August Word from the Planter

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This photo always represented childlikeness for me.

It was a summer, when I lived in Bergen (Norway) and had to work work work to pay off some dept while all my friends where out of town visiting family or on vacation.

I had many afternoons where I walked around town with my camera and photographed.

This photo is from a designer toy store. I think. At least the toys weere fine quality and from fancy brands. Then these little transparent bubbles in pastel sea colours caught my eyes.

I’ve always loved to play with the focus on my camera. And with these bubbles, the playfulness & just the space.. a store for toys. It’s the perfect place to explore the childlikeness! 🤩

I was also in a season, maybe the end of it (but does it really end though? 🙈) of letting out my child. Letting her play. Freely and shamelessly.

Bergen is a beautiful city with lots of fun little pockets, corners and houses. That summer I really let my childlike wonder get freedom to go on adventures and have fun with my camera and creativity.

It was actually a big part of me that I somehow had neglected.

I don’t think it was anything dramatic or traumatic, but somewhere in my childhood I stopped being a child. Somehow I didn’t feel like I could be a child.

So I’ve taken revenge. Revenge from the stolen childlike moments of my childhood. I let her out. Let her play. Let her get excited and curious over the magic of life.

I let her wonder. Wonder freely without shame or the fear of friends and people judging me. 

It was like I got to know new sides of me.

It did come as a little shock to me though that not everyone around me were as thrilled as I was. They misunderstood my new-found-love of childlikeness as childish and I was called immature several times.

I’d always been the mature kid. Always told by every adult and teacher and parents how mature I was. “The good kid”.. blah. So when I finally dared to show my childlikeness it felt very vulnerable. Was that side of my going to be accepted? My “identity” most of my kid- and teen years I’d been the girl who was mature for her age.

But why wouldn’t people let me be childlike without calling me immature?

But I’d heard a quote my C. S. Lewis that I clung to, and it went something like this:

“someday you’ll be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

It spoke *deeply* to my Childlike soul. On so many levels. I told myself that those people still weren’t “old” enough yet. It was their loss, but hopefully one day they could lower their shoulders and let out their Childlikeness. But it wasn’t gonna stop me from being Childlike now!

And right in the midst of my confusion, where I almost felt I had to put a lid on myself - again, an unexpected friend, had some encouraging (prophetic) words for me. (if you believe in the Holy Spirit, she told her some things to tell me, and they were SPOT ON - Ewa if you’re reading this, I’m talking about you!)

She told me my childlike heart was something that was put inside of me. That I shouldn’t care about how others would react or think. I could be free to be me, and explore my wonder.. I could embrace my childlike soul while being a mature and respected person. Those things didn’t have to be compromised.

It taught me that even when those close to me or just in my surroundings didn’t understand or tried to hold me down of who I’m suppose to be. That they weren’t ready for that side of me yet, and that’s okay. They can tell me all they want that I’m childish and make fun of me, but that says a lot more about them then about me.

Sadly it’s often like that, when we grow and bloom, someone is trying to stop us. It is then our job and responsibility not to listen to those voices, but keep trusting ourselves, our childlike souls and wondering hearts and don’t let those afraid to look foolish tame us. 

We are wildflowers after all. We can’t me tamed. And I think one of the biggest tricks to stay childlike, is not “growing up”. 

To quote Peter Pan “Growing up is a trap” and what I mean by that is, I think we can all relate to that “fear” we had as kids; to grow up and become one of those serious, boring and busy adults. 

Some of the things I do to keep my Childlike Wonder alive is:

  • Go on adventures (!!!!)

  • Let yourself Wonder. Don’t cut of your wondering with being busy and excuses. Lean in to it.

  • Are you curious to wear that street leads? Go! What’s holding you back? Check it out! And maybe bring a camera!

  • I keep a box full of small “treasures” that I find, often broken pieces, trash or small toys. I even color code them! It brings me so much JOY!

  • My style. I often wear fun jewelries, that I make myself.

  • Buy your favorite candy from when you were a kid - just because. (especially those candy-bracelets 😍)

  • Play with a kid. And I mean really PLAY. Get into the game. Play like you mean it (but be nice to the kid!)

  • Follow my Unicorn account @wondertheunicorn

I asked Erin aka Rorie @roriemusic about what she does to keep her Childlike Wonder alive and this is what she says:

“Cherishing stories and reading new and old books keeps that childlike wonder alive”

Last note, as I’m writing this my phone ticks in with a message, and I recently changed my message tone to “Kim Possible’s Message Tone”. Brings me so much JOY! 🤩

That’s what I have to say and share at this time. I’d love to hear your Childlike Wonder moments in the comments! Always looking to add to my list.


// Line,

the planter of A Wildflowers Home 🌻

July Word from the Planter on Growing Pains

A Wildflowers Home // Growing Pains


Happy July dear Wildflowers!

it’s a new month, we’re mid-summer here in Denmark AND we’re digging into a new theme here at A Wildflowers Home;


Growing Pains.


I think we can all relate to the pains of a growing moment in our life, maybe even a season. It can be in relationships, at work, when trying something new or it can be facing our fears.

Alessia Cara actually wrote a song called Growing Pains and I love these lines:

”Used monsters as an excuse to lie awake
Now the monsters are the ones that I have to face
No band-aids for the growing pains”

Facing your monsters is a great synonym for Growing Pains.

