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End of Month Potpourri-April 2015


The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good. ~ Brian Tracy



For this month’s potpourri, I am continuing my thoughts about self-love.  Self-love and self-care are things we are not routinely used to considering…we are not brought up to think about ourselves first….it is thought of as selfish.



But in reality it is the most self-less thing we can do to care for ourselves….I feel if we don’t care for ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, then we cannot adequately care for others.



Part of that self-care is making time for ourselves….not easy in our busy lives, but essential.  It is important to connect to our inner core….to find ways to replenish ourselves.  I disconnect from the world for chunks of time.  It gives me space and solace to think or not think…to go with the flow or put my ideas down on paper.



But the best thing I do somedays is to celebrate.  With the coming of May, I find it a perfect time to celebrate as it is my birth month.  It is a standing joke that in May….I don’t have a birthday, but I celebrate my birth month.  But that joke has really become a reality for me, as I think it is a perfect idea.



And while this is something I do in May, I have begun to realize that I need to celebrate more….not just the big occasions, but the smaller moments in my life.  A glorious day….a perfect sunset….the return of a beloved flower or bird to my garden…..a mother rabbit nursing her young.



These times don’t need a big celebration…they just need to be noted in a journal, or for me with my camera.  So as I look back at some of these special times this past month, I thought I would celebrate them here with you as I saw them through my camera lens.





As the snow finally began to melt in the beginning of April, fog came to the garden.  This was the foggy sunrise that met me on that glorious morning.





The willow trees outside my front door, capture the droplets of rain and hold them making sparkles and reflections.





And those same trees are a perfect perch for many bird visitors seeking shelter, a home or just a spot to watch the sunrise on a foggy morning….like this Junco.





The first flowers of spring were a daily occurrence as the snow melted to reveal them already blooming.  And with spring rains, the flowers were bathed in more beauty.





The first daffodils shimmered like the snowdrops above.





As the ground warmed, and the bright spring sun shone down, more flowers bravely bloomed for me…Iris reticulata here…..Chionodoxa in the first photo.





And Crocus tommasinianus blooming through the new green grass.





This Scilla siberica is finding the first light of the new day…what a glow it is giving off that is captured here and in my heart forever.





And finally the silver maple flowers are blooming already as the spring sunlight makes them shine like diamonds on the branches.



These are the celebrations I see each day…and so many more I hear with each new bird’s song.  Each a delight…each renewing me helping me to SOAR higher.  Each and every day now I am making time for me…I take it slow with no set plan…just kindness, gentleness and a child’s curiosity regained.




Note:   Each photo was taken on my daily walk around the garden in the month of April, 2015.  Some required me to lay on the soft, wet ground and see the flowers from a new perspective.  Oh what breath of life I found there as I reconnected with Mother Earth.


If you like gardening, and want to see more pictures of my April garden, I have a monthly journal post at my garden blog, Gardens Eye View, the first Monday of each month.






I leave you with more thoughts about self-love and giving love back.  Feel free to download this photo and share.


All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. A Quiet Corner A Quiet Corner
    April 30, 2015    

    Wonderful and truthful words coincide nicely with your photos!…:)JP

  2. April 30, 2015    

    Spring, renewer of hope and beauty. Lovely post:)

    • May 1, 2015    

      Spring brings me new life….thanks Elena!

  3. April 30, 2015    

    I could almost smell the fresh damp air viewing your photos. Simple, lovely, well worth noticing. You and your garden bless each other by being present one to the other. Not to get ahead of you, but happy birth month to come!

    • May 1, 2015    

      Oh thanks so much Deb…you have such wonderful words that praise me and my garden….

  4. Debbie Debbie
    April 30, 2015    


  5. May 1, 2015    

    Wonderful shots. That daffodil shot is gorgeous!

    • May 1, 2015    

      I couldn’t believe the garden after that rain…much gratitude for its loveliness and your kind words.

