You’ve got to nourish to flourish #lifethisweek

What does Nourish mean?

This week’s prompt for Denyse’s #lifethisweek is Nourish.

verb: provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.

So what did I discover?

Once I started thinking about the word ‘nourish‘, I discovered it covers quite a few things:

  • Nourish your soul – family helps me stay nourished
  • Nourish your friends – staying connected, listening, talking
  • Nourish yourself through self care, skin care, hobbies…
  • Nourish your life – I do this by blogging, reading, volunteering in the community
  • Nourish your body – regular exercise, good food and rest
Rain is pure nourishment
Rain is pure nourishment

I couldn’t have said it any better than this quote!

Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul.


Where does blogging fit in?

Blogging has given me a great deal over the years – a community who encourage me, support me and challenge me.

This month I’m a guest over at Marsha’s Story Chat with my story, The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and I’ve been blown away by the comments and suggestions from other bloggers and writers.

Feedback has been honest, open and welcome. Marsha has provided a very safe place for bloggers to share their writing and is a gracious host. If you haven’t joined the conversation yet, please click on the link and have a look at what it’s all about.

Nourishing new writers or those trying to improve their writing is a the sign of a generous person and all those who have commented have done so in a gentle and encouraging way. I am so pleased and proud for putting myself out there and opening myself up this way. It’s another example of how I’m trying to be BOLD this year!

In my opinion, in order to flourish we must be honest with ourselves, look for challenges so we don’t stay stagnant, keep learning new things and surround ourselves with those who see our potential.

How about you?

What does nourish mean to you? These have been some random thoughts on what nourish means to me. Do you have anything to add?

Feel free to click on Denyse’s link up and see what others have written on this topic and maybe join in!

We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body.”

Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage

Thanks for your visit, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Deb xx

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Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here

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23 Replies to “You’ve got to nourish to flourish #lifethisweek”

    1. It was a really good prompt Jennifer wasn’t it? I think we are all learning from each other and working out what nourishes us and helps keep us functioning. Once we find that we need to do more of it!


  1. Hi Deb – such an important word isn’t it? And something a lot of us didn’t do enough of until we hit Midlife and found some time for ourselves. Blogging definitely nourished something within me, the connections have been wonderful, and the opportunity to share my thoughts coherently has been a godsend! x

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    1. It is a great word Leanne and you’re right often we don’t acknowledge it until it’s almost too late. I think our midlife blogging community helps each other to continue to flourish and writing genuinely nourishes me! x


  2. It was interesting that you mentioned flourishing because I’ve talked about an article today and it references a study that says the mental health / wellness spectrum goes from depression to flourishing. I was writing about languishing and nourishing and the similarity of the two words hit me. One leading to the other, I realised.

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    1. Yes Deb, your post was really good and the word languishing is an interesting concept. I like flourishing as it sounds a bit positive and a way of moving forward.


  3. I also like this quote, Deb. “…hungry for life….nourish your soul.” You remind me how a common denominator with self care is surrounding ourselves with a supportive community. I greatly appreciate this reminder, especially in my personal life.xx

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  4. Love the combo of nourish with flourish because they are a team. I am so glad you have had great feedback from Marsha’s readers too. I like that we get to spread our wings with blogging when we get the chance. You have encouraged me along that path so thank you!

    Thanks so much for joining in #LifeThisWeek link up on Monday 14 June. Your presence, comment on my post & adding your blog post too helps make a caring, connected community on-line. Next week the optional prompt is Share Your Snaps. Warm wishes, Denyse.

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    1. Thanks Denyse, they are a team aren’t they? I’ve really enjoyed the comments on Marsha’s Story Chat on my story and it’s been a real opportunity to spread my wings as you say! Blogging has opened many doors and it’s been great meeting and joining others along the way.

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  5. Hello Deb!
    There is really so much that could be said about this one word!
    Just today I had a revelation that part of nourishing ourselves includes being keen to what we should avoid. Rooting up all the energy draining weeds- whether in our physical or mental health.
    For me the focus of uprooting is on my consumption of the internet. Steering clear of topics and discussions and such that rob me of nourishment!

    Great post! Thanks!

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  6. My idea of the word nourish is quite much in line with yours. To me, nourish is quite much equivalent to self care in all areas, and we need to reflect on what we need to include to create a happy and full life.
    I loved your quote and especially the part “surround ourselves with those who see our potential”. So important! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. My pleasure Susanne, I’m glad to hear my post resonated with you too. I agree nourish is very aligned with self care and we need to be more aware of how we go about nourishing ourselves. Thanks for joining me.


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