September 21st, 2021
Several years ago, my sister and I were both home in Louisiana, and we decided to carve pumpkins together.
Since that’s a fun-but-messy project and the glorious fall weather was calling to us, we set up outside on the driveway.
Mom, being her perpetually nurturing self, told us to “just throw the seeds in the flowerbeds.”
So we did…
Guess what Mom called to tell me a few months later about those little, forgotten seeds?
That’s right. Two beautiful, orange pumpkins had sprouted from the gooey pumpkin guts we had unceremoniously discarded.
Thinking of this story reminds me of that saying, “Bloom where you are planted.”
In recent years I’ve realized that this is a gift of mine.
No matter where in the world I happen to be, I manage to see blessings in challenges, find opportunities in unexpected places, and connect not to get ahead but to grow with others.
It’s not usually easy at first. In fact, a few tears and limiting thoughts usually run rampant in the beginning.
But like those little pumpkin seeds that got watered by the rain and nurtured by the sun, tiny consistent actions over time can grow into incredible gifts.
Opportunities are all around us if we are open to seeing them.
Do you find opportunities in unusual circumstances?
Would you like to level up your ability to grow and thrive even in challenging situations?
I’m participating in an exciting challenge: to have 100 powerful pro-bono coaching conversations (no strings attached).
If you’d like to dive deep into your own mindset and explore your own big goals/what’s holding you back in one of those conversations, send me a DM and let’s talk. Or send this to a friend who may find it helpful.
Let’s grow together, right now, where we’re planted, and see what we can create!
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Ashley Orlando is a jazz vocalist/ukulele artist and coach who helps growth-focused leaders find their voice, grow their presence & amplify their impact.