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Why it’s sometimes difficult to study your own dreams

Often you’re too close to the subject to see it objectively. That’s where people like me come in. I have devoted my life to studying everything I can find about dreams. I have studied the psychological and symbolic nature behind what dreams are trying to tell you. I have been interpreting peoples’ dreams for years and kept a journal of my own since I was in middle school.

I’ll be creating a dream journal to help you focus on your own dreams.

Often, our dreams are our mind’s attempt to put pieces together and figure tough situations out. They can also serve as warnings when you’re heading in the wrong direction or about to do something destructive. At times they can be caused by fears and anxieties when an event is coming up (new trip, new job, new relationship or pregnancy being a few of the changes)

Most dreams should not be taken at face value (for example- dreaming you’re pregnant usually doesn’t mean you need to set up an appointment with your OB, being pregnant in a dream means you’re starting a new project or new chapter of your life. Dreaming of death doesn’t meant to get your living will straightened out, it typically just means there is a part of your life that’s coming to an end or a chapter closing with a new one opening soon.

Most of the time, when we dream, we’re too close to the subject of the dream and we can’t see things subjectively. We can’t figure out exactly what the dream is telling us unless it’s an outcome or message we want to hear. Keeping a journal with all the details (including colors, shapes, symbols, people, places, and everything else you can remember) then waiting a while and going back over the dream at a later date can help create enough distance to see the dream clearer. I’ll be posting tips and tricks, symbols and other dream related things on this blog.

I’d love to hear from you all- what types of questions do y’all have about dreams?

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Planting seeds

I started prepping for the garden today, finally. I have 6-8 weeks until it’ll be time to plant them in the ground.

My two year old helped me put the dirt in the pots and I actually got the 7 year old to plant a few. Of course, neither of them wanted to go with my plans (neat rows with each type of flower/vegetable/herb labeled so it was haphazardly tossed in and it’ll be a fun surprise when they grow.

My first year with a garden, I had sunflowers the size of the first floor of our apartment and very healthy tomato plants. I also made the mistake of planting basil in an uncontained area. I was literally chasing people down the sidewalk with handfuls of basil asking if they’d like some (had a few bags frozen and was using some to cook with- just had way too many plants pop up)

The second year, my plants failed to come up. Everything I tried, nothing was living and the garden didn’t look half as good- even with pre-grown plants and we moved the next year and got a very late start. All the plants I pre-planted had died by that time. We had a hideous bush our landlord was saying she’d have removed. We finally got fed up and my husband cut it down. We kept a bit of stump and stick and I’ve been perching some decorations inside. I’m thinking about painting it and tying different color ribbons.

This year, I’m planning on having as full and beautiful a garden as I can. I planted extra seeds (I used the full packs) so hopefully I’d have enough healthy enough plants to fill our little section of land.

 

From the time I was a child, I had plans laid out for a huge, elaborate garden- the type that fills up at least one acre of land. It came complete with benches, patios, a stone walkway and lots of statues and fountains. It’s still a vision in my head- that I want to make reality. When I was young, I played Rollercoaster Tycoon and always had awards for best scenery- I’d build the park up then expand to design the gardens.

I think planning for my garden and actually laying it out is my favorite part of Spring and the time is finally here to start my plans. My goal in life is to live out away from everything and live sustainably- plant my own fruits, veggies, get my meat and eggs locally sourced (or through hunting) and have a well for water. I don’t trust grocery store produce, although I do have to eat it and I don’t trust grocery store meat- although we do have to buy it. I have toyed with making my own facial products, cleaners and dishsoap. I attempted to make my oldest’s wipes but couldn’t use cloth diapers.

I have no idea when I started to take an interest in that way of life, but it seems peaceful, relaxing and a lot of fun.