How Do You Grow Joy?

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I think it’s been a long time since I talked about my grandma Judy, or my “ubuella,” as she liked to be called. Grandma Judy was a bright, shining light in a very dull world, and while I didn’t realize it at the time, she taught me a lot of life lessons while I was growing up. No matter what her circumstance in life, my grandma embraced life and found joy in the little things, like spending time with her great-grandchildren and gardening. I’ve teamed up with Miracle-Gro to promote their Gro Something Greater sponsored campaign in memory of my grandma Judy because if there was anything she grew in her life, it was JOY.

grandma judy

I want to grow joy too, and I’m doing it in small ways every day. One of those ways is by bringing my love of the outdoors, and beautiful things, into my home. Grandma Judy had a green thumb, and spent her life growing flowers, arranging flowers, and selling them for a living.

I have always loved the idea of having a garden, and I’ve tried it a few times, but it never took. So I’ve decided to try something a little different – I’m growing an indoor garden!

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Indoor gardens can be very simple but still deliver a beautiful, powerful result! I’ve started with just two purple hyacinth plants, but will be adding more as time goes by. I am going to incorporate some succulents next, as they are so simple to grow and look so pretty sitting on a shelf.

To create your own indoor garden, you don’t need a big investment at all! I went to Walmart and bought a few inexpensive glasses in the crafting section. The small one was $3.97 and the larger one was $4.97. I bought two hyacinths for just .98¢ each, and a small bag of Miracle-Gro potted plant soil for about $7.00. I still had some leftover soil since I only had two things to plant, so I am storing it in the utility room until I get more plants!

You can arrange your indoor garden on a window sill, a tabletop or a shelf or bookcase – wherever there’s a lot of natural sunlight and if your house is like mine, the cats can’t get into them! Some plants and flowers are toxic for your household pets, so make sure to do some research before you put any plants within reach of your fur babies!

I think of Grandma Judy every time I pass by my bookshelf and smell these hyacinths – purple was her favorite color.

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When we grow, we grow more than just plants. These growing stories will show you what’s possible and inspire you to tell your own.


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  1. says

    Thank you for the lovely inspiration! I am terrible at keeping plants alive, but they add so much beauty to my home that I keep trying.

  2. says

    Love the purple, it’s one of my favorite colors! I’ve never had much luck with outdoor flowers. I never tried indoor garden, as you pointed out it isn’t that expensive so I wouldn’t have much to lose.

  3. says

    I love this story! I have a small windowsill garden and among my plants is an aloe vera from my aunt. It’s very sentimental.

  4. says

    I do have a few indoor plants, but I tend to focus my gardening/planting efforts outside. I love growing a vegetable garden, and this year I upped my effort in planting more tulip bulbs. I can see some of them starting to come up, and I’m really excited for the weather to finally allow them to really grow and bloom!

  5. says

    Aww what a sweet story! These are beautiful, I LOVE the shade of purple. I have tried several times to plant outdoor flowers they just do not work for me, but I keep trying. Hoping one day to get something to bloom as beautiful as these.

  6. says

    We try to grow plant sin our apartment every 2 years! Last year it was tomoatoes, but it is difficult when you don’t have a house. But we keep trying, I grew up in the suburbs and used to love my garden!

  7. says

    I am horrible with plants of all kinds. Even the kids that everyone says can live on their own with little care- I manage to still kill them :(

  8. says

    Joy and happiness can be found all around us, but it takes discerning and wise eyes to see them. There are a lot of reasons to be thankful and joyful about. I am glad that you have a grandma that shows you how to live this life in a better and fulfilling way. I also love your idea of creating indoor garden to improve our mood. Keep it up! :)

  9. says

    I think it would be fun to grow a garden inside too. We’ve got a lot of critters where i live, and they absolutely destroyed my mulch/flower garden last year. With an inside garden I would have the last laugh. :)

  10. says

    That was sooooo sweet to hear you talk about your grandma. :) Was that you she was holding there? Love your message of growing joy and your indoor garden is a super idea!

  11. says

    I love this idea of GROW JOY. What a sweet story and an indoor garden is a great idea. My daughter and I have been debating if we are going to do our first garden outside or inside this year…

  12. says

    I loved reading your story about your grandma. I totally get you about growing something more. I’m very sentimental and want to follow in the footsteps that my parents and grandparents laid before me. I love the flowers too…they’re gorgeous!

  13. says

    Sadly, I kill any plants I try to grow, but I have successfully had a terrarium thriving on my desk for about year now! Your plants are just lovely, I bet you have a good green thumb!

  14. says

    What a great story your shared! She sounds like she was a wonderful woman. Your flowers are lovely. Good luck on your future gardening adventures.

  15. says

    I tried doing an indoor garden with my girls last year. The plants started to sprout, then died :( It was so disappointing! We may have to give it another go and hope it turns out better this year.

  16. says

    I loved reading about your grandmother and how you pay homage to her by doing something she loved so much. I think you probably got your green thumb from her!

