Bloom Where You are Planted: Lessons in the Desert

finding your placeThey say that travel can open your eyes. You learn about different people, cultures, and places, but I think you can learn some important things about yourself in the process. When most people picture the desert they picture a barren wasteland, devoid of life and color. This might be accurate for some deserts but the desert in southern Arizona is like no other. The only lush desert in the world, the Sonoran desert is full of plants and wildlife. They not only survive, but thrive in the harsh desert conditions. This is a good lesson for those of us of  us who are a little more human.

Let’s think about what we can take away from these creatures.tucson AZ

Even when things don’t look so good on the surface, it’s worth it to take a closer look.

Don’t miss the trees for the forest. It’s important to look at the big picture but if you don’t take the time to see the details you might miss out on something amazing!

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Great things can be found in the most unexpected of places.

You never know when you’ll turn around in the desert and find a new bloom or a cute creature. You never know when a great opportunity will appear in your life, just because things look a little barren now doesn’t mean they will stay that way!life lessons

Make good use of your resources.

Cacti can survive on one or two rainfalls a year. They make careful use of water when it is available – they don’t guzzle it all at once and leave themselves dry for the next six months. I think anyone who enjoys a good shopping spree can see how applicable that lesson is.

bloom where you are planted

Bloom where you are planted.

There are many things in life that you cannot control. Instead of letting that get you down, make the best of the situation and shine in whatever way you can!

Thank you for reading! I can’t wait to share more photos and insights from my trip with you! What is the most inspiring place you’ve ever been to? How do you bloom where you are planted? Let me know in a comment below! Have a great day!




  1. March 30, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Love this post Abby! With what happened and all the changes I was hit with in March this post really resonates! 🙂

    Rai |

    • April 6, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      Thank you! I am so glad you enjoyed it!

  2. April 7, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    “Bloom where you are planted.” This, so much. It’s easier to have grass-is-greener syndrome than to realize that you can find ways to grow, where ever you are. I like how you came up with positive statements that tied in to the plants!

    Alyse (J.X.L.) | LUMIÈRE & LENS

    • April 8, 2016 / 3:26 pm

      I am so glad that you enjoyed it! I was feeling super inspired after my recent trip!

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