HUM Nutrition

I am not one to share my passion for a specific product, unless I find myself truly in LOVE with not only the product, but the company. I was so excited to receive my new HUM order yesterday, that I felt it was time to share my passion for HUM Nutrition, on Growing Self!  img_1855

I have been using vitamins and supplements from HUM Nutrition for about a year, and I have never been disappointed. I tried to narrow down my favorites and it was almost impossible!  But, I can’t imagine my life without these 4 products…

Moody Bird is formulated with dong quail root and chaste berry to help maintain hormonal balance.  Think of it as your best friend during PMS or menopause! Let’s just say that I have noticed a POSITIVE difference during the more “challenging” times of the month! (My family can vouch for that, too!)

Arctic Repair assists in rejuvenating my 46-year-old skin!  It helps with those fine lines, too!  Repair away, my beauty sidekick!

Wing Man was one of the first products I tried from HUM Nutrition, due to struggling with dark circles.   Within 2 months, I noticed a significant improvement, thanks to the silymarin extracted from the milk thistle seed.  Not only does it help your dark circles, but is a great liver detox, too!

OMG is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, for not only beautiful skin tone, but overall heart and body health!

I am passionate about health and wellness.  Hum Nutrition has been a beautiful addition to my daily regimen.  Keep in mind, these are just a few of my favorites!  Check out their website for the full collection!

For $10 off your first order, use my referral code 12364C!

I might not have a lot of time to pamper myself, so I think of HUM as my daily spa treatment!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just  Be You…



Meet Michael!

On Tuesday, I announced the three beautiful individuals, that were selected by my family, to receive birthday gifts from Growing Self. You met Kelly on Wednesday and Darren yesterday! Today, I would like to celebrate the talented, funny and poetic wonder, Michael. Here is his story…♥

Meet Michael!


It has been said that a few years ago I had a mid-life crisis. I ceased to pride myself on doing what other people expected of me and I decided to put right some of the things that were not right in my life.

For many people all they saw was that I got the tattoos I had always threatened to have done but never did, I picked up the convertible car I had always fancied but always decided against and abandoned my faith and took up drinking the most wonderful cocktails.

It was not a completely painless experience though, it certainly took some adjusting to but I did not feel particularly moved to explain all of my decisions to everyone, instead simply starting to live in a different way and deal with the things that I felt had held me back.

Call it what you will, I don’t really mind, but I can honestly say that it was a most wonderfully liberating experience and once those nearest and dearest had got used to the change in me I think that they were unanimous in their opinions that I was a considerably happier and more content individual.

Fast forward 5 years and I again find myself in a place where I feel an urge deep down that needs to be scratched. I’m still a little uncertain how it happened but before I know it last July I had started a blog and what a ride it has been. I have expressed things I would never have considered previously, and I have been affected by the work of others and have seen how my words have brought both laughter and tears to people who have been kind enough to take their time to read it.

Most importantly though connections with people have been made and for me that is a big thing. I am not a particularly social or emotional person, and as an old grey haired tattooed dog not one for new tricks so to find myself being something I did not think I was is a big deal and the influence of others in the blogosphere in this journey has been quite something indeed.

I highly recommend you visit Michael’s blog!  His writing and poetry will make you laugh one minute and cry the next!  Such a talent!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



Meet Darren!

On Tuesday, I announced the three beautiful individuals, that were selected by my family, to receive birthday gifts from Growing Self. Yesterday, I introduced you to Kelly!   Today, I would like to celebrate the kind, talented and botanical God, Darren.  Here is his story…♥

Meet Darren – a.k.a. “Super D”


So I am supposed to write about me? Well, like most bloggers, I often do that anyway as it is a subject I know quite a bit about – though my wife insists she knows more.

So who am I? Well here is a starter:

Full time lab rat. Part time artist, plantsman, gardener, naturalist, sci-fi geek, gym bunny, musician, comedian, blogger, photographer, caffeine addict, recovering depressive and wannabe gigolo.

I was born in 1966, back when the world was still in black and white, and am still thinking about growing up.

I live in NW England. It rains a lot and there are sheep.

What do you mean, ‘no, seriously’?

The above pretty much sums me up really. I suspect Roda wants something a little more in-depth..

What brings me joy? I have always loved nature. The perfection of a flower or and insect’s wing and how as you focus further in and see more detail they just become even more wondrous. I bought myself a microscope when I was 11 and am still exploring nature 40 years later, with even more enthusiasm. The way nature adapts and grows to fill every life possibility is a lesson to us all I think.

How have I grown over the past year? Well this is quite a story! A year ago I was in the depths of one of my worst depressive episodes in decades. I had a breakdown in mid summer and was prescribed Citalopram. This improved my mood enough to start taking steps, including reviving my long neglected blog. I started reaching out and connecting with other like-minded bloggers. Some of these people have become true real-life friends who bring me joy every single day with thoughtful messages, comments and gifts. My day always starts with checking my e-mail and WordPress for news from my friends.

The loneliness I had felt for years has gone. I have found a sense of family.

My new friends have encouraged me in my efforts to grow and fulfil my dreams. Feeling loved and supported has made me so much more brave and willing to push my limits. Most recently I started to learn to swim at 51. This week I swam my first length and it made me SO happy. My dream of scuba diving on a coral reef is now a step closer!

I am working toward selling my art and collaborating with friends on blogging projects too. I am busy but happy for the first time in so long.

How have I learned to love myself? By listening instead of dismissing compliments, often from the same friends above. I started to accept that maybe my self-perception had been skewed for a long time and maybe I am an OK guy after all.

What challenges have I overcome in my life? The biggest was the scars left by my childhood. I drafted a bog post about this once but it was so painful that I could not bear to publish it and have only shared the full story with one person. It culminated in a suicide attempt at 17 and a lifetime of self-esteem issues and depression which in turn led to loneliness. I have fought back on occasions before but in the last six months there has been what feels like a permanent shift back into the light, as I have already described.

Growing Self was one of the first blogs I followed when I returned to blogging and has inspired me in many ways; from Roda’s sublime photography, her lovely family and her critters. Her love of flowers and nature but most of all because of Roda’s loving and sunny heart. I know where to go if I need a smile or to feel some warmth. Thank you Roda for bringing sunshine to the lives of your loving friends over the last year and long may you continue. Darren

To learn more about this talented man, visit his blog…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…