I came to realise, not all blogs should be read by me. It seems like an obvious statement to make now, but I wasn't choosing where to spend my time. I stuck with blogs (and discussion forums) that I shared similar interests with, and simply took the good with the bad.
During my break I came to realise however, I need to review where I spend my time. If where I visit offers more negative experiences than positive, it's time to move on. This isn't a reflection on the authors of those blogs (or discussion forums) as they clearly write for an audience. I'm just not always one of them, and I feel better for recognising it. I can visit where I feel comfortable and exit where I don't.
Making this realisation however, helped me understand how better to write my own blog. So for me this year, I'm going to write about the stuff I enjoy. The things in life which makes me happy. There will be opportunities to share when things don't go entirely to plan, but it will be motivation to persevere anyway.
I'm actually feeling very positive in this not so perfect world of ours. The climate may be harsh, but it's teaching us more about plants, eco-systems and how they work, even in the extremes. We've lost some trees we planted, which is always disheartening, as you lose money and the potential for shade in the future. But it also teaches you about the plants which are better suited to the conditions!
I will leave you with my favourite quote, possibly for this year...
So when you get a chance, plant a tree for the future. They will probably need it in 20 years time.