winter.
It wasn’t so long ago that I fled the winters. I grew up in Connecticut, and as a child, the cold months seemed like one long, gray slog towards the spring and the freedom to go outside again. It was a huge relief to move to the West Coast, with its promises of warmth and beaches and year-round sunshine. I’ve been living out here for nearly nine years, and absolutely love it.
But since moving to San Francisco earlier this year, I’ve been paying more attention to the subtle changes in season that we have, even here in the Bay Area.
Fog, strawberries, and long cool days during the summer.
Apples, sunshine, and warm afternoons spent at the park in the fall.
And now citrus and squash and short rainy days in the winter.
Taking the time to note these changes, unique to where I live, has kept the each day and month and meal feeling fresh and new. Often we think of the New Year as a new beginning, but for me that has always led to forgotten resolutions and putting off changes until the next year.
But focusing on the new-ness of each passing day and season lets me feel the new beginnings all the time, and I like that.
I’m excited to try out fresh tangerine juice, and grapefruit juice, and maybe even blood orange juice.
And I’m excited to see the fresh things the spring will bring.
Diana is a fine art painter living and working in San Francisco. She runs an amazing blog as well as both a painting shop and a print/phone case shop. Get to know more about her by following her blog, Instagram, and Pinterest or sign up for her newsletter.