Making the Most of Your Dormant Season

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.

3 comments… add one
  • Dr. Katherine February 14, 2019, 2:24 am

    I love your take on dormant seasons in life as it gives perspective. It helps many of us who struggle with times like these. Additionally, it’s encouraging to know that when things in our life seem dead- it can be viewed as “the power of the pivot.”

  • Dr. Katherine February 14, 2019, 2:31 am

    This message was a crucial for those of us struggling with dormant seasons. I appreciate your transparency describing your journey. The spin on planting seeds and knowing that there are other seasons in our lives to look forward to, is encouraging. I absolutely love -“the power of the pivot.”

  • Jacqueline February 14, 2019, 4:35 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. We hear about harvest season but there is beauty and power in the dormat season as well. Thanks for sharing this wisdom.

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