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Plant care is self-care. We hear this phrase a lot these days and I just wrote a book entirely dedicated to this topic. If you are a plant parent, no matter what stage you are in, you know that this hobby is so much deeper than just making our home environments look beautiful; they are, frankly, about beautifying our internal worlds as well. Creating space and time for us to connect with nature and connect with ourselves. If you’ve been a longtime listener, you know this is my favorite topic to wax poetic about, and I found a beautiful kindred spirit in this episode's guest. Niyya is known as @thebloomjourney on Instagram and is a huge believer in nature-based self-care herself. Niyya and I have been IG friends for a while and this conversation was so fun, there are tons of insights to gain from it about how deep and true self-care and plant care can be connected. Let's dive in!

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In this episode we learn:

  • [00:51] What to expect from this episode
  • [02:21] How to get in touch with Maria
  • [03:00] Where to connect with plant friends in an ad-free platform
  • [06:12] How Niyya showed up for Maria at her book launch
  • [08:09] How plants can help during isolation and uncertainty
  • [09:08] Why plant people are the best kind of friends
  • [10:26] Who is Niyya and what is The Bloom Journey about?
  • [11:47] How plants helped Niyya deal with social anxiety and find her passion
  • [17:37] How the concept of seed dormancy can be applied to our lives
  • [21:51] What was Niyya’s experience growing up with plants around?
  • [24:35] Niyya and Maria’s common allergy to mosquitoes and how it disconnected them from nature
  • [28:08] What plants can teach us about the seasons of life
  • [29:34] Learning how to let go through plants
  • [30:18] Why you should try planting garlic this garden season!
  • [31:39] Bring the sun in your home during winter months
  • [33:44] Dealing with plant overwhelm by doing a plant pause
  • [36:36] Why you should take care of plants that work for you and for your lifestyle
  • [38:08] Why Maria recommends Rhaphidophora's
  • [39:02] What plant-life parallel keeps getting reflected back to Niyya recently?
  • [42:37] The art of mindfulness and how plants help us reconnect with ourselves
  • [46:05] How plants influenced Niyya’s interest for hiking and taking care of her body
  • [51:31] The importance of being true to ourselves and to our growth, despite losing followers
  • [54:48] How being our authentic selves can inspire others to do the same
  • [56:22] What is Niyya’s current favorite way to grow joy in her life?
  • [57:25] Where to connect with Niyya online
  • [57:59] Niyya shares an anecdote on the power of connecting with people
  • [01:00:18] The reality about our experiences with plant care: they are both unique and common at the same time
  • [01:01:11] A thank you from Maria to you

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