Live in the Moment…

Today is a bit of a dreary day, here in West Michigan.  It is chilly, forcing me to pull out my fleece hoodie and wool socks…again!   I find myself reflecting, on these calm and peaceful Spring days, reminding myself to live in the moment, regardless of the weather.

The conclusion of my posts always read: love yourself, embrace yourself, just be you. This is not only a daily reminder for myself, but to those reading. We all have a plethora of stories to share. Our stories are brimming with joy, sorrow and some serious plot twists. Regardless, I truly believe we will never be given anything in life that we can’t embrace, handle or overcome.


As we journey through life’s ubiquitous tribulations, we must always begin from within. We must love ourselves first, at any given moment, no matter what the circumstances. Stop wasting moments waiting for your “perfect self” or the “perfect weather”. Embrace yourself each and every moment, regardless of how you look or feel. Our chapters won’t always be filled with happiness and our reflections won’t always display the strongest versions of ourselves. Welcome to life…embrace the amazing, the awful and the in betweenimg_1578

Take a moment to remind yourself what is truly important. Focus on your journey and how far you have climbed. Think of those stormy waters and recognize how the winds have shifted. Take a moment to breathe and feel joy inside. Celebrate how far you have come, up until this moment. Don’t turn the page to tomorrow, before you have even experienced today.

So, on this beautiful Tuesday, WATER YOURSELF WITH LOVE and allow yourself to FLOURISH! It doesn’t matter how you look or feel! Just focus on flourishing to the best of your ability! At the end of today, remind yourself that you did the best you could and that is truly enough. And this my friends, will allow you to GROW

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…


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…