1) Know Your Needs & Make Them Clear:
Our girl Rose has a reputation amongst gardeners. She is known to be finicky, maybe hard to handle. Some have even called her high maintenance. But you know what? Rose knows what she needs to thrive and she doesn’t settle for less. Ample sunlight, proper pruning and proper fertilizing are some of her ingredients to flourish. What are yours? Thank you Rose for the reminder that having needs does not make us needy. Knowing ourselves and what makes us thrive is a gift.
2) Live In Tune With The Seasons:
Rose is particular about seasonal living. In the winter, she likes to mellow out and hunker down. In spring, she likes to be revitalized with a good pruning (spring cleaning anyone?!) and a proper fertilizing. Summertime and into fall are her favorite times to parade about and bask in the splendor of each bloom. We too can achieve greater harmony in our lives by tuning in and obeying the governance of each season.
3) Good Things Take Time:
There is a famous quote, by Canadian philosopher Matshona Dhliwayo, “Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.” If we rush about through life, we don’t allow things to develop at their own pace and into their truest and fullest potential. Little by little we can reach our goals and make positive change.
4) Set Boundaries:
Rose emanates confidence and beauty. But she also makes it clear that she has strong boundaries. Her flowers offer beauty and peace to those around her while her thorns dignify her. Without the thorns, and a strong set of boundaries, she would get taken advantage of and damaged. We all need to offer peace, beauty and kindness while also setting personal boundaries.
5) Self-Care Is Crucial:
Like Rose, we all thrive best with regular maintenance and self-care routines. Rose likes regular watering and fertilizing to be at her fullest potential. Don’t you, too?
6) Let Go Of What No Longer Serves You:
Rose certainly does not shy away from a good clipping, taking things back down towards her core to re-evaluate and then return with renewed strength and victory. In fact, Rose actually thrives and blooms stronger when she routinely lets go of that which no longer serves her - like dead flower heads, mildewy leaves and dead or damaged canes. We all need a proper pruning here and there, am I right?! Remember that bullsh*t that happened last week that has been circulating your mind ever since? Yep - prune it back, let it go, and give yourself that extra space to flourish.
7) Unabashedly Share Your Gifts:
Rose is a powerhouse of antioxidants, Vitamin C & E, and an amazing ability to both tighten and tone skin, while hydrating it. She wears her delicious fragrance loud and proud. And I know it can be hard to let ourselves shine without restraint, but let’s take it from rose and share our gifts with others.
8) #Perennial Beauty:
Perhaps Rose’s longest lasting lesson is that of perennial beauty. Her beauty has been around for what archaeologists estimate at 35 million years. In many ways, she has changed and adapted to the times, yet she has also kept much of her heirloom (a.k.a true OG) qualities. Throughout the year, she displays her perennial beauty in many different forms from full summer blooms to wintery starkness.
P.S- These lessons, in a nutshell (a.k.a in a bottle), are found in our Regenerative Elixir.