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Growing Joy with Plants - Wellness Rooted in Nature

Maria Failla- Happy Plant Lady and Author of Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness



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2024 Goals for My Houseplants and Garden

• 28 min

Happy New Year, plant friends! And you know what that means—time for some serious reflection about the previous year and thinking about how we want to step into 2024! I'm all about assessing what worked and what didn't across all areas of life. But today, let's talk about plants and how you and I can use them to cultivate as much happiness as possible in the coming year. When we show up consistently for our plant hobby, I firmly believe it can help us feel better, more peaceful, and more grounded. So I carved out some time to get clear on my goals based on what 2023 taught me. The name of the game is joy, calm, and some nervous system regulation from our plants! In this episode, we learn:[03:31] Let's talk about what our community aims for in 2024![05:55] Here’s a framework to help you set your own goals.[06:50] #1 Look back at how 2023 treated you and your plants (what brought you joy and what didn’t?)[07:53] #2 Set goals for 2024 (think about how your plants will fit into that)[10:01] #3 Don't forget to write them down! (as accountability for yourself)[10:59] Exciting news—Billy and I are heading south! 3[13:45] Goal #1: R&D (Research & Development) year[15:05] Try the new Wind River Meditation Chimes for ultimate relaxation![16:48] Grow your best vegetable garden ever with the all-in-one guidebook[18:00] I want to make new plant friends (and get familiarized with the area)[19:31] Goal #2 figure out sustainable routines[21:08] What is habit stacking?[21:42] Take a quick 3-minute break from work [22:38] Goal #3: Reconnect with the first-year plant parent Maria[25:13] Follow me on my social media![25:40] Exciting new content coming your way - expect episodes on houseplants, gardening, and finding wellness through nature's lens! Mentioned in our conversation:Growing Joy Ep. 165 Everyday Plant Magic With Rachael Of Infinite SucculentEp 217 Plant Audit episode (not yet published)Book by Maria Failla Growing Joy™: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants)Plant Parent Personality QuizBook by Cal Newport Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World For a deeper dive into creating sustainable routines,check out the full show notes and blog here! Thank you to our episode sponsors:Quarto: Gardening Know How – The Complete Guide to Vegetable GardeningLooking for a new gardening book to add to your collection? Snag this all-encompassing guide to growing your own food, filled with creative tips and practical advice from the editors of the world’s most-visited gardening website. Gardening Know How is an indispensable handbook for vegetable gardeners and includes not only the essential information you need to succeed but also a wealth of expert tips and real-world advice to smooth the many inevitable bumps on the road to a productive edible garden. There are detailed plant profiles with specific cultivation information and unique growing tips for each vegetable crop, allowing you to pick and choose which crops to grow based on your climate and personal preference! Pick it up at your favorite local bookstore,,, Barnes & Noble, or Wind River ChimesThis new year, bring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones! Visit and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes. Follow Maria and Growing Joy: Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Ge

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