Writing My Second Poem

Today I wrote my second poem.

The first one I wrote back in the Pandemic, but I didn’t want to share with anyone.

I learned, that while poetry is an odd expression of love, it is one I do not use to communicate.

My second poem was inspired by love.

Not the feeling, but the definition of it, at least my version.

Love is catching your dog trying to steal your food, and all you can do is laugh. If it’s a good dog, it will punish it self. but if its bad, it will do it again.

You might be thinking what is this?

A poem, a journal entry, blog post, story. What am I reading?

Then you’ll tell yourself you are trying to figure out what it is like to write your second poem.

This is not my second poem, I’m just writing through the waves. Writing waves I learned about, when I started practicing the exercises in The Artist’s Way.

It’s day 6 of Dry January, and 2020 was insane. America’s President was banned from social media accounts, there’s a pandemic.

Like where did pleasure go?

What happened to love, what about control?

Humanity really let that go. Or is it the other way around?

Who knows, I just wish everyone a safe and healthy life, and remembering to hold themselves accountable.

Sharing is Caring in the Season of Grace,

Defining success and happiness.

Sharing is Caring has been instilled in us since birth, and I believe it is the first step to a happy and successful life.

Pre-pandemic, I noticed many people in the world were suffering, either mentally or physically. To me, people have always seemed to be lacking real pleasure in their lives.

Yes! Some people may appear happy but something was still missing.

I find it ironic a global lockdown had to occur for people to start looking to themselves to find pleasure.

While adjusting to the new normal I felt the answer but couldn’t put it in words. It wasn’t until I was invited to team up with a free website called Galora. The site helped me define what happiness and success meant to me, which is to share. 

~Krystle Mitchell~

About Galora

Galora was founded by Ryan Xavier in March 2020, according to an article in Prosperi Press.

In the article, he shared how his abundant lemon tree, inspired him to create a life-changing system that benefits everyone.

The organization mission statements says,” We’re on a mission to share the bounty of your neighborhood. Galora is all about sharing the wonderful fruits, veggies, plants, home-brews, handmade goods, wines, herbs, and general good vibes in our neighborhoods.”

Galora’s Mission

Joining The Organization!

The organization mission alone is what helped me decide to join.

I am all for sharing and helping others. I believe people can’t succeed unless they share. The greatest moments in history occurred because of sharing. While I will not go back in time I will share an example of a present scenario that will soon be history is one of the many reasons why Galora is the change humanity needs.

In the year 2020 alone, there have been many gains and losses. Note, the gains would’ve never occurred if people didn’t share information. In 2020, people shared loads of information because of the covid lockdown.

While it was a terrible and confusing time for many people, it also became a beneficial time. People questioned their purpose, and the answer made them flow towards more purposeful tasks.

People either focused on their skills, health, to-do lists checks, and share.

Their sharing inspired others and implant new ideas that helped people realize others are here for them.

Since I don’t have any physical items to share because I am a minimalist. I decided to use the organization as a teaching tool for my favorite hobby; Gardening!

More on Sharing.

Since I don’t have any physical items to share because I am a minimalist. I decided to use the organization as a teaching tool for my favorite hobby; Gardening!

Galora is a must needed change to help make society a better place.

How it Works.

Galora allows you to meet people in your neighborhood or across the nation and exchange skills for goods or vice/versa.

You are able to contact people for their listings to trade as well as share your own.

In Conclusion:

As the authors of the book Creating Money states,

“Become resourceful rather than enduring bad situations look for ways to make it better.”

Creating Money

Some skills are priceless, and connecting with people can help you take your goals to the next level. Goals that you created to help you live a more happy and successful life. 

Interested in being apart of the change and helping others as well as yourself?

Join Galora today using my link: goGalora.com

5 Tools to Prevent Creative Blocks and Burnout

FREE TOOLS TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE FOR SUCCESS

Balancing work and life can be taxing. When you are out of balance, it can cause creative blocks, burnout, and make it hard to focus. You might find you have all the tools to prevent any of the above disadvantages, but they still find a way to occur in some areas of your life. 

A little History

As a writer and business owner, I recently experienced my first burnout and tried everything I could to break through, yet nothing worked. I had to re-evaluate everything from my habits, to my way of thinking, and interactions I had with people.

 After taking a project management course and doing some personal research, I realized they all advised you to create a system that will help you accomplish tasks. 

A system is a plan or routine you create that helps you improve your life a little bit each day. 

James Clear said it best in his book Atomic Habits, “If you want better results, then forget about setting goals. Focus on your systems.”

I have blogged for many years, but I’ve never been able to stay consistent with my work. My lack of a routine/system caused my blogging career to be inconsistent and not financially fulfilling.

I noticed I was blogging based on my mood. While there isn’t anything wrong with that, it can become an issue when you are building a creative career.

