If you’re a gardener, what do you like most about gardening? What do you like least?
It’s a little ironic that I’m not a gardener, yet I chose to name my blog Blossom. When we lived on Bowen Island we had a garden – and I actually liked weeding. I saw it as decluttering, which I love to do.
But now that we live on a cliff (literally), we don’t have space for a garden. Maybe somewhere deep down I miss our little garden on Bowen…and that’s why I decided to plant seeds and grow virtual flowers online.
Deadheading for life and beauty
Gardens – like people – need space and room to grow.
And, they need to let go of the dry husks of the past that hold them back.
Today I researched deadheading for my first article in this week’s series on Blossom. Deadheading is plucking off the dry, old, crunchy husks of the old blooms and letting the plant’s natural energy flow to the branches, leaves, and blooms that have potential for growth.
Deadheading sounds so ugly, but it creates life. It makes space for fresh buds, for new life, for vitality and growth. The beautiful thing about deadheading is that it’s not about killing something that is alive…it’s about cleaning away what isn’t alive, fruitful, or life-giving.
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What do you need to deadhead in your life?
A couple days ago I listened to a Joyce Meyers podcast about trusting God. She said life is like a bus, and every once in awhile we need to stop and let people get off. We need to make room for new people – fresh energy, new life – to get on our bus.
This is especially important when people want to get off our bus (a breakup or divorce), or when they die. We have to let them go, or we won’t have any space for someone new.
Deadheading is an action that gardeners have to take, if they want their gardens to grow healthy, vibrant, and beautiful.
This week on Blossom, we’re focusing on letting go of the past and making room for fresh growth, fresh life, fresh flowers. I’ve been receiving all sorts of messages lately, about the past crowding us in and choking out the fresh air and energy that allows us to grow.
On Blossom This Week
- Tues – How to Forget Someone – A Lesson in Deadheading (Imagine)
- Weds – 7 Tips for Forgiving and Forgetting (Dare)
- Thurs – TBA (Prepare)
- Fri – TBA (Leap and Flourish!)
On Blossom Last Week
- Mon – How to Make a Decision That Will Change Your Life
- Tues – 7 Tips for Letting Go of Toxic Relationships
- Weds – 5 Ways to Find Yourself After Getting Lost in Love
- Thurs – How to Stop Worrying About Relationship Problems
When the winds of change blow, don’t build walls. Build windmills.
Laurie's "She Blossoms" Books
Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back offers hope, encouragement, and strength for women walking through loss. My Blossom Tips are fresh and practical - they stem from my own experiences with a schizophrenic mother, foster homes, a devastating family estrangement, and infertility.
How to Let Go of Someone You Love: Powerful Secrets (and Practical Tips!) for Healing Your Heart is filled with comforting and healthy breakup advice. The Blossom Tips will help you loosen unhealthy attachments to the past, seal your heart with peace, and move forward with joy.
When You Miss Him Like Crazy: 25 Lessons to Move You From Broken to Blossoming After a Breakup will help you refocus your life, re-create yourself, and start living fully again! Your spirit will rise and you'll blossom into who you were created to be.