Have you ever had a job you enjoyed coming to? There is an old adage, “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.” I have to admit I have had some really good jobs over the years. A job was in the US Army for 26 years and now works for Liberty County at Keep Liberty Beautiful. Sometimes it’s hard to turn off your brain at work when you should be relaxing and enjoying your family and friends. This is what leads to “Stop it, Karen !!”
While driving down the road on a trip to the beach, I spotted some rubbish. Before I thought about it, I shouted, “We have to clean up this road! “Wow, I have to ask Lisa to contact the Adopt Liberty group to see when they plan to clean up their road. After a few more statements like this in other counties I was struck by “Stop It, Karen”. Now I was a little shocked because I didn’t understand where it was coming from. The car was silent for a minute and then I started talking about how KLB picked up shoes and how difficult it was to find fruit trees for our Liberty Green Thumb project.
The people I was driving with asked me a few questions that I really needed to think about. “Karen do you ever stop working?” “” Do you stop thinking about work? Wow, I thought I was just doing the talking. I didn’t know I was talking so much about my job. So, I apologized and told them I can stop thinking about work, and from now on, it’s about having fun and relaxing.
It wasn’t two minutes later that I started telling them about native plants and how we’ll be at the Hinesville Farmers Market on Thursday, September 2nd, giving out free honey and local plants. All I heard was, again, “Karen, can you stop her!” I guess when you love what you’re doing, you want to tell everyone! (smile) So, I have more to share!
To date, Keep Liberty Beautiful has distributed over 110 trees for the Liberty County Green Thumb project. Thanks, Target, for providing the grant for this. We also distributed local honey and native plants for Native Plant Day, which took place on September 4th. It was great reminding people that planting isn’t just for spring and fall is a great time to plant. Native plants are a natural, healthy way to create greener, more beautiful communities. There are many benefits to all of us working for a greener community. When we add native plants to the mix, there are even more benefits.
Beautifully appointed private and commercial properties benefit our community’s ability to attract new retail and other industries. Green landscaping can add up to 28% to a property’s value. For owners, this can be important. Attractive landscaping and exterior appearances can also increase retail sales for businesses. If you plan to sell your property, a pleasant landscape can reduce the time to market for the property by 10-15%.
Adding well-placed trees and plants can also have a positive effect on your quality of life. Did you know that just staring at trees and green spaces for five minutes can reduce your stress levels? A pleasant landscape reduces stress, according to a University of Texas study. Other studies show that hospitals with windows facing greenery can improve patient healing. Access to public green spaces in communities has also been shown to lower heart rate and reduce stress levels for local citizens.
Check out our website: www.keeplibertybeautiful.org this month for more information on native plants and the September PTP with the Liberty County Chamber. Don’t forget that the KLB recycles it! Shows on September 18, 2021, in Midway and Walthourville, as well as the Shred It! Day at Walthourville town hall.
Don’t forget to join our beach clean-up on September 11, 2021 at Île Sainte-Catherine. We also need more boat captains. Register at https://bit.ly/beachsweep2021, or contact us at Keep Liberty Beautiful at (912) 880-4888 or email [email protected] to get involved today.