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



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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About Celia

I live in Portland, OR in a orange stucco apartment building surrounded by wild gardens. I love plants, yoga, going for walks, the Oregon wilderness, photography, gardening, herbal tea and creating. My Etsy shop is KyraBotanica, where I sell handmade herbal tea and natural body care products and fragrances.

2 thoughts on “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!

    1. 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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