Hi! My name is Kimberly.
Through life's hurts and complications, I have continually and consistently found myself turning to nature and the stewardship of flora and fauna for healing and respite. I have many ways of doing this that I can't wait to share with you, through gardening, photography, writing, bird feeding, meditation, etc.
Mental escape to nature has allowed for spiritual growth and physical healing. A return to my roots has been, in fact, a renewal of purpose. This is a blog about my circumvolution back to the basics of life - discovering joy in the little things, finding humor in the shadows, and finding ways to allow the kindness and love I feel for others to translate into kindness and love for myself. All things I hope to share with and benefit you!
This blog comes out of my own experiences. I have been a life-long sufferer of crippling anxiety and depression, with health issues that culminated with the discovery and invasive surgery to remove a spinal cord tumor (that threatened my life and my ability to walk) in 2018. I have experienced sorrow in losing my dad (and best friend) only a month before my high school graduation, a loss that forever tinted every potential joy. I completed a degree at Wartburg College with a BA in Religion and Humanities in 1998, without ever really deciding on a career direction (a fault of my INFP personality type, other than being overly idealistic, is that we also tend to be incapable of making decisions). I have traveled the world, learning how big and complicated life can be, and I have also experienced crippling loneliness and despair for months alone at home. And yet, through it all, I have never lost this idea that life can be magic, and that there is a greater meaning to the song we are all singing.
Most of my entries in this blog will center in the greenhouse, the garden, and the great outdoors. My roots are planted deep in the soil, my favorite childhood memories in a greenhouse or orchard or backyard garden...and I have found that returning to the dirt and raising my own food and flowers - caring for the bees and butterflies - feeding the birds - with my own children has brought me back to the winds and rains and rays of sun that seemed to grow me up from the ground the first time. I'm steady and strong with the sunflowers - a few gray hairs in the golden crown on my head - because I've turned to nature to heal my hurt.
As a visitor here, you are part of a fantastic community. I hope to share my story with you, and hope through my images and writing you will be able to find something useful. Perhaps a garden tip. Perhaps the idea of planting a seed. Perhaps a moment of quiet and calm. Perhaps a prayer. Perhaps a friend.
Intuitive Gardens - YouTube