I myself have been through probably the wildest and longest growing pain-journey yet, many of you probably know that I burned out couple of years ago, and while a lot of the journey has been healing from the traumatic events and resting from the burnout, there’s definitely been some real pain of growing. Auch!
It can sound so easy, almost cliche, but I’ve learned through these hard years, that growing, is a choice, and it can be so. daaawn. tough! Sometimes it can take a little while to gather the courage to dive into the pain of growth, other times we’re thrown right in it with hair, feet and nail scrapings.. but I’ve survived my hardest moments of Growing Pain so far, which is a testimony and proof to me that I then can survive the next Growing Pain that’s gonna come. And these words doesn’t come lightly from me..

Sometimes Growing comes as distractions, and I’ve had to take some choices that didn’t really make sense to me, but I had to let go of feelings, people and even friendships to grow, which has definitely been painful. And it didn’t always look like a fabulous growing opportunity, often they can look quite ugly, for a long time, some still does, they’re never gonna be pretty so I sometimes have to remind myself that I did the right thing, and that I did grow from letting go. Letting go can be painful.

I usually say that it’s been the most expensive wisdom lessons of my life. When going through hardship we can choose to grow or get bitter. Bitter is easy and doesn’t really require any work, some might even say it’s understandable, but it doesn’t grow you..

It doesn’t move you forward into the next season.

It doesn’t take you up to the next level.

It doesn’t get you up that mountain to let you see the beautiful view that awaits you.

Growing through pain is a necessity in life, if you don’t wanna be stuck. And sometimes not choosing to grow, can be even more painful.

If we take it literally in our body, when our bones were growing as a kid, there would sometimes be a pain, but our body needed to grow or as my 1-year-old nephew, he is growing his teeth out, and it’s painful and itchy, but he needs his teeth to chew food. Growth is a necessity, even though we often don’t see the point or the “why” behind our pain. Like my baby-nephew doesn’t understand right now, but once they’re out. He’s gonna be so happy they are, cause now he can chew real food, and he’s already forgotten the pain of getting them there. So let’s be brave and choose growth! Even when it’s painful.


That’s all, let’s kick this month in with some Growing Pain!

Love,
Line, the planter of A Wildflowers Home
<3 <3 <3




Here are some prompts for the Wildflower Takeovers.

even if you’re not a Wildflower Takeover, you can take these prompts and use them for yourself, as a reminder for when you went through something painful AND GOT THROUGH or you’re free to ask some of the Wildflower Takeovers to share something on these prompts.

(…and just a short note on that. I know call them or us, the Wildflower Takeovers, because that’s what they are, it’s a simple 2 worded title and it’s not just the story they take over anymore, it’s the whole account. So from now on, those you see taking over the story and post on the feed on @awildflowershome on instagram, are called Wildflower Takeovers. Short note, finished.)


  • A childhood memory

  • When learning something new

  • A moment of growth

  • A bad habit you had to let go of

  • A painful moment of growth

  • A bad cycle you had to break

  • A moment of hard truth

  • A confrontation that lead to growth

  • Something that was so painful that growth HAD to happen

  • Something you had to let go off

  • Someone you had to say goodbye to

Taking Over Instagram Stories & a New Theme about Seasons

What’s up with all the faces and people taking over the stories on instagram? A new thing is being planted…

A Wildflower’s Home has started something NEW. On every weekday (the goal is to expand to 7 days a week, but we gotta start somewhere) a new wildflower logs in on the @awildflowershome instagram account and take over the stories for a day! We share about the things of life, the good, the bad and the messy, we share our daily day life with you AND talk about a weekly theme all this to BUILD the community for wildflowers, a place we can feel home!
I hope you will engage, get to know and share with the wildflowers who takeover, give them lots of love, laugh when they laugh and cry with them when they cry, we wanna do this together. As a community of wildflowers. A safe place. A place to rest our wings and lower our shoulders,a place to feel and be home.

OH, and the new theme is SEASONS. We go through many many different seasons in life. Both physical, mental, transitional, waiting, dreaming, resting, healing, working, learning etc. This month and until we’re done (I don’t think monthly works here, sometimes we like to talk about them longer, hah!) we will be sharing, writing and talking about the seasons of life.

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The 5 wildflower who took over last week talked about seasons. I’ve picked some of the highlights from each of the wildflowers from each day and put them together into one highlight called SEASONS. You can click on the picture below to go directly to A Wildflowers Home’s Instagram account to rewatch the best bits or catch up if you missed some of the days! - remember to follow while you’re there!

A Wildflowers Home // seasons
 
 

If you’re interested in knowing more, maybe even wanna join the wildflower takeover team, there’s a few things you can do..

I Line, shared some of the vision of the storytakover in a video, you can find it both on A Wildflowers Home’s Instagram profile AND on A Wildflowers Home’s facebook page.

If you have any questions feel free to ask on here, in the comments, on the different social media account or contact me through my DM’s on my personal @awildflowersjourney. I’ll make sure to respond both places.

If you’re eager to jump right in. We have an facebook group, for the story takeovers only, below there’s a button where you can apply to join the group. Serious inquires only, please.

 
A Wildflowers Home team
Closed group · 9 members
Join Group
 
 

This is all still in the beginning fases, but it is SO MUCH FUN. I’ve recieved so good feedback, both from the story overtakers, but also you who follow along. Keep that up and please share it, so we can reach more and grow our community! :)

That’s all I had to say for now.

Enjoy!

// Line