🌺 Hive Community Garden Journal Challenge - Update

in #homesteading7 days ago

After 2.5 years of hosting the monthly Garden Journal Challenge, I'll be putting it on hold for a while.

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I've been pondering on it for a while, but couldn't make up my mind.
However, it wasn't fair towards all participants to postpone it even more.

I started the monthly Garden Journal Challenge in April 2019. I could never have imagined that I would still be running this challenge 2.5 years later.

During this time, I've really enjoyed seeing all those gardens from all over the world. Pretty often, those pictures and posts were the only thing that could bring a smile to my face, and I want to send out a big thank you to everyone who has ever participated and brought a bit of sunshine in my life when I needed it the most.

In a way it's funny, since I'm literally crying while I'm writing this. Putting the challenge on hold feels like I'm giving up a bit of myself.
But I need a break.

These last couple of months, doing this had become a chore, instead of something I really enjoyed. And that's not fair. Not to myself, and even less to the people that put in all the effort to put up those amazing posts.

To avoid misunderstandings: I'm not giving up on the challenge, I'm just pausing it for a bit. Right now, my mental health is my first priority, and believe me, it'll take some time and energy to get back on track.

This isn't farewell... more like a 'see you later'. 😉

Me and the Garden Journal Challenge will be back, full force. I just need a little time.

Thanks for all the support, guys!! And I'll see you and your gardens soon!

@riverflows, @plantstoplanks, @proto26, @fotostef, @gertu, @porters, @sirenahippie, @astrizak, @akumagai, @fionasfavourites,@solominer, @nikv, @amberyooper,@fionasfavourites, @dannewton, @enjar, @livinguktaiwan, @allyson19, @krazzytrukker and all the others



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No problem, it's a good thing to take a break once in awhile.

Appreicate you doing the challenges and look forward to next time you start it back up.

Feel better soon! I hope you are getting some gardening therapy :)

Best wishes for improving your mental health. Here we will be waiting for you all the followers of your contest.
Have a pleasant end of this year.
It is a pleasure for me to meet you through this garden.
A hug.

Thanks, @gertu! 💜

Your health has to be your priority @simplymike, and you should never force yourself to do anything especially if it's a hobby. I haven't particpated in recent months as not much has been happening on my end due to the cold weather, bu I really enjoyed sharing my attempt at home gardening a few months back.

Take care

Thank you for hosting for so long! I think a lot of us know how big of a challenge it can be to keep something like this going. Often it is a labor of love, but sometimes it just becomes labor. I always say I am only on here for fun. If it's not fun anymore, it's not worth it to me. And sometimes it truly is just a break that is needed, other times a permanent break is just the thing to pursue what else I'm passionate about during that season of life. I'm sure many of us will still happily post our garden updates when we can regardless, but it truly has been a pleasure to join in the challenge when I could! Sending virtual hugs!

 7 days ago (edited)

Noooooooo!!!!!!! I think we will keep it up in your honour until you are ready to come back. Xxx

Take care of yourself.. your health is your priority and I hope you gather strength and nourishment. Appreciating you doing the challenge all this time.

Hey, take care. I know it ain't much but thanks for being you. Look after yourself and when you're ready we will be here when you get back to say. Welcome back.

Ah, @simplymike, I am sorry to hear that you are struggling and completely agree that you and your health come first. Gardens keep growing and they will wait for your return.

Sending warm thoughts your way and well.

Look forward to seeing you back when you are ready.

Aw man. Well, I guess it's for the best. Your mental health comes first. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery. Can't wait until the next challenge!

Dear friend @simplymike, don't worry, because we will all be waiting for you, to regain your health, energy and faith; that's the priority. Pauses are always necessary, so it is very wise that you stop on the way and dedicate yourself. I hope with all my heart that he is fully recovered and healed. And really, although I participated for a few months, I loved this initiative and made me very happy. Even so I will continue documenting my back garden, to keep a chronology of it. A hug.

Take good care of yourself @simplymike and have a good rest.
Will see you later, hopefully soon!

I am feeling a little burnt out lately and could not make even a short post. I also took a little hiatus and I know I will be ok soon. Thank you Mike for the tag I appreciate it. Everyone's health is important and should be everyone's priority. I hope that everything will be alright for you and for the community.

It's always good to take a break when you need it!
We'll see you when you come back!