Pondering over the garden and doing prep work. What a satisfying feeling of being able to continously reap. These are the last of my chamomile and lavender that I harvested. It’s almost that time again and I’m super excited.
Cottagegarden was such a learning experience. So much growth for myself as well. I was able to speak life to myself every day. It was a trying time and I am eternally grateful that I was mindful enough to realize what a blessing it all was and is.
My first garden and I think I did well. Being in a smaller space means I have to become more strategic and I am certainly up for the challenge!
I’ll sip on this lovely blend and finalize my plans.
I’m not big on the whole concept and to be honest, I rarely think twice about a “New Year Resolution”.
At this crossroad, I said to myself, ” Then what are you going to do”
That’s when I remembered that I had promised myself that I was going to stop being so hard on myself and I was going to stop being so hard on others as well…
I had been a perfectionist…just down right anal about things. I had expected close to perfection from others as well.
But that’s not reality, in itself unattainable. Facilitating too much stress and strain on the mind, will and emotions.
I’ve been through seasons that were so very stressful. Some self inflicted, some not.
What I have realized is there will always be something or someone out in this big bad world ready, willingly and able to make me “go there” & “go off”.
I’ve learned to choose my battles more wisely and in doing so, life for the me has changed drastically. My mind is clearer… uncluttered & unbothered! My body is healthier. My heart is becoming more open and life is easier.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that my husband has played a major role in helping me to see things differently. He helps me to say yes to myself more often. That in itself makes it easy to say no to the stress!
I’m trying to live life to the fullest. Being more acceptable of my flaws and falling deeper in love with me.
I do believe that had I actually left this out for Santa that he’d be at our house still on Christmas Day…devouring the rest of this Red Velvet Cake. This was our first order from #sweetbellycookiesandtreats but it won’t be our last.
There was a season in life that I had no interest in going to “The Swamp”
My husband had shared with me his experiences visiting and I had expressed to him that I couldn’t go “there”…
Well 3 years later, I was in a different season in life and ready to face fears, as well as have more & different experiences.
I first visited Louisiana in 2019.
I remember calling Auntie to let her know that we were heading to New Orleans for the fireworks!!! She told me to enjoy myself and reminded me that there was a whole world waiting for me to see…
Needless to say, we had a wonderful time over the 4th of July holiday. Such a time it was that 7 months later, we were back for Mardi Gras…Oh yes, I love it!
But not in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that 8 months after that, I would be living, working and experiencing life in such an extraordinary way in The Swamp. It’s not been all fireworks and parades but I would not trade this time for anything.
I have met some extraordinary people, broken & flawed like the best of us, yet as real & ready as the next.
I’ve had the Divine honor of hearing the stories of some beautiful women and the Divine pleasure of sharing my stories with them. Not one of us is unreachable and when you have been assigned to do a thing, the way may not seem easy but it’s always accessible.
We are all just a person away from breakthrough, as well as revelation!!!
I’ve learned so much about myself. I’ve learned so much about my husband. All in all, I’ve learned so much about life. I am pleased that my husband and I were able to be a positive & uplifting example to many.