A Creative Journey: Discovering What You Like, Dislike, and Really Desire

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  “To perceive freshly, with fresh senses, is to be inspired.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

I spoke in my last post of going on a creative journey to discover my garden that has yet to show its face. I asked you to join along and participate in creating something that you deeply desire (it, of course, can be garden but it needn’t be). The response has been robust. Here is the link to the initial post on GardeningGoneWild and then the follow-up video on FB if you would like to catch up from the beginning.

In today’s post, I want to discuss the importance of discovering your likes and dislikes. Doing so is an important element of the creative journey. After all, how can you possibly know what you really desire, or create anything from the heart if you don’t have clarity on what speaks to you?

As I write in Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, “Often the scariest question to answer can be, What do I want? The sheer open-ended boundlessness can be overwhelming. The choices seem so vast that it feels practically impossible to land on anything at all.”

In the video below, I am in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, discussing the redesign of the central garden beds of one of Philadelphia’s most beloved and trafficked squares.

As promised in the video, below are photos that will give you a sense of what it now looks like.

Rittenhouse Square re-design

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Rittenhouse Square re-design

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I’m also excited to announce that Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening is now on sale at Barnes and Noble and other retailers, as well as online.

 I’m celebrating by running a contest for the next 4 weeks. Each week, you’re eligible to win a $50. prize: all you have to do is send a receipt, along with your e-mail and full name, showing me that you have bought the book at: Fran@fransorin.com and you will automatically be placed in with others. Write: Digging Deep Contest in subject line. Winners to be chosen randomly.

Secondly, if you are still interested in the Free 1000 Digging Deep Book and Course Giveaway, you need to get onto my website, FranSorin, and sign up immediately. Folks who subscribe to my newsletter will be the first ones to be made aware of this incredible offering- which will be happening over the next couple of week.

As always, if you enjoyed this post and videos, please share with others on social media. It’s good karma! As well, I deeply appreciate your support! With love, xo

Fran Sorin

Fran is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which Andrew Weil, M.D., recommends as "a profound and inspiring book."  

A graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology, she is also a gardening and creativity expert, coach, inspirational speaker, CBS radio news gardening correspondent, and Huffington Post Contributor.

Learn more about Fran and get free resources that will help you improve your life at www.fransorin.com.

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Kris Vasser September 3, 2016, 10:00 am

The sun has shifted and the way light falls on the garden has changed. Trying to control the impulse to move the hydrangeas and sasanqua to a better locatio. The hellebores fried in the hot summer sun and the peonies are bedraggled. Lessons learned in the first summer of a new garden.

Abhishek Kumar September 6, 2016, 9:03 am

THE ARTICLE IS A NICE READ WITH LOT OF USEFUL AND VALUABLE INFORMATION. 🙂

Daniel Tyrrell October 4, 2016, 7:14 pm

i often ask myself this question when design gardens and a good starting message is ‘Dont be Greedy’

Fran Sorin October 6, 2016, 2:03 am

Daniel- That is an original way of thinking about the subject. Another thought that might work as well is “What does this landscape really need in order that it be simple, beautiful, and authentic? Thanks for your comment! Fran

Geek October 15, 2016, 7:29 pm

As I always loved gardening, I never needed additional motivation, but your comments are really inspiring. Thanks.

Michele January 30, 2017, 7:23 am

mE AND MY MOTHER LOVE GARDENING. THANKS FOR THE POST. I WAS INSPIRED BY YOUR POST AND NOW IM THINKING TO REMAKE OUR GARDEN.

Fran Sorin February 2, 2017, 6:05 am

Michele-Am glad the post was meaningful for you. Now is a great time to think about what you want your garden to become this spring. Good luck! Fran

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