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Daily Inspiration: Meet Alicia Giacalone

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alicia Giacalone.

Hi Alicia, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I always loved gardening, so when I moved into my first home (this is back in Florida, where I lived prior to my move to Raleigh this past winter), I started to collect a few plants to bring some life and color into the space.

During the early days of the pandemic, when everyone was stuck at home, I started expanding that love of gardening to learn more about the types of soil, how to propagate them, when different plants should be watered, etc.

I slowly grew my plant collection, and even though I had to re-home a lot of my plants when I moved here, I have slowly worked on building my collection in my new home and currently have around 50+ plants.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Like any venture, there can be the fear of failure or people not being interested in what you are offering. I have slowly realized that, as long as it makes me happy, it will probably make other people happy too.

It can also be hard to put yourself out there, it can make you very self-conscious. Learning to let go of those feelings can be tough, but it can also be incredibly rewarding.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Ethos, Pothos, & Logos was born out of my love for all things plants and puns (the name stemming from Aristotle’s methods of persuasion). But also, my love of being a homebody. One of the highest compliments, I have received is that my home always feels so welcoming.

To me, my house is truly a haven, and I love that other people tend to agree. EP&L (for short) is a place I can share stories and tips for plants, but also a place where I hope to share other passions of mine – cooking, home decorating, thrifting, and whatever else comes to mind.

I also started an Etsy shop to sell the things I have found through thrifting and plant cuttings. I am hoping to expand to some digital art or content!

What do you like and dislike about the city?
Coming from Florida, I have loved the different seasons! I might have only moved here a few months ago, but I have already gotten a taste of the seasons for the first time in a while.

I was born in New York and spent half my life there, then moved to Florida and spent the other half there. Watching the town turn green and turn into the City of Oaks it is known for has been beautiful. I could do without all of the pollen though.

I know people warned me it was bad, but this pollen is really something else. I also have enjoyed all of the trails for walking or hiking and the fact there are hills all over the place.

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