Who am I? 


Hello! My name is Roda and I am passionate about life! I am married to my soulmate,  my voice of reason… my rock.   Throughout this blog, I will refer to her as “Wifey”. Let’s just say, she is a bit on the shy side!   I am blessed with 3 beautiful, talented and hormonal teenagers. (Love them) I spent 22 years teaching elementary education. Two years ago, I closed that door and opened a new one… It has been over these past two years that I have focused on “Growing Self“.

I have always been an avid gardener of flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables.  Gardening brings me peace, joy and contentment.  It allows me to live in the moment, as challenging as that can be! There is something so therapeutic about digging in the cool, moist soil, planting a seed and tending to a young, tender life.  Leaving my career in education has allowed me to explore and expand not only my gardening, but my dream of becoming a hobby farmer.  I am a proud mama of 2 horses, 4 goats, 2 dogs, 8 cats, 24 ducks and 84 chickens. Anything that walks up the driveway, has a home here at Indigo Acres!

When it is not gardening season, I find myself pulled to create indoors and out.  Art feeds and heals the soul.  Having my hands covered with paint is just as therapeutic as being covered with soil. Capturing life’s moments through photography is also a passion. Hiking, kayaking and travel makes capturing these images effortless! Over the past two years, yoga and meditation have also become new explorations of self.

I have been told for years that I should start a blog.  I always giggled to myself.  Who would want to read about my quirky little life? Granted, I have always felt that reaching out to others is one of best things you will ever do for yourself. I have a strong intuitive side and trust in that when making life decisions.   After numerous suggestions,  I decided I would put the idea of starting a blog out to the universe.  I needed a blog title, if I was meant to share my thoughts, my dreams…my journey.  And then it came to me…”Growing Self”

“Just be yourself.  Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful and magical person that you are.”    ~unknown 

Welcome to my journey,


Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…