Hey, Beauty (yes, boys, talking to you too), welcome to Grasping Nettles. This is a blog about gardening, health, food, sustainability, travel and more, but it’s also about my personal experience of working towards a better self, life and, in my own small way, world.
Sharing is one of the ways I get through life without going mad. It makes hard things easier, happy things happier, and, of course, we’d all be constantly reinventing the wheel without it. I’m here because I want to connect with you and others like us. I hope you’ll find some of my posts useful and entertaining, and I look forward to hearing from you!
I’m a massage therapist, gardener and sometimes adventurer. I also love yoga, cooking, and the outdoors, and I probably read too much. I’m keenly interested in permaculture and sustainable building and technology, and hope to be doing more with them in the future.
Like all of us, I am perfectly imperfect, and I’m good with that. I love my life. But I want more. I want to be better. Not better than anyone else, just better than I was yesterday. I want to be happier, healthier, more compassionate and mindful, I want to learn more, see more and do more. I want to strive towards my own potential, and that means accepting and working with my weaknesses, building on my strengths, and facing my demons.
As for my life, I want two things: I want to enjoy it. I want to cram it full of good things – contentment, love, pleasure, beauty… And I want to find ways of living it that not only do less harm, but actually do some good. I’m lucky enough that both my current jobs tick both boxes, but I intend to go beyond that. My goal is to build a life that more fully integrates all the things that are important to me. It’s a journey (I told myself I wasn’t going to use that word, but there it is) and I want to share it with you.