We made it! Yesterday was the 100th day of the 100 Days for a Fruitful Summer challenge! Today is the first day of fall!
Over the past 100 days we have grown plots of earth or areas of yard from bare patches to complete fruition. Some may have grown a multitude of crops or flowers to be harvested and saved or shared with others. Whether you climbed fruit trees to gather fruits or stayed with your feet firmly planted on the ground this has been a season of growth.
The rewards of gardening or planting are many. Aside from the actual harvesting of crops, which is the main reward for most people, there are intangible rewards, too. I’m sure the rewards are different for everyone, but here are some of the unexpected rewards that I got!
I got to spend extra time with my family, especially my daughters. From picking fruits to planting seeds and then baking the fruits into amazing treats and preserving the foods for later this is time that we would otherwise not have spent together. I got to spend some extra time with my mother and a couple of my brothers.
I was rewarded with an increase in my Vitamin D from the time outdoors that I would normally have spent inside the house. (I did use my sunscreen!)
I was rewarded with knowledge; I learned so much about gardening and landscaping that I can now have an almost intelligent conversation with green thumbs! I also learned more about canning and freezing foods. I learned more about cooking and baking with fresh fruits and vegetables.
I was rewarded with the joy that came from all of the other rewards that I received!
I was rewarded with a sense of adventure in gardening and landscaping that I hope to expand upon every summer!
I was rewarded with an appreciation for dirt that I never had before.
I was rewarded with the knowledge that I was doing something good for the environment. Big rewards there!
Those are just some of the rewards and benefits I reaped during the 100 Days to a Fruitful Summer challenge. Yours may be different. Oh, and those were just the rewards that I got from the “actual” gardening!
On your climb to the top of the tree of success I hope you realized some tangible and intangible rewards yourself!
I experienced rewards as I climbed toward my goals, too! Some of my goals I reached and some I just moved closer to. I will not stop reaching for new heights and greater rewards on all of my goals!
What is so important for today is that you recognize your accomplishments from the past 100 days. Take note of where you were 100 days ago and where you are today! Reward yourself for your accomplishments! You should always reward yourself in some way when you reach a goal. Give yourself a huge pat on the back for accomplishing what you set out to do. Give yourself something as a reward for that achievement. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be a pedicure or massage. It can be a new book or cool pen. It can be a vacation or piece of jewelry. I like to gauge my tangible rewards (massages are tangible) based on the level of my accomplishment. Oh, and try not to reward health related (weight loss) goals with food. This is a hard one for me. Food is ‘my thing’. I love it! (Not a news flash – I know) However, rewarding a health goal with food doesn’t fit in with the neuroscience surrounding healthy habits and rewards. I want to train my brain to associate health goals with non-food rewards, like new shoes or new clothes!
Today is a day of recognition, rewards, and celebration! Take this day to love yourself and be proud of your accomplishments! Do one nice thing for yourself (reward!) for every one goal you accomplished over the last 100 days! Oh, and make sure to do one nice thing for yourself for every one major shift or forward motion that you had toward the fruition of your goals. Some goals just cannot be met in 100 days. They need a little more time. So reward yourself for your growth!
Today’s Challenge: Reward yourself! Celebrate! Have an excellent day! Be happy!
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” ~ Oprah Winfrey