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This novel gardening piece recently came into my inbox and I thought it was worth sharing with you all.

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How To Plant a Great Garden In 2013

PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:
1, Peace of mind. 2, Peace of heart. 3, Peace of soul.

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:
1, Squash gossip. 2, Squash indifference. 3, Squash grumbling.
4, Squash selfishness.

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:
1, Lettuce be faithful. 2, Lettuce be kind. 3, Lettuce be patient
4, Lettuce really love one another

NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:
1, Turnip for meetings. 2, Turnip for service. 3, Turnip to help one another

TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME:
1, Thyme for each other. 2, Thyme for family. 3, Thyme for friends.

WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE. BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT WE’LL REAP WHAT WE SOW.

*I think I need to print this off and put it in a prominant position.

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‘Some weeks just do not fit into my princess plan, this last week was one of them.’

I have a list of excuses and they are all quite legitimate, but the reality is, that when you are just starting out, attempting to create new habits, they tend to be the first thing to fall away when a hectic schedule kicks in. Amid the post-mortem of my weeks highs and lows I have achieved a great deal, caught up with quality people who always seem to encourage me in just the right way and my sleep pattern has improved ten fold.

My disappointments are not taking my early morning walk, drinking enough water or watching my diet. The hardest bit being, that the healthy changes were establishing an inner voice, a voice that was starting to enjoy the benefits of these lifestyle choices. I even sensed the voice calling out to me and I ignored it, because I was too busy, in the wrong place or just couldn’t be bothered.

So what went wrong?

Perhaps, nothing went wrong.

While watching the Olympics I have been horrified at the pressure these elite athletes have put themselves under and the way the media have reported their failings. Is it any wonder that we also feel like failures when we do not achieve the things we set out to do on a day-to-day, week to week basis?

After picking up a copy of Cheryl Richardson’s book, ‘The Art of Extreme Self-care…. Transforming your life one month at a time,’ I’ve realised that it takes a lot longer than a week to establish something new. Instead of focusing on my failures, I have chosen to take a positive look at my successes, and they are there.

Taking on the role of an elite Purple Princess needs focus, determination equipping and practice, and while I may not be on the winners podium winning bronze, silver or gold at the moment, who knows where I will be in four years time.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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Has surrounding myself with the colour purple made a difference in my life?

This is the question I have been asking myself as I have gone through the last two weeks.

It’s a colour that seems to be jumping out when I least expect it. Even on my walks, I have come across plants which show off their purple flowers, reminding me that all living things are unique in their design.

Last week, on my way home from the shops, I saw a greeting card with a purple cat on it. She looked like a super hero and so I splashed out and paid a whole $1.00 for her. My super hero feline friend, is now sitting on my desk, with big blue eyes, a mane of pink hair, and a smug look on her face. Standing regally with her sharp polished claws, against the nightscape, complete with full moon, she looks to be ‘The Princess of Moggy Land’, claiming her status with confidence.

In my quest to find the princess within, I have deliberately sought to change my thinking, as well as start some healthy practical habits. Drinking my daily quota of water is a battle, but taking an early morning walk has seen me appreciate a sunrise instead of a sunset and I have discovered the joys of a better nights sleep. My alarm going off is a terrible intrusion, for a non-morning person like me, who much prefers the night owl lifestyle. I just have to keep telling myself it is for my own good.

Something good is happening though. My confidence is growing in unexpected ways. A few neglected chores are being completed before breakfast and I’m still Blogging. A good discipline for a writer, or so my good friend tells me.

Who know what might happen next?

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

 

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It is said that purple can represent royalty, with darker hues suggesting magic and mystery. As a woman I would like to be treated as a princess and a little bit of magic and mystery can go a long way, when it comes to achieving our life goals.

What does the princess do though, when she forgets how precious she is? When the regal purple robes turn to drab shades of grey and the tiara that is supposed to be on her head, is lost to the dress up box of childhood memories?

This is the dilemma many of us find ourselves in.

I recently decided to reclaim my rightful throne, dress in something purple every day and reinvent myself, by bringing this rich colour into my life. It is amazing how much purple I actually have in my wardrobe, once I take a look.

Some days you may have to look hard to see it, but it will be there. Sometimes on show, sometimes hidden.

Let ‘The Purple Project’ begin.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

 

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