Make It Nicer

Everywhere we’ve lived, and that’s 16 homes, we have sought to make the place nicer.

flowers and stones

Garden planted along the alley where it used to be weeds and dirt.

We’ve planted trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers, and organic gardens. We’ve added pavement stones, patios, rainspouts, rain barrels, fencing, and grass. We’ve nurtured and dined on edible weeds such as purslane, lambs quarter and amaranth. We’ve allowed dandelions free rein, welcomed wasps, bees, and any wild critters that needed a place to land.

Inside the homes we’ve added towel racks, curtain rods, ceiling fans, overhead cabinets, and shelving.

blackeyed susans, spiderwort, iris and sedum in front of porch

Blackeyed Susans, Spiderwort, and Iris planted where weeds used to flourish.

12 of these homes were rentals. We moved in, thanked the space for its protection and possibilities, and set out to make it better. We’ve spent what little money we could afford at the time, and considerable labor, on making improvements. We expected no discounts or appreciation from the landlords; we did it because we know that when you respect and honor the space you are in, it responds in kind.

Painted Ladly butterfly on apricon blossoms

Sometimes the landlord offered to refund us or split the difference, but we never demanded this. Always the landlords have been good to us even when other people complained about them. We’ve learned that you harvest what you sow.

Organic garden with brocolli, chard, arugula, s unfloers, corn, squash, kale and thriving apple tree. A red wooden shed is in the background.

Organic garden with brocolli, chard, arugula, sunflowers, corn, squash, and kale. This area was covered with dry dirt and 3-foot high weeds when we moved in.

Occasionally neighbors noticed and began their own improvements. Sometimes no one knew but us. But it has always been the right thing to do.

It’s not important to be perfect. But its darn sure important for your self-esteem to make the best of any situation.

Years ago I heard a concept that’s been inspiring to me. Most people are hovering somewhere around the emotion of mad, sad, or glad. Size them up when you connect and don’t leave until you’ve done what you can to move them up the scale toward “glad”. That may be simply because you listened. But, I think I just rambled into another post.

-Ellie Hadsall

“Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life; Lead it!” 

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About Ellie Hadsall

My life is a journey with insights and gifts being revealed as I move forward. Every one I meet is a companion on this adventure. Together, we ride a wave of transformation. Let's leave the old behind and move through new portals! After a long, fulfilling career in human resource, personal development, and motivational speaking, I am currently a spiritual mentor, author, intuitive, Kriya minister, Vedic fire ceremony practitioner, meditation teacher and spiritual friend.
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2 Responses to Make It Nicer

  1. “When you leave always leave people and places nicer than when you came” my aunt taught me that. We do reap what we sow. 🙂


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