  6. May 1, 2015    

    Whenever I think about self-care and self-love…which are so important as you say…I always think about the airline attendant telling the passengers to put on their mask FIRST…before their children. That sums it up. You can’t help others until you help yourself. Love all the flowers!

    • May 1, 2015    

      Funny you should say that…I think of the same thing as well…and I warn friends and family that are caretakers to first make sure they care for themselves….so important!

  7. May 1, 2015    

    I remember my psychologist friend using an expression she calls “Take the Fall”. She means by that that sometimes self care means knowing when to back out of an entanglement, knowing when to let somebody else win the argument, knowing when to back away and protect yourself. This has become a new way to live for me when it comes to deep love for the inner part of myself, the child and the adult.

    • May 1, 2015    

      Absolutely Susan…I used that expression in my job all the time and it worked wonders…and I have been working on using it in my personal life now.

  8. you certainly have a lovely variety of spring flowers there …all so pretty. I think the little white ones are my favorite 🙂

    • May 1, 2015    

      Every day is another lovely moment there.

  9. May 1, 2015    

    This post made me think about Carol Gilligan’s book, In A Different Voice, which made a big splash in the 1980s. Gilligan argued that the model of moral development based on research with male subjects wasn’t a good fit for women, who faced took a different path to moral maturity. In particular, Gilligan argued that the last and most difficult step for women in becoming morally/ethically mature was to understand that they couldn’t be morally responsible in their relationships with others without self-care.
    Women are so often expected to be selfless that we often have to be reminded of this simple truth.

    • May 1, 2015    

      That book sound’s familiar Jean….I always learn so much from you. You are an amazing teacher. Yes, when I was raised in the 60s, we were given the role model of the wife/mother who gave her all for her family. I often wonder how my mother kept her sanity.

  10. May 1, 2015    

    Your photos are beautiful, Donna. So glad your flowers have awakened!
    I planted your sunflower seeds today. Thanks!

    • May 1, 2015    

      Thanks Beth…next weekend is my time for planting sunflowers. Can’t wait!

  11. May 2, 2015    

    I am nodding my head through this entire post. Fine words that need to be remember more often. I do love celebrating the small moments, especially in the garden. Isn’t it great to walk around and have your heart skip a beat when you see a new flower blooming or discover some new pollinator. I enjoyed your photos of the rain drops in your garden. I find that we have something else in common Donna. My birth month is May also.

    • May 2, 2015    

      Oh so you are celebrating your birth month too Karin!! It has been soul renewing being out in the garden working, observing and just enjoying!

  12. May 2, 2015    

    “I feel if we don’t care for ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, then we cannot adequately care for others.”

    This is how I feel too 🙂

    I love the beautiful photos you have shared to accompany your words 🙂

  13. May 4, 2015    

    Pretty images of spring…

  14. May 6, 2015    

    Donna, it’s such a good idea to take your camera to your daily walks around your garden, I should get into that custom as well, let’s say on a week’s basis. I’m thrilled to see Scilla siberica and Chionodoxa among the flowers in your garden, I have them both and love their arrival at spring. I like that perspective in the first photo with Chionodoxa, it looks beautiful.

    As for the celebrating, I absolutely agree with you. I read a nice metaphor once saying that to have energy to move and simply exist, we need food and if the refrigerator is empty, we need to fill it again. It’s the same with giving away our energy and care to others – if the refrigerator is empty, we need to fill it… and that we can do only by paying attention to our needs as well. We can’t draw water from an empty well. Let’s celebrate!! 🙂

    • May 6, 2015    

      That is a great metaphor Petra…we do need to refill our internal refrigerators don’t we…that is a great visual I will remember….I look forward to seeing the pictures from your garden walks…pure bliss!

  15. May 14, 2015    

    I love this blog Donna … and will be back to explore more. Would love some lessons on being a more regular poetry-blogger, too, along with some of the other connections you seem to be making with your blog. As another poetry/garden lover & inspirational connector, you have inspired me!

    • May 14, 2015    

      So happy you love it here and love poetry too! Would love to connect more and chat Sora….these connections keep my soul thriving and soaring!

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