Gardening and Growth for the Rosy Life

 A few years back we started a garden.  And by "we" I mean Brett.  Anna Ruth was a baby and most of my time was spent keeping her from eating the soil.  But you know what?  Just like the garden, my girl grew and even once another girl came along (our sweet, fiery Betsy) the garden was still there, always waiting on us.  IS always there waiting on us.  And so each year with our girls a little bigger, the garden grows a bit itself and we are able to tend it better than the past.

The garden is our gathering place. It's where we teach the girls, laugh together, and gather to admire the beauty of food you can pick right from your own backyard.  

Of course we teach the girls that boundaries exist in the garden.  Smashing and stomping on the veggies is a no-no!  But still, the garden is a learning place where ALL (err, humans that is) are welcome.  

Little lessons that are really quite giant, like love and giving sneak up between the rows of veggies too.  Row after row of lettuce growing?  Grab the scissors and share with a friend.  Weeds starting to crowd the good stuff?  Bend down and pull them out, surprising Brett before he gets home.
I'm quite proud to say I've even learned how to turn on the grill and make chicken to top our garden salads.  Not only is it easy and tasty, the girls gladly gobble up their own bowl of salad too!  
And I suppose this is where my thoughts shift toward The Rosy Life.  I entered this spring with a few very important events on my heart-Vintage Market Days and my Rosy Retreats.  I'm also nearing the one-year anniversary of having my art shop opened.  The lessons I have learned feel like mountains crossed.  A year ago I almost quit before I even started because things like taxes and business accounts and marketing made me want to fall in a puddle on the floor.  They still do somedays, but for the most part I've figured things out and I'm still standing strong. 

It's with all these thoughts swirling in my mind here and there that I find myself really reflecting on The Rosy Life.  Mostly wondering which direction to continue or which new paths to cross while still being entirely true and genuine to myself and family.  

So I have a few questions I'd love to hear your thoughts on, if you have a free minute or two. 
What products or offerings would you enjoy (like custom art, scripture art, or art for boys' rooms)?
Do you like giveaways and contests or more authentic posts?
Would you ever come out of town for a retreat?
Which voice gets your attention the most in marketing-Instagram, blogs, newsletters, or good 'ol fashioned word of mouth? 
Anything else helpful you want to share?

Thank-you, thank-you! 
Here's to growing. 

Comments

  1. Hi Sara,

    Congratulations on your 1 year milestone. That is definitely worth celebrating! I wanted to answer your questions.

    What products or offerings would you enjoy (like custom art, scripture art, or art for boys' rooms)? I love scripture art and original art.

    Do you like giveaways and contests or more authentic posts? I prefer posts. Give aways are fun, but some of the ones running on Instagram are getting silly with the need to follow and click on 50 people or more. I don't really care for that kind of give away, but that's probably just me.

    Would you ever come out of town for a retreat? Definitely. For me the issue is having enough vacation days to last the whole year.

    Which voice gets your attention the most in marketing-Instagram, blogs, newsletters, or good 'ol fashioned word of mouth? I like Instagram because I am visual. I also like blogs.

    I like seeing artist's creative process...behind the scenes kind of stuff, learning what inspires them, stuff like that. That is why I love your blog. You do a great job!
    Susan

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  2. I thought I might answer some of your questions. First of all, I really love your blog just the way it is. You are very real and that comes through in your posts. I don't get into giveaways and they are not important to me. I like your art, it is inspiring. Your faith shows through. I would love to come down to a class sometime, just to get to know some like minded folks if nothing else. I wish I had the time right now to come to the photography one, it looks like a lot of fun.
    One of the things I like about your blog is that I am learning from it in spite of the fact that I am old enough to be your mom or maybe even grandmother.
    Thanks, and keep up the good work.
    Dorothy

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  3. I've done this. Great food pics, BTW!

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