“Come with me to visit the sunflowers…
each of them,
though it stands in a crowd of many,
like a separate universe,
the long work of turning their lives
into a celebration
is not easy.” ~Mary Oliver
A quick hello! These photos were taken at North Carolina Museum of Art’s Park (Raleigh) last Sunday. Just walking among the fields of sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, and grasses increased my joy a thousandfold and decreased my stress levels ten thousandfold. There’s a reason for this expanding sense of health and well being while out in nature. I’ve always known that, even as a child–I just feel better, happier, and healthier when I’m outside.
But now, I’m learning the scientific specifics about how all that works. I’m taking a course in Horticultural Therapy through North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Botanical Garden. You all know I’m passionate about plants and healing, so we’ll see where it leads.
I’ve also signed up to take the Carolina Backyard Naturalist course. These courses are in addition to the NC Environmental Education certification I’m pursuing. ALL THE SHINY OBJECTS!! Ha! But now, I’m stepping back from many endless webinars, classes, and lectures. I realized even wonderful, fun things can overwhelm and exhaust me. I’m all zoomed out–zoom fatigue is real!
Writing work has picked up after a short lull due to coronavirus and surgeries. I’m still struggling with creative pursuits, including writing. But I’m chugging along. I hope you guys are, too!
Stay healthy, friends.