Lately I’ve found myself winning personal victory after personal victory. Personal struggles that have plagued me for years and now falling quickly to the wayside, even getting solved completely. It’s been quite an unburdening, and I’ve felt amazing these last few weeks.

And I think plants have had a lot to do with it.

In our backyard, we are surrounded by thick, growing bamboo trees.

I’ve always loved the way that bamboo looks, but it wasn’t until recently that I took much interest in the proverbial meaning of bamboo.

It turns out, surrounding myself with this grounded, strengthening plant may have been a huge key to my recent personal success  in the face of years of struggles. It may have been the inspiration to start building myself and no longer taking shit from anyone.

How?

The bamboo plant takes about 6 years to fully mature and begin to grow.

Once it does, it can grow up to 12 feet in a week!!

Bamboo trees are among the fastest-growing plants in the world.

It does not matter who you are — or where you are — today, you have amazing potential for growth. Even though the bamboo grows quite rapidly, we might not notice its growth from day to day.

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As long as you are making the effort now, everything will  fall into place for you.

Even when we are making progress, it’s difficult to notice our own improvement. How fast or how slow we grow should NOT be our main concern. Only that we’re moving forward. The bamboo grows fastest around the rainy season. You too may have “seasons” where growth accelerates, and other seasons where it’s slower.

But as long as you are putting in effort, you are always growing. Don’t be discouraged by what you perceive as your lack of growth or improvement, and don’t be influenced by other people’s discouragement. I had hundreds of people tell me that there was nothing I could do in certain situations. That I was born a certain way. That I was capable of certain things. That there were was no protection in this world for me. That I should just ignore negativity.

I refused to accept that.

I tapped into deep universal laws. Those that worked in my favor. I went well out of my way to reclaim my personal power and made sure that in doing so, other people would not have to suffer in the future either. Although this has taken a lot of time, personal growth, strength, energy and even money and resources. It’s been completely worth it and an amazing, eye opening journey.

If you have not given up, then you are growing. You just may not see it right now.

I made a list of some of the most common feelings I was having lately. They included: Love. Gratitude. Courage. Strength. Unity. Smushyness (that’s the feeling you get smushing your dog).

The next day, I pulled all the same cards (Love, Gratitude, Courage, Strength).

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This was not a coincidence.

Signs like this and the plants I grow have become some of my favorite teachers. I’ve been learning to listen to my intuition, to trust myself more and I am committed to sharing more of that part of myself with you.

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