With the new year finally here, many of us focus on bettering ourselves through self-care or other New Year resolutions. I want to push myself further with my garden and plant care while focusing more on myself. Like many women, I am bad at putting others before myself, which has led to unnecessary stress and putting my health off. Focusing more on goals than resolutions, I have found to be far more successful as I age (and less stressful). As I was preparing for the new year, I was asked to review the perfect self-help book on self-care – Happy Plants, Happy You by Kamili Bell Hill. After reading this new plant book, I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you!
Happy Plants Happy You: What Is It
Are you looking for a book to turn your love of gardening into self-care? If so, we think you will love Happy Plants, Happy You. Here is what the publisher has to say about this new book.
In Happy Plants, Happy You, author Kamili Bell Hill of @PlantBlerd shows you that spending quality time with your plants is spending quality time with yourself.
Houseplants are so much more than a living decorative accent for your home or a relaxing hobby, and caring for houseplants should not be a mindless task. Instead, it’s an opportunity to check in with yourself as you check in with your plants. You’ll learn how houseplants can help you avoid burnout and bring a healthy focus to your own self-care. As it turns out, when you tend to your houseplants, you’re also tending to yourself.
Houseplants have a lot of lessons to teach about relationships and the importance of a little give and take, including how to focus on the ones who love you back and how—like getting rid of a dead leaf or a mealybug—sometimes you gotta cut bait and bail on relationships that are bringing you down. Author Kamili Bell Hill used houseplants to exit the stress highway that was overtaking her life and she knows they can do the same for you.
Easy houseplant-care tips to help build your confidence in growing, combined with wise and witty words on everything from managing “devil-spawn fungus gnats” to making your houseplant leaves shine like the top of the Chrysler Building, Happy Plants, Happy You is part self-exploration, part houseplant handbook. In a nutshell, it’s a plant-based roadmap to a happier you.
You’ll get the lowdown on:
- How to choose the right plants for you as a person, not just for your growing conditions
- Advice on avoiding “vampire relationships” with plants (and people!) that suck you dry
- A wish list of the best tools for houseplant parents
- How to date several plants before settling on the best ones for you
- The art of letting go of things that aren’t thriving
- Giving up on the illusion of control—and being totally okay with it
As your plants grow, you will too. Houseplants are a guilt-free path to peace, and the result of stepping into an intentional plant-care/self-care routine will be happy plants and a happy you.
I will admit that I almost immediately connected with the author when I started reading this book. It is extremely rare that I find a gardening book that doesn’t read like a textbook. It is touching and radiates with the author’s personality, making it the perfect mix of inspiring and educational. Connecting your lifestyle with a mixture of caring for plants is genuinely brilliant, especially connecting it to loving your plants is loving yourself. The section on hydration and would you date that plants are my favorites (even if it is hard picking a favorite – this book is truly excellent). Happy Plants, Happy You is the book I think every woman needs on her bookshelf to help her learn to love herself while finding her inner green thumb.
Happy Plants Happy You: Where to Purchase
Would you like to purchase this new self-care book for yourself or someone special in your life? You can find Happy Plants Happy You on Amazon.com for under $25 in Hardcover or for your preferred Kindle device. Who knew taking care of yourself could be so easy?