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Spring DIY: 5 Tips on Making Your Garden Magical

Spring DIY: 5 Tips on Making Your Garden Magical

If you have always admired other people’s gardens and have found yourself wanting to create your own piece of paradise (but somehow you never had enough money to do so), perhaps it’s time to stop waiting for the perfect moment and do something about it – with minimal investment.

People let their time go by them, waiting for the perfect moment. The truth is that it will never come unless you create it on your own. Handy or not, new to DIY or a real pro, you should stop waiting. Roll up your sleeves and take things into your own two hands.

The projects I have listed below mostly require your time and effort – but in the end, you’ll know that you crafted it all by yourself and you will enjoy every magical inch of your victory.

1. Lay Down a Nice Base

Cleaning is in order – I know this doesn’t sound very magical, but doing any kind of work in a messy environment will only require more work later. What you need is a blank canvas so that you can create your very own art from scratch.

If you have any bigger plans for the future, like changing and resizing your garden or building a pool, you should be clearing space in preperation. You don’t want to start a project that gets in the way of other projects you have going; this will only limit space and resources, and you can end up with a great big mess.

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If your garden has any overgrown plants and an overall wild appearance, get to that first – all you need are garden gloves and any kind of saw. The next step is dealing with uneven parts of the ground – a nice shovel will do the trick.

While conducting heavy work, you’ll be able to identify if any pest issues. Naturally, they need to be gone before you even start creating your paradise, so pay attention to nasty roaches and other small beasts that can easily cause you nightmares.

2. Placing Stone Paths

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    When you’re done with cleaning, it’s time to sketch out and design your garden. Before you even start planting grass, you should create different sections by creating pathways. The least expensive way to do so is by placing stones. Your options are limitless, really – your paths can consist of same-sized cubes, large or small, or you can make it fun by building it out of stones in different shapes and sizes.

    The greatest thing about this idea is that stones are very simple to come by. Make a day out of it – invite your friends and family to a picnic and have them help you with your stone-finding quest.

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    3. Plant Flowers

    There’s no such thing as a magical garden without flowers – we can all agree on that. A majority of people who are complete strangers to botany consider taking care of flowers to be a full time job and a difficult task – which is not true! Although flowers do need care (which you will love doing, by the way), it’s not like having a baby.

    If the soil isn’t nutritious enough, you should enrich it by adding fertilizers. This is a matter you should take to your local florist – I’m sure they will be more than happy to help out.

    The planting process is rather simple – find flower seeds that will comfortably grow in your climate. My suggestion is to get resilient ones for starters.

    Put on your garden gloves. Make sure to mark those areas you plan on working in by using ropes or small stones so they don’t get stepped on. The rest is simple – create evenly distant holes, about three inches deep, and carefully place the seeds. The only thing left is to water them according to the instructions.

    4. Craft Your Furniture

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      It’s not necessary to get the latest garden furniture in order to make it look magical – on the contrary. You’d be surprised with what you can do with just some sandpaper and paint.

      For starters, visit your attic (or basement) and see if you have any pieces of furniture that you’ve forgotten about. Visit your neighbors and offer them a symbolic amount of cash for the pieces they don’t use. Gather them all outside and see what you can do with them – creating a furniture set where all pieces are from different sets usually turns out to be a great idea.

      Now, get those gloves back on and wash the pieces thoroughly. Remove the old paint by using rough sandpaper – this may take a while but it’s a stress relieving action that is simultaneously a great exercise. Now, you can introduce some order to your new furniture by coating all the pieces using the same color (if you have any OCD issues, this is what I recommend). Or, you could create a playful garden by painting them all differently – it’s your choice!

      5. Introduce Magical Lighting

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        It’s time for another trip to your attic/basement and, this time, we’re looking for Christmas decorations, lights and old lamps in particular. Even if you don’t have any, getting them when it’s nowhere near holiday season will turn out to be a cheap investment.

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        This is where your creativity should kick in – wrapping these lights around your trees, using a glue gun to create a flower or a heart or any kind of shape on your fence or coming up with another way to liven up your garden will all have the same result – a magical garden. A fresh layer of paint on old lamps will give them a completely new look and, once again, it’s up to you to do whether you want.

        You have an idea of how your garden will look like, don’t you? I’m sure you now see that you don’t need an exterior decorator or expensive materials to create your piece of heaven right in your backyard – all you need is to be willing, to invest your time and to be persistent. Enjoying it when you’re done is worth absolutely every second you’ve spent working on it, believe me.

        Featured photo credit: https://pixabay.com/en/users/Alexas_Fotos-686414/ via pixabay.com

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        Last Updated on January 17, 2019

        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

        In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

        Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

        Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

        Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

        Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

        The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

        There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

        How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

        According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

        Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

        Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

        The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

        Listen carefully:

        We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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        The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

        Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

        8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

        There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

        Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

        1. Pray Daily

        You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

        When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

        Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

        Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

        2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

        A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

        By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

        Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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        If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

        This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

        How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

        3. Smile Often

        Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

        Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

        Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

        The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

        4. Organize Your Working Desk

        A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

        When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

        Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

        Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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        5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

        I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

        Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

        What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

        6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

        God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

        I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

        I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

        7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

        You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

        How do you do that? This is my formula:

        First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

        If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

        If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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        If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

        Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

        8. Go Exercise

        Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

        The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

        You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

        12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

        The Bottom Line

        It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

        It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

        Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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