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Out With the Old, In With the New (part 2)

This is part two of "Out With the Old, In With the New!" Read part one here.

When we were ready to replace our dying trees, Lonnie at Fannin Tree Farm came to help. He assured me that is a great time to plant new trees, despite my concerns over the cold, frigid winter temperatures.


He asked me quite a few questions about our home and land, such what we like, what we don't like, and our expectations. Once he had an idea of what I was looking for, he said, “let’s go out and look for some trees.”



I loved it it all! I was riding in a John Deere UTV, cruising around the nursery, looking for trees. The sun was shining brightly and the cool breeze was blowing through my hair!

The trees I picked out were in 45 gallon buckets! Some of them stood over 20 feet tall! That is not the typical trees you might find at the local nursery! Just like my 2018 word Audacious, I wanted these trees to make a statement, grow, add shade, and be refuge for all the birds. I wanted to provide a sanctuary for these gorgeous creatures finding their wings and taking flight!


There was a 3 step process to removing our five old (and dying) trees and replacing them with seven new big healthy trees!


Alan Cohen said, “Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”


Step #1 Remove the old trees. They sent out a crew of about 10 guys, two big trucks with the tree grinding machines. The got here at 1:30 pm and were completely done by 4 pm. You could not even tell that I had five trees!


As I reflected on 2017, I had deleted quite a few things from my life that I did not need anymore! Some of them were false beliefs. Some were material things that I did not need anymore. I took the big tree grinder to those items and chopped them all up and hauled them away!


Step #2 There was a different crew that came out with a tree stump grinder. They used this to grind down the stump that the first crew left. It ground the stump down, 12” below the ground, so you could not even tell there was a tree there.

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I chose the word “Audacious” as my word to envision for this year. To me it means extremely bold or daring. Very original. Lively, unrestrained, and uninhibited! Whoa! Those are huge words! ! ! ! That tree stump grinder was powerful, just like I feel “Audacious” is.

Step #3 Plant the seven new trees. This was a different crew. They came out with a big truck pulling a flatbed trailer with all my new trees!

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I chose three different types of trees. I got three Cedar Elm trees, three Chinese Pistache trees, and one Chinquapin Oak tree.

Here are pictures of some of my new trees

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Here are a few new "trees" I am planting in my life: 

I chose a new planner for 2018 - “What I Will Do To Feel The Way I want To Feel” by Danielle LaPorte. I have read “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks, I am currently reading “The Desire Map” by Danielle Laporte. I went to a workshop created by Savvy Girl Media “Create Your Social Media Calendar.”


How many new "trees" and what kind are you planting for 2018?

Remember I said that I saw three sets of Cardinals before we had our five trees removed? Well I am soooo excited to show you a picture of a Robin sitting in my new Cedar Elm tree!

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P.S. I am sooo excited, one big tree that I am planting this year, I am writing my first solo book. It will be published in a few months. Stay tuned as I show you how it is growing!

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