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What's in a name?

While this blog is still in its stages of infancy, I thought I would explain what’s behind the name Shifting Roots.

After living on the family farm for 17 years, I graduated high school and followed my life long dream of becoming a singer.  15 give-or-take moves later within 14 years and I am so done with being a nomad.

Being a working musician/singer is definitely not what I thought it would be.  While I love it and will always have music in my life, the lifestyle is hard on my family and I’m ready to go in a new direction.

So where to look?  Back to my roots.

In The Passion Test, the authors say to look to what you loved when you were young and figure out your passions from there.  So music. . . right?  Well yes, and no.

All the while there were other passions that I’ve largely ignored while I’ve been pursuing singing and a teaching studio.  I love to make things beautiful.  I’m a Martha Stewart at heart.  And I LOVE all things magazines, was a huge yearbook geek, and made a family newspaper with my cousins when I was child.

So this blog all about shifting my roots from music to blogging, and living a simpler life after my constantly shifting one.  Growing some roots. . . shall we say?

I hope you’ll join me on this journey.  Life doesn’t always happen the way we plan, but often it leads us to something better than we ever imagined.

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

P.S. First time gardener? You'll want to download the quick start gardening guide below!