Flowers, Writing, & Process

One of the things I love to do is walk in my neighborhood, and at this time of the year, one the things I love most is looking at all the flowers people have planted. I don't know the names of many of them or know much about them, but I enjoy all the colors, the shapes, the sizes.

This year, I decided, for the first time, to plant a few flowers of my own. So I went about trying to figure out what containers I would put them in, which meant several trips to a few stores to see what was available. Then I perused the outdoor nurseries looking at the available flowers and deciding which colors and kinds I liked best. Once my final decisions were made, I purchased - two round flower pots and one rectangular box, seven different kinds of flowers, three bags of soil, a cushion to kneel on, and some blue gardening gloves. Then I went to work.

Now I not only get to enjoy flowers when I take my walks; I also get to see all these colors, shapes, and sizes every time I look out my office window. I'm thankful for their beauty and their inspiration, and I'm also thankful for the way they remind me of how so many things in life are a process. 

There are flowers growing outside my window right now because I first enjoyed flowers on my walks in my neighborhood. Then I decided I wanted to plant some of my own. Next I took time to make a plan so that could happen. And finally, I was able to enjoy accomplishing what I set out to do. 

In many ways, it's similar to writing. I began my journey as an author by enjoying other people's work. I liked middle grade books so much, I wanted to write one of my own. In order to do that, I made a plan so that I could make that happen, and after many years of focused effort, I was blessed enough to have my dream come true.

Happy Flower Month!

And Happy Reading & Writing,


  1. Love the colors of your flower boxes, so pretty.

  2. Thank you for letting us share the beauty of your flowers - and your writing!

  3. This is fantastic. I understand exactly what you mean about flowers--I'm really getting into gardening.


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