August 1st, 2013 by Celia

30 Posts, 4 Months Later – Looking Back on the Birth of Fall Into Place

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What were you doing this past March?

I remember March as a very stressful yet meaningful time. It was the most stressed I had ever been, and I had also never been so enthralled with the beauty around me. Soon I began to look at and be with beautiful things as a means to escape from the worn-out feeling I felt daily. If I were in graduate school for another subject, like neuroendocrinology perhaps, I would research how said beautiful things reduces stress hormones…because it is quite curious to me.

I didn’t plan on posting about flowers at all, really. I originally wanted Fall Into Place to be a health blog. Thus this lone yoga entry. Somehow the flowers and plants won. I am acting like it is a mystery, but it is not. I know exactly how it happened. It was the scent and contrast of the narcissus in this arrangement which made me realize all I wanted was flowers.

Everyday I picked flowers, or at least looked at them. I stuck my nose into many of them I never smelled before, and I swear it did something to my brain, flipped a switch.

Since March was so busy I decided to put my Kyra Botanica Etsy shop into vacation mode for the entire month of April. It was a hard decision, especially since I was finally meeting my goal of having 25 sales a month. I didn’t want to lose that momentum! Right before I clicked the ‘vacation mode’ button, I saw that I  had been invited to a treasury team which was featured on the front page often. It was hard to go into hiding, but I had to do it to save my sanity.

I was supposed to rest with all that freed-up time. Which I did, a little bit. But instead of taking a hiatus from those non-essential, non-school activities like filling and shipping orders, making products and working on my shop, I spent my time playing with flowers, taking photos and starting a new blog.

I feel like an innocent passerby about the whole thing, even though I am obviously the instigator. Maybe that is because more context and time is needed to see the patterns and symbols and real reasons why I created this blog. So in the mean time, I will continue posting photos and thoughts about plants, flowers, the places I go and the people I see. Who knows where it will be 4 months from now? In December, will I be thinking back to August? We’ll see…

I added a screen shot in this post as a little commemoration. There are a lot of things I want to work on to improve my blog, and I tend to think it is not ‘good enough’. This screen shot is a reminder to my future self that even though my blog wasn’t perfect, I did the best I could with the limited resources I had. Besides… look at that echinacea! It is one I planted myself. Remember its sweet and long-lasting smell, and how that entire bouquet smelled so sweet and fresh.

There I go again, getting sentimental about flowers…

Thanks for joining me

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Comments

2 Responses to “30 Posts, 4 Months Later – Looking Back on the Birth of Fall Into Place”
  1. I love reflective posts – and I love your blog! It’s brought me so muh happiness. I understand the feeling of being caught between wanting to be at peace with where you are and striving for improvement. I think the blog is beautiful just as it is, but I’d also love to see what you can dream up for it!

    • Mary, you are so kind! Thanks for your comment and completely understanding the place I am at with it. It means a lot. As you can see I am trying to work on that thing called ‘patience’, which is actually quite satisfying when done correctly (ie surrender).

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