My summer challenge

I have an embarrassing story to tell. Do I dare tell it? I cringe and the thought.

Actually, it’s more of a confession, and it’s good to air your dirty laundry every now and then. Right? Here it goes.

It happened over the summer when I tried something new. Actually, in my mind, I was challenged to try something new. I say that with a smile.

I personally took on a challenge to grow something! I know, I know. Not a big deal for some of you. But when Brian said we didn’t have the space, I felt the desire to try anyway.

Each summer we have a garden. It’s a small one; I’ll give him that. So space is limited. We grow tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, spinach, banana peppers and green peppers. Some summers our harvest is better than others. We give it a try each year, though.

This year I wanted to grow green beans. Yep. You know those long, skinny ones also called string beans. Here’s the dilemma. Brian insisted that we didn’t have enough space for green beans. So, I got creative and gave it a try.


I took on a challenge that was inspiring and fun. Do you like a challenge? I don’t know what it is about me, but when someone says that I can’t do something, that gives me all the more power to try and do it.

I had already bought the green bean starters, so I had no other choice in my mind but to give it a try. I rummaged through some old pots and found the one I thought would work best. It wasn’t too deep, which worried me a little bit, but I chose it anyway.

I filled it with dirt and planted the starter plants. Then I waited.

Mother Nature spoiled the heck out of me making this growing thing pretty easy. In Ohio it rained a lot needless to say in June. My plants grew and grew. I thought, “this growing stuff is pretty damn easy.” Those green beans took off and grew like crazy. I was super excited and proud of the fact that I grew those green beans despite Brian’s weariness. Again, another smile.

I harvested those beauties two to three times. I cleaned them up, snapped them, put them in baggies, and stuck them in the fridge. They were ready for a delicious dish.


But I fumbled on the follow through. That’s my big confession. I didn’t do a damn thing with those beautiful green beans. Nope. They sat in my fridge, and I didn’t finish what I started.

I honestly wanted to use those green beauties in a delicious recipe. I thought of cooking them up in olive oil with a little bit of salt and pepper. Or mixing them into a pasta dish for a summer salad. It didn’t happen. I let myself and those string beans down.

We’ve all been there before, not finishing what we’ve started. Personally I’ve experienced this one too many times. And my experience with the green beans is a simple example. Looking back I should’ve found a recipe once I harvested those babies. That would’ve kept me on track.


My tip for following through is to make a list. Making a list of what needs done to finish what you’ve started is so helpful. It’s pretty much a to-do-list. This idea can keep you focused and it can be modified as things change. I make lists all the time; they keep me accountable.

As for next summer I’ve vowed to grow string beans again. I also vowed to take that next step and actually make a delicious dish with them. I’m happy that I gave it a try this summer; growing something I’ve never grown before. The sense of accomplishment is a great feeling.

I personally believe that all of us have the power within us to try something new and to follow through.


Now it’s your turn. And join me below with a comment and let me know how you’ve been challenged. Did you follow through to the next steps? Do you make lists to keep you focused?

Thank you for reading.

Beth xoxo


"pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of you." - Maya Angelou

EST. 2014