I love everything about gardening, weeding, section-clearing and working with the earth and plants.
For me, everything about gardening is a kind of spiritual and meditative practice.
There's something about working with the soil and plants that I finding grounding and rejuvenating, especially as much of my other professional life is spent creating websites.
So when spring/summer come round, I joyfully turn my attention to Backyard Bliss.
There's a number of professional enterprises I'm involved in that have nothing to do with gardening (see below!)
I'm really into simple/intentional living. My deepest passions in life are not really consumer-based.
Professionally, I've got a lot going on. Besides Backyard Bliss...
- I run my own web design and content management business - Cheeky Upstart
- I work part-time in relationship management, strategy development and anxiety counselling at the charity Mosaic - Tikai Tangata. Mosaic is a charity that specialises in clinical and peer-led trauma and sexual abuse recovery services for males of all ages
- With Anxiety Sorted, I provide coaching for people who struggle with social and performance-related anxiety and panic attacks
- I'm a certified facilitator of SMART Recovery, a science and evidence-based group programme that focuses on recovery from addictions and problematic behaviours.
"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”