New Year’s Resolutions?

A hawk waits out the storm in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A hawk waits out the storm (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Although it’s a common practice, I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. I never have. If inspired to go on a diet or revise an exercise routine, I don’t want to wait until January 1st to start. If I’m thinking about changing or starting something new; when it’s time, it’s time. Yet, in so many situations, we use the word time as an excuse. An excuse not to do something we want to do. An excuse not to do something we need to do. An excuse not to do something we’re afraid to do. Fill in the blank: I don’t have time to ____________.  Now, think about what you wrote and decide when it might be your time to make time.

A Monarch butterfly rests on a sunflower in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A Monarch butterfly rests on a sunflower (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Over the last decade, I took the time to start a garden blog where I share beautiful gardens and interesting people with my growing readership. I still get excited discovering new places and people that motivate me, and in turn, that I can inform my readers about. I’ve also found the greatest pleasure in sharing my discoveries in-person through public speaking engagements. From decades of hands-on garden trials, knowledge derived from exploring other properties, to the recent loss and rebirth of my home and gardens; life has provided a plethora of story opportunities! The heart-felt notes from my readers and attendees always remind me of how blessed I am to be able to touch and inspire through words.

Curious Fox visits A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A curious fox relaxes in the yard (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Taking the time to photograph the magnificence that surrounds me, and using those images to illustrate just how breathtaking our native landscape really is, remains thrilling and gratifying. Capturing a curious fox or a flitting hummingbird in a photograph allows me to preserve glorious moments and to continue sharing them for a lifetime. A detailed photo has the power to tell a story without words and I constantly challenge myself to improve this ability.

A luscious bourbon rose in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A luscious heirloom rose (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

My beloved gardens, some new and some that have been part of my life for almost thirty years, never cease to teach me something every time I stroll by. The miracle of nature supports the idea that we as individuals can make an indelible mark on our planet simply by planting a few trees or shrubs, or by tending to the plants already existing in our landscape. By loving and respecting nature, and embracing and nurturing our environment, we create inviting spaces for all living things, and in turn ourselves. Take a “time out” and enjoy the surroundings you’ve created.

A hummingbird visits the new garden in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A female hummingbird visits the new garden (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

If the start of the New Year motivates you to resolve something you’ve been putting off or to try something new, by all means – go for it! But if an idea comes to you any other time (perhaps this idea is coming to you at the best time to be implemented), please don’t wait to explore the opportunity. Keep an open mind and positive outlook, for together we can, and will, change our world.  Wishing you peace, love and happiness in the year ahead ♥


  1. I absolutely love this message! I too stay away from New Year’s Resolutions and the don’t subscribe to the mentality of a “fresh start” or “despise of last year – this year will be better!” We all have every day to make our lives exactly how we want them to be. Thank you Kathy!

    • How true, Dina! Each year has its challenges, but we can choose to look at them negatively – OR – as learning experiences and opportunities to grow! Like you, I choose to remain optimistic and to change when it feels right to do so. Thanks so much for sharing! Happy New Year!

  2. Amen, Kathy. I’m 73 years old and started my 3rd garden when I was 60. Despite a couple of setbacks I kept moving forward as the seasons permitted. It was created, not based on NY’s resolutions, but on daily inspirations from within and from other gardeners like you. Thank you for all your efforts and Happy New Year!

    • You made my day, Ann! My goal is to reach gardeners of every level and inspire them to break free of traditional garden rules and simply enjoy their gardens. It sounds like you’ve created a very special place – without limitations. Thank you so much for sharing your story – YOU are an inspiration to me!

  3. Beautifully said. Happy New Year!, Love, Mom

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