Seedlings: Growing a Cause to Grow the Future

All About Onna: Chief Operating Officer

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1. Who are you and what is your position with the BGP?

  • I am the Bullock Garden Project’s Chief Operation Officer (COO).

2. How did you get involved with BGP?

  • I got involved with BGP many moons ago. I was involved in the beginning phases of the first ever garden at Bullock Elementary School. From there I began working closely with Sonya and shared my dreams and visions for non-profits to help children all over the country. Not knowing Sonya had the same vision, she asked me to assist with the start up for this non-profit that we all love so dearly.

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3. Where did you grow up?

  • I grew up in Deptford, NJ. However, I spent a lot of my childhood years in Glassboro with my grandmother and other immediate family.

4. What are you passionate about?

  • I have so many passions. I often find myself filling my plate with so many things because it is so hard to focus on just one. My main passion would be service to others. I truly believe you haven’t lived until you have been a great service to others. Small or large acts of service go a long way in the world.

5. What’s the biggest project on your to-do list right now?

  • My biggest project on my to-do list is converting my home office into a nursery for my daughter. Although I have a few months, the pressure of maternal nesting has gone into effect.

6. Have you ever traveled outside of the country? If so, where?

  • I have, but I do not remember much of my trip because I was so young. But I am planning my next trip out of the country and that will be to the Bahamas.

7. What is your favorite fruit? Vegetable? Flower?

  • My favorite fruit is strawberries, my favorite vegetable is green peppers, and my favorite flower is a Dahlia.

8. What’s your favorite way to express your creativity?

  • My favorite way to express my creativity is by finding a DIY project and putting my own twist on it.

9. What does a normal Tuesday look like for you?

  • A normal Tuesday includes me going to work, having individual sessions with the members in my program, coming home and cooking dinner for my husband and I, and doing a daily debrief while we enjoy dinner!

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10. What is your life motto/mantra?

  • My favorite life motto/mantra is “Keep on keeping on”. I found this in a fortune cookie 3 years ago and I have kept it with me since.

To Every Season…or Welcome Winter?

As my love of gardening has grown, I’ve come to despise cold weather.  Watching plants shrivel and die is akin to watching someone you love walk away.  Sure…you know they’ll be back, but the knowledge of their departure hits you in the feels.  Although I know winter is a time for planning (and indoor gardening), there’s nothing like digging your fingers into soil, warmed by the sun, as a breeze swirls around the wisps of hair surrounding your face…

(*sigh) I miss it so much already.

But as the song says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven, (turn, turn, turn)…”  So as the seconds, minutes, and hours pass…as we change the calendar, and the darkness covers us earlier, I exhale and accept the change of seasons.  Not only in nature, but within myself.

I began this blog as a record of my transition to becoming a gardener.  I was a woman obsessed with shopping for shoes & clothes, but as that season came to an end, a new season including began to rise.  I began to realize that my life was NOT going according to plan. I began to realize that change is inevitable. I began to realize that no matter how much I hate it, there will be cold days. There will be cold days & icy days & rainy days. There will be tornadoes & hurricanes & blizzards…but that it is a necessary happening. I am realizing that this season is only at its beginning, and I will only rise to welcome it.  So, as the weather grows colder outside, and as I cringe every time I look at the forecast (HOPING for an unusually warm day) the clouds are clearing, and the purpose under heaven is making a turn as I encounter this new season as my “…time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together.”

So walk into this new season with me.  Perhaps you will find your new season as well…

Turn, turn, turn…