Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Gardening: Transition

Hi Everyone

I've shared before that I started my first garden.  I most say its is very addictive.  I enjoy going out back each morning to water and see what changes have happened.  I've been watching YouTube, reading and talking to my elders to learn.  Every new change just make me want to try new or different things.

I started my garden with mostly bags because they are economical, take up less room and work just as well as other containers.

This was the beginning and middle of my garden.  If you follow me on my other social media accounts (which you should lol) you've seen these pictures before.  I had great results with the bags. Learned which store bags work best and last the longest (Walmart) just my opinion.  However I always worried if the bag had enough soil and was holding moisture.  So, as I continued to learn I decided to transition to different containers. 
Still looking for the most economic and free is the most economic isn't it.  I looked at two YouTube videos that gave good ways to find free growing containers.

I followed their advance and was able to get two containers free and I plan on going back for more this week.


As you can see I've transition some into buckets and wooden raised bed.  

Here is a before and after view.

Okay my hand is starting to hurt but I wanted to share what's happening in my garden.  

Be Blessed & Smile

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Choosing Joy

For the last two months every morning I wake up in pain.  Some mornings I wake up and can't move my hand.  I've been to the doctors and they tell me only time can heal the problem. So I go through the day with this "friend" pain that I didn't ask for and I wish would go away.  However through this "friend" I have also found joy.  I realize I may have this “friend” with me for the rest of my life I can't live being angry or feeling sorry for myself.  I have chosen to be happy.  By choosing to be happy I really have become a joyful person.  I'm doing more things that bring me joy.  I'm talking to my Creator more and not just talking, but thanking my Creator for everything.  I'm looking at the small things that make me happy and doing them.  Like a clean rug; vacuuming at 5o'clock in the morning just because I like how a clean rug looks. 
I'm going through one of the worst medical issues I've had to deal with but through it I'm learning who I am and what I'm made of. Don't get me wrong I've asked for the pain to go away and I believe it will but until then I will continue to be happy and grateful.

Avenue - Maya Slip-On Crochet Espadrille (white sold out)
Be Blessed & Smile

Saturday, April 29, 2017

What's Going On

Do you ever feel like you’re just walking through life, not living it?  I've felt this way recently.  Life has taken an unexpected turn and it was so much change I didn't know how to process it.  So, I just went on auto-polite.  I'm finally coming out the fog.  I'm feeling better day by day.  Life is a journey of ups and downs.  I have purposed within myself to enjoy the ups and cry & learn through the downs.  

So here is a small recap.

School:       Made it through mid-terms. Finals are next week.  preparing for that.  I started a work-study job it ends next week also.  I decided not to take the summer off but to keep up the momentum and take classes this summer.  It will be interesting I will not be on the main campus but at the Community College campus.  The University of the District of Columbia has several different schools and campuses.  The classes I need are not offered on the main campus this summer, so I received permission from the Dean of my department to take the classes on the community college campus.  I also changed my major.  While I was gone from school my original department changed drastically. I talked to several about my goals.  We all agreed continuing in the department was not my best option.  A change was made.  I'm happy and as it turns out I'm further ahead with this new major. 

Work:         I had to take a leave of absence from my primary job Target.  I’ve been doing my work study job.  I enjoy the setting and my coworkers.  It was also great to have weekends off to spend with my family. 

Personal:     I started gardening.  I have a container garden in my backyard now.  I enjoy being out planting and watering.  Then watching and waiting for things to grow.  It can be very additive.  I find each weekend I want to or have added something new.

Socializing: I joined a club, MANNRS; which stands for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Science. It’s cool, now that I’m into gardening.  We volunteer at community gardens or farms.  We have plans to do thing this summer with my school’s Farmer’s Market.

This post is longer than I expected; I will stop here.  That is a basic recap of

what’s been going on in my life.  I will talk to y’all soon.

Be Blessed & Smile

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Small Wins - No not small - The WINS

Today we celebrated Founders' Day at my school, the University of the District of Columbia.  This post will not be a history of my great school.  Although I do feel my school deserves a history post and maybe one day I will do that post.  No today I am going to share a small win.  As I just typed in "small win" I feel like I shouldn't down play the enormity of how I feel. 

Today we all came to the school theater to celebrate and listen to speeches and watch performances.  As I went in excited looking forward to seeing it all, I suddenly remembered the last time I sat in this theater.  It was November 2016 for the Miss University of the District of Columbia Coronation.  It was a great event but I remember the pain.  The pain you feel when your hips spread when you sit and you don't really fit in the seat fully.  I remember looking around and wondering could anyone tell how uncomfortable I was.  I remember feel like this can't be right, maybe its something wrong with this seat.  Then I moved to another seat to have the same thing happen.  Then, finally I remember the acceptance, this is my body and this is what I have to deal with, so I will enjoy myself as much as I can. 
So as I selected a seat I prepared myself for the feelings to come back.  I wasn't going to let those feeling stop me.  I was still going to come with my fellow students to celebrate the school I love.  Then it happened.  I sat down AND nothing.  No pain, no squeezing in, no hand rest digging in my sides.  The feeling of being able just to sit easily.  I looking around me to see if anyone else had noticed what just happen but of course no one had.  I'm just any other person sitting down.  

On this day it was a win.  I've been working out consistently for a while now but I have yet to visually see any difference in my body but today I felt it and it was AMAZING.  I know for some people siting in a chair is nothing but not for me.  For me sitting in a chair is a mental exercise of will it fit me, will it hold me, will I brake it.  So today I almost cried for joy, even as I write this I am holding back the tears.  My goal is not to be skinny.  My goal is to be the best me possible, to be healthy, to be happy and to be comfortable in my skin. 

 So today I WON on UDC Founders' Day.  

Be Blessed and Smile