“The true voyage of discovery is not just in seeking out new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes.” (Marcel Proust)
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.
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
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.
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.
I love my home office. I’ve had to ‘juje’ it up a bit for Zoom you see.
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
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.
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….
I’ve been resisting going over to the Gutenberg editor. I tried the blocks and couldn’t get my head around them so reverted to the good old Classic WordPress editor.
I log in to my blog after many months of inactivity and…am greeted with WordPress’s love notes: “You need to update your .php version because it is insecure and out of date” and “The version of WordPress your site is out of date…”
…and so on and so forth.
I though I had an auto job going but evidently not. The .php baffles me because I updated it in September…when WordPress asked me to…and research I did said it only needs updating every few years not every few months…so another mystery to be solved.
After updating WordPress, which I normally do with bated breath and fingers in my mouth – I mean I do have backups but it is such a mission to have to restore the site – I was pleasantly surprised to find the new WordPress Twenty Twenty theme came with it.
Let me put this out there – I LOVE the WordPress Twenty XX themes. I’m running Twenty Fourteen – still – because it is the only one that so far meets all of my needs. I’ve tried a dozen others on live preview and it quickly becomes clear that they doesn’t have what I want. So I continue looking. After many hours of exploration, I decide to just continue with the Twenty Fourteen.
Twenty Twenty is no different, although it meets most of my needs. I watched a YouTube video (link at the bottom) on how to customise it because perhaps I’m missing something (I’m not), and was led to another theme that the YouTuber loves and recommends – the Chaplin theme. It’s free and feature-rich. I love feature-rich themes.
All of this exploration has caused me to rethink my stance on the Gutenberg editor. I learned (YouTube is awesome!) that I can create and customise my own static home page with a lot more flexibility than before. I’ve been thinking of how I can incorporate my professional blog into this one – the url is after all my name, so it makes sense that I consolidate my online presence – don’t you think…? Ok, I’m not so sure about this so I’m going to give it more thought.
In the meantime I’ll keep the Twenty Fourteen going – I admit to being emotionally attached to it. And probably try the Chaplin on my professional site which is where I’ll try the Gutenberg editor.
Baby steps small steps…
So now that that is decided, let me know – Are you still using the Classic editor?
~ Regina ~
YouTube link mentioned above: https://youtu.be/lm7ibkJpCss
If we were having coffee we’d talk about my blogging sabbatical that wasn’t one but I made it one as a reason to explain why I haven’t been active here since about May, and blogging in a patchy manner for about a year. I wrote about it earlier on – Well, It Became A Sabbatical – in case you’re wondering. No? Ok, let’s move on…
If we were having coffee I’d lament the closure of my favourite coffee shop a few months ago. It was my go-to place, great tapas menu, great health menu, great cakes, great coffee, great vibe, great music, great welcome…you get the gist. The last time Ché and I went there for the “free coffee for having voted in the elections special” we noticed fewer waitrons, they were rushed and the service wasn’t up to its usual good standard. We noticed it but put it down to many people taking them up on their “free coffee for having voted in the elections special”. The next week they’d closed down.
Quite a number of shops have closed down over the years at this particular mall – more than usual. The latest casualty was The Tea Merchant. Previous to that was the furniture store. When a variety of shops closes down it usually means there wasn’t enough traffic to pay the hefty rent this mall charges, never mind break even. Our economy is battling, this despite the unprecedented growth in the past quarter. Rents don’t go down. Food is more expensive. Petrol is more expensive. Fewer people are at the malls. Less disposable income. Less spending on non-essentials. And a whole lot more. It’s a signal we need to pay attention to. The space the coffee shop occupied is still closed up, the furniture stacked up neatly within the closed doors. It’s a signal we need to heed.
If we were having coffee we’d talk about the weather, naturally, having gone from cold to hot overnight. No gentle spring warmth easing us into a new season. The season skipped the August winds and we’re in September, waiting for the rains to arrive. It’s lovely, the birds are happy, chirping, the humans are happy, the cat doesn’t really care, it’s great.
Talking about happy birds and cats, yesterday Ché and I awoke in the early morning to the sounds of chirping in our bedroom! Ché got up and found that Nermal had brought a tiny bird into the room, intent on eating it. The little bird was still alive and Ché put in in a box. Nermal was naturally put out, sulky that his toy and his feast had been stolen from under his nose. Luckily the little bird wasn’t injured at all – it didn’t look like it – because when Ché took him outside to put him on a wall high off the ground, he promptly flew away with no signs of any injury. Thankfully. Nermal settled into sleep the day away on our bed after he’d eaten some proper man-made cat food. He’s forgiven us and seems to have forgotten about it all. He doesn’t usually bring in birds – never up until now, that I can recall. It must be the spring-summer weather getting to him. I want a happy cat and I also want happy birds. No hunting in our garden, please!
Well, let’s meet up again next week, same time same place. I’ve enjoyed our coffee share this week and I’d like to gift you with the quote below as we part for the week.