Happy Wednesday everyone,
I am currently feeling under the weather. These cold winter nights are getting the best of me. So I’m at home nursing this cold and trying to get some rest. I moved the last few boxes out of my studio in Berkeley. Tomorrow I turn the keys in and say bye to my first place. What a bittersweet moment. Cheers to closing a chapter and starting a new one.
When I first moved into my studio last year, my grandma (mom’s mom) gave me my first two plants babies.
She gave me a peace lily and a palm. Those are now my two biggest plants. I guess I can take care of something besides myself. Lol Not only have I kept these two alive but they are so big and beautiful! Look at my two oldest babies flourishing lol
Once I decided I was ready to buy more plants for my studio I found the cutest plant nursery in Oakland called Broadway Terrace. I love everything about this nursery. Not only is the atmosphere bright and refreshing but the gardeners who work there are super helpful. I’ve taken sick plants there with lots of questions. Before I buy a plant I make sure to ask them about maintenance and plant care. They also repot plants and change soil for a very reasonable price. I recommend my fellow plant parents or future plant parents to find a nursery near you to help you get started.
I purchased my Dracaena Reflexa or Song of India (left photo) and my Aloe Vera (right photo) at the Broadway Terrace nursery.
I’ve had both of these plants for less than a year and they have already grown tremendously. I originally bought the aloe vera to use for my hair and skin. I couldn’t wait to cut my first leaf and use it to make a mask, but I’ve grown attached to the plant now. I don’t want to cut a leaf yet because I still want to watch it grow. I also love seeing new leaves come in.
Those are my original four. Recently, I gained 6 more plants from my grandma’s (dad’s mom) funeral last month. The family was gifted with plants and I’m grateful I got to keep a few. I enjoy taking care of these newbies who were a gift to honor and celebrate my grandma. I have a little piece of her at my new place with me.
The first day Aaron and I moved in, we went house shopping at Target and I ended up buying a Money Tree. I just couldn’t resist. Lol it’s so pretty. I’m still figuring out how to best take care of it.
My last two babies were given to me by my grandma (mom’s mom) for my new place. Lol I love how every time I move she gives me more plants. But this is it. 12 is enough I still have to research maintenance for all these new plants and pray I can keep them alive. I now have a total of 12 plants. I am done… for now. haha
Here are a few gems to finish out the week:
I saw this video of Taraji and wanted to include it in today’s post. Everything she explained in this video is why I start writing my blog. This is why I can’t give up. This is why I work hard every day. I love Taraji’s story. Her life is such an inspiration to women like me. Longevity is something I’ve always prayed for. I’ve always wanted to not only build a career but leave a legacy.
Last but certainly not least big CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who won an Academy Award at the Oscars this past Sunday!
Black Panther became the first Marvel movie to receive an Oscar and the movie took home three!!
Regina King and Spike Lee are black legends who more that DESERVED their wins!
Oakland Native Mahershala Ali became a two-time Academy Award winner!
This is Black History. We are watching talented hard working individuals of color, male and female finally be recognized for their grind and influence in the industry. If that doesn’t get you excited then IDK what to tell you. Seeing things like this only inspires me to keep working.
Let’s finish this week strong and remember,
“You don’t eat the fruit the same day the seed is planted”
Thanks for reading & we’ll talk more next week!