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Thursday, March 19, 2015

ARE YOU READY TO BLOOM

Tomorrow is the official first day of spring. It is the time of year when the earth starts to wake up after a long sleep and we begin to think about the blooms of spring and summer. What an exciting season. 


As much as I am anticipating the blooming flowers, the blooming I am thinking about today is the blooming that we do in our lives. There are many people in this youth oriented society that may say you are too old to bloom. That the season of life for blooming has passed you by. But unlike the daffodils that may have only one chance a year to grow and bloom, we can bloom at anytime. 

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I wake up each day thinking how wonderful it is that we have the opportunity for a fresh start in each moment. I think about all of the people who have bloomed late in life. I remember as a child there was a man with a white beard that my family knew. I used to see him driving around town in his white station wagon. That man was Harland Sanders, who at the age of 65 founded Kentucky Fried Chicken. 


There are many examples of so called "late bloomers" in life. U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad was 64 when she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. Julia Child starred in her first TV show when she was in her fifties. Grandma Moses started painting when she was 75 and became one of the most famous American painters. 

At the age of 58, Louise Hay founded Hay House Publishing, a New Thought and Self-help publisher. I have read many of the books and listened to many of the tapes from Hay House. As a counselor I have always believed in the power of our minds to change our thoughts and our bodies. I am now happy to be an affiliate with Hay House. You can find more about Hay House here.

It is never too late to bloom. As humans we have the ability to change our lives at any time. If you were to ask me if I feel any different at the age of 64 than I did at the age of 25, my answer would be yes. Today I feel much more that I am on the verge of blooming, of becoming the person I have always known I could be. Life is full of so many possibilities. 

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Are you ready to bloom? If so, don't let anyone stop you. There is plenty of room in any field for new blossoms. 


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Disclosure: As a Hay House affiliate I am compensated for any referral purchases made through my website. However, all opinions are my own.

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36 comments:

  1. That's interesting...I clicked on the link and one of the first books had "Goddesses" in it. Years and years ago I read Goddesses in EveryWoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen in regards to archetypes from the Greek myths and it was fascinating. Since then, she's written Goddesses in Older Women which I just started to look through :)

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    1. I haven't read those, Deb. I'll look for them. :)

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  2. how cool that you got to see 'the colonel' around town! :)

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    1. My dad used to go eat with him at his original restaurant in Corbin Kentucky. :)

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  3. Great post, Laura. It is amazing what people of "our generation" do. It is wonderful to know that there is life after 40! lol xo Diana

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    1. My grandparents both worked in their business until they were in their late eighties. I hope that I can do the same. :)

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  4. beautiful blooms!! I am ready for blooming! we should bloom wherever we're planted, right? I'm giving myself highlights today. :) so ready for spring! Easter even lands on my birthday this year. :)

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    1. We should definitely never give up blooming, Marie. So happy that spring officially starts tomorrow. How wonderful that your birthday fall on Easter this year.

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  5. I'm feeling like I've come into my own lately. That the decisions I'm making are heartfelt, and thought out using the knowledge that I have acquired through my years of growing into a adult. It's a wonderful feeling to be free of what I thought I had to do to conform, to fit in, and to be younger. I am living my "best life" right now, at whatever age that might be.

    I think we are all blooming, and isn't it wonderful that we as women are changing the cultural ideals, and boundaries to make them fit us, instead of the other way around.

    Bloom on ladies, bloom on.

    Jen

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    1. Oh absolutely, Jen and I am so happy that we are ready to keep on changing the cultural ideals and boundaries. Keep on blooming, my friend.

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  6. Laura - Great post. Maybe I'm different but you know, there is nothing that I don't think I can do. Now granted, I may only do it once and decide I don't want to do it again, but I'll sure give it a try. I went back to college at 45 and got my degree in Interior Design and never gave it a thought. It was kind of weird being in there with all of those young kids but you know, some of them became my best friends to this day. So, bloom, bloom, bloom!

    Judy

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    1. I am absolutely with you, Judy. Good for you. That is a wonderful accomplishment. I finished grad school at age 50. I loved having that accomplishment at that age, and like you I made some wonderful younger friends. Don't ever stop blooming.

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  7. Life isn't over, 'til it's over!

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  8. Inspiring thoughts, Laura--let's all aim to be perpetual bloomers!

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  9. Embracing Spring 2015!
    I have never been more prepared for a new season!
    May it bring days of wonder to you, dearest Laura!
    w/L.

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  10. I love when everything wakes up in the spring. It feels like wonderful possibilities for us all.

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  11. Thanks Laura. You help me bloom and I am so grateful for your friendship!!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend. I am grateful for your friendship too. :)

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  12. It was only when I was older that I had the time to get to know myself and acknowledge my accomplishments and recognize my strengths. Enjoyed reading your insights.

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    1. Sometimes I think we are so busy getting through our lives we forget to slow down and look at our strengths. I am so happy that you enjoyed the post, Marty.

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  13. This is such an encouraging post - and truly inspiring. I should bookmark it for those days when I think I have so much that I want to achieve in my life and so little time in which to achieve it. Thank you!

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    1. I truly believe you can achieve everything you truly want, Sarah.

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  14. What a great post, Laura! Thanks for the sweet words of encouragement. Bloom where you are planted!! Happy Spring to you.

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  15. I sometimes think that if I could go back in time and know what I do now, I'd be awesome! Now in my late 40's I am so much more settled with my feet firmly in the soil and just love blooming! Have a wonderful weekend x

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    1. You are awesome just as you are, Chel. HOpe you have a wonderful weekend too.

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  16. A great post, Laura. Possibilities exist at every age of life. I'm in my late 50s and I can look back and be thankful for all the experiences I've had and also look forward with anticipation to what the future holds. And I can have a part in creating that future. Happy spring blooming to you!

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    1. You absolutely have a part in creating your future, Lorrie. Happy spring blooming to you too.

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  17. Laura I am finally blooming as I rediscovered my writing about 5 yrs ago and am now creating more with poetry and photography. I agree it is never too late to bloom.

    Donna@LivingFromHappiness

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    1. That is wonderful, Donna. I think the name of your blog says it all.

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  18. As long as we're above ground, it's never too late.

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