plants are my therapy

My name is Melissa, and I’m addicted to plants!

Okay, not really but pretty close. I’ve always had a love for landscaping and planting and all of the pretty flowers outdoors. But recently I’ve taken my indoor plant game to the next level. I used to joke around that, I had a indoor plant black thumb, so I’ve made it my mission to change that.

Why I needed to change it holds a more personal reason for me. I recently have been struggling with empty nest syndrome, when my nest isn’t quite so empty yet, let me explain. This is going to get pretty personal here. My entire life, as far back as I can remember, I’ve been taking care of kids. It started at a young age, around 13 or 14 years old. When my parents divorced and I needed to help take care of my three younger siblings. My younger siblings were always with me. Even after I moved out and met my wonderful husband and got pregnant with my first child, I have always had kids arounds me. I am now 30 years old and I have 3 very imaginative kids of my own. But that’s where the struggles come in. My youngest, the baby, is growing up, and growing way too fast.

This is my last year home with a child constantly around because she will start preschool this coming school year then kindergarten the following year, and I’m struggling with that. The things that pop up into my mind that I’m sure sound silly to others, are really hard for me. Like the thought of eating lunch alone, or taking a shower without someone banging on the door. I keep asking my husband what am I going to do all day? He just looks at me and giggles, as if I’m crazy.

So this is where my plants come in. I need something to make me feel like they need me. And boy, oh boy do these plants need me. Plants take a lot of work, love and patience. I’m embracing it all. They are filling a big void in a even bigger way.

Over this next year I’m going to embrace learning more, while teaching my last kiddo and soaking up every last moment we have one on one together. All while teaching myself, that it’s okay to be alone until the kids get home from school, and my husband comes home from work. It’s okay to have time to yourself and it’s okay to find hobbies.

Now I’m sure you are wondering what plants I’ve taken on so far. My three favorites are the two boxwoods I’m training into topiaries and a rosemary plant I’m hoping will transform also into a nice full topiary. My 8 year old daughter had picked out these beautiful angel plants. Now if you asked me what their actual name is, I won’t be able to tell you. Let’s not forget I’m a reformed “plant lady” here. I definitely plan on adding more green beauties to my collection as time goes on. Any suggestions? Would be appreciated. Also Let me know if you are a newly addicted plant lady, or if you’ve ever struggled being alone, kid less or just plain struggled with empty nesters syndrome.

One day I hope to have a beautiful green house filled with all the types of plants. Until then I will love all of my plant babies and pray everyday I can keep them alive.

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