January 12, 2013, after weeks of struggling to set up this blog website, I published the first post, “My Final Season: How I Choose to Live It.”
Today, I began this post with what I wrote three years ago:
“As a 70-year-old, I faced reality. Approaching my final season, it’s time to make a choice. My final season, as defined by ME, is the time to focus on ME. My inner voice spoke to ME. I listened. God wants to direct me down a new path. A new journey. A new venture. A time to explore and discover ME. In this final season of life, I plan to open new doors.”
Beginning this blog opened my space up to new people, places and things. I have gone far beyond my own expectations in this discovery of ME.
Blogging took ME down a path to connect with other bloggers who, many without knowing, inspired ME to expand my world. With confidence, I went outside of my comfort zone, explored and discovered:
Mindfulness – Adult Coloring Books for Stress Relief
Ancestry Research – Maternal Family History
I also want to express gratitude to those bloggers who shared information and thoughts about:
- positive affirmations;
- random acts of kindness;
- expressions of gratitude and thankfulness;
- spiritual uplifting; and
- healthy eating.
Motivated by these bloggers, I expanded and/or incorporated healthy practices into my lifestyle. This has improved the overall quality of my life; and, I am on a path to build a healthy mind, body and spirit.
As I continue down this journey to define ME, expressing gratitude for the doors that have opened and the new doors to open.
Happy Blog-A-Versary to ME
It’s A New Year
I am excited to begin 2015 focused on:
- improving the quality of this blog, and
- uplifting ME spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Because of the holidays, family member illness, and the death of Hubby’s last remaining aunt, I had to step away from blogging for the past several months. Life is getting back to normal and I am happy to reconnect with my blogging friends.
This month, January 13, I will celebrate my second anniversary as a blogger. This blogging experience has opened the door to new experiences, new places and new people both in this country and other parts of the world.
Virtually, via blogging friends, I:
- traveled to other countries as well as different places throughout the United States;
- received helpful information on nutrition, meditation, exercise, alternative health care; and
- entered a new world of books, poetry, religion and music.
Thank you, blogging friends, for uplifting ME spiritually, emotionally and physically these past two years.
Finally, thanks to the information shared in a WordPress recent post,“Make 2015 A Great Blogging Year,” I have the tools to take my blog to the next level.
Hubby, family, friends, and bloggers have all served to improve the quality of my life. I am grateful. But, recent acquired self-acknowledgement and self-awareness skills, guided me to the recognition that this responsibility is solely mine.
To improve ME in 2015, I will:
- Nurture my Healing Container Garden as it brings peace, bliss, and tranquility into my space.
- Write daily notes to place in My Gratitude Jar, to express gratitude for the good things in life.
- Seek out those things which serve to keep ME grounded and directed in a positive way.
- Hone my photography skills because it is always good to learn something new and interesting.
- Incorporate healthy recipes into my menus and “go to” the healthy eating cookbooks purchased over the past five years and are never used.
- Research and explore different options to address my health issues.
- Continue to value and appreciate the love of my life, Hubby, as we approach our 55th Anniversary on April 11, 2015.
- Remember there are always new things for ME to explore.
2015, Here I Come Ready Or Not!
Today, I Am Thankful for:
What Occurred on Wednesday:
- My first-time visit to a dermatologist.
- The diagnosis of Acne.
- The newest side-effect of a medication prescribed in June to treat my Rheumatoid Arthritis.
- Acne waiting until I reached the age of 72 to enter my life.
- The topical treatment recommended, by the dermatologist, to correct this problem.
After leaving the dermatologist, I went to the local lawn and garden center to buy new plants.
What I Plan To Do Today:
Pot and add these beautiful plants to My Healing Container Garden.
“Be thankful for the morning light and the moonlight, for it reminds us that the beginning of everyday we are given the gift to shine bright but it is up to you to reflect from that gift and continue to shine through the darkness. Be the Sun and the Moon of your life. Please use it wisely.” (Unknown Quote)
I Am Thankful Today for:
- The beautiful flowers and plants in my Healing Garden.
- A wonderful Hubby who assembled my new potting table this week. It definitely will make what I love to do, potting plants, a little easier.
- The imanikingblog for inspiring me to take part in Thankful Thursday, which I plan to continue weekly.
A gardener, I am not. But, when I retired to Florida more than four years ago, I decided our lanai was too cold and sterile. So to add life, I purchased a few plants to bring color and life into this space.
Since that time, the container garden has gotten bigger and bigger. Daily, I retreat to My Healing Garden to meditate, pray, and be still.
My Healing Garden Photos
I am showing off in this week’s post and sharing photos of my DIY Project and Container Garden.
After many years of trying, I finally completed a DIY Project that makes me proud. As you can see from the photos below the furniture on our front porch needed either a makeover or removal.
Since, the pieces were only three years old, I chose the makeover option. Even though I was treading into unknown territory, I was confident.
First, I needed to find out what to do. I didn’t know anyone to ask. So, I went to Google for an answer and asked, “how to refinish metal furniture pieces”. Google directed me to detailed written instructions as well as video step-by-step demonstrations via You Tube. The only supplies I needed were sandpaper and spray paint. Sanding was the most difficult. Spray painting was the messiest. I must have overlooked the directions to wear rubber gloves and my hands sported green paint for almost a week.
What do you think of my first DIY Project?
We retired and purchased our home in Florida a little over four years ago. During our fifty-four years of marriage, we lived in many homes. Some were rentals and others we owned; but they were all viewed as our sanctuary for peace, joy and happiness.
This home, for the first time, had an outdoor space that was livable year-round. I wanted to make the lanai, my special haven to retreat, relax, and rejuvenate. I took the photos below on our first walk-through before purchasing the house. The lanai area was spacious, but barren. And, it remained that way for the first year while I was in recovery from a very serious and life-threatening illness.
During this recovery, I learned to appreciate and value the beauty of nature; and, I decided to fill my haven with flowers and plants. And, I spent many hours picturing how it was going to look. These are photos of my dream Container Garden which has grown bigger and bigger each year.
This year, Hubby invaded my haven and convinced me to add two tomato plants.
And, I added the small herb garden.
We are contemplating expanding the Container Garden, herbs and vegetables only, to the backyard. Gardening is a new venture; and, I love it. To become a better gardener, I seek the advice of other experienced gardeners and self-educate via books and the Internet.
What do you think of my Container Gardening efforts?
Post Script: Photography is a work-in progress, too. But, I am not ready to show off yet. Still taking photos on my IPad or telephone. New digital camera purchased months ago is on the learn-to-do list.