Self-Care through Creativity-Photos and Gardening

As we are coming up to the 4th week of the July self-care retreat, Iris of the Daily Dietribe will be posting on self-care through inward reflection.

I see gardening as one part creativity, one part reflection.  It isn’t my creativity as much as basking in the appreciation of the creativity of nature in what pops up where, the visitors, and of course, the taste.

I get such a kick out of watching the bumble bees make out with the squash blossom.  This blossom has 5 of the big dudes packed in that flower like a clown car. (above)

My earthbox floweth over:

And I’ve never seen an orange turtle before…fortunately he didn’t seem to mind his photo shoot since I stayed at a respectful distance.

Fortunately, the broad winged hawk was here Weds, when the turtle was out for a walk:

More about the July Self-Care Retreat:

Our fantastic group of bloggers:
June 30th: Me! Cheryl of Gluten-Free Goodness      Food

July 7th: Valerie of City Life Eats                                 Support and connection

July 14th: Shirley of Gluten Free Easily (GFE)         Movement

July 21st: Carrie of Ginger Lemon Girl                       Creativity

July 28th Iris of The Daily Dietribe                              Inward Reflection

These posts are to inspire you all to make July a month of reflecting on self-care and the many ways to nourish ourselves.   We encourage everyone to participate in this event in a way that feels appropriate to them, whether through personal reflection, journal or other self-care.  If you would like to share your experience with self-care, we would love to include you in the experience, whether you join us for one week or every week.  You can write generally about self-care and how you include it in your life, or “try on” one of the practices we’re blogging about over the course of the next week (movement, food, family/friends/pets, creativity and inward reflection). We ask that you link back to this post so that more people can learn about this retreat, and leave a comment for the weekly theme host, too!  If you would like to be included in our roundup and the drawing, please email a link to your post, along with your name and blog name, to us at selfcareretreat at gmail dot com by July 30, 2011.

As a little added incentive, for each post on your goals and your progress you link back here or one of the other co-hosts, you’ll be entered to receive a $50 gift certificate to  (they are not sponsoring, I just wanted something with healthy gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, etc. options)

Valerie of City Life Eats designed us a badge, and feel free to use the badge in your posts.  Non-bloggers who would like to contribute, please email the full text to the same address and it will be included in the roundup.

For a “flavor” of previous retreats, here’s a link to the July Self-Care Retreat and the December Sanity Retreat.

As you can tell, we’ve been busy bloggers!

Welcome & kick off posts from:

Food as Self-Care

Self-Care Through Connection

Self-Care Through Movement

Self-Care on the Road & Trip Report from Southern NJ by Shirley of GFE

Self-Care through Creativity

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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3 Responses to Self-Care through Creativity-Photos and Gardening

  1. Ricki says:

    Wow, that’s quite the garden! Love the squash blossoms. Not so keen on the hawk, though, ever since once swooped poor little Chaser last summer!

  2. Wow, so much life in your new yard, Cheryl! I enjoy seeing all the photos. Nature and photographing it can provide so much to us.


  3. Ricki,
    Thanks! The hawks have had a habit of dive-bombing my car. They’re awfully territorial, but so beautiful.

    Absolutely! And I’m sure you have an even wider variety of critters near you.

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