When I first got an apartment with my fiancé at the time around 3.5 years ago, we had nothing. Literally. We started out with a twin sized blow up bed and 6 fold out chairs for guests if they needed to sit. We were living in an 850 sqft. loft in Downtown LA with vaulted ceilings, and it looked a bit cold in there. It was cold in there. About 6 months after moving in, we finally got a couch, a bed, tables and dressers. But even then, there was still this energy that I couldn't shake. It was lifeless, an apartment that wasn't a home. Then it hit me. We had NO plants. We barely got any sun light in our apartment, and on top of that all the walls were white and the floors were cement. The only part of the apartment that I swooned over was my six 8 foot tall wood pane windows with the original wood and glass that were accessorized with tall billowing white curtains that came with the apartment, and the original wooden door that was over 100 years old from when the building I lived in was the LA Metro Train Station. The apartments used to be offices of the people that worked there, and you could just feel the age. The patina of the buildings energy all around you. It was like one big aura, and it felt really out of this world. The energy was so old and vintage that it left really no room for technology or modern ways of living (at least in my eyes). The entire time we lived there (2.5 years) we never had a television or cable and it felt fine. So, the best way I found to lighten the mood and give life to a place that was once alive and just isn't anymore, along with cold cement floors and hard white walls, add some life by adding a plant, a tree, flower pots, air plants, flowers you picked from the coffee shop downstairs, anything that gives life and sustains it.
Plants are truly amazing. Iv never been the one to have a nursery or a green house (or green thumb at that) but I have always been deeply interested in the life of a plant. The beauty they radiate and their pure existence is a never ending wonder to me. They give us the opportunity to breathe and cleanse the air, they give us reason to be thankful at times of harsh circumstances. And that alone is a reason to have them hugging ever corner of your home. The subliminal messages other living organisms send to your conscience are powerful and loud. That is why it is so important to speak kindly to yourself. You know what happens when you speak down to a plant right? Of course you do. It doesn't grow. It starts to slump over and die. You've given it no hope to go on, so imagine what the human mind feels like when you tell it you're ugly? Or stupid? Or unworthy?
I use plants and flowers as a constant reminder of how life is created and how fast it could fade. But no matter what its beautiful. The process, the existence and the death of a delicate flower and its petals. The preservation you can keep of a flower is haunting, yet delicate and can be destroyed at anytime. Use this as a reminder that as it may be beautiful, learn to easily remove the memory to make room in the vase for more.
Put life in your life, and watch it create more reasons to live. All you need to do is pay attention to the fine details.
P.S.- Is your Money Tree dying? Talk to it. "Money talks." ;)