Be Still

When I consider this adventure called life, I quickly come to the realization that it will be the longest, most beautiful and most challenging journey I will ever embark upon.  There will be open meadows, filled with wildflowers, laughter and love.  It is during those moments that I will dance in the sunlight and give thanks for life’s blessings.


There will also be rough terrain, showered with tears that, at times, appear impassable. Yet, these moments will teach me so many valuable lessons and allow my soul to grow and flourish.


Regardless of life’s trail, know you are never alone!  You might not know your direction, but you  can always choose who you have beside you.  Surround yourself with individuals that you can GROW with, for these beautiful souls will feed you and make you feel alive.


Today, Be Still.  Reach out to those special souls that walk beside you at times, holding your hand and at other moments carry you, when you are unable to stand alone.  Take a moment to thank them for being such a beautiful part of your journey.  Celebrate this exploration of love and friendship, for it is a beautiful and unique gift.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You




If You Build, It They Will Come: An Interview With Wifey!

I thought I would interrupt the “If You Build It, They Will Come” series with a special guest star… You guessed it! I would like to introduce my amazing, brilliant and talented Wifey!


Note: Wifey is extremely shy and a woman of few words. She will not speak before at least 4 cups of coffee and when she does speak, her words are laced with wit and sarcasm. Let’s begin, shall we…

We were going to be in the JEEP for about 30 minutes, so I knew I had her trapped!  There was no escaping my questions!  Bawhahahahah!!!

Roda:  “Hey, I have a few questions for you…”

Wifey“And why are you asking me these questions?”

Roda: “Because I am interviewing you for Growing Self!”

Wifey: “What if I don’t want to do an interview?”

Roda:  “It’s too late… the interview already started. Now, for my first question… Who is your favorite animal on the farm?”

Wifey: “There aren’t enough M&Ms in my box to survive this…(deep breath) I think you know the answer to that question. Pumps is my favorite animal, as if you didn’t know that. You consistently accuse me of talking more affectionately to her then I do to you.”


Roda: “This is very true. You do!   And, to let everyone know, Pumps is short for Pumpkin, who looks sweet, but will claw your eyes out, in a matter of seconds! Wifey carries her around like a baby!”

Wifey: “Completely not true!  It has nothing to do with me.  She flops in front of my feet.  I don’t have a choice but to pick her up.”

Roda: “What is it about Pumps that makes her your favorite?”

Wifey: “She is sassy…and she loves me…only me!  She comes when I call her…she is my farm dog!  What’s not to love about that?!”

Roda: “Big surprise….I am surrounded by sass!  And, my Wifey is in love with the cat!  Here is another question for you…What made you want to have a farm?”

Wifey: “I’ve always wanted a farm. Why? Let me get back to you. I’ll have to ask my 10-year-old self that question.”

Roda: “Seriously?  Really… how does the farm make you feel?”

Wifey: “Is there always emotion involved with you?”

Roda: “You know exactly what I mean.”

Wifey: “The farm makes me fee like I want to build something.”

Roda:  “You always have to have a project! You have built everything possible! What is left to build?”

Wifey: Really? I can’t believe you are asking that question! There’s always something to build!”

Roda: “That thought makes me think of your latest and greatest project. Tell us about your new passion for solar lights.”

Wifey: “Keep up with the questions and we’re going completely off the grid, Baby!”

Roda: “Like I said… Sass! All I get is sass.  Let me rephrase the question… Why do you feel that solar power is the direction you would like to go with the farm?”

Wifey: “Because it’s free and better for the environment…And, are you really giving me s*#% about my solar panel projects? Can we talk about all of your photography and your pictures of bugs?”

Roda: ” Now you are relaxing! Sassiness and a little sensitivity…this is working out perfectly I think! Let’s talk about gardening.  What is your favorite crop to grow?”

Wifey“Watermelons. I enjoy finding the hidden gems among the vines. It’s like a treasure hunt. Did I tell you I counted at least 30 of them? And I didn’t even look very hard!”


Roda: “Are there any other exciting things going on in the garden?”

Wifey: “Well, Pumps likes the garden and I just put a new solar light in the garden cottage. That’s exciting!  And, I picked a zucchini the size of your head!  There’s some sass for ya!”

Roda: Is there anything else exciting that is growing in the garden? (I knew this interview would be painful…)”

Wifey: “Parsnips… Turnips… I’ve never grown those before.   My headache is growing from all of this talking!  Are we done yet?”

Roda: “Soon…What do you dislike growing in the garden, if anything?”

Wifey: “The entire bed of squash that you are going to make me eat! BLAH!”

Roda: “Why do you have such a strong aversion to squash?”

Wifey: ” I’m afraid the texture is going to gag me…no kill me…!!!”

Roda: “But you haven’t tried it yet!!??”

Wifey: “It doesn’t matter… I know the outcome!  Mealy, mushy baby food!  Yuck!”

Roda: “I think we should move onto a new question… There are many beneficial insects in the garden. We also have some that are not very beneficial. You know I enjoy photographing all critters. How do you feel about my cute little friend the hornworm?”

Wifey: “Now wait one minute… If given the chance, I think you would’ve taken a flamethrower to the aphids, that attacked our fruit trees, in the spring. I didn’t see you photographing those critters!”

Roda: “Ummm…If you would have listened to the entire question before responding, you would’ve realized that I mentioned the hornworm.”

Wifey: “Hate them…I just hate them! They are gross and disgusting and they are filled with lime- green juice. There is absolutely nothing cute about them. I’d rather hang out with a snake! No, 10 snakes!”

Roda: “Wifey, tell us how you really feel!”

Wifey: “This interview is stressing me out. Too much talking…Can I go get on the tractor now?”

Roda: “Ok…relax…What final comments do you have for the amazing souls that are reading this interview?”

Wifey: “Really?…really?!  Linda, the dragon lady from Maine rocks…Go bug her now. Everyone should go and grow something… You’ll need some therapy after reading this interview! Oh and Happy August! Go adopt a kitten. Name it Pumps!”

Roda: “Thanks, Wifey! I think we’re done here.”

Wifey: “I know I am!”

Roda:  “By the way, I thought we could have sweet potatoes with dinner.”

WifeyNo…you are constantly trying to kill me and burn my intestines with health food.  If there is not a ton of brown sugar and butter, don’t bother! Retching now…going to the barn.  I will not eat your sticks and twigs and dirt.  Don’t think I don’t notice…I know you hide that healthy stuff in my food…I’m watching you…  Do we have any Little Debbie treats? I like treats…. Now, I am fed organic chicken feed…That’s love for ya!”

Roda:  “Love you too, Wifey!”

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda & Wifey





Be Still…

Over the past few months, I feel my Soul Family has grown. When I contemplate the true meaning of the phrase “Soul Family“, those individuals, not connected by blood, that have embraced me purely through their love and energy, come to mind. These beautiful souls deliver unconditional support during the most perfect moments in life. I truly believe I have connected with these precious individuals because we are on the same path…the same journey. We ride the same soul train, focusing our energies on a similar mission and purpose in life.img_9955

I am so thankful for my Soul Family and feel their blessings daily. It doesn’t matter how often we communicate, for we have a connection that lives beyond the spoken word. We are One.

Together, We Are One

Today…Be Still. Connect with your Soul Family emotionally, spiritually or physically. Trust your intuition when you feel the pull to reach out with a helping hand or uplifting words. Love these individuals unconditionally, for the universe conspired your connection for a very special reason.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…