I stumbled upon this quote and it really stuck with me — “Energy goes where the attention flows”. In the past year, this past month especially, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into my priorities.
I challenge you to write out your priorities and for the next week document how much time you spend working on them versus the habits that you are trying to phase out (e.g. over-thinking, excessive social media, watching tv). Conceptualizing how much time you spend doing what allows you to evaluate how you spend your days.
We are creatures of habit; we give our time and attention to the things that matter most. Changing your mindset and creating positive habits will only benefit you. Next time you find yourself stuck with anxiety, over-thinking, procrastinating or just in a bad mindset, remind yourself that energy goes where the attention flows. The longer you spend in that negative mindset, the more energy you waste. Take that energy and expend it into something positive.
Featured Image by the talented Daniel Watts, he is also on Instagram.
I’ve always enjoyed taking care of plants and the greenery that they provide. In addition, humans and plants have a symbiotic relationship. We breathe out carbon dioxide, plants absorb it and release oxygen. Growing plants in your office and home increases your oxygen levels, therefore enhancing the quality of life.
Here are some plants that are durable and fairly easy to care for:
I always suggest jade because they are fairly resistant and have a long life-span. They have the nickname of “money plant” and are seen by some as a sign of good luck and prosperity. Remeber these things when caring for your jade plant:
- 4 or more hours of sunlight/day — perfect for south-facing windows
- warm, dry conditions
- room temperature but prefer colder in the night during winter.
- allow the soil to dry between watering (water around every 1-1.5 weeks)
My Jade Plants
Also known as air-plants, these perennial flowering plants are native to the forests, mountains, and deserts of Central and South America. You’ve probably seen them on pinterest or at a craft show; they don’t require soil so many use them for art decor. These plants are also very forgiving, so you shouldn’t stress over their care schedule:
- bright, filtered or indirect sunlight
- temperature range of 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit
- watering once per week but 2-3 times is optimal; I always use filtered water because they are uber sensitive to hard water — to water, mist them with a spray bottle and every 2 weeks give them a nice 2-3 hour soak in a bowl of water.
- fertilize with organic air plant fertilizer once a month
last two photo’s credit to http://www.homelysmart.com/10-diy-air-plant-holders-for-your-home/
Spider plants are known for their air-purifying capabilities; in the early 1980s, NASA’s research proved the spider plant could remove harmful indoor air pollutants. They’ve been widely popular since and you can find them anywhere. In addition, they are easy to care for:
- moderate, indirect sunlight
- average room temperature and humidity (50-80 degrees F)
- they prefer dry soil but in the spring and summer months, keep the soil moist to encourage growth.
Not only does aloe improve your environment, it also is a healing plant. One of my first memories of my grandma was her walking around with a piece of aloe plant bandaged to her arm — she would use aloe for burns, scratches, or any skin inflammation.
Some of my other plants: