Recently I spoke at a women’s conference and a woman in the audience who follows me on Instagram asked me, “ Since I know you like to garden, how would you describe the season you are in right now?”
Without hesitation, I said that this is my dormant season.
Let me explain.
After years of non-stop working and grinding, I was suddenly downsized. It took awhile for the initial shock of not having a steady gig to wear off.
But slowly and surely it did.
Fortunately, due to a severance agreement, I had ample opportunity to sit back and regroup. I filled the time with pastimes I had once enjoyed but had gradually abandoned as work, home and parenting absorbed most of my free time.
That all changed this past summer. I got the travel bug again and took a few short trips to see friends I’d been missing. I did some public speaking to give back encouragement and assurance that the power of the pivot–both personal and professional–is real. And I spent time replanting my garden with perennial bulbs I hope will blossom this spring.
For now, everything I have planted in my garden lays dormant, just waiting for the perfect time to break through, bringing with it a bounty of beauty.
I, too, am experiencing my own dormant season—planting seeds which I hope will grow into meaningful work and life experiences.
It took a slowdown to show me the value of the dormant season. And I just can’t wait to see what blossoms.