Succulents and self-care

Blog, Hintonburg, Self-care, Succulents

Last summer, shortly after I moved to Hintonburg, I found myself perusing a selection of succulents at the grocery store. I had always been fascinated by the plants but had never brought myself to actually purchasing one. They can be as cheap as $5, but I didn’t know if I could commit myself to buying one and running the risk of killing it.

Now, less than a year later, I have seven succulents scattered throughout my apartment. They’re thriving and so am I, as I revel in my newest obsession hobby. I have been reading anything and everything about succulent care, wandering through local plant stores (with my boyfriend holding my hand to ensure I don’t splurge my life savings on succulents) and taking care of the ones I own. It’s been fascinating and wonderful and frustrating to learn how these guys need particular love.

Earlier this week, I went to a terrarium-building workshop by the Fine Gardening Group at a local pub with my closest friend. We each built a little home for three new succulents and chatted about our lives.

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Me, trying to decide what I’m doing after graduation, and she, recovering from an awful breakup. At the end of the night, each of us with a new succulent home in-hand, made the decision to reserve our Tuesday nights for self-care and spending time together.

Prioritizing friendships and self-care can be difficult, particularly when life gets busy. But what are we so busy doing? To me, spending time making a succulent home with my best friend takes priority over anything else I could be doing. My succulents, funny as it may seem, remind me to slow down and take care of myself. Succulents don’t need a lot of attention and care, but they do need the right attention and care. Some need only be watered once a month, while others need watering slightly more often than this.

I don’t need a lot of self-care, I just need the right amount. A short walk, sitting down with a good book, a phone call to mom or dad, buying a new succulent, whatever. So, every Tuesday night will now be dedicated to spending time with my best friend, doing something creative.

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