Hey there, friends, and boy do I have an episode for you today. Today on the podcast, I get to interview Megan Smith from plantingseeds365 and I just loved this interview because she has a new take on life. She decided to start planting a garden, but it’s not your typical garden with her kids. She plants seeds that are different. Take a listen to this episode about planting seeds of hope and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, what you do, your life as a momma etc…
My name is Megan Smith. I’ve been married to my best friend for 12 years and am a mama to 3 boys – 8, 6 & 4. I work full time in research and education for a pediatric medical device company and own Planting Seeds 365. When I’m not working, I love to workout and play outside with my family. We have a few acres and a creek and love to play in the water and look for cool rocks.
2. How did you start your business? Where did the idea come from?
About a year ago, I found myself at a point where I could either continue on what felt like a hamster wheel of parenting, or I could choose to step off and do something about it. I was feeling overwhelmed with all of the “tasks” that needed to be done and felt like I still wasn’t enough. I wasn’t spending quality time or connecting with the boys and thought if I just had more time, I could slow down and be present. So, we decided to start a program for our family. We called it Planting Seeds 365 because we were going to spend the next year “planting seeds” with each other and our community. The idea for planting seeds came from my Grandpa – he passed away about 8 months before we started the program and I was inspired by the legacy he left. He was a farmer and also planted thousands of trees on his property. The idea that we plant seeds today for tomorrow’s growth inspired us. When we intentionally plant the things we want to grow, we leave our legacy.
This was intended as just a personal family program to last about a year. But, it inspired so much change in myself and my mindset and I now know that I am enough. It also helped serve to grow core values with the boys. I knew this could help other families, schools and community members be intentional and raise values in our kids.
3. On your blog you talk about the 9 seeds to plant, could you tell us a little bit about those?
The 9 types of seeds we talk about are planting seeds of hope, kindness, worth, gratitude, curiosity, hard work, time, attention and love. Whenever any of us plant a seed, we add a sticker to our family sticker chart (a shape of a tree). We also add a sticker to the sky when we see someone else plant a seed – this helps us look for the good in others.
4. What first step could you recommend to someone who wants to pursue a similar lifestyle but isn’t sure where to exactly start?
To start, I would write down what things you want to grow. Is it more time with your kids (it doesn’t have to be hours, but finding the moments to connect), not snapping or raising your voice at someone, is it exploring a curiosity, or doing more random acts of kindness? Then, when you come to a moment where you have a chance to plant a seed, make the choice to do so. When you know the seeds you want to plant, everything else becomes a “weed”.
This program actually requires you to be imperfect – growth is a messy process. In order for a seed to grow out of the ground, it has to push up through the dirt. So, when getting started, don’t get down or beat yourself up if you don’t act or respond in the way that you hoped. Just try again next time.
For us, doing it as a family and talking about it daily has lessened the amount of fighting from the boys and has decreased our stress. When something happens that’s a “weed”, we can now let it go much easier. The sticker chart helps with accountability and motivation, but unlike traditional sticker or behavior charts, we all contribute and work together and it takes a lot of time to fill it up, so we don’t have daily or weekly rewards.
5. Tell people where they can find you…
We are on Facebook and Instagram @plantingseeds365 and at www.plantingseeds365.com
I hope you loved this episode about planting seeds of hope with Megan and please follow her or read her blog if you would like more information.