Bloom Where You Are Planted

The saying “bloom where you are planted” has been on my mind a lot lately. Watching my own flowers bloom at home, I find myself daydreaming about the flowers blooming around the world. Surely right now in Holland, the tulips have matured; on the Amalfi Coast the lemon trees are blossoming; and in France the orchids are just starting to show their faces.  Even though the world is on pause, the flowers will continue to bloom; and I hope you will too.

Around my local community, I see so many doing their best to help others. Neighbors share fresh vegetables & farm fresh eggs with one another, and there is a sense of community. People are checking in with one another more often too, providing an overwhelming feeling that we’re all in this together. I’ve also noticed many friends & neighbors getting creative with their free time – blooming where they are planted by rediscovering old passions or finding new ones.

Have you taken up a new hobby, or some sort of enriching activity during your time at home?  My husband & I have been learning about ancient cultures through The Great Courses allowing us to travel together digitally; and we’ve started a scrapbook/bucket list on our future travel plans.  I dusted off my paint brushes this weekend for the first time in ages, and I spend a lot more time in my garden.  Most importantly, I’ve been working a lot with my toddler. Watching her bloom while having both parents’ working from home has been its own blessing, and in a short amount of time her vocabulary has increased three-fold.

In a time that feels uncertain, one thing remains true – beauty can be found if you know how to look for it. I hope you will rediscover an old passion or find ways to create news ones. Our time to travel together again will be soon, but in the mean time I hope you’re finding ways to stay positive. Please share your hobby’s & personal garden views with us on our Facebook page, so we can travel digitally (and creatively) together.