  17. Dawn Monroe says

    The Martins inspired me. The family has been sharing plant clippings for generations. Imagine being connected like that.

  18. wild orchid says

    Seeing that I can grow all of the ingredients I need to make salsa inspires me to grow more veggies this year!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  19. linda w. says

    The grow adventure inspires me. I love to garden- i always take cuttings from my mothers house where my grandmother ,who just passed at 98, spent most of her day up until her early 90’s. My transplanted flowers always remind me of the hard work and care she put into her beautiful garden.

  20. Jessica Martinez says

    I was inspired by Christina Nease’s story about growing Get-Togethers. I agree that it is so very important to bring family and friends together to create memories that will mean more to the younger generation.

  21. Margaret Smith says

    I like the story by Stef Andrews. I can relate to this story because my family and I try to also think of new uses for items that would otherwise be thrown away.

  22. Mary Somerville says

    The Martin’s story is very inspiring! How wonderful, to keep cuttings of the same plant growing over generations of family!

  23. Angela Kinder says

    Growing potential really struck a cord with me. I can relate to him in so many ways- we should all recognize and grow our potential.

  24. Susan O'Bryant says

    I love the “Grow Brighter Spaces” story. Decorating with plants adds beauty but it also adds health and a feeling of well-being. My goal is to have a happy green plant in every room in my home.

  25. Stephanie Bondlow says

    The Grow Perspective story inspired me. She used the truck bed of her husband’s destroyed truck to make a garden out of. That is so amazing!

  26. Kelly D says

    The Grow Sandwiches story inspires me, because my family eats a lot of sandwiches and it would be great if part of these sandwiches were organic vegetables grown in our own garden.

  27. Robin Wilson says

    Of course it was great to see your story there and it is indeed an inspiration. I also enjoyed Crissy Page’s “Grow Appreciation” story.

  28. Rita Leonard says

    I love the Grow Curiosity story. As we get older we lose that sense of wonder. I like to be reminded to remember the world can be wonderful.

  29. Danielle Porter says

    The Martin’s Grow Family story is inspiring! How very cool, and what a great way to bond with your kids or grand kids!

  30. Haley Hamam says

    I loved the “Grow Party Favors” story…as an avid event planner and party hostess, I love new and thoughtful party favors. Amber Lewis story about using flowers in her favors was an inspiration!

  31. Nicole Sender says

    Grow brighter spaces was my inspiration. i like the idea to put greenery in white space to give it life.

  32. RICHARD HICKS says

    The story Grow Wonder by Jen Lula inspires me. I would like to grow herbs and the same time get the kids interested.

  33. Stephanie Galbraith says

    I am inspired by the grow curiosity one, by Jennifer Meidros – Our family loves to learn new things.

  34. jamie hamilton says

    I loved the comment about Kitchen Courage. How growing food inspires people to experiment with recipes.

  35. Denise S says

    I’d love to have an indoor garden. I like having lots of plants around the house to liven things up.

  36. Daniel M says

    I really like hyacinths too, we’ve tried a few indoor plants but the cat won’t stop eating them (and yoking all over aftwer)

  37. Sylvie W says

    GroREWARDS resonated with me because it encompass anything for which you may care and how you should grow that. You will be personally reward by your accomplishment.

  38. Carissa Joslyn says

    My Grandmother passed away in 2009 and she was a HUGE gardener!
    My dad now has a Garden in memory of her, but I’m still sort of new to it. I’d help my Grandmother, but I was a teenager and thought my nana would be around forever, which wasn’t the case and now I regret now actually learning some. So that being said I liked the Spring Garden Planning Guide!

  39. Karrie Millheim says

    I love Steff Andrews story. It is inspiring and love that she listened to her Grandma’s advice when times got bad

  40. MARIA simon says


  41. Laurie Emerson says

    Your story was so inspiring. I love how you honor your grandmother and the love you shared. There is something so sweet and inspiring about the thought of not just growing beautiful flowers but of growing joy. Beautiful flowers and story.

  42. susan smoaks says

    I am inspired to grow something by the story:

    TeriLyn Hutcheon
    Winston-Salem, NC

    I’ve never thought of myself as creative. I don’t like crafts. My best stick figure drawings are pitiful. But as I’ve become more comfortable in the kitchen, I’ve become more courageous with flavoring food. I love fres…

  43. Rosey says

    Catalino’s story inspires me to want to grow something. I love that so many people have benefited from the scholarships!

  44. Angela Cash says

    Gardening is one of my favorite activities. I am inspired by the Gro Perspective story by Stef Andrews.

  45. Beverly Metcalf says

    I love to garden and have had a garden for lots of years, both flowers and vegetables. I loved Catalino’s story, he started the Bay area gardeners foundation and so far has given out 130 scholarships to low income students in the Bay area. Thanks for this contest.

  46. Sarah L says

    I shared my growing story with @MiracleGro. Do you #GroSomethingGreater? Share a story or find one that inspires you

  47. Brian E. says

    Thanks for the giveaway… we like the Community Grow / “Edible Sac High” story; teaching high school kids to grow food, cooperate, etc.

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