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Sow the Good Seed

Note: This blog post is adapted from a Mahogany Manifesto post on Instagram. Follow us here.

“I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.”

David Hobson 

Through the comprehensive wellness frameworks that Mahogany Manifesto provides, you are encouraged to think critically about your use of time and consider how stretching yourself in even just one of the wellness categories can enhance your life.

In founding this community, I was adamant about focusing on peer-learning and inspiration.

Self-care takes practice.

We can learn from each other’s journeys.

As demonstrated by the "behind-the-scenes" photos I share on Instagram, you can see that I have been digging into Environmental Wellness through gardening.

The quote above explains exactly why...

I can look at the dimensions of wellness and state how lessons from gardening relate to each one —

  • Spiritual Wellness: A perpetual sense of awe at God’s work. There has to be a creator! Even a seed knows its purpose once planted and watered!
  • Emotional Wellness: As I walk to the garden, stress melts away. Now, when I get there and see that some animal has eaten our stuff, it might change quickly, but it still adds peace to be outside.
  • Physical Wellness: I’m walking with watering cans, cooking with fresh produce and eating out less, which are all wins! 
  • Career Wellness: I go to the garden to reset between Zoom meetings so I can focus.
  • Financial Wellness: Growing food allows me to stretch my budget and try more elaborate recipes. So fun!
  • Social Wellness: Mannnn... the @growingandgrowthcollective startup story is going to have to be a post all on its own, but I have built some fantastic bonds and started doing some exciting social justice work... all stemming from the garden.
  • Intellectual Wellness: Goodness gracious, there is a lot to learn! Working in an Ag College exposed me to the depth of knowledge that is required, but now here I am, just scratching the surface.
  • Creative Wellness: I’m trying new recipes with food from my plots while listening to new podcasts/music, and including my child. Yay!

Exploring the depth of this one activity has been so rewarding.

I encourage you to try something new!

Plan and track your progress with The Daily Manifesto, of course 🥰

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