“ A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms. ”
Zen Shin

People shouldn't worry so much about others and instead focus on being the best versions of themselves. We're all originals. And don't go so overboard with "being real" that it just ends up appearing fake.

On a personal note, things have been a little quiet on my end because we buried my grandfather earlier this week and I'm taking care of my mom who is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Photo via Paper & Stitch


  1. I thought something along this lines when the whole bot thing crowded my social media feeds in the last days. I do what I do and only judge my own decisions.
    On another note, sorry to hear about your loss and I hope your mother will feel better soon. Take care of her and take care of yourself as well.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  2. So true. We just need to be ourselves. I hope your mom is doing ok...warm thoughts to her xx

  3. My sincere condolences to you and your family and I hope your mom gets better.

  4. Im in love with the quote too Rowena, it makes my day actually. And I agree with ur words as well, if only others realize how original and unique each of us are..Im so very sorry for ur loss dear, my deep condolence. I hope ur mom heals soon and is fine too. Hugs and love xo

  5. My deepest condolences to you and your family, Rowena. (((((hugs))))) And I hope your mom feels better soon.
    And I so agree with this quote. We are all different and should celebrate this.

  6. I agree, and there is no point in not being your true self, we are all unique in our own way. My condolences Rowena for your loss, thoughts and peace to you and your family during this time.

  7. Hi sweetie,
    So beautiful flowers.
    Maggie Dallospedale

  8. Lovely quote darling. So sorry for your loss and I hope your mom feels better soon.
    Love, Paola.

  9. what a great post :)
    have a nice weekend!


  10. This is such an inspirational post! I'm so sorry for your loss...my condolences to you and your family!


  11. I'm very sorry about your loss, my condolences. Saying goodbye to our grandparents is always painful. I wish your mother a swift recovery from her shoulder operation. Both of you take care!

    I do agree with what your wrote. We're all originals and it is something that should be treasured.

  12. Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! xx

  13. My deepest condolence to you and your family, Rowena. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Hope your mom gets better pretty soon.
    Damsel In Distress

  14. Hi, Rowena. I'm sorry for your loss. Hope your mom gets well soon. And take care of yourself as well, ok? Sending warm wishes. <3

  15. I'm sorry for your loss Rowena. Sending hugs! I hope your mom feels better soon!

  16. I loved this quote, definitely one to contemplate. I hope you're ok after burying your grandfather, it's always hard saying goodbye to a loved one. Sending good wishes to your mum for her recovery too.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

  17. my condolences :( I definitely agree to staying true to yourself and not competing with others.


  18. I am so sorry for your loss, Rowena, my condolences and thoughts to you and family. Onto the quote, I don't understand the whole 'being real' thing, aren't we all real and being and doing the best that we can already? Just stay true to who we are and that's what most important to me.

  19. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather, make sure to look after yourself this month. This was a beautiful post, featuring one of my favourite quotes. Thank you for the inspiring reminder by Zen Shin!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  20. I am so sorry for a loss, what a difficult time for you, especially with your mum as well. Take all the time you need and don't feel bad about being quiet online. Family is the most important thing.

    Hope things look up for you soon.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  21. I'm so sorry about your grandfather, and I hope your mom's recovery is going well.

  22. Hi Rowena,

    Am terribly sorry to hear about your loss. Hope your mom will have a speedy recovery. Yeah I totally understand what you mean about not being too engross in the notion of being real that it comes across as contrived. Sometimes we are too into something that it may not be a good thing after all.

    Perhaps some balance in life is all we need. Trust our timing. I guess it is an opportune time for you to take it slow a tad? It's all right.

    Have a good recovering time and hope that all things will get back on track when the time comes. I took quite some time away as well because I have started a full time work since March and needed time to get used to being employed now... some adjustments and what not in life.

    Take care. Nice photography work, as always with the visual of flowers. I have always loved the peacefulness it brings to my life - flowers and good music.

    With love,
    Jeann | LUMINNEJ

  23. Lovely post! Have a wonderful sunday!:)


  24. This post is short and sweet but full of lots of great advice, :) When people strive to “be real” I think they tend to lose themselves trying to prove to everyone else that they are so real. Set goals, work towards them, and the skys the limit. I’m really sorry to hear about your Grandfather Rowena. I hope your Mother recovers soon.

  25. I am deeply sorry about your loss. My thoughts are with you.
    Simera |Beautetude

  26. My heart goes out to you and your family. May your mom also recover well and quickly. She is lucky to have you take care of her!

  27. that is a beautiful quote..
    very sorry to hear about your grandfather.
    hope your mother feels better soon

  28. Oh I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Going through something like this is never easy. And I hope your mom feels better soon. Surgery is always hard, I have gone through it twice.

    And yes it is kind getting crazy with the social media stats and all that.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  29. Rowena, I'm sorry for your loss and definitely understand what you're going through with your mom. My mom had hip replacement and is just now (since Oct) feeling like herself again. Being a caretaker takes a lot.

  30. Sending lots of love to you and your family during this time. I hope your Mum's recovery goes smoothly and quickly.
    Love the quote

  31. Rowena.. I'm so sorry for your loss and I hope your mom has recovered is doing well. Thinking of you..

  32. Rowena, I'm late on this but I'm so, so sorry about your grandfather. I know it's rough. I hope your mom's shoulder has healed!


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