This week I truly focused on three things more than anything else: Summer Solstice, reflection, & letting go.
We spent the Summer Solstice working in the garden, having a blast at the beach, and playing in the pool well after the sun went down on the longest day of the year. This year the Summer solstice fell on the same day as the full moon so the day felt extra magical to me. Once the kids were asleep, I sat down under the stars and reflected on the previous year. I realized how far I have come personally and was excited about all that is to come.
There has been a big shift in my energy. I know that the lessons that I learned last year have certainly encouraged this shift and I am embracing it wholeheartedly. This shift has many causes but my reflections on this summer solstice have me focused on the previous year. In the last year I have learned to let go of control. I understand that I cannot plan everything nor should I want to. I can control how I react to what is taking place. I can breathe and I can trust.
Last year was one of the toughest years that I have experienced. I not only survived it…. I made it through, I learned, and I grew. I learned to let go and trust, what more could I ask for?
This Summer Solstice I am embracing this positive shift and allowing it to move me from one phase to another.
The greatest gift of the energy of the Summer Solstice is that it’s designed to move you from one phase to the next on your terms. -Deborah King
I am shifting from control to flow. I am shifting from plan to let’s see what happens. This is HUGE for me. I am constantly a work in progress but I know that I am moving in the right direction.
I also became aware that my favorite season changed. This was a bit surprising to my because I have always proclaimed Fall as my favorite and it seems that Spring may have taken its place. This could be because I have lived in Florida for nearly 20 years and fall isn’t as colorful or crisp as it was in the states I had previously lived in. It could also be that I am a mama and Spring and I see new life in this season.
I am loving the color and life that is evident during springtime, maybe I never looked so closely before. Here are several photos from our blooming yard this spring…..
Our beautiful orchid that I have somehow managed to keep alive for nearly 10 years.
Yellow is my favorite color and I love the sweet smell of a plumeria.
Another beautiful plumeria, there is a great story on how we acquired this beauty.
This is a gorgeous hibiscus that a friend gifted us several years ago. They keep growing in random places throughout the yard, I am assuming because the squirrels love them as much as I do!
Our red weeping hibiscus flower.
Milkweed which the monarchs loved!
Calendula, I use this in many of my homemade salves.
A wonderful friend of mine gifted me seeds from her sunflower. My husband planted them outside our kitchen window, I love looking out at them. We harvest the seeds and the sunflowers grow on..
This purple salvia is one of the bees favorites!
Jasmine. Seriously one of my favorite flowers to smell.
One of our gorgeous ha hoya flowers. The kids love tasting the ‘sugar water’ off of them.
This amarillas came from our sweet neighbors house after she passed. It was one of her favorites.
Even the rosemary is blooming!
So there is a peek at our blooming yard. Do you have a favorite bloom in your yard or do you have a favorite season? Please share in the comments!