Thoughts and A Pumpkin Spice Doughnut…

I am sitting here, at my desk, telling myself I should really write something.  I am surrounded by my favorite things: coconut water, a pumpkin spice doughnut, and my desk magnet board, filled with cards from loved ones.  My setting is perfect and inspiring, yet my head seems somewhat quiet.  I have filled my blog with flowers in September and I am on a critter fix for the month of October.  Lately, I have been spending my days with a paint brush and my emotions, rather than the keyboard and my thoughts. It has been three weeks since my surgery and healing is going well.  In fact, only a few of you know the real reason why I started Growing Self about 6 months ago…

Back then, I called it a “health hiccup”.  I did not elaborate.  I like to stay upbeat and keep things positive. I wrote a post about making lemonade out of lemons and moved on. I had very few followers at that point, so it was read by few.   But, this little hiccup kept me from participating in my garden fully, the farm fully…my life fully.  I was going nuts!  I don’t sit well.  I can’t even remember the last time I turned on the TV or watched a movie.  Needless to say, Wifey suggested that I finally start writing my blog.  It was something I could do to fill my days and incorporate all of the things I love.  And here I am… 2 surgeries and 313 posts later!  I have never missed a day.  I have met amazing writers, poets, photographers and artists…I have met amazing friends.

As I think about these special souls, I dream of a life where all of these beautiful, like-minded individuals could live on one street – think about the block parties we could have!  Today, Wifey asked me what I wanted for my birthday.  Keep in mind, I LOVE my birthday!!!  October is pre-birth month.  December is post-birth month.  But, when November hits…watch out!

This was my answer to Wifey’s question…

I would love to meet my “Blog Friends”.  I want to have dinner with Linda and play with Walter and Levi.  I want to fly to South Africa and learn about photography and spiders from Ark.  I want to go on a hike, in the forest, with Rhapsody and dance with the woodland fairies!  I want to visit lighthouses with Mr. Mel, aka Yoda.  I want to fly to France and paint with Doc.  I want to go on a run with Dee Dee…please, not more than 5 miles!  I want to “high-5” Kerry Ann in person.  I want to walk through Sophie’s beautiful gardens and drink tea. I want to sit on Robin’s porch and make wreaths and eat pumpkin spice everything!  I want to swing in hammocks with Shelly and talk about life.  I want my own cape, to fly through the streets of London, with Maria, singing and writing poetry.  I want to hear Jess’s amazing Australian accent.  I want to spend all day in a book store with sweet Nel.  I want to sit and hear the stories of Mohamad’s travels.   And, I want to spend the day with my adorable, twin brother Jay.

Call it my blogging bucket list!  This thought sure is a beautiful one!  SO… this is my way to say “thank you” to each of you, and so many more, for bringing me so much laughter and joy over the past 6 months!    I feel blessed that our paths have crossed!  I am inspired daily by your gifts, talents and wisdom!  My birthday is in just over a month…so, that is plenty of time to plan!  I say, “Party at Linda’s!” 

Thank you for,

Loving Me…Embracing Me…Allowing Me to Be Truly Me…



Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

35 thoughts on “Thoughts and A Pumpkin Spice Doughnut…

  1. It’s good to have such good plans, i hope that most of them will come true. Keep up blogging, I love your pictures (as long as it’s not spiders or creepy little anonymous things), you’re a sweet person and I’m happy to have known you.

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  2. What an absolutely lovely wish! Can I come too?!

    I was sorry to hear about your health hiccup but it has led you to this and I am glad you are doing OK. My blogging friends have been a huge part of my feeling the way I do today after being utterly lost only a few months ago and I would like to thank you for being a recent part of that Roda.

    The botany geek in me is curious about the location of the photograph at the top. It looks like a lava flow now being recolonised by plants?

    Take care, keep blogging, and have a big hug from me.


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    1. You are correct! We spent 10 days exploring the Big Island of Hawaii last October. It was an amazing trip. If you go to my category list and click under travel, you’ll find the eight part series. I did a feature of the entire trip. You will appreciate the orchids. They were incredible 💚

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  3. Oh Roda, yes please!! I would love to make that dream come true for you! I just love your outlook on life. I agree with Wifey. Blogging was the best idea! You bring so much happiness and joy to all of just with your words and beautiful pictures. Always something to look forward to each day. 💕

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  4. Done!! We meet at Linda’s, Sophie and I will cook/bake (and any other blogger who loves to cook from your list), Ark and other great photographers can document it! We will all do a giant “Ode to Roda” post on our blogs! Oh, then you and I will run 5 miles!! 🙂

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  5. You are so sweet! I would love to get the blogging pals together! Party at Linda’s! 😉 I always thought it would be a blast to get a Blog Bus and just keep driving around meeting one friend after another. If someone needs to head home, we’d take them and then visit someone else who would join us. Do you think a month would be long enough? Maybe a couple. Party bus!!!! OR, we can make it a big RV so dtills can cook for us. Yes, that sounds really good. Oh, the fun we’d have! ❤️💕❤️💕❤️ 🚌 ❤️💕❤️💕❤️

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  6. This is such a wonderful post and the way you speak about your friends is beautiful. 😍 I recognize the lovely Maria but I need to watch out for these other bloggers! I hope you are doing well. 🌹

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