How was your transition to sober living at Herren Wellness?
Like any change in life, it had its ups and downs. I couldn’t wait to move on at first, then when I got there I felt bored. I struggled the first week or two finding my footing, but I got into a routine and it eventually became a second home for me. My roommates were awesome and I loved hanging out and playing games, watching tv, and connecting through random conversations with them. It was a taste of the real world for me. I ended up not really wanting to leave. Now being at an apartment and alone at times, I realize I didn’t cherish those times enough. I just try to use the tools I learned at Herren Wellness and apply them to my life now. Overall, it was a great experience.
Tell us how your garden came about and what the community can expect from it?
For me, gardening is the only thing that can actually slow down this crazy brain of mine. I put my hands in the dirt, focus on the seedlings or plants and it seems all my worries tend to fly off. I just ended up seeing the garden in my mind one day, asked Chris and Lori if I could tend to it, and started growing plants from seedlings a few months ago. Now most of them are planted. I am growing all different vegetables like tomatoes, Bok Choy, Carrots, eggplants etc. I’m also growing culinary and medicinal herbs. The coolest thing is the Greenhouse that will be arriving. In there I will grow more medicinal herbs and bring my plants/trees from my house like the clementine tree, lime tree, Passion flower plants, olive tree, mulberry bushes. It will hopefully be a place of mindfulness and stillness where people can come in and reflect, tend the garden and learn something new at Herren Wellness!