Updated: Oct 18, 2021
So, if you are anything like me, you may have picked up a new hobby or two while in Quarantine 2020. Well, my favorite new hobby is my journey to becoming a Plant Mom!
Prior to 2020, I had never owned a live plant. I had a few faux plants, but no real LIVE plant babies. I always thought they were so pretty in my friends’ houses, but for some reason I didn’t think I could keep a plant alive. How silly?!
Before the pandemic dropped upon us, I became very close to a new group of friends. Some of these ladies I had known for years and some I had just met. I became jealous of all of their plant jungles and after much convincing decided I, too, could build my own little plant jungle. – OR – Ya know, just buy ONE plant. 😂
Curious how Miss Ivy is doing? Think she’s made it through the 9 months since I got her??
You betta’ believe she lived! She is THRIVING. So, without further ado, a more updated picture of my gal.
Same pot, but with many, many more leaves. 😍
After purchasing my first plant from Home Depot, my life was forever changed. I grew to love plants more and more. I think I have 31 now… I’m pretty sure that’s right. Yeah you heard me! 3-1 plants.
So, what have I learned on this plant journey? I've actually learned a lot! And, not just plant knowledge stuff. Plants have actually taught me life lessons and brightened my soul. I know it probably sounds super sappy, (NO, I did not just mean to make a plant pun. 🤣) BUT, they really have changed me! I am here to share with you 5 Ways Plants Brighten Your Soul.
Hopefully by the end of this list, you will be driving to your closest Plant Nursery, Home Depot, or Lowe's to buy your first Plant Baby.
5 Ways Plants Brighten Your Soul
1) Plants help reduce your stress levels and boost your mood.
Studies have shown that those who spend time taking care of plants will find themselves less stressed. Taking care of plants gives you something to do that gives your brain a nurturing approach to life. It gives you a sense of control in your life and that is sometimes all that you need to get a handle on your stress.
2) Plants lower your anxiety and improve your overall mental health.
When you have plants surrounding you, trust me, you will become more calm and relaxed. This in turn will help you to feel less anxious. You also will find yourself watching them as they grow and being attentive to when they change, increasing your attentiveness and memory.
3) Plants clean the air around you!
Well, we all went to 7th grade Biology class, so I'm sure you are well aware that plants provide oxygen into your world. LOL. But, did you also know plants remove pollutants and toxins from the air?! Yep, that's right, they do!
4) Plants spark creativity.
Seriously, go back, scroll up and look at the picture at the top. Every plant is DIFFERENT & BEAUTIFUL. Some are tropical and ranging in so many vibrant colors. Others are your classic shades of green. Some are vining and others grow tall. I don't know what it is, but ever since I got into plants, my creativity has been off that charts.
5) Plants increase your productivity.
I don't know if it's the increased amount of oxygen levels in the room or the fact that I just love these plants, but I also have been hella productive lately. And, I do NOT think that is a coincidence.
Ready to join me on my plant journey and to learn more about plants? For those blogs & some tips on keeping your plant babies alive, head over to the newest Cali Creates blog category, Grown At Home.
Also, remember that group of ladies I mentioned earlier? Well! During my plant journey, we decided to create a new plant blog together. We felt that there was an opening in the plant market to introduce a fun, entertaining voice into plant blogging. Our goal is to bring "Edu-tainment: Education + Entertainment" to the plant world. If you'd like to check us out, click here!
I hope while reading this blog I either convinced you to buy your first plant or at the very least to start thinking about it. 😅
Fear not, if you are nervous, that is perfectly normal! Check out my blog for plant beginners called 5 Tips On How To Not Kill Your First Houseplant to get you started!
Until Next Time,