The Greenhouse Effect

Holy crap is it cold and dark where I live, here in Fairbanks, Alaska! I recently wrote an e-book about this, How to Thrive During the Darker Days of Winter. You can get it right here, (it’s on the right hand side of the page). I can honestly say I am using many of the tips I offer in it to help me during this time of light deprivation.     A greenhouse nurtures life For whatever reason, this year has been more challenging for me. I know I’m not alone. I’ve spoken recently with many others in various parts of the U.S. and Europe who are also having a hard time with the decreased daylight. Hallelujah- It’s not just me, or you!

What happens to me in the winter is that my overall energy level is just not as high as it is the rest of the year. I don’t feel like a full, normal, filled with life, human being. And I don’t like it one bit.

I have a feeling many of us, no matter where we live in the country or world, notice a difference in our energy level if we really think about it. And I know that drinking more caffeine or adding processed sugar to get a boost isn’t really effective, short, or long term.

I recognized that it was time to get creative but wasn’t sure what to do differently. I thought about the fact that I have many houseplants I love. I pictured myself sitting on my living room floor with my plants circled around me, adding my happy light front and center. I’d put on a chakra-power inducing crystal necklace, then add some mood music for effect. Nope, that wouldn’t do it.

Enter… the Greenhouse.

We have a local greenhouse that is open all year round. I thought I would just “pop” by the other day to see what new plant I might buy myself for December.

Stop the music.

I walked inside from the -30 below frosty weather, wearing 12 layers of clothing into a…

green, bright, colorful, wonderland of life. Oh My God, I thought. There is life in here. Every one of my senses perked up. My eyes lit up with all the various shades of green leaves, many plants with vibrant colorful blooms, the bright light, the smell of coffee in the coffee shop at the back, the sound of running water in the their fountains, the feel of the warmth and humidity in the air and on my face.


The feeling of being alive. That is what I had been missing.

I needed more light. I needed more color. I needed more live plants. I didn’t know that was what I needed until I walked in. I just needed a little change.

It dawned on me that greenhouses create the perfect environment for plants to grow and thrive. That’s their purpose. They effectively provide the perfect temperature, light, humidity, and ambiance. Guess what? These are many of the environmental characteristics we as human beings need too. Think about your own home and what temperature you like it to be, how much light, etc… I just needed a more amped-up version of it.

I’m thrilled that I have found a little place in my town where I can go and enjoy some of the things  I need that I can’t fully get right now because of the cold and dark outside. It seems like the ideal place to rejuvenate this winter. I plan to make it a weekly visit.

I also notice I’m a creature of habit and sometimes it takes just a little shift or stepping out into something new to help me discover what is missing in my life. It really is the little changes that make such a huge difference.

Just don’t tell the owner about the cot I’ve stashed in the back. I’m pondering the idea of sleeping among the plants one night.

Your Turn:  If you are feeling out of sorts this winter, what little change could you make to give you the greenhouse effect for your life? Leave a comment below, or email me,

I am grateful to be able to spend some time with you virtually today. Thank you.

As always, take from here what works for you, share with your friends if you think they might benefit, and the rest you can leave behind.

Bloom On!

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