I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase before. Maybe you’ve seen it on a motivational poster or on a graphic covered in flowers. The truth is, this phrase is centuries old but has no official known origin or author. Yet somehow, it has managed to stand the test of time. But what does it really mean? What does it have to do with this blog? And can that simple little phrase really change your life?
Let’s take a moment to break down this phrase.
“Bloom” is literally what a plant does when it produces a flower. Metaphorically speaking, to bloom is to grow, flourish, and thrive. “Where you are planted” refers to the fact that the plant’s seed was placed in its location by another force. Maybe the wind or by the hands of a gardener. For us, the place “where [we] are planted” is within our circumstances, mainly the ones that are out of our control. Your circumstances could be a literal, geographic “where” like an unfamiliar city which you moved to for your family or a job. Or they could be something like your health or your finances or your skills and abilities.
To put it simply, to “bloom where you are planted” is to be your best self in spite of your circumstances. To learn and grow and not let anything stop you from achieving your dreams. As with all things that are truly worthwhile, it’s easier said than done, but here are three steps to getting started:
Stop focusing on the things you can’t change and start focusing on the things you can. It’s so easy to fall into a downward spiral, wasting time and energy attempting to change things that are not in your control. Accepting the things you truly cannot change is not a defeat or a failure- it is the first victory on the path to a better, more fulfilling life. All the time and energy you once put toward fighting your circumstances can then be channeled into positive, doable changes that will help you achieve your goals.
Plan, but don’t over-plan. If you love planning like I do, you probably know how easy it is to get carried away creating overwhelming numbers of goals, each with countless steps to check off along the way. When you try to do too much at once, you are setting yourself up to fail. Instead, focus on one change at a time. Choose a specific goal, and then determine all the steps that will help you achieve it. Once you have a plan in place, you can simply focus on taking the next step without being overwhelmed by all the steps ahead.
Start with what you have, right where you are. If you are waiting for the perfect time or the perfect conditions, that time will never come. Nothing is ever perfect, and change is rarely convenient or easy. The truth is, you don’t need the perfect conditions or circumstances to thrive; you just need the will to do it. Remember, flowers can still manage to grow and bloom through concrete. You can do this but not unless you start.
THE PLANTED POPPY
I know these steps can work because they are the same steps I used to launch this site. The truth is, I’ve had a pretty rough year. I spent a lot of time blaming myself for things I couldn’t control and waiting around for circumstances to change instead of formulating a plan and taking action. I was so afraid of failure that I did nothing at all. The problem with doing nothing is that nothing changes, and it didn’t until I was really honest with myself and started changing my attitude and my actions. This blog has been a goal of mine for over a year, and now it’s finally here. And guess what? Once I started working on it, it was a lot less difficult and scary than I had built it up in my mind to be.
I chose the name “The Planted Poppy” as a reminder to “bloom where you are planted” and, of course, as a connection to my sticker shop, The Poppy Print Shop. I love creating stickers for you to decorate your planner and organize your schedule, but I want to go even deeper. I want to help you make small positive changes to create the life of your dreams. I will be using this blog to share tips and ideas on planning and productivity, creativity and crafting, and self-care. Am I an expert? No, but I’m always learning and growing. Let’s learn and grow together!
Are you ready to bloom?
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