I love gardening. I know that sounds hokey, but I love planting, transplanting, growing big herds of plants that I can then thin out to plants somewhere else in the yard. I have Cannas all over, and they are all the children of like 6 plants that I bought 5yrs ago. I have Elephant Ears EVERYWHERE, and I remember that I only bought 4. FOUR. Earlier this summer I dug up 7 to give to a friend, and you couldn’t really tell any were gone. The 3 Banana trees we bought 7yrs ago(with the Elephant Ears) were only 3 ft tall, now they tower past the porch roof, and every year each plant gives me a new baby.
This is my first summer working this “Evening-Hybrid” shift, and I have to say, my yard is paying for it. I have lots of overgrowth. It’s gotten to the point where my actual thought process is: If i let it go another week then the weeds will be easier to pull. And this is true, but it doesn’t change the crazy overgrowth. The more I thought about it–all the yardwork, the more it spirals into a seemingly un-achievable task. It’s really not—it’s a solid weekend of work, but that’s about it.
The thing is….it’s kind of a metaphor for my life right now–wanting to do ALL THE THINGS, but getting overwhelmed and being a deer in headlights. It’s been accumulating all year, the things to do, and it wasn’t until i saw how back the plants were that I realized I am neglecting to take care of my LIFE. I am an order of smothered/covered/chunked&diced hashbrowns from Waffle House—-I am one thing with WAY too many other things on it. Like those hamburgers with donuts as buns. I’m not running at 100%. I’m trying—but this multi-tasking chick keeps dropping the eggs instead of placing them gently in the basket. The moral of this story is I need help.
I’m a Capricorn, 500000% a Cap. I love it and loathe it. I love it because it’s spurred on my independence and creativity to find a way “to do it my own damn self”. But I abhor asking for help. Help means weakness and that is just something I’m willing to show. But I’m trying…just saying the words “I need help”, helps. As much as I am a messy artist, I also crave order, and security. Those are two things that are lacking from my life right now. I need someone to tell me that it’s going to be ok and that this is just a stellar character building experience. I need a friend who will help me hoe out my closet*, not to mention the garage. I need to purge, to get rid of some of this crap that I’ve been hanging on to for years.
I also need to increase my side-hustle. I’ve been working on a bunch of things and have listed NONE of it on Etsy yet. I have stuff to sell on eBay, and ECME. These things need to be done and I need more hours in a day, because I can’t do this alone. I admit it, I can’t do this alone, and I feel like I am. In #keepingit100 I will say not only do I feel alone, but judged for trying to do it all. This doesn’t mean I GAF if anyone is judging me, but I feel it. I’m an empath–I know how you are feeling before you do.
So now the Universe knows what I need, and I look forward to what may happen in the next few days and weeks. If nothing else, I know I will find the motivation to get some yard work done this week.
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There’s so much wisdom in this post that I think you don’t even see. First, yes, your garden is 100% a reflection of your inner life. Your living spaces – house, car, office – all reflect your spirit. And your spirit is drowning right now, in every imaginable way. But guess what – you can start clearing out your garden/kitchen/bedroom, and it will help improve your inner life too – your patterns. I firmly believe that when we accept that everything is happening FOR us, not TO us, we surrender in a way that allows a transformative experience to blossom. What we resist, persists. My vote is to surrender. Surrender to each reality as it happens. Say “I accept this moment as if I chose it.” And mean it. You sound like you are in crisis – which means that you are open to trying something new. Always here for you – sometimes in shorter bursts than I anticipate – but always here.
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