January 14, 2014
Sunrise 14th January 2014

“It’s a new dawn, a new day….”

Do you start the year with resolutions, plans and goals?

I gave up on the “I’m going to eat an apple a day, or walk 5 miles every other” kind of new year resolutions as they invariably fall by the end of January. I am however, a strong believer in committing goals to paper and working towards them. Lorna Sixsmith wrote a very helpful post a short while ago explaining how to make and stick to business goals – there’s no point making any kind of goal if you don’t figure out a strategy how to see it through!

Catherine Drea of Foxglove Lane on the other hand uses a single word to guide her throughout the year. Looking back at her beautiful photographs over 2013 it’s now very clear that her word was ‘light’ as she plays and features it in so much of her photography. This year I’m looking forward to seeing how Catherine’s word ‘pilgrimage’ works out for her.

Roisin Markham has chosen three words to help her through 2014 and as our friendship has developed over the past couple of years, I can see that each of them is perfect for her personal journey right now.

And so to my own word. Surprisingly, I didn’t have to think too much about choosing one – it chose me and it screams at me when I close my eyes and try to think of an alternative!


As a gardener the word grounded has many obvious connotations but my use of that one, simple word is in relation to my plans for Greenside Up.  In 2009 (perhaps naïvely) I made the bold statement that I wanted to help as many people to grow their own food as I could and in doing so, I set up my small, owner managed business. Initially I offered a personal consultation service but that quickly grew to workshops and by tutoring groups, enabled me to share my knowledge with so many more of you.  That in turn led me to blogging and community gardening and as my passion for both has grown and I approach my fifth year in business, I now have a much clearer vision of the direction I wish to take Greenside Up.


One thing I’ve learnt however, is not to rush things. Despite a bubbling excitement that’s growing stronger the closer I come to sharing my plans with you, I have to stay ‘grounded’, not only to the adventures ahead, but also as a reminder of what drives me:

“I want to help people to grow their own fruit and vegetables, to have a better understanding of food and where it comes from, which in turn will help us all to lead more sustainable lives, wherever and whomever they might be.”

Wild Cornflowers

Do you have a single word that will guide you through the year ahead? It will be interesting when we look back next year and see how we all got on. 


  • Reply Paula January 14, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    good word choice! Even reading this i already feel more grounded!

    • Reply greensideupveg January 14, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Aww thanks Paula, hopefully that’s a good thing lol!

  • Reply Catherine (@foxglovelane) January 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Thank you for your kind words, and I have to say this word picking does work very well for me. Grounded is a wonderful one for you Dee it has so many rich layers to it. The fun of it all is finding out where the word will lead?……In your case I suspect it will lead to more exciting adventures……following along eagerly……..

    • Reply greensideupveg January 17, 2014 at 11:53 am

      You’re more than welcome Catherine. Somehow one or two words are much easier to remember than a list of goals too.

  • Reply Lorna Sixsmith (@IrishFarmerette) January 19, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you for the link Dee and I think ‘grounded’ is a great word.
    I think mine might be something like ‘keep an eye on time’! 😉

    • Reply greensideupveg January 19, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Yes, I can see how Timekeeping would work for you, though I’m sure you’re pretty good at time management Lorna, never hurts to have a reminder!

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