As a self-taught gardener come wannabe homesteader, I learn as I go. Some plants thrive and do well, some struggle and need extra care and some don't even seem to germinate or come to anything.
Earlier on in the year, we planted a number of sunflowers as the children all wanted one each and I knew they would brighten up our garden, however, none of them seemed to survive past small seedling stage... ☹️ Except for one.
I planted that one slightly larger seedling, that was really trying, in to one of our large planters, placing it against the fence, knowing that as it grew bigger, it would need some support.
I regularly fed and watered that sunflower, as I do all my plants and it continued to slowly but steadily grow over the next few months.
As the sunflower grew, so did the tomato plants that were planted around it... And the tomatoes took over. They grew faster and larger than the sunflower and I didn't hold out much hope for our little sunshine buddy.
But I didn't completely give up on it. I continued to feed it and regularly pruned the tomato plants, especially when they appeared to be overwhelming the sunflower. I knew the sunflower needed light, air, food and water etc.
We are now in October and most gardeners have had sunflowers in bloom and died off and have collected the seeds for next year already, so I really wasn't expecting anything to come of it this late in the year.
However, this morning, as I was tending to my garden, my heart sang when I discovered this real ray of sunshine out there (see image). This one, lonesome but very beautiful, small sunflower, defying the normal rules of nature and appearing in the autumn!
Despite all the odds, with support and continued care, even when I could have easily given up on it, this gorgeous sunflower bloomed!
Once the overgrown tomatoes were pruned and the overwhelm was let go of, it did all it knew... It grew and blossomed!
Sometimes in life, we have our own tomato plants overwhelming us. Our plants could be self-sabotage, stress, anxiety, fear... Whatever is stopping us from growing. Those old, negative stories that are keeping us stuck, hidden, in the shadows.
I told myself the story months ago that "I'm obviously just not good at growing sunflowers", but that was just a story. I continued to care for that sunflower regardless and I helped it to remove it's overwhelm. I helped it find the sunlight.
I do this for my clients too. I continue to care for them, even when they are doubting themselves. I help them to clear the debris that is keeping them stuck. I help them to let go of the stories that are preventing them from moving forward. My aim is to help my clients blossom, just like our sunflower did.
If you are interested in working with me one to one, to free yourself of old limiting beliefs, I have just two spots available, so drop me a PM and let's have a chat 💜🌻