Overcoming Burnout and Creative Block

I tried everything to take my writing career off the ground, but nothing worked. Being creatively blocked became my new norm. When I realized my block was a form of feeling burnt out, I knew something had to change. 

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After reevaluating my life, I put a system into place which emphasized the following tools below. While these are the foundation of my many methods, they have helped me push through not wanting to create- to creating something daily.  

  1. Rest: We all know resting is essential. It is crucial to anything you want to do in life. I’m not talking about 8 hours of sleep type of rest. While that is important also, I am talking about mental and physical rest. It would be best if you let your mind take a break from crafts or tasks. At the same time, you must remember how to let your body relax too. I won’t go into detail about rest since there is lots of information on how important it is. However, you must remember to do it. 
  2. Create a system instead of a goal: Previously, I mentioned how I recently learned the importance of having a system instead of a goal—having a plan allowed me to breathe during a big project or launch for my handmade business. Before I created a system, I would experience a severe case of imposter syndrome.
  3. Project management tools: Practicing and utilizing project management in your life, whether it’s for business or everyday tasks, will give you a better workflow. My best trick for project management is what writers do when creating a draft. I outline everything to the final step. When using project management, it also helps you create a system more efficiently. “A handful of problems arise when you spend too much time thinking about your goals and not enough time designing your systems” James Clear.
  4. Read or listen to an audiobook: We all know that reading is good for us. It helps our brain connect different theories, ideas, and experiments and escape from our realities. While you might feel like you are full of ideas, reading allows your thoughts to either turn into projects or slowly drift away into the galaxy of ideas. Whenever I feel burnt out, the last thing I want to do is read a book -but it is the first thing I pick up. However, when you find yourself reading, try not to become a binge-reader; you can get stuck in a different hole (the goal is to avoid blocks and holes).
  5. Try a new hobby: You have to get distracted, so what’s better than controlling what distracts you. I am the queen of being distracted; I blame my wild party life as a young adult. While most people view distractions as a bad thing, distractions can be the best thing God has ever given to you. The beauty of free will.

While these are a few tools for you to try, there are countless books and blog posts to help you through your creative blocks and burnouts. The tools mentioned above were the few that helped me break-through my burn out, and reach a level of “Plateau of Latent Potential,” a coined term from the book A Artists Way, referring to the crossing point people endure when tracking their habits.

You can’t allow the burnout feeling to get the best of you. Instead, you have to overcome it. Yes, it takes time, but it gets easier, thanks to your system resulting in good habits. It is something you incorporate into your life until it becomes second nature. 

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Many things in your life will change when you start to implement a system to help you succeed. If you are thorough when creating your system, you will find that you are more focused and creative.

You will find yourself living, breathing, and eating creativity. As one of the basic principles in the Artists Way states, “Creativity is God’s gift to us, using our creativity is our gift back to God. 

In conclusion

To overcome burnout, you have to be kind to yourself. Rewarding yourself is key to a happy, successful, balanced life. If you don’t take anything from this, there is one last tip I would like to suggest; create an afternoon routine. 

Having an afternoon routine helps you check in with yourself throughout the day. It reminds you to loosen up as well as take a break. 

Remember, burnout is a sign of not taking a breather, so give yourself a break already, and get back to the luxurious flow of creativity.

On a Budget, But want to Start a Garden? Check out These 4 Tips

Do you want to start gardening as a hobby, but you are on a tight budget? No longer do you need to fret, because there are 5 gardening tips listed below to help you garden while on a budget.

Tip 1:

Make your own fertilizer by composting.

This is the easiest DIY.

Similarly to how we need to eat fruits and vegetables to grow and maintain the health of our organs?

Plants use the same nutrients from fruits and vegetables as well.

You already have compost sitting in your kitchen, from the scraps of the fruits and veggies you eat daily.

Once you gather the scraps of your favorite fruits and vegetables, keep them in a container near a window sill if you live in a small space, or somewhere outside where animals won’t get to it.

After you figure out how you would store your compost, begin the collection of food scraps. For techniques on how to make compost, you can check the short following video on what I use in my compost and why.

Tip 2:

Now, this tip actually involves money, and there are two ways you can spend your money.  One way will not cost you time, while the other requires more because it takes up time.

When you are just starting off gardening, you usually lack one or two things.

  1. Plants
  2. Plant holders

Let’s talk about how you can get plants for the low.

This info won’t take long because you already own the plants you want to grow.

Yep! That is right, you can regrow your store-bought fruits and vegetables. It’s a slow process, but it is the cheapest and most organic way, especially if you make your own compost/fertilization.

As far as the plant holders, you can DIY old teapots, and bowls as I have done in the photos below.

 

Another budget-friendly way you can find cute potting plants is by shopping at the 99¢ store. My sister-in-law let me in on this secret. However, the pot prices go up the bigger they are. Another flaw to the pots is they are made of plastic.

Speaking of plastic, you can also reuse water bottles, and for seed starting, there is a cool hack of reusing egg cartons and other everyday household items. Check out Treehuggers post here for more common household items.

Tip 3:

Next, you will need tools for watering the plants.

Some plants need a misting system. Lucky for you, a good money saver for misting would be to use an old spray bottle or can.

Note: If you choose to go the reuse route, be sure to thoroughly clean out the spray can, to prevent chemicals from being sprayed onto your plants.

Tip 4:

You will need gardening tools.

When I first started gardening, I didn’t realize I would need tools until I started to grow from seeds.

Since we are already in quarantine, gloves are not an issue for some of you. Gloves are mostly used to protect your nails from being dirty, so if you aren’t afraid of dirt, they are not necessarily essential.

However, if you are repotting, you will need a small rake to rake up old dead leaves and rotten roots. The best replacement you already own is a comb, it does the same job as a handheld rake.

Besides the rake, you will also need a small shovel and the best to replace them with an old scoop, or tea/tablespoons.

If you are just getting your garden started, those are a few things you can utilize for now. These hacks will get you on the right track of growing a nourishing garden filled with your favorite flower, herbs, and vegetables in no time.

 

 

What it’s Like to Grow Tea Plant ( Camellia Sinensis) In Los Angeles, CA

In an earlier post, I spoke on how I decided to start growing a tea garden for my business Healing Intentions Natural, due to COVID-19. To update you, I finally got a hold of the seeds for the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis, and began the necessary steps to grow the ancient Chinese plant in Los Angeles, CA.

While the process is a bit challenging, it’s been done before.

Due to dedicated research and the use of a green thumb, the garden is officially thriving. Since the last post, I have added a few vegetables and more herbs, and I’m waiting for them to sprout.

Disclosure: I am not in affiliation or compensated for any links in this post, other than the links referring to my e-commerce business Healing Intentions Natural.

Seeds and Newly Sprouted Herbs

Getting Started:

While it is easy to purchase seeds and pre-grown herbs for tea, obtaining seeds for the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis, took a little more time. Since I didn’t want to get my seeds imported from China, I had to search for US seed distributors.

Seeds for the tea plant are pretty hard to find in the US, but my search finally came to an end when I came across a seed distributor on Etsy that ships from San Francisco, CA; Buy Rare Seeds.

After the purchase, everything seemed to be falling into place until I had to figure out what was the hardiness zone I lived in.

What’s a Hardiness Zone?

If you are new to gardening like me, a hardiness zone is a defined geographic area that surrounds a specific range of climatic conditions related to plant growth.

According to garden.org, you must compare the climate of the plants’ natural habitat with yours to help the plant survive. Using their zone map indicator provided by USDA Hardiness Zone, I found out the Los Angeles climate is Hardiness Zone 10b, and growing the tea plant Camellia Sinensis can be challenging.

In total, North America has 11 hardiness zones.

And the Camellia Sinensis originally comes from hardiness zones 7,8, and 9.

Luckily, it is not the end of the world trying to grow the tea plant in a zone 10 climate. However, a few more steps have to take place for the plant to survive, which brings my gardening skills to a different level.

Garden Techniques I Picked Up!

Gardening is a relatively new hobby for me. Over the years, I purchased pre-grown herbs and tried to keep them alive. Although keeping pre-grown herbs alive was easy, it wasn’t until I began growing from seeds when I took gardening seriously.

I learned lots of valuable information about harvesting a healthy, pesticide-free garden for the reason that I wanted to create my fertilizer.

As a result, I learned money saving techniques of the following:

  1. Composting
  2. Studying Temperature
  3. Water distribution

And above all, my favorite lesson has been learning how to create my humidity.

Wait! You Have to Create Humidity?

Consequently, yes!

Camellia Sinensis needs humidity to survive, and Los Angeles, Ca air is dry.

Dry air is when the air has low vapor levels.

A post from UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability explains,

“The relationship between temperature and absolute humidity is fairly linear. More heat means more water vapor in the air… But when temperatures rise in L.A., humidity doesn’t always rise with it.”

Therefore, I have to create humidity.

While it may seem like a lot of work, it is pretty cool. Since I am a big supporter of DIY projects, all while being eco-friendly, growing Camellia Sinensis in an unfamiliar environment is one of the most exciting projects I have ever tried.

There is so much at risk, and not only am I learning about gardening, but I am also learning patience, self-care and love, and last but not least, how to live and let go.

Finally, if you are like me or just curious about how this tea-growing process is going to go. Simply check out my germination process in the video below, and subscribe to the youtube channel to stay up-to-date on the tea growing series.