All posts by Regina

My Warrior Plant

“The true voyage of discovery is not just in seeking out new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes.” (Marcel Proust)

Warrior plant – swiss chard spinach (unedited photo)
©2017 Regina Martins

Last summer I planted swiss chard spinach, a few plants in fact. Not many survived because I planted them late in the summer and wasn’t diligent about watering them daily. When winter came along I thought they would dry out and perish with the cold. To my surprise, this single plant came through the cold patches to thrive and grow new leaves, astonishing in their vibrant green-ness.

Because I live in an area that has mild winters it is not surprising that the plant survived. I read that it can survive for many years under these conditions. The more you cut off the leaves, the more resilient it becomes.

Now any plant in my garden needs to be resilient because I am not the best gardener. Tough hardy plants grow well with me.

“Resilient, strong, tough, hardy, adaptable, vigorous – these are all adjectives used to describe someone who is a warrior…as well as to describe plants as botanical warriors in their own right.” (http://eatbreathegarden.com/warrior-plants/)

The metaphor of plants that grow and adapt to their environment often is used to describe people who are warriors – those who thrive in adversity, moving forward all the time, learning from mistakes and successes, to become better versions of themselves each and every new day.

Google searches on warrior mindsets yield a variety of articles about business being a war and winning against others at all costs. I have a different view.

Cultivating a warrior mindset is first and foremost about YOU.

You – becoming a better version of yourself. Practicing self-reflection, gratitude, and humility, cultivating a mindset of growth and learning, continuously. Living your life, unapologetically. Seeking to make a positive impact on the world around you. Yearning to uplift those around you. Living your truth. Doing no harm.

“In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” (Albert Camus)

I love this photo of my warrior plant because of the contrast of the monochrome of dried leaves around the bright green of the swiss chard spinach plant.

Each one of us is a warrior. We all have the capability to thrive in the world and find our invincible summer, just like my warrior plant.

 

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Heads and Facial Features

The theme this week is Heads or Facial Features.

I’ve been taking lots of selfies with my cats. They’re such interesting creatures, each with their own personality.

Nermal, a gorgeous fluffy Maine Coon is soft, gentle, and patient. He’s fascinated with water and whenever Chè and I are having a bath or shower, he hangs around looking intently into the water. Apparently they were ship cats on the vessels that crossed the Atlantic to the new world, the USA. He is huge and heavy and loves nothing more than to sleep leaning up against one of us, imprisoning us for a time.

Black and white image for Cee's black and white photo challenge
Nermal and me, breakfast selfie…
©2020 Regina Martins

BC aka Black Cat is sweet and loves nothing more than to sit on our laps whereupon he falls asleep at the drop of hat. He is streetwise and loves to wander around the neighbourhood. He loves to lean against me, waiting for attention, when I lie on the grass in the sun each day. The funny thing is that he thinks he’s a Maine Coon because he only wants to eat Nermal’s food. I think there’s a competitive streak between him and Nermal, vying for our attention.

Black and white image for Cee's black and white photo challenge
BC and me, getting ready to start work…
©2020 Regina Martins

Both are expressive cats and we love them dearly. They make our world so much more entertaining.

Badge for Cee's black and white photo challenge

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Start a Garden

After being away from blogging for the longest time, I’m having a joyful afternoon catching up on all my favourite bloggers and their challenges. I’m delighted to find that Cee has a new challenge. Well, new to me 🙂 – it’s the On the Hunt for Joy Challenge.

Cee posted Ingrid Fetell Lee’s TED Talk Where Joy Hides and How to Find it. In this talk she talked about the physical aesthetic connection to feelings of joy. Joy is only known when it is felt and experienced. She goes on to say that instead of searching for happiness which could be elusive to rather look for things that we feel joy in.

This week’s theme is Start a Garden (Indoor or Outdoor) – if you click on this link it will take you to Cee’s blog and more bloggers that are finding joy. I know that I find joy when I blog and enter photo challenges. I find joy in expressing myself, by providing my interpretation of a theme. It’s a subjective endeavour, and creative in nature.

This is my interpretation of this week’s theme – Start a Garden.

Creating a vegetable garden
Starting a vegetable garden
©2020 Regina Martins

Three of my favourite vegetables. I dream of having an abundant vegetable garden and if these are all that grow I’ll be very happy indeed.

Well, That Didn’t Really Work Out, Did It?

The title of this post is referring to my beautiful intention of participating in the once a year, April A-Z Blogging Challenge. I even had the topics for each letter worked out.

Then Covid19 lockdown happened and things went up in a ball of smoke.

Pivoting and Reading

Photo by David Lezcano

The company I work for had to rapidly pivot to convert all face-to-face training and coaching to online offerings. I had little time for anything else. Easter weekend came and all I felt like doing was nothing. Well not exactly nothing, but reading. All I did was read.

Social Media

I’ve scaled back on social media in the last year. I still have the accounts, and occasionally check into them. The only one I actively post to is Instagram, where I have been mini-blogging.

Home Office

I love my home office. I’ve had to ‘juje’ it up a bit for Zoom you see.

Zoom

Photo by Philippe Jausions

I live on Zoom, it’s so tiring. But I still have a job, and for that I’m grateful.

I dress up for delivering training, I do my hair and make-up. But I still wear wooly socks and slippers. No one needs to know right? My feet need to be warm and comfortable to be happy.

Lying on the Grass

Photo by Sandra Grünewald

As soon as my last Zoom session of the day is over I run outside to lie on the grass for a bit, let the sun touch my face before it drops below the roof of my neighbour’s house.

.PHP Frustration

Godaddy still has my blog on older servers and trying to update the PHP version is so frustrating. Looking for the right help file is like looking for a needle in a haystack. There are no email addresses that I could find to send them a message. A call to the support centre was my last resort – they’re having some sort of outage so my wait was 43 minutes! Not a chance would I wait this long for help! So here I sit, and still my site is on an older version of PHP. Grrrrr….