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Sanctuary

If you are not feeling the healing benefits of your outdoor haven, it’s because your space isn’t growing your happiness inside; it’s not growing your peace, health, inspiration like it can.

Feeling disappointed with the energy and vibe of your garden space? Your space may need to be soul-styled.

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To replenish your scene, reap the benefits and boost your mind, body, spirit, try my Cure #3 for what’s ailing your healing outdoor haven.

(This is Part 3 of a 3-part series – to clean, connect & find comfort in nature that awaits you, should you clear the channel. Cure 1 is here and Cure 2 is here. Cliff-notes version? Click here for Your 3 Cures Tip Sheet!)

Cure 3: Comfort opens a sacred channel

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This is a Cure to Nurture Your Inspiration

When uncomfortable, we often close up. Just as when an outfit doesn’t fit right – too tight, not warm enough, can’t sit comfortably – when an environment doesn’t feel right to us, we can’t wait to get out of it.  Likewise, when an outfit speaks to our essence and helps us shine, we go back to it, again and again, as our favorite go-to ensemble. It’s an exterior expression of our interior essence.

You’ve got untapped potential right outside your door waiting to be your go-to sacred space where you can be comfortable to commune and receive. A sanctuary for the soul’s conveyance nourishes a sacred union that helps us to let go of the build-up of the day’s stresses and the wounds of grief. It helps us focus and hear what our sweet souls are trying to say. When we soulfully style our outdoor spaces, they become more personal and play a meaningful role in our lives. This cure is apt to draw you outside and help you go inward, opening a sacred channel to nurture inspiration.

[bctt tweet=”An outdoor space where your soul is comforted, opens doors to aligning w/ your interior world. “]

Action-taking Tips:

  • Reserve your soul a special spot. Instead of tackling an entire landscape, pick a small nook (aka “pocket garden”) where you can escape and make it your own.
  • Take small style bites. You’ve done some cleaning and clearing. You’ve spa’d up your scene to soothe your sensesNow get comfortable by selecting personal self-love-reminding elements to enliven and furnish your space. I call these #feelgoodfurnishings. For instance, a recycled this (chair?) or a recovered that (bench?). How about that chair if it had a couple of pillows? Perhaps drape a washable blanket over the back for chilly days? Strike up candles to set the mood. Create an exterior shrine with found treasures
  • Pad for privacy. Plant up containers with taller plants and move them into place to mark your space and offer a surround-sound buffer. Go for a cocooned or “womb” shape to your special space.

By soul-styling your space, you’ll find this cure has a ripple effect. It helps your body feel more comfortable; your mind more available to clarity and your soul open and more easily inspired to recharge. This cure for comfort opens a sacred channel of your soul and the What-Is beyond.

Our garden and outdoor spaces bloom with positivity, pollinate hope & nurture a beautiful world inside.

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Hey Annie, how do I know when the cures are working?

When your garden living space:

  • soothes your senses and you get that ahhh feeling upon stepping into your #serenegreenscene
  • delights your soul and supports the rekindling your spirit
  • elevates your state of mind
  • is a place of relocation for daily living rituals (napping, yogaing, reading, phoning, working, meditating, eating, cooking, conversing…) because in here (hello precious spirit) finds safety, satisfaction and yearns for more out there.

Then, my Red Bird friend, you are on the garden path to having your very own Restorative Garden – your Sanctuary.

Start by making these cures to create positive change in the everyday nature that surrounds you.

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Drop me a comment and tell me how you got a boost of sanity, perhaps some salve for your senses or some much-needed comfort for your soul. I’m listening… 


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Need help in transforming your yard space from ugh to AHH! My Sanctuary Garden Design Consultation may just be the help you need!


Are you a style-keen, nature-loving, holistically-inclined “soilsoulsister” (or brother) who wants to tune out stress & dis-ease & tune into your mind.body.spirit connection, thanks to your own slice of everyday, personal paradise? Plant-tas-tic! Sign up for news, resources, good shares and we’ll get on with your thriving outside & healing inside.

If you are not feeling the healing benefits of your outdoor haven, it’s because your space isn’t growing your happiness inside; it’s not growing your peace, health, inspiration like it can.

Feeling frenzied by your garden space and need to put it in a time-out? Your space may need a spa-treatment.

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To replenish your scene, reap the benefits and boost your mind, body, spirit, try my Cure #2 for what’s ailing your healing outdoor haven.

(This is Part 2 of a 3-part series – to clean, connect & find comfort naturally, like a spa treatment for you and your outdoor space. Cure 1 is over here. Cliff-notes version? Click here for Your 3 Cures Tip Sheet!) 

Cure 2: Commune to soothe senses

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This is a Cure to Grow Your Health through Sensory Connections

With our lives often barraged by a cacophony of circus-like sensory input – overwhelming, draining, stringing us out on our last nerve –  an easy getaway, your elegant escape hatch, aka delightful DND zone right outside our door goes a long way to refuel and reconnect with your easy-breezy-beautiful self again.

Your time outside can be like a spa experience for your senses: boosting energy, bringing clarity, blending gratitude with an all-body renewal practice.  Nature allows for what researchers have deemed “positive momentary distractions”. 

It goes like this: when experiencing a restorative nature space, our senses get a bath of soothing, enchanting, calming sensory input which helps our brains switch gears, focus on the present moment and just rest.  

By making your garden space into a Sanctuary Garden, you indulge yourself in a sensory spa treatment, anytime, right outside your door, engaging all 5 of those frazzled senses in renewal happy dance. This cure is apt to stimulate different parts of your brain, conjure up good memories and lend you the experience of your very own rejuvenation station.

[bctt tweet=” A Sanctuary Garden dials down sensory noise & tunes us into that which soothes & supports.”]

Action-taking Tips:

  • Take green-microbreaks. Let your eyes drink in a comforting, research-proven design recipe for your brain: 1 part calming colors of greens and blues, a dash of natural light and a generous helping of lush plants.
  • Smoky, got your ears on? Appoint your space with pleasing sounds. The tranquility trifecta: chimes, water, wildlife.
  • Stop and smell… scents help us unwind, destress and commune with the memories of good days (and people) past.

Engaging our two or more of our senses in a positive dose of nature allows us to disengage from the frenzy and healBy making your space a sensory spa experience, you’ll find this cure will energize your health. It will help you disconnect from the go-go-go routine.

This cure fulfills our innate pre-programmed need to connect with nature for an overdue shift back to perspective – and back to the better sense of ourselves.

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Cure #3 about making space comforting for your soul is waiting for you here.


Psst! I have something special for you… 

Get your 1-page Tip Sheet of my 3 Cures to Fix What’s Ailing Your Healing Outdoor Haven.

Click for 3 Cures Tip Sheet!

Need help in transforming your yard space from ugh to AHH! My Sanctuary Garden Design Consultation may just be the help you need


Are you a style-keen, nature-loving, holistically-inclined “soilsoulsister” (or brother) who wants to tune out stress & dis-ease & tune into your mind.body.spirit connection, thanks to your own slice of everyday, personal paradise? Plant-tas-tic! Sign up for news, resources, good shares and we’ll get on with your thriving outside & healing inside.

Perhaps a mere second ago, you pulled back the blinds to peek out the window for the umpteenth time. You felt excited after flipping through magazines and cruising Pinterest boards.  And there you were – jazzed and inspired with pulse rate elevated.

So you walked over, peeked out your window or door onto your outdoor space – you know, that would-be-slice-o’-green-paradise.

And felt your tummy and enthusiasm sink and the frustration meter rise. For what you do, and do not see – out there. For what you feel, and do not feel – out there or *in here*.

It’s that familiar pang again. In your heart. That “I want something more”. The “I know there is more to this that that.

I know that feeling – it’s a craving for something more in AND from your outdoor haven.  And I know the next thing you do is you swoosh those blinds back over the window in a feeling of disgust.

If you are not feeling the healing benefits of your outdoor haven, it’s because your space isn’t growing your happiness inside; it’s not growing your peace, health, inspiration like it can.

It’s not restorative. It’s just not that rejuvenating oasis – serenity now! – that your heart, head, soul yearn for – deeply. I wrote about why having a DND Zone is crucial. But what if you’re just getting started, right?3

If you’re not feeling the healing in your outdoor haven, your space may need a place-lift.

(This is Part 1 of a 3-part series – to clean, connect & find comfort naturally because your peace of mind depends on it. Cliff-notes version? Click here for Your 3 Cures Tip Sheet!) 

Cure 1: Clean for your sanity

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This is a Cure to Grow Peace to Lift Your Mind

I’m am not suggesting a sterile environ nor one of strict architectural allegiance. Any visitor to my own gardens knows that’s not how this Fairy Healing Garden Godmother rolls. Instead, I’m talking about helping your brain process better – easier – by cleaning out the space that surrounds your living and waking moments for flow and ease. Working with clients, this is the very first stop on the #thrivingoutsidehealinginside train. Let’s face it, a messy, cluttered, disjointed space causes undue stress and makes us feel confused, tired, guilty. 

Decluttering outside helps declutter inside. This is about creating tranquility, friend. And allowing Peace to flow inside and outside.  It’s said that the space around us is reflective of what’s going on inside of us, our unconsciousness and lives. By cleaning and releasing clutter for the intention of creating your serene green scene you’re more apt to better #mindthegardenofyourmind.

And you’ll find that you’re less preoccupied with all of *that* and more open to receiving the peace available right at your (bare) feet.

[bctt tweet=”Can’t follow the scene? Then your garden space ain’t got flow & your mind is aching for ease.”]

Action-taking Tips:

  • Put things away and donate the miscellaneous and extraneous.  Tidying is a practice in reverence – everything has its place, everything in its space – around you and inside you. And as a fav saying goes: My place is a reflection of my mind space. 
  • Make space for your greatness by clearing out debris. Then your brain doesn’t have to work as hard to make sense of the scene. As you likely know, we don’t perform, live, thrive at our best in a space that our brains can’t easily “read”.
  • Fix a singular, intimate view that’s been bugging you. Hire a pro to offer suggestions. (I can help you with that here.) 

It is much easier to experience the gift of Peace in the present moment when you, your brain and your eyes aren’t darting all around.

By clearing and cleaning, you’ll find your mind more at ease and able to soak in nature’s good vibrations. This cure alone – a more organized, flowing space – grows your sense of happiness and relaxation. For more inspired ideas on decluttering, check out Marie Kondo’s book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.

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Cure #2 about soothing your senses is right over here. Come read on…


Meanwhile, I have something special for you… 

Get your 1-page Tip Sheet of my 3 Cures to Fix What’s Ailing Your Healing Outdoor Haven.

Click for 3 Cures Tip Sheet!

Need help in transforming your yard space from ugh to AHH! My Sanctuary Garden Design Consultation may just be the help you need


Are you a style-keen, nature-loving, holistically-inclined “soilsoulsister” (or brother) who wants to tune out stress & dis-ease & tune into your mind.body.spirit connection, thanks to your own slice of everyday, personal paradise? Plant-tas-tic! Sign up for news, resources, good shares and we’ll get on with your thriving outside & healing inside.