30 Days Into My “Plant-Forward” Transitional Lifestyle

Happy July, my friends! I am so proud of us all for surviving the first half of 2020. Wow. Has it been a year or what?! As the fresh produce season in Michigan is in full bloom, I thought now was a good time to write about the last thirty-or-so days of my transition into a “plant-forward” lifestyle.

Over Memorial Day weekend, G and I visited his brother and family in Iowa. While there, we happened upon The Game Changers on Netflix and it struck a nerve inside me. I had been wrestling with my current health and felt like I simply wasn’t doing enough. Enough for myself, enough for my future, enough for my family, enough for my world. As I watched The Game Changers though, it was as if a candle had been lit inside me.

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Tending To Life, A Gardener’s Approach

I spent Sunday morning weeding my garden. Though the garden is relatively small, it took close to two hours to fully de-weed and groom the space so my vegetable plants have their ideal room to grow. As sweat rolled down my back, I relished in the physical exertion of the work and started to think how similar Life is to a garden.

Aspects of Life — relationships, business, spirituality, personal mindset — are like a garden, ripe with potential to bloom into something spectacular. All are essential parts of a healthy livelihood.

As with a garden, though there may be prospect of future blossoms and delicious produce, the probability for weeds to also take root. Sometimes we allow those weeds into our lives, whether they be in the form of misguided advice, distrustful people, personal faults, or any other negative force. If we are not careful, those weeds may begin to overtake what once was a thriving and happy space.

For too long I mistook those weeds as indicators of something being wrong in my Life. It has taken me time to see the weeds for what they truly are though: opportunities to show how much I truly care for the beautiful parts of my life. Weeds, just like negativity in life, are going to grow. With hard work, nourishment, and a watchful eye, though, even the most weed-filled garden can be pruned.

Cheers to a more nurturing and caring lifestyle, my friends!

Intentional Look Into My Emotions

With the abundance of time the world seems to be allowing me, I’ve been taking time in the mornings to meditate. This meditation has been crucial for my overall mental well-being during this challenging year. I’ve been searching my soul, talking with God, and reflecting on my well-being with deeper intention. I am a firm believer that my purpose on Earth is to share God’s grace and become the best reflection of His goodness as possible. My morning meditations have been eye-opening to areas I see a need for more effort and work to reach the ideal person I wish to become.

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Backyard Transformation: DIY Paver Patio

Our house continues to become a home, one project at a time. Since buying the Apple House in October 2018, we have demolished walls, refloored the entire upstairs, gutted the bathroom, changed windows, and painted every wall and ceiling. With warmer weather and COVID keeping us home, Spring 2020 was the perfect excuse to complete another project as well: designing and constructing our own backyard paver patio.

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My “Why” For Walking Up To The Starting Line

Everyone has a starting point. They are different for everyone, but we all have one.

My current “starting point” began in December 2019 and took several months to inch my way to that actual starting line.

After attending several get-togethers where my sole focus should have been the festivities of the holiday, I was having a difficult time being unselfish. Unselfish in the sense that my mind was always recirculating to myself. My body. My weight.

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