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Friday, November 28, 2014
He who knows he has enough is rich.
In the midst of creating (or working on) a list of goals, make a list of things you are grateful for alongside it. I started making this list a few years ago and, before doing so, thought it was a little silly and cheesy. Now I don't. Recently, I was feeling like some things in my life were a little below-par, and found myself making a new gratitude list to combat those negative feelings of lack. It helped, and I've found myself adding to that updated list little by little.
My gratitude list would, naturally, be completely different from your gratitude list, but here are just a few of my ideas:
-a hot, fresh-ground cup of coffee every morning
-a decent apartment to live in
-a new washer (not mine-- but I get to use it!)
-a growing network of friends
-full-time work that I generally enjoy, and the ability to pay my bills that this work provides
-coworkers I enjoy being around
-slow but steady progress in my plan to pay off debt
-less back pain (post-car-accident)
-being physically fit and healthy enough to be able to walk to work and back on the weekends (6 miles-- this is one of my favorite things to do!)
-any extra time to read free Kindle books from the local library
This exercise really helps me to choose to focus on what I already have in my life-- not on what I don't. (It's only by coincidence that I am staying at home posting this on Black Friday, but I think that makes the topic of gratitude all the more appropriate!)
Monday, April 16, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
|Portrait of me (the taller one) and a student, by a talented first-grader|
|Black-Eyed Susan, Forget-Me-Not, Sweet Pea, and Lupine|
I really miss the tropical flowers and plants we had down in Florida-- and so want to start to appreciate the plants we have available in this different climate. Several plants I see all over here in NC are my favorites locally-- the magnolia trees, the azaleas, and above all the flowering trees- peach trees and cherry blossom trees (I think).
What are your favorite native plants or flowers where you live?
Saturday, March 3, 2012
|So far I've focused mainly on herbs and vegetables, but now I'm branching out to flowers.|
My grapefruit seedlings are making satisfactory progress (pictured above, on the right), and this afternoon I planted seeds for three types of flowers: orange poppy, in the re-purposed egg carton, above, as well as delphinium (which can grow up to five feet tall-- just like me!) and a perennial wildflower mix (both in planters outside). I am so excited about these flower seeds, which have relatively short germination periods, and if they do well I'll put them in planters not only on the front and back decks, but around the yard, too. I was tempted to buy lavender seeds as well which remind me so much of the South of France....and I will probably go back to get those.
We also have three mums growing in pots outside which we thought had died in the winter cold, but I pruned them back today to uncover the green growth under the dead branches. It is my goal to do much more with flowers this year, and today I made a little progress. NC is naturally quite beautiful, but people just don't do much with flowers here like I was used to in Florida and Germany, where it appeared to be mandatory.