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:
- Bush Beans
- 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.