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We are 1 week from the end of summer. We are one week from the end of the 100 Day Challenge to a FRUITFUL Summer!
This is so very exciting to me for a number of reasons! The first reason is because we are so close to saying “Yes! I did it!” Also, we are so close to fall I can smell it. I just LOVE fall! Oh, and of course, there are all of the awesome things that were accomplished this summer! What an amazing summer!
With one week until the end of the challenge there is still time to work on the goals that you set out to achieve.
With that said, this is the time of season for the gardener to put the finishing touches on the garden, harvest what is done, and start the preparation for wintering the garden.
Another way to phrase that is to repair the garden from the summer planting and harvesting. One of the most important pieces to repairing and preparing the garden for the rest of winter is to clean it up. Remove the debris left behind from the plants if you have not already done this. These can be taken to the compost. Turn over the soil by hoeing or tilling. This exposes bugs and other pests so that they are not content to winter under your soil, and the birds can happily remove them for you. It is also a great time to test your soil, and add lime if necessary.
This is also a great time to clean up your flower beds and landscape. Again, remove the debris from dead foliage and plants. This helps prepare your yard for next year, and also removes bedding for pests like mice.
As this season of personal growth comes to an end take time to repair yourself for the next phase of growth in your life.
This piece of repairing myself is from an especially hard couple of weeks when I did the first 100 Days to a Fruitful Summer Challenge. While it is time for me to repair from this summer, it hasn’t been as physically punishing!
The past two weeks at my job have been physically rough and exhausting! Last week (the one prior to the one we are ending now) I drove over 740 miles. That put quite a strain on my back and neck. This week I worked 3 – twelve hour days and one fifteen hour day. That doesn’t include my driving time and the time from getting up to going to bed. Needless to say, I was exhausted by the end of Thursday. I took Friday off. I slept in until 8:30! That never happens! I had a light lunch with my mother before heading off to a massage. It was so incredibly awesome! I felt like a new woman! Repaired! Just like removing the debris from the garden and landscape I removed the stress debris from my body and the toxins that were bedding for pests like a stiff neck! At least it wasn’t mice!
Today’s Challenge: Spend time repairing yourself from this challenge. Relax, get rid of the old debris, and start to prepare for the next phase!
“It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.” ~Josh Billings