A Day of Giving

I have recently decided to dramatically lessen the material things I own.

For a few reasons.

I have more than I need.

I plan to spend some time traveling and having less belongings will be easier to manage.

And less things to pack when I decide to live in different locations.

I’m working on only owning and buying things which have deep meaning to me instead of buying just to buy or out of whim. (Mindful – intentional spending.)

Creating space for growth. Physically and mentally.

If I haven’t worn certain clothes or used an item in a decent amount of time, or if it has been stored away somewhere in a box for longer than I can remember….there is someone else who could use it more than myself.

I spent some time thoroughly going through all my possessions and asking myself:

Is this something that brings me joy?

When was the last time I used it?

Does it align with the person I am wanting to be?

Will someone else appreciate it more than I am right now?

Some items were very easy to let go of. Others I looked at, had a deep sense of emotion come to the surface, and had to revisit another day. In the end, realizing the attachment I had to the item was not serving me in a positive way.

A huge part of what helped me be able to give, and in such a big way, was coming to the understanding everything in this life is energy.

Everything, including us, ebbs and flows in and out of our lives effortlessly when we are connected to nature and free flowing.

It is when we latch on to something that we disrupt this natural flow. It is when we store items in our possession, physically or mentally, that aren’t in alignment with ourselves, or out of fear, that we block natures ability to allow more and better things to come our way. When we hold on to items and emotions, we stop the flow of new things coming into our existence that are meant to, which help us continue to grow and evolve.

Let nature be our teacher again.
So much beauty is found in the act of letting go. Letting go of the old, makes room for something new.

When we give, we in turn allow ourselves room to receive.

You know the saying – you can’t give without receiving something yourself in return.

The return is a slew of positive emotions which can dramatically raise your vibration. In turn allowing you the ability to live in a state of flow and effortless ease.

Now doesn’t that sound nice.

I spent a full day giving away items that I no longer needed and it was an incredible day. I utilized an Unconditional Give or Take Group I found where I could offer my belongings directly to those in my area. Being able to directly give away your items to the exact person and to feel their appreciation and gratitude is such a wonderful feeling.

I have a handful more boxes I will be going through over the next couple months to have another day of giving.

My intention is to inspire you to do the same.

To start in a single room of your home and one by one, go through your belongings and make piles of what you no longer want. 

Let it be enjoyable.

Feel good about what you’re doing ( because it is amazing! ) and let the physical act of cleaning out your belongs also be cleaning to your mental state.

Creating physical space, also creates mental space.

And then find someone ( or many) who could use it more than you. 

This practice creates a clean and open space vibrationally for you to receive what life is trying to give you.

This world we live in is consistently responding to our wants and desires, but when we are blocked we block our ability to receive what we ask for.

Try letting go of emotional attachments you have to items.

If you haven’t used it in a awhile…do you really need it?

When you look at it or use it, do you feel good about it?

If not, if it brings up negative emotions, ask yourself if you still want to carry those emotions inside you. If so, or if you’re not ready, it’s okay to keep it. But if not, let it go – and the emotions will go with it allowing room for new and better ones to come in. Ones you can now intentionally choose.

May your coming days of giving be beautiful and a time of immense positive change in your life.

Towards a life of pure enjoyment and ease.

May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you be at peace. 

May your life flow with ease.

Why I Grow My Own Food

Because it just feels right.

I have always had an immense want to have a garden.

I absolutely LOVE watching the seeds I plant sprout and mature.

I thoroughly love tending weeds and taking care of the plants.

I love the colors! Greens, yellows, reds, oranges, blues, … it becomes a field of beauty.

Harvesting…there are no words. Picking the food you have grown is indescribable. There is so much pleasure that comes from knowing this food grew for you.

And speaking of…the food you grow – grows for YOU. I am not an expert in this, however I do plan to be. I have read the plants you tend to grow specifically for your needs. I feel I see this in my own garden. Certain plants become more abundant, certain obstacles arise that mimic obstacles in my life, a desire for better eye health created an abundance of yellow and oranges I wasn’t expecting, plants I thought were weeds turn out to be medicinal, specifically for an aliment that I am currently facing….the list goes on.  I find this unbelievably fascinating.

( ↑ the big picture on the top right with all the yellow flowers…..this is not a good plant. I learned my lesson. I thought it was growing like crazy about to give me some serious watermelons – my neighbor thought it was a watermelon plant – I soon learned it was some kind of thorn thistle or something of the such that was decently poisonous….it was a pain to remove as well – hence THORNS 🙁   but it all worked out and its funny to think about now )

It gives me the ability to give to others.

We can’t give unless we have something to give.

We can’t receive unless we ourselves give in return.

What we sow we reap. What we reap we sow.

I find immense peace when I am in my garden. It is a mediation for me. No matter what, I know my mind will settle and my intuition will kick in when I spend time in my garden. It is the perfect place for me to wind down and reconnect with my greater purpose.

( ↑ my basil had some kind of worm eating it….but those were the best basil plants I have ever grown….flash forward to now – I fully understand how to use a basil plant and can’t wait to grow another! )

 

And if none of this has convinced you yet to start your own garden …. its cheaper, a lot cheaper. And it is so wonderful to be making a meal and think of darn I didn’t by that ingredient at the store…..oh wait!!! ITS GROWING IN MY BACKYARD….let me just go pick some  🙂

Yes there is time and money that goes into it – but the abundance you receive is unbelievably worth it. Not just an abundance of wonderful foods but an abundance of joy, community, friendship…and so much more.

I hope this inspires you to have your own garden.

Start small. What you see here was years in the making. When I started I was living in an apartment. My boyfriend at the time ( husband now 🙂 ) collected pallets from behind a local hardware store and built me some small planters to fit in the few square feet of room we had right by our front door. I planted tomatoes and swiss chard.

Start small and before you know it you will be standing in a garden full of abundance.

I do want you to know that I do not grow ALL of my own food. I do still grocery shop and visit local farmers markets.

One day I just might though. I love the idea of being completely sustainable in that way. And it seems like I am headed in that direction.

If you have any questions about where to begin, what to plant, anything really,  leave me a comment in the section below. ↓  I love hearing from you all 🙂