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Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 100

Fruitful Summer 2016 – Day 100

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










Posted by on September 22, 2016 in Motivation, Uncategorized


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Fruitful Summer 2016 ~ Day 57

Fruitful Summer 2016 ~ Day 57

“putting food by”

My parents have a book that they would go to when the time came in the season to start canning and preserving the vegetables and fruits they had grown. It was called Putting Food By. I thought about it the other evening when I was writing about “what are you doing with your ‘what?’”. I remember how tattered its cover was the last time I saw it.

After I thought about the book I looked it up to see if it was still around. It appears to have made a grand resurgence in recent years. Apparently canning foods and preserving foods has become very popular again. The popularity of home canning was discussed in a Mother Earth News article from June/July 2012. Many people have discovered or rediscovered canning and preserving foods as a way to ensure what goes in to their families’ mouths. They grow the food organically and can monitor the ingredients they use in the canning process. Another reason is that the home-canned or preserved foods taste better. One of the largest reasons for a recent trend in home canning and preserving of foods is the sense of pride felt by the grower/canner. Being able to look at the rows of beautiful canned goods on the shelves is a way to remember the excellent produce grown in the summer months. It is a way to display one’s mastery in the garden.

On your climb to reach the fruits of your success this summer, there is a way for you to preserve the growth that you have accomplished. Mastery is the key to preserving that growth and success. If you are working toward your goals and using principles such as the kaizen principle, you will become better at the things that you already know how to do. You become increasingly better at your skills, growing your talents, until you have mastered them.

It is at this point in your personal growth and development that you can take a step back and look at the success, as if it were those beautiful glass jars full of vegetables or fruits on the shelf. Mastery feels good. It looks good. An even greater piece of mastery is that you can be assured that if you have to step away from the skill for a day or two, or even a week, that when you come do that skill again you will have no problem doing it. It becomes second nature. It will be as easy to do as looking at a shelf full of canned goods. You can now take that Mason jar down from the shelf, open it up, and taste the fruits of your labors, just as fresh as when you put them by (or up)!

Today’s Challenge: Decide what one skill you are going to preserve by mastering it. Take one step toward mastery!

“Ah, mastery… what a profoundly satisfying feeling when one finally gets on top of a new set of skills… and then sees the light under the new door those skills can open, even as another door is closing”. ~Gail Sheehy


Posted by on August 9, 2016 in Motivation, Uncategorized


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