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Every week, Oprah is setting an intention—exclusively for Oprah Insiders—with reflections on themes like letting go, forgiveness, coming into your own, and more. Every day this week, you can find tips to focus on reaping the positive things you sow—starting off with a special message from Oprah.Monday, October 17: Use Your Green Thumb
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To Oprah, the bounty of the garden connects back to the bounty of life, and all that’s possible when you invest in yourself. And you, too can use this time to “plant seeds” for the future—literally. While spring is commonly associated as prime time for home gardening, the autumn has opportunities, too.“People overlook the fall,” Jamila Norman, Atlanta-based farmer and host of Magnolia’s Homegrown show, tells Oprah Daily. “Everything seems alive in the spring and summer. You might think, ‘Why would I plant in fall when everything seems like it’s going to rest?’Norman says autumn is the opportune time for planting fruit trees and berry bushes, as opposed to the spring. “When you plant fruit trees in the fall, all the plant is doing is focusing on producing roots. When spring comes, it’s ready to go and you’ll have a better harvest,” Norman says. She recommends the following plants for autumn planting: · Alliums (onions, bulb garlic, shallots), which you can harvest in late spring and early summer.· Vegetables in the boscia family, like cabbage, collards, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, lettuces, radicchio· Perennial flowers like tulips“The fall is a great time to plant them because they set their roots, they’ll have enough growth, and they can make it through the winter,” Norman says.If you’re looking to plant vegetables this autumn, she suggests heading to the local store and seeing the varieties offered, as they’ll likely have been selected specifically for your region’s climate. Norman suggests buying transplants to put directly into the ground, as opposed to seeds.And one last thing: Be generous with mulch. “We’re talking two to three inches of organic mulch on top of the surface of the soil,” she says. Mulch keeps moisture in the soil and protects the crop from freezing. Think of it as a blanket.Sunday, October 16: A Video Message from Oprah
Happy Sunday, everybody!Roaming through my avocado orchard—got some good ones today. I'm wondering what you have planned for today. Now that fall is in full swing, many of you might be heading off to go apple picking. I remember when Gayle lived in Connecticut, she loved the Glastonbury apple festival every year. A lot of people this time of year are doing a lot of pumpkin patch visits or some other kind of harvest-themed activity. I love that so much of what we do during this time of year is in appreciation of the abundance we are afforded because of the work of farmers and growers.The truth is, I’m a country girl at heart, having grown up in rural Mississippi. There, if you didn’t grow it or raise it, you weren't gonna eat it. Helping my grandmother pull turnip greens from the garden, and then sitting on the porch snapping beans and shelling peas was a routine I now look back on fondly and took for granted then. That’s why all these years later, I now have my own garden where I grow not just avocados in an orchard but my favorite things to eat, like heirloom tomatoes in the fall and new varieties of vegetables I want to try. Harvest day is always a big day around our house, I’m in awe every time that by planting so little, you can reap so much. The same is true of what you choose to nourish emotionally.When people say “you reap what you sow,” it’s usually to warn that whatever negativity you put out into the world is always going to come back to bite you. But the flipside to this sentiment, which we rarely focus on, is that planting a seed of positivity will make your life flourish. And this old saying isn’t just about how you treat other people, but it's also about how you treat yourself.I’m a firm believer that whatever you focus on grows, even—especially—the thoughts and the feelings you have about yourself and your world. Start thinking negatively and see how you start spiraling down into negativity and you can't stop. Your negative feelings about yourself just keep growing. But what would happen if every time you think, Wow, I was so stupid, you also write down one example of a time you made yourself proud?Or say, for instance, that you’re feeling isolated right now—which a lot of people are—and ruminating on those feelings has made you feel even lonelier. What might happen if you just decide to focus on that urge for connection instead? What little thing could you do today to strengthen a relationship—or build a new one? This week, what I'm hoping is you’ll make a concerted effort to plant more seeds of positivity in your life. You will be so surprised just how fast your bounty of blessings will start to grow. Period. Plant the seed, the bounty grows. Have a great week.
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