You’re Right Where You’re Suppose To Be.

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This week I did something I haven’t done in seven months. I went running! Well to be really real, it was actually a walk-jog. I got injured a couple of months ago and I’ve been too scared to put my all into running again in fear of re-injuring myself. This post isn’t really about that (mini) success but rather how barren it was outside.

Everything in the park was dead and I didn’t see another person for miles. I think I counted maybe three people in total while I was out there. The last time I went running along this trail was late July-early August of last year; before the trees fell bare and the grass tinged a straw-like yellow. The desolate vibe I was getting from my surroundings made me think of a quote I saw floating around on Tumblr. I’m not sure of the exact wording but it’s along the lines of: Be patient with yourself. Nothing in nature blooms all year long, so do not expect yourself to do so either.

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It was a much needed reminder to be easy with myself that I feel I should pass along to my readers. Periods of dormancy is so necessary. Sometimes we get so caught up with life that we forget to take care of ourselves. We forget that we don’t have to do it all. We forget that nothing blooms all year round and we don’t have to either. In a couple of weeks, everything will be green and the tulips and dandelions will be back (hopefully the love bugs wont get the memo). Stop living in the past and don’t worry about the future too much. Take care of yourself until it’s time for you to bloom again.

When you’re feeling stagnant, do you beat yourself up?

(hint: you shouldn’t)

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When’s The Last Time You Did Something That Made You Happy?

A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling through the explore page on instagram when a post caught my attention. I can’t recall who posted it, but it was a graph with two sides for list making; a sort of compare and contrast kinda deal. For list one, you’re suppose to make a list of things that makes you happy. For list two, you’re suppose to make a list of things you do everyday. While I was making this list and comparing the sides, I realized often time I get “caught up” in work, life and family issues that I hardly leave time to do something I enjoy.

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I have a bad habit of laying around on my days off, doing menial chores and mentally preparing myself for the next time I have to work. Today I broke that habit and instead did something I loved! The botanical garden is one of my favorite places here in the city, but I always make excuses on why I never go. It’s too far (not true) I need someone to enjoy it with.(not true) It’s too cold.(and for once, that isn’t true)

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I don’t think I’ve ever walked the entire garden, it’s over 79 acres! But whenever I go, I make sure to visit the Linnean house and the Climatron. The Linnean house is home to mostly cacti, citrus trees and other frost sensitive plants during winter. Honestly though, the real party is at the Climatron.

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The Climatron is pretty much a dome shaped tropical paradise inside the garden. There’s three water falls, wildlife (shout out to the frog that I thought was a funny shaped leaf. It scared the crap out of me) and pretty much every tropical plant you can think of. There’s also a cute section of exotic fruit trees (stuff like papaya, star fruit and passion fruit) information about their origin and how they make it to grocery stores across the country, but I couldn’t get a good picture of any of that because it’s always so crowded in that section.

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Maybe it’s the humidity or the splashing waterfalls but there’s something very peaceful about the climatron and I’m always reminded when I visit. There was an older couple taking pictures by one of the water falls and it was so cute to see the woman fuss on whether or not her companion was getting her good side.
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Due to time constraints, I know it’s not always feasible to do something grand like visiting your favorite place, but it’s so important to make time to do something for yourself. This week I plan on:

  • noticing the beauty in the small moments.
  • concentrating on the things I can control.
  • spending intentional time with loved ones.

Take a moment and really think. What are some things that make you happy? Do you make time for those things?

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