In this new season, these 5 reminders are keeping me moving in the right direction. Maybe you need one of them—or all five today, too!

1. Peonies grow through the dirt, and so do we. If there’s something you’ve been wanting to do or start, but you haven’t made progress yet, consider this: are you afraid to get your hands dirty? If we can’t do something perfectly from the start, many times we don’t even give it a try, am I right? Here’s the truth: to grow flowers, you have to get your hands dirty. Making a mess doesn’t mean you become one. Read more in these free downloadable chapters from my latest book, Cultivate.

2. Little steps add up. They really do. I haven’t made perfect progress on my number one goal this year, but I have made little by little progress. I am on track to finish my goal by the end of this year! Embracing imperfect progress helps us not completely give up when things don’t go as planned. My little-by-little steps forward (even with a few steps back) are adding up.

3. It’s okay to grow slow. In fact, it’s good to grow slow. Think about it: do you plant a seed and expect to get a full-grown tree the next morning? We do that, don’t we? 🙂 We want overnight results but that often leaves us with shallow–or non-existent–roots. Good things grow slow: babies, trees, meaningful relationships, and big dreams.

4. Change can be hard, but consider something crazy: it might be good!

5. Finally, the words I wrote late one night in my kitchen about wanting to finally read the Bible from start to finish:

You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do?

You should go do them.

P.S. Tomorrow, tomorrow! See you at 3.

Photos in the garden by my best friend Gina 🙂

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  1. Robin

    “Making a mess doesn’t mean you become one.” BAM. I needed to read that, Lara. Thank you!

  2. Ashley

    You’ve really got me loving Peonies now!