Roda’s Critter Connection

This weekend, I heard one of my favorite sounds in the whole world…the call of the pterodactyl!  Each year, I am so excited to welcome these amazing birds back to our pond for the season.  Ok…so I might be stretching the truth just a bit, but the Great Blue Heron sure sounds like a pterodactyl and looks like something completely prehistoric, when flying overhead.  What a magnificent creature!

Grab your camera and join me in celebrating your favorite critter!  No creature is too big or too small!  And remember, be like the blue heron and don’t be afraid to get your feet wet!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…




Be Still…Final Post

Each Sunday, for the past year, I have written a post titled “Be Still”.  It is so important to slow down and JUST BE.  I feel passionate about living in the moment, breathing the fresh air of Mother Nature and just BEING STILL.

With that being said, I will no longer be posting on the weekend.  I am going to take my own advice and unplug!  After reaching my personal goal of writing daily, for the past year, I am giving myself permission to JUST BE. 

Has this decision been difficult for me? YES!  I admit that I am an all or nothing person. I give everything I do 110%.  But, finding balance and a middle ground is a great challenge for me. With Spring right around the corner, my nature photography will be knocking at my door and I will be answering that call!  I also have some wonderful photography and art projects currently unfolding, which I am so excited about!

I remind myself of a quote, by Clinton Kelly, that has saved me numerous times…


I think those are pretty powerful words!  Read it…say it out loud…live it!

Have a fabulous weekend! See You Monday!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…




Don’t Forget!

Don’t forget, I have gifts I would love to share, with two lucky individuals, to celebrate Growing Self’s 1st Birthday!!

It’s time to celebrate and give back to all of the beautiful and talented individuals I have had the privilege to meet, over the past year! I love sharing gifts, making birthdays and special moments extra special! After much thinking, I have decided to gift a few of my favorite things! (No worries, none of them are chickens, bumblebees or teenagers!)

*2 Amazing individuals will receive the following gifts from ME!!!*

Gift From the Sea by Ann Morrow Lindbergh


The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown


An Indigo Acres t-shirt – “Do What You Love”


A Puravida bracelet, in my favorite shades of green, dedicated to saving the Sea Turtles


You are probably wondering how these gifts could end up at your door! Well, it is pretty simple… Write a post about YOU! What brings you JOY? How have you GROWN over the past year? What risks have you taken to FOLLOW YOUR HEART? How have you learned to LOVE YOURSELF. How has GROWING SELF inspired YOU? The possibilities are endless!
Now comes the tricky part! How do I decide on only two individuals?!?! I don’t! My family does! Once you write your post, link it to Growing Self. Then, go to my “Get In Touch Page” and e-mail me your text for consideration. I will print them out and share them with my family. The two individuals chosen will not only receive these 4 beautiful gifts, but have their submissions featured on Growing Self.

Submissions will be accepted through Saturday, March 17! The two selected individuals will be announced through Growing Self on Tuesday, March 20th! It is time to celebrate YOU and all of your GROWTH!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…