FEEL FRESH THIS SPRING
ROBERT’S ADVICE FOR WORK, FAMILY, AND YOUR GARDEN
new season can signify a fresh start, just like a new year. Both are good times to change and recount our goals, but not necessarily to guilt ourselves into changing. It’s good to remember why we make resolutions in the first place. Often, the reason is to improve our quality of life. We don’t always think about our quality of life, or we may make judgments about it based on feelings like guilt. Guilt gets us caught up in actions and feelings that aren’t valuable uses of our time. I listen to a lot of podcasts, and one of the most important things I’ve learned from successful people about how to improve my quality of life is this: Don’t always think about the money. Instead, these successful people are thinking about their daily lives and how to improve how they feel about them.
“AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT ISN’T ABOUT WORK; IT’S ABOUT THE PEOPLE I SPEND TIME WITH, COWORKERS OR FAMILY.”
outside caring for my own garden, I love to play golf. My son is in golf camp right now, so I’m excited to play more with him. Taking walks with our dog, Teddy, and going to the park are some of my favorite family activities. In fact, I think any physical outdoor activity can create really great memories. This might be because, when it comes to my own quality of life, I always come back to my connection with the outdoors. I like to trust my feelings and senses, and this is why I really enjoy landscaping and gardening. If you’re looking to improve your garden for spring, I’d recommend you consider both appearance and fragrance. Visually, I love a colorful, flower-filled spring. Marigolds, begonias, salvia, and pentas flowers all blossom in gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows during this time of year. It’s also very pretty to minimize the hard edges in your garden space. To do this, use ornamental grasses; shrubs with thin, grass-like leaves; and flowers to soften your garden’s edges. Flowering plants like gardenias can also be a great touch. They look pretty and smell great! You can also improve the fragrance of your garden by planting fruit trees (such as orange trees) that blossom in the spring and smell amazing.
As a business owner, I get really ambitious. I know that if I focus on doing one or two impactful things — and let everything else fall into place, or divide it up with my team— that can make all the difference. I like to ask myself, “What is going to benefit my day and business the most?” I think if everyone focuses hard on one or two things, that’ll get them through the rest.
I know having focus isn’t always simple; usually, we need to have a certain drive to pursue our goals and really focus. I try not to overthink it, but perhaps my drive has always been the same. At the end of the day, it isn’t about work; it’s about the people I spend time with, coworkers or family. That’s really where I feel my quality of life is the most enhanced. We spend a lot of time with the people we work with. While I’m lucky to say that my workplace is generally not very stressful, I still do my part to make sure everyone who works here has a good experience. I help pay for lunches at least once a week and provide water and ice every day. I also provide uniforms so nobody has to worry about dirtying their own clothes. I truly believe that in order to have good employees who will take care of others, I need to be willing to do the same for them. I work in the trenches as much as I can, and we run a pretty tight ship with 7–8 other people.
I hope you have a great start to your spring, friends! Until next month.
But of course, my family and faith are the most important parts of my life. This time of year, a lot of my family time is spent outdoors. Besides spending time
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