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With the right knowledge and a sizable backyard, anyone can be a proficient gardener. Not only is gardening a fun and healthy hobby, but it can also feed your community and family. If you’re interested in getting started, here are a few resources to get you on the right track.
How You Can Make a Difference
If you want to give back to your community, starting a garden will help families who can’t afford food. Many homes rely on food stamps or end up buying processed foods because they’re cheaper.
In 2019, around 13.7 million households in the United States were food insecure. This number continues to grow.
Fruits and vegetables are a source of important vitamins and minerals. They’re necessary for maintaining a healthy diet.
Once you’ve grown an abundance of veggies, you can bring them to your local food bank, senior center, or church.
Plotting The Garden
Before you start your garden, you’ll need to have a plan and the right tools.
Choosing the right location for your garden is essential. Make sure the area where you want to plant gets at least six hours of direct sunlight a day, has good drainage and is level with healthy soil.
Fencing off your garden area is ideal in order to keep kids, pets, and pests/animals out of the space. Using the terms “cheapest fence company near me” can help you connect with the right contractors.
If you’re a new gardener, your best bet might be starting with easy-to-grow veggies like tomatoes, squash, spinach, and green beans.
Take some time to purchase essential gardening equipment. You’ll need gloves, rakes, shears, a shovel, etc.
Planting The Seeds
Now that you’ve put together a plan, you can start growing food for your community and family.
To ensure that most of the sprouts survive, you can plant them indoors in potting soil with a light to help them grow.
Once they are big enough, you can start transitioning them to being outside.
Know how to properly water your garden for the best results.
You should also make sure your garden is deweeded regularly.
As you tend to your garden, you’ll find that growing veggies is both rewarding and fairly easy if you know what you’re doing. Knowing that you’re helping to feed people without consistent access to fresh food will make the process even more enjoyable. Your efforts might also inspire neighbors to get involved!
After going through a decluttering session, you are likely to feel clearer and more energetic. This is a process that not only improves our physical space but also our headspace. We have more space both physically and mentally, which in turn gives us a certain sense of freedom and clarity. Such experience eventually overflows to other areas of our life.
One of my favorite ways to get all those lovely greens into my body is by having a nice and tasty drink in the morning or at any other time of the day that I feel like. This morning I tried a new combination of celery, pear, mint, and cinnamon.
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I argue that there is persuasive evidence for the existence of several relatively autonomous human intellectual competencies, abbreviated hereafter as “human intelligences”.
A decade of coaching kids and adults has shown me that everyone is intelligent in their own way. Intelligence is not only reason and logic. There are many types of intelligence, and this notion grew in popularity in the fields of Psychology and Education thanks to Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory. According to Gardner, we are not born with a finite amount of intelligence. Instead, intelligence can be expanded and developed across our lifespan. Gardner’s proposition is that there is more to intelligence than the so valued cognitive abilities, with emotional competencies being only one example.
This new approach to intelligence has contributed to more supportive school environments around the globe. It proposes that there are eight types of intelligence. These include linguistic intelligence, logical/mathematical intelligence, spatial intelligence, bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, musical intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence, and naturalist intelligence. Theoretically, we all have these types of intelligence. Some of us have some types more developed than others, based on genetics and experience, but the good news is that we can learn and evolve if we are willing to.
One aspect that I like about the Multiple Intelligences Theory is that it promotes diversity and individuality. For this reason, we can’t assess intelligence as an absolute. Let’s say John is good at reasoning and not so good at managing relationships with other people. Peter may be good at dancing and not so good at math. Mathew can be good both at reasoning and handling people but not so good at dancing. Can we say one of them is less intelligent than the other? I refuse to say we can. Different situations and tasks require different types of intelligence.
The idea that human beings have multiple intelligences promotes diversity and individuality.
Not being limited to the amount of intelligence we are born with also gives us the confidence to grow and expand different personal assets. I’d say this is the goal of personal growth. If your aim is to evolve, you can’t be stuck with the idea that you are only good at one thing and that thing only.That’s a limiting belief you must get rid of. If you’re good at reasoning and awful with people, you can learn how to relate better, and if you’re not that good with numbers, you can start practicing calculus and simple equations.
For instance, I was never a sportsperson. This means I had very little bodily-kinesthetic intelligence. One of my goals has been to be physically active though. It doesn’t come naturally to me but it’s part of my personal development plan. It’s linked to my health and well-being goals. What do I do then? I give my best to make this type of intelligence a priority. I search for ways I can develop it further. I’ve tried jogging, yoga, pilates, and even body-building. This allows me to explore different avenues I can expand my bodily-kinesthetic intelligence.
Now that I gave you a practical introduction to Howard Gardner’s theory of intelligence, let’s have a closer look at each type of intelligence. You can either use the buttons below to navigate through the content you are more interested in, or you can scroll down and read it thoroughly.
This type of intelligence comprises skills in both spoken and written words. It deals with being sensitive to what people say but also to the way you express yourself. Learning new languages or using communication are examples of this type of intelligence.
Examples of people with high linguistic intelligence: Shakespeare, Oprah, Tony Robbins
Examples of careers: Authors, Speakers, Lawyers, Journalists
This type of intelligence involves approaching problems using logic and mathematical operations. These skills are usually associated with research and science.
Examples of people with high LM intelligence: Albert Einstein, John Nash, Stephen Hawking
Examples of careers: Scientist, Accountant, Computer Analyst, Mathematician
This type of intelligence involves the capacity to identify and reorganize spatial patterns. It’s useful in activities such as piloting, working on a piece of sculpture, or projecting a house.
Examples of people with high Spacial intelligence: Leonardo DaVinci, Frank Lloyd Wright, Neil Armstrong
Examples of careers: Pilot, Surgeon, Architect, Graphic Designer
This type of intelligence requires us to use the whole body or parts of it. It’s a very important kind of intelligence among athletes and performers.
Examples of people with high BK intelligence: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Cristiano Ronaldo
Examples of careers: Dancer, Athlete, Dentist, Carpenter
This type of intelligence involves identifying, creating, performing, and composing musical patterns. These skills are related for instance to musical pitch, rhythm, timbre, and tone.
Examples of people with high Musical intelligence: Alicia Keys, Sting, Frank Sinatra
Examples of careers: Singer, Composer, Musician, DJ
This type of intelligence involves understanding and identifying other people’s psychological needs. It’s an intelligence that is very important in the development of healthy relationships.
Examples of people with high Interpersonal intelligence: Lady Diana Spencer, Robin Williams, Dr. Phil
Examples of careers: Psychologist, Teacher, Manager, Publicist
This type of intelligence deals with understanding oneself and practicing self-regulation. It allows us to understand and be in touch with our own psychology. It’s useful to understand and define one’s life purpose.
Examples of people with high Intrapersonal intelligence: Carl Rogers, Maya Angelou, Marcus Aurelius
Examples of careers: Therapist, Psychologist, Entrepreneur, Counselor
This type of intelligence involves identifying and classifying different types of species.
Examples of people with high Naturalist intelligence: Charles Darwin, Carl Sagan, Jane Goodall
Examples of careers: Botanist, Biologist, Astronomer, Geologist
Howard Gardner’s approach to intelligence has made quite the impact on how human intelligence is perceived and assessed. Although cognitive competencies are prioritized within the traditional educational system, there is a growing number of alternative schools and frameworks that promote a diversity-based approach to intelligence and teaching. Learning about multiple intelligences can also be useful to individuals who are interested in personal growth and development.
Would you like to know your multiple intelligences profile? You can take this fun test for free.
The ego-mind is very likely to play tricks on us and unless we learn to master its game we can’t go very far. We will keep relapsing and breaking the promises we make to ourselves and others. It’s a tough job; it’s hard work really but you must become acquainted with the way the mind functions so that you can remove what’s preventing you from becoming the best version of yourself. You have to tame your mind by working on your mindset and programing your day-to-day routine so that you can be on top of your game.