Do you have a hobby? Multiple studies show that doing the things you are passionate about improves your mood, relieves stress, and offers many other long-term health benefits.
Gardening and caring for plants has been a passion of mine since I planted my first little vegetable garden at the age of four. At the time, we were living on a farm, and I wanted to learn to plant a garden more than anything, so my parents gave me a tiny plot and helped me to plant the seeds. Watching them pop through the ground and start to grow in a few days was magical. I was hooked for life!
Visiting a garden center makes me absolutely giddy. One of my favorites is the Mountaineer Garden Center in Linville, North Carolina.
A sense of humor is evident throughout the center. From Bigfoot, who greets you to the funny signs and animated displays, the center is a delight.
I am wearing this Clara Sunwoo palm print top from ShopMyFairLady.com over dark wash Michael Kors jeans. The necklace is this one from French Kande. The platform shoes are by Kenneth Cole Reaction. I always keep proportion in mind while getting dressed. I needed to wear a higher heel to balance with the longer top because less of my leg length is showing. I rarely wear prints, but when I do, I consider the colors from eight feet away. The most prominent color from a distance will be your lead color when deciding what to wear with a print. If you are petite, choose prints that are smaller than your fist so that they do not overwhelm you.
A short drive from Linville just west of Newland and adjacent to NC-194 is a lovely little waterfall park. The local fire department maintains the site as a town park, and a short trail follows the creek upstream. Mr. Mickey waited for me in the park as I hiked to the top of the path to take a photo of the falls for you.
The photos below show my tiny shade garden at the entry to my home and a collection of plants on my screened-in back porch. The terraced gardens at my last home grew so vast that I had to hire someone to help me maintain them. After downsizing to my current home, I learned to be content with gardening on a much smaller scale.