New Job, New Garden, So Much Uncertainty

After 3 years in Portland, I was finally approached to apply for a job that I would really enjoy. My forest therapy guiding business was growing, but very slowly, so I applied. And…I start May 1.

15 days. It feels like it is coming very quickly and I am nervous. I know I will do well in my new role, and am excited about it. But I haven’t had a “9-to-5” since July 2019. I am already missing my freedom. But I am looking forward to days filled with interacting with people.

Change is hard.

Also, after 3 years of waiting, I have a community garden plot! I have missed my garden so much, I am very excited. I will be able to get back to cooking from my garden!

My garden plot was/is full of weeds. I weeded about 75% of it, but the last 25% is the worst. I have covered it with plastic to start killing the weeds until I have the time to go back and finish weeding.

I am looking forward to learning the growing season here, it is much later and shorter than in Delaware. I will keep an eye on the other gardeners and plant when they start. I think it is mid-late May for most of what I want to grow:

  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplants
  • Peppers
  • Edamame
  • Cucumbers
  • Bush Beans
  • Zucchini
  • Maybe some arugula and endive

At my house, in my little raised bed, I have kale, spinach, and sugar snap peas. Did I tell you I built this bed myself last year?

And on my deck are herbs, garlic, strawberry, and I will probably plant a cherry tomato plant because…why not?

All this change leaves the question – what about forest therapy? I have decided to continue to guide for the non-profits that I am working with, once a month or so for each. And I will do privately arranged walks. But this is more for the fact that I love doing it than it is for business. I mean, sharing moments like these are a gift.

Change is hard.

Change is scary.

Change is stressful.

Change is good. It leads to growth and learning and new experiences.

But change is hard.

Wish me luck.


Let me know what you think of this post, and if you try the recipe, please let me know how it was and any suggestions you have. Thanks, Andrea

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