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The Down-to-Earth Approach to Life Balance

Posted Mar 22 2012 10:07pm

Posted in , | March 21, 2012 |

  

By Anastasiya Goers

Do you remember yourself as a child? What was your favorite thing to do in spring and summer?

I loved playing outside and especially playing with dirt: making “yummy” mud pies, fixing weed soups and going on a fearless adventure through the jungle (which were just a couple of bushes in my Grandma’s yard.)

Today I look at my girls (who just turned 4) and see how they enjoy playing outside and doing the same things that I did as a kid. These are timeless joys that require no money or expensive vacations.

As adults we often forget about simple life joys that bring the most balance into our lives. A brand new car or a new dress won’t make you feel more balanced. But creating something, enjoying time with the family and spending time outside marveling at the beauty of creation will.

This year I want to challenge you to try gardening as your special life balance exercise. If you are already an avid gardener – please stick around and share your tips with the rest of us. If you always thought that gardening was not your thing (I am the first one to raise my hand here) then let’s try it together. I focus on vegetable gardens since they offer more benefits of all sorts but feel free to grow flowers if you like them better.

my modest garden

I am not an expert gardener and I don’t have a green thumb. If anything, I am just a stubborn beginner.

It is my third year of planting a garden. The first year was a complete disaster. The second one was a little better (I got some tomatoes, a good crop of cucumbers and a ton of hot peppers) before my garden got destroyed by bugs and some weird plant disease. I hope that this year will be more successful since every time I learn something new.

This year I am trying a container garden instead of the regular box. I am starting my own seeds and making a commitment to actually remember to water my garden before my plants wither down.

How about you, are you going to bring more balance into your life through gardening this year? I know that it might be frustrating at first and you might feel that you don’t have enough time for it. But even if you plant one small pot of basil on your windowsill it will be worth it, I promise.

Leave a comment below and let me know about your gardening experience. Let’s grow and learn with balance this year.

Keep it balanced!

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