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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 July 8, 2020

        18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

        18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

        The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

        1. Understand Yourself Better

        Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

        Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

        2. Keep Track of Small Changes

        I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

        Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

        3. Become Aware of What Matters

        As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

        You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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        4. Boost Creativity

        The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

        When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

        You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

        5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

        A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

        Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

        6. Process Life Experiences

        When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

        Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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        7. Stress Relief

        In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

        Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

        8. Provide Direction

        Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

        One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

        9. Solve Problems

        Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

        Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

        When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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        10. Find Relief From Fighting

        Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

        Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

        11. Find Meaning in Life

        Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

        12. Allow Yourself to Focus

        Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

        13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

        When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

        14. Let the Past Go

        I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

        15. Allow Freedom

        Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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        16. Enhance Your Career

        Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

        Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

        17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

        All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

        18. Catalog Your Life for Others

        No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

        We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

        Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

        Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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