Having chased after and working hard at my goals for over 10 years, I’m slowing down, recollecting, discovering new passions. I’ve never been here before but my, it’s a moment of reflection unlike any other. I doubt I’ll get to do this again any time soon, so I’m savouring the life lessons I’m coming across, bitter and sweet.
Pushing pause when it feels like everyone around you is in bloom season may seem impracticable to other people, it might even frighten you, but I prefer to look at it as though I’m working on a vast garden, watering the flowers, nurturing them petal by petal until they’re in full bloom.
Pruning, watering, carefully creating a masterpiece. Taking my time to get it right so that when it’s time to bloom, I’ve worked towards the big reveal and allowed myself to open up organically, to myself and to others.
Don’t mistake your slowing down for withering; you’re not stepping out, you’re stepping back. Allow yourself to reign it all in and carry on once you’ve found your bearings. I don’t have the answers and the experience but what I know for sure is that every flower blooms at a different pace. The same goes for you ?
Photography: Lyra Aoko
May 8, 2017 at 8:12 am
You are amazing Janet …when i grow up i want to be like you
May 8, 2017 at 8:23 am
Janet your really need prayers as olive said too much beauty in Thoses pics.
Aah to a personlike me sat for business studies (commerce) instead of agriculture I had to relate how sweet your writing is ma’ and very encouraging dear..
May 8, 2017 at 8:41 am
My Best Blogs Eva!great work girl…Am inspired & encouraged to appreciate the bloom pace of my flower.Big up Janet
May 8, 2017 at 8:45 am
Janet, im really inspired by this! I too been on the grind non stop for 10 years + and feeling burnt out- but been fearing to take the next exit and slow down!!! The more I read your posts the more i ask myself whats stopping me!! #steppingback
May 8, 2017 at 4:06 pm
Go for it Jules!!
May 8, 2017 at 9:28 am
love your creativity continue to blossom.
May 8, 2017 at 9:51 am
“Don’t mistake your slowing down for withering; you’re not stepping out, you’re stepping back. Allow yourself to reign it all in and carry on once you’ve found you’re bearings.”
I’m currently at a place like this, seems like everyone around me is blooming and I’m still in my bud, struggling to get out. I’ll keep your words in mind ?
May 8, 2017 at 12:49 pm
A good read from you always Janet. Thank you for inspiring many souls.
Thumbs up to creativity and photography
May 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm
“Don’t mistake your slowing down for withering; you’re not stepping out, you’re stepping back. Allow yourself to reign it all in and carry on once you’ve found you’re bearings. I don’t have the answers and the experience but what I know for sure is that every flower blooms at a different pace. The same goes for you ? ”
I am just gonna hold on to these words.
May 8, 2017 at 4:13 pm
Pruning, watering, carefully creating a masterpiece.
Prune: Trim by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to increase fruitfulness and growth.
I went through that stage in 2015 and it really felt like I had slowed down but the me that came out of that process was greater and blessed!!
Thank you for sharing your journey Janet!
May 8, 2017 at 4:23 pm
Words are. gold.Art is beautiful.It’s not about who thinks its worth it or who doesn’t,it is simply about your motive,drive and conviction.It is changing souls Janet,it is encouraging what you do…It is serving a huge purpose.I hope some day you can mentor some of us young ladies who lack professionalism who wanna be instruments of change through different kind of art.Bless you!
May 8, 2017 at 4:29 pm
Looking at this many questions run through my mind but what stands is this,the society is not the judge of whether or not what you do counts that’s a personal respobsibility.We are our own bosses the judge will always be our motive,our passion and our convictions.What you are doing Janet is Powerful it’s needed it’s beautiful.Some of us who wanna blog and believe in it’s power to bring change on a personal level are certainly encouraged.Bless you!
May 9, 2017 at 4:52 pm
i dont knw how but i always find maself here reading intimately..Doing a good thing.
May 9, 2017 at 4:57 pm
I love it and l love it and I love it
May 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm
“Don’t mistake your slowing down for withering; you’re not stepping out, you’re stepping back”.This is motivating
May 12, 2017 at 4:31 pm
Wow beautiful and inspiring piece.
May 18, 2017 at 9:36 am
i always look foward to read all your articles. im ispired